Simons Award in Nuclear Disarmament and Global Security

Simons Award in Nuclear Disarmament and Global Security

Simons Award in Nuclear Disarmament and Global Security The Liu Institute for Global Issues in the UBC School of Public Policy and Global Affairs invites applications from UBC students intending to undertake research on topics related to nuclear disarmament and global security. Students selected will produce a research paper by May 1st, 2018. They will also […]



Our Programs & Series With our global focus and interdisciplinary approach, the Liu Institute for Global Issues is uniquely positioned to play an active role in a number of graduate and undergraduate programs on UBC’s Vancouver campus. The Liu Institute also plays host to various speakers series and events throughout the year.

Tribute to Dr. Liou Jieh Jow

On February 5, 2016, Dr. Liou Jieh Jow, LLD ’96 passed away at the age of 88. The Liu Institute for Global Issues at the University of British Columbia is honoured to pay tribute to Dr. Liou (fondly remembered as J. J. Liou), a distinguished international businessman, political figure and philanthropist, whose generous contributions through […]


The Institute for Asian Research (IAR) was founded in 1978 as a focal point for Asia-related activities on the University of British Columbia’s Vancouver campus. Following in the spirit of the Institute of Pacific Relations (IPR), which was founded in the United States in 1925 to discuss relations among Pacific Rim nations, the IAR even […]

Asia Policy Experts

Asia Policy Experts

IAR faculty includes internationally recognized Asia policy experts across a wide range of issues and geographies.

Swooping for Air

By Bronwen Ledger Article reprinted with the permission of Canadian Architect. The article appeared in the July 1996 issue of the magazine.   From the first planning meetings in 1993, the C.K. Choi Institute of Asian Research on the West Mall at UBC was designed to be a “benchmark in sustainable design.” As in any […]

Green Buildings: In Transit to a Sustainable World

By Raymond J. Cole Reprinted with permission from Canadian Architect, July 1996, Volume 41, No. 7, pp. 12-13. What would a sustainable would be like? Imagine a reduced and stabilized population, no more culture of consumerism, an economic framework that fully incorporates environmental impacts, significantly reduced use of resources, and the concept of waste eliminated. […]

Stone Garden Blooms with Virtue

Eleanor Laquian Institute of Asian Research pp. 22-23 Design for a New Millenium, ed. E. Laquian (1996). Institute of Asian Research, Vancouver. In this age of accommodation, very few things are carved in stone. Yet in the Asian plaza at the southeast corner of the C. K. Choi Building there are at least five. These […]

Script for an Asian Landscape

Richard E. Prince Department of Fine Arts, UBC p. 18. Design for a New Millenium, ed. E. Laquian (1996). Institute of Asian Research, Vancouver. Script for an Asian Landscape is a sculpture comprised of six separate but interrelated units which can be found outside the west entrance of the C.K. Choi Building as well as […]

A Constructive Idea

By Gudrun Will Reprinted with permission from the writer. Vancouver Courier, pp. 1,4-5. Vol. 87, No.48, 16 June 1996 A striking building stands behind a row of young gingko trees in the northwest corner of the University of B.C. campus. Five silver, arced roofs rise along its length, giving the impression of a ship’s sails […]