About the Centre

photo from November 5th, 1999, when UVic conferred the Degree of Honorary Doctor of Science upon His Majesty King Bhumipol Adulyadej of Thailand at Chitralada Royal Villa in Bangkok

CAPI was front and centre on November 5th, 1999, when UVic conferred the Degree of Honorary Doctor of Science upon His Majesty King Bhumipol Adulyadej of Thailand at Chitralada Royal Villa in Bangkok. Above, CAPI Director William Neilson shaking hands with His Royal Highness; UVic President David Strong is to the right of the King in blue and Chancellor Norma Mickelson is at far right, in purple. Also in attendance were long-time CAPI Associate/Geography professor Phil Dearden (obscured behind Dr. Neilson), Khun Anand Panyarachun (another UVic honourary degree recipient, for whom CAPI's Anand scholarship is named), and CAPI Associate and prominent Thai businessman Jingjai Hanchanlash (second from right).

In 1988, the Centre for Asia-Pacific Initiatives (CAPI) became the first Senate-approved research centre at the University of Victoria. Recognizing the importance of the Asia-Pacific region to Canada, the concept of a centre focusing on Asia-Pacific issues was given financial support by the Dorothy and David Lam Foundation, the Federal Secretary of State and the Provincial Government of British Columbia. Since its inception, CAPI has acted as a vital link between the University of Victoria and the Asia–Pacific region, providing programming and research initiatives that have brought together scholars from the Asia-Pacific region with those from UVic. Over three decades later, the Asia-Pacific region not only continues to of importance to Canada, but has grown in its significance. | more about CAPI's history

Through the continued excellence of its research and programming, CAPI will be recognized as the pre-eminent Asia-Pacific focused academic centre in North America. The Centre will engage with institutions, civil society and leading scholars at the University of Victoria and across the world to broker and facilitate meaningful relationships that will make a difference.

By providing a supportive environment for scholarly excellence and community engagement, CAPI will deepen the connection between the University of Victoria and the Asia-Pacific region. Through the work of CAPI's Chairs and programming, CAPI will be a catalyst for the creation, recognition and dissemination of knowledge concerning issues affecting the region.

Our four primary goals are:

  • To create and maintain connections between the UVic community and the Asia-Pacific region.
  • To create and provide research programs and learning opportunities of such quality as to ensure CAPI's leadership among Asia-Pacific research centres in North America.
  • To recruit, retain and support talented faculty, students and staff at the Centre, supporting them to achieve their highest potential.
  • To access external funding to increase our programming and thus to increase the benefit to the University and the wider community.
2019-20 CAPI annual report cover

CAPI 2019-20 Annual Report


Looking back at 2019-2020, I feel compelled to divide this report into pre-pandemic and pandemic phases. As the months go by, it’s increasingly difficult to remember the world of before. So as a reminder, and a record for posterity, here’s a glimpse of this remarkable year at CAPI . . .

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