Malaysia is a country that is deeply connected to the world. It is a member of vibrant regional and global organisations and fora such as the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF), ASEAN Plus Three (APT), East Asia Summit (EAS), Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM), Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC), Commonwealth, Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), World Trade Organization (WTO) and the United Nations (UN). Malaysia plays a crucial role in shaping both regional and international affairs, and its future is inextricably linked to the world. It is thus important for Centre for International Studies (CIS) to develop informed insights through promoting focused research so as to acquaint UTAR community and the wider Malaysian public with critical contemporary issues that significantly impact on the nation, the region and the world.


To be a centre of excellence that promotes quality research in the area of international studies. 


To promote understanding among the UTAR campus community and  society-at-large of critical contemporary international issues affecting the nation, the region and the world; and to promote constructive response to the problems and challenges.

To provide opportunities for greater information exchange and discussion  about contemporary regional and global issues, and on Malaysian foreign policy and relations with the international community.

To undertake research on selected critical socio-economic issues and contemporary regional problems and challenges that impact on the peace, stability and security of the nation, the region and the world.


Ms. Tan Wooi Yee

We are committed to the promotion and development of international studies through the Malaysian perspective. The Centre conducts research in areas pertaining to foreign policy, security, and international affairs, with a specific focus on Malaysia and Southeast Asia. We organize lectures, seminars, symposiums, and conferences to foster the exchange of knowledge and experiences in international studies with academics, students, and policymakers. In the next few years, the Centre will focus on building its international institutional and individual networking and intensifying international research collaborative projects. We warmly welcome all interested parties to learn and grow together.