Scholarly excellence thrives on scholarly exchange, both with other region-specific research institutes and with those that concentrate on theory. At the GIGA, this scholarly exchange also refers to the continued commitment of the IAS to cultivating various contacts in Germany and abroad, in both university- and non–university-based research sectors.
In order to ensure continuous exchange in the areas of information, ideas and research materials and to foster research collaboration, the Institute of Asian Studies maintains a great number of professional relationships with research institutes and libraries in Europe, North America and particularly Asia. The IAS is a member of the European Alliance for Asian Studies (Asia Alliance) and the International Consortium of China Studies (ICCS).
In Germany the IAS works closely with the German Association for Asian Studies (DGA: Deutsche Gesellschaft für Asienkunde e.V.). Information pertaining to German and European associations for Asia scholarship as well as links to university workshops and institutes relevant to Asian studies compiled by the IAS and the DGA can be found on the DGA’s homepage.
The IAS is also a member of the AccessAsia consortium. AccessAsia is a search engine that specialises in linking specific topics relevant to Asian studies with experts in those fields. The database is run by the National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR) in Seattle, US, and can be accessed free of charge. The IAS, in collaboration with the GIGA Information Centre and the DGA, regularly collects and supplies updated expert data to the NBR. The NBR also offers a search engine tailored to Asian studies organisations.