The University of Missouri's Asian Affairs Center (AAC), created in 1998 by the Office of the Provost, reflects the university's formal recognition of the cultural, strategic and economic importance of the nations of the Pacific Rim. The AAC has a mandate to build upon MU's substantial Asian programs, university and alumni linkages, and teaching and research connections in the region to benefit citizens, government entities, and businesses in Missouri and in the region. The Asian Affairs Center also strives to work towards these other goals:
- Working with academic units at MU to strengthen the university's Asia-related curriculum, enhance students' opportunities to study abroad in the region, and promote the joint faculty research and travel opportunities in Asia.
- Working with MU colleges and departments to develop fundable programming, course work, research and study abroad opportunities related to Asia.
- Building an extensive web of formal relationships with universities and government entities in the Pacific Rim to enhance educational opportunities at MU.
- Sponsoring international conferences in Missouri and abroad on key issues related to the Pacific Rim.
- Joining with the MU Office of Development, loyal international MU alumni, and corporate and related partners to maximize the funding for the range of activities noted above.
- Developing closer ties with the many prominent MU alumni in the pacific Rim, especially Korea, to enhance opportunities for students, faculty and Missouri business interests.
- Promoting an awareness and appreciation of Asia and its various cultures on campus and in the community.
- Developing a range of informal and formal discussions, cultural performances, and other Asia-related activities for the university and general community.
- Coordinating Asia-related activities across campus and the community.
- Sponsoring affordable educational trips to the Pacific Rim.
- Working with the State of Missouri, the cooperate community and others to promote economic development initiatives related to the Pacific Rim.
The Missouri International Training Institute (MITI) housed in its office, the AAC provides short and long-term training in diverse fields to Asian businesses, government and related clients. In addition to contributing to a range of relationships in Asia, MITI generates revenues that help to fund a range of Asia-related educational initiatives at MU.
Through MITI, the Asian Affairs Center brings scholars, government officials and business people from throughout Asia to meet with counterparts in Missouri. In addition, the Asian Affairs Center also provides tailored training and constituencies in Asian business, politics and culture for American constituencies wishing to initiate or enhance their business relations in Asia. We also provide the state and community with information regarding Asian education, politics, economics, travel procedures.