Friends and Colleagues:
It is a privilege to be involved in the creation of the Pan Asia Institute which has benefitted from the energetic participation of faculty from many disciplines including Dr. Amin Saikal of ANU’s Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies as well as Dr. Chris Atwood of IU’s Department of Central and Eurasian Studies.
The resources that ANU and IU bring together across the hemispheres are extraordinary, including talented faculty and students who will join together in globally informed exploration of issues that are critically important to our mutual future.
This must be a central mission of higher education, to engage educators and students in the building of multilateral institutions that embody the most creative, interdisciplinary and pluralistic knowledge, thinking and action. We look forward to working with you in this important endeavor.
Nicholas Farrelly, ANU
Heidi Ross, IU
July 1, 2010