The Institute for the Study of the Asia Pacific (ISAP)
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The Institute for the Study of the Asia Pacific (ISAP) aims to provide high standards of interdisciplinary research, teaching, and innovation to create a distinctive and interactive learning environment for students at UCLan and contribute to wider discussions on relevant themes and issues within the Asia Pacific Region.


ISAP is an umbrella institute that incorporates a number of other institutes and centres centred on Asia Pacific studies. These include: The International Institute of Korean Studies (IKSU), the Northern Institute of Taiwan Studies (NorITS), the Institute for Japanese Studies (IJS), the Northern England Policy Centre for the Asia Pacific (NEPCAP), and the Centre of Austronesian Studies (COAST).

About ISAP

ISAP considers the geographical reach of Asia Pacific Studies as being rooted first in the Austronesian language migration that expands from Taiwan, through Southeast Asia, across the Pacific and as far as Easter Island and Madagascar. Secondly, it incorporates the Russian Far East and all islands in the northern Pacific, and south to incorporate Japan, both Koreas, China and Mongolia.


ISAP constitutes the first official academic institution to follow this interpretation and aims to consolidate research on any level to assist in disseminating knowledge to all levels of society, business and government in the UK and beyond. Read More

A resource book for A-level teachers on Korea (with special reference to EPQ)

University academics published an open-access resource book for A-level teachers in regard to EPQ on Korea.

We have received an increasing number of inquiries from A-level students and teachers about ‘sources’ of EPQ and essays on Korea, and thus, decided to invite experts on Korea in various subjects (History, Global Politics, Economics-Global Economy, Business, Sociology, Film Studies, and Music) to create a resource book.

From the book provided here (click on the image), you can find overviews of each subject, some key terms, methodological approaches, sample questions and answers, and useful sources, about Korea.

Our logo

In keeping with our roots in Austronesian culture, the ISAP logo includes a ndrua, or ‘sacred canoe’ that originated in the southwestern Pacific islands. Used to navigate people freely across the expanse of the Pacific Ocean, the sacred canoe has become symbolic to the ambitions of the Institute. In our quest to exchange and explore new ideas and interdisciplinary research, that is both temporal as well as spatial, and one that is inclusive of the different cultures and interpretations of the peoples that inhabit the Asia Pacific, it is only fitting that the saying: He waka eke noa (We are all in this canoe together!) has become the motto of ISAP.



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