Mission Statement

LIAS mission statement

LIAS has as its aim the advancement of this inclusive, globally conscious vision of area studies at Leiden University and in the wider academic community, focusing on Asia and the Middle East, and with emphatic attention to the relevance of education and research for society at large.


The Leiden University Institute for Area Studies (LIAS) and the Leiden University Centre for the Study of Religion (LUCSoR) structurally work together, and have the same management team. Their collaboration is embodied in the multidisciplinary Religion & Philosophy network for faculty and PhD students, and extends to joint work and coordination in various degree programs and outreach activities.

Read the LUCSoR mission statement