About the Centre

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The Afrasian Centre for Peace and Development Studies (ACPDS) at Ryukoku University has acted as main research organization for a five-year joint research project from 2005 to 2009, funded by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) under its Promotional Project for Advancement of Academic Research at Private Universities. In 2011, the Afrasian Research Centre has been awarded another MEXT grant under its Project for Strategic Research Base Formation Support at Private Universities.

The Afrasian Research Centre brings to this project the ideals of its predecessor, the ACPDS, and adds new aspects such as research into communication and language policy areas which have not substantially been linked with immigration and international relations theory. In doing so, we at the Afrasian Research Centre endeavour to shed further light on the possibilities of resolving complex, multifarious conflicts and creating multicultural societies.

In addition, the Centre seeks to clarify the process by which conflicts are resolved, reconciliation is achieved and multicultural societies are fostered. It aims to do this through research on both theoretical and practical aspects necessary needed to identify issues that can be addressed to make policy suggestions.