CAPI was established in 1987 as an important element of the University's plan to expand and strengthen its links with universities and other institutions in the Asia-Pacific region, especially with China, Japan, Southeast Asia, Korea, and the developing island states of the Southwest Pacific. The Centre's primary mandate is to conduct and facilitate research on policy issues related to the Asia-Pacific region. In addition, the Centre serves as a regional research facility to the University and to the larger community. More specifically, CAPI was established to fulfill six functions:

(i) To serve as a clearing house for the collection and dissemination of information regarding activities on campus, and in the community;

(ii) To provide a forum for the exchange of ideas and information among interested persons at the University, and to organize and publicize visits by specialists and other visitors with Asia-Pacific expertise;

(iii) To promote publication and public information activities appropriate to the University;

(iv) To organize and conduct short and medium-term teaching, training and research projects;

(v) To organize and administer long-term, cross-disciplinary programs in collaboration with other relevant groups and institutions, on and off campus; and

(vi) To participate in networks of organizations and individuals sharing similar goals and interests.

To see CAPI's 2012-2017 Strategic Plan click here.