The Bassey Andah Institute for African and Asian Studies is a one-stop academic institution approved by the Senate of the University of Calabar, Calabar, Nigeria to undertake innovative teaching, researches in socio-cultural, anthropological studies and emerging economies as well as to promote exchange of cultural activities between Nigeria and South-East Asian countries. Since inception in 2014, the institute has evolved credible templates for greater collaboration and mutually beneficial relationships between the University of Calabar and select Asian universities in terms of educational development, infrastructural, technological and scientific collaborations. It is hoped that this synergy will expedite the application of available ideas and technology in the one, to compliment the other in a globalized world.
Today, the Asian economies like China,Korea and India are gradually displacing former projections in economy, science and arts,culture and super-power technologies. This day ,the fulcrum of Asian economic power is in China and Korea. China’s socialist market economy is the world’s largest economy in nominal GDP. It is also the world largest economy by purchasing power parity according to IMF, and the largest exporter of goods in the world. It is equally the largest growing consumer market and importer of goods globally. Given the above statistics, it can be said that the establishment of the Bassey Andah Institute for African and Asian Studies at the University of Calabar is quite timely in view of prevailing global economic and cultural realities which places much demand on innovative and strategic approach to teething problems.
The pro-active strategy for cross-cultural exchanges within the institute offers prospective students a wide range of options to explore. These options provide a flexible atmosphere for all classes of students to appreciate the exciting cultures and artistic heritage of Africa and Asia in an integrated form. If a student needs a good foundation in the performative arts, here is a wonderful opportunity for him to have the inter-cultural and international exposure. If a student needs skills and dexterity in museum and general art exhibitions, he is at home here with a cross-breed flavour in the Institute. If the student desires ability in event management, then he is in a sure ground in this programme. If a student needs accomplishment and expertise in anthropological discoveries and their relationship with modern civilizations, here is an opportunity to excel.
If a student is interested in dynamizing with exciting cultures and artistic heritage of Africa and Asian in an integrated form, here is an opening for him. For those who are inclined towards the science of East Asian food and good health or opportunity to acquire knowledge beyond the prevailing conventional, customary and orthodox ambience in preparation for global work environment/ opportunities, this Institute is well disposed in this regard.
Indeed here is an opportunity for young scholars and artists to help re-invent African and Asian cultural studies and arts practice and join the new generation of multi-skilled public and global thinkers and creative artists. They will be part of a new wave of young talents who are bound to explore popular culture through; cultural criticism and appreciation, performance for stage and screen, museum or arts gallery curating, comparative historical analysis, language acquisition, cultural policy and diplomacy, teaching and lecturing. By this, young minds are welcome to a new intellectual environment for inter-cultural and international studies where ample opportunities exists for diversity and mutual exchanges.