Who We Are

Asian Century Foundation aims to build capacity for knowledge exchange among India and countries of East & Southeast Asia. We do this by creating avenues for Indian academia to research and for practitioners and policymakers to engage and work with their peers and top experts in other Asian countries.

Asian Century Foundation is a non-profit organization. All our work is focused on developmental areas of priority to India.

Why Now

Emerging Global Influence

Asia is home to about half the world’s population. This century is widely expected to be the Asian Century, with growing economies in Asia collectively overtaking the West in size and scale. China and India will lead the charge as the two countries having a major influence on world affairs. Other fast growing economies of ASEAN, such as Indonesia, Vietnam, and the Philippines, are also following closely by expanding their own global imprint.

Recent Rapid Growth

Asian countries have developed & transformed rapidly over the last four decades, each with its own rich and unique experience of socio-economic development, and shared challenges. This makes it all the more important to understand and benefit from each other’s knowledge and experience.

Historical Significance

Asia has some of the oldest continuous civilizations in the world. Dating back to 200 BCE, these countries have engaged in areas such as mathematics, astronomy, and medicine. Asian countries share a rich history of travel, trade, knowledge and people-to-people exchange.

Cultural and Ecological Diversity

The region is home to some of the world’s most diverse people and cultures, boasting a wide variety of topographies and habitats. Our work seeks to foster greater engagement between the people of the region, in an effort to showcase and preserve not only the diverse culture, but also the environment.

Our Approach

The Asian Century Foundation aims to make an impact through our work in the areas of Education, Knowledge & Policy, and Culture.


The Education vertical is committed to advancing high quality and accessible scholarly work that enables a deep and holistic understanding of our Asian neighbours amongst academia – scholars, students, educational institutions, policy makers and practitioners.

Knowledge & Policy

The Knowledge and Policy vertical aims to identify and enable exchange of meaningful and relevant knowledge, experiences and learnings in developmental areas of priority to India. This would be useful to inform and enrich our high priority socio-economic development policies and programs. Historically, our learning focus has been towards the West. However, at this moment in history, the Asian countries have more in common with each other, and offer untapped opportunities to learn from.


We believe creating avenues to understand each other’s contemporary culture, aspirations and lifestyles would eventually engender organic knowledge exchange in the long run.


Asian Century Foundation
310-311 Narain Manzil
Barakhamba Road, New Delhi
Delhi 110001

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Email: info@asiancenturyfoundation.org
Phone: +91 11 40039300

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