The Faculty of Religious studies of McGill University established in
2001 the Asian Religion and Ethics Unit (ARERU) with the following
ARERU provides infrastructure to support present and furture research and scholarly activities, which include organization of research teams to seek external funding; organization of conferences, seminars, workshops and visiting speaker events; hosting visiting scholars and research associates for an extended period of time; provision of support to students; publishing the results through print, broadcast and Internet media
"Asia" here includes, but is not limited to, the countries of South Asia (India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Pakistan), Central Asia (Tibet, Nepal), East Asia (China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, North and South Korea, Japan) and South-East Asia (Myranmar, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Indonesia, Singapore).
"Asian Religions" here includes, but is not limited to, Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism, Confucianism, Taoism, Shinto, Islam, the popular religions of any country in Asia, the new religions of any country in Asia, and any of the Asian religions as transplanted to other cultures.