The Modern Asia Research Centre was founded as a public documentation, research and training centre in 1971 by the Graduate Institute of International Studies, and is co-sponsored by the Graduate Institute of Development Studies since 1987. It is the only research and training institution entirely specialising in Asian development studies in Switzerland. The permanent staff and the research associates of the MARC conduct research an other types of projects in various Asian countries. A number of Asian partners and specialists also visit Geneva regularly. The Centre has developed a strong network of scientific contacts and collaborations in Asia and the Pacific,at both the individual and institutional level.