The Faculty of Religious studies of McGill University established in 2001 the Asian Religion and Ethics Unit (ARERU) with the following research aims:

Investigation of the resources of the Asian religiouns for new concepts of social ethics, human rights, medical ethics, the politics of identity, developement ethics, legal and business practices required in the globalized multi-cultural environment.

Research into the adaption of Asian religions into Western cultures and their impact on Western cultures and religions, as well as the adaption and impact of Western religions on Asia.

Research into social institutions, historical developement, cultural evolution and artistic expression of the Asian religions.

Philosophical and philological research into the primary texts of Asian religions.

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.