The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) has announced that the 2022 Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation New Professorship in Buddhist Studies has been awarded to Thailand’s Rajamangala University of Technology Krungthep.
The grant program provides four years of seed funding to institutions of higher education to support new teaching positions in Buddhist studies. Rajamangala University of Technology Krungthep, in Bangkok, is the first university in Asia to receive the grant. Past recipients include universities in Hungary, Mexico, and the US.
“ACLS and The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Global are committed to supporting and strengthening international networks of Buddhist studies, particularly across the continent of Asia,” said ACLS president Joy Connolly. “We are proud to award this year’s New Professorship to Rajamangala University of Technology Krungthep and applaud their efforts in building a robust program in Buddhist studies.” (ACLS)
Thanks to the grant, Rajamangala University of Technology Krungthep has named Dr. Yaoping Liu as The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Professor in Buddhist Studies. Dr. Liu will oversee new graduate programs in Global Buddhism, which will help Buddhist monks, nuns, and laypeople become leaders and innovators in the modern world.
“The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation New Professorship will allow us to develop a graduate program that produces morally grounded and socially engaged Buddhist scholars capable of applying research and data for the betterment of Buddhism and society as a whole,” said the university’s president, Pichai Janmanee. “We are thankful to the foundation and ACLS for their support and look forward to welcoming Dr. Yaoping Liu to campus in this new position.” (ACLS)
The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Global supports programs in arts and culture and Buddhism, and funds initiatives aimed at enhancing the well-being of humanity and the environment. In 2021, the foundation awarded ACLS with a US$6.3 million grant extension to continue its Buddhist studies program, and to expand its outreach to Asian scholars, universities, and monastic institutions to increase and diversify applicant pools to better reflect communities Buddhism of scholarship worldwide.
ACLS Awards 2022 Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation New Professorship in Buddhist Studies (ACLS)
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