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Himalayan Studies

Himalaya Program


UBC’s Himalaya Program draws upon faculty expertise, student engagement, and community partnerships to create an interdisciplinary hub for sharing knowledge about the Himalayan region, including Bhutan, China, India, Nepal, Pakistan, and the Tibetan cultural zones that traverse all of these countries.

Beginning in Fall 2015, initial projects have included developing a language partner program to create opportunities for learning Nepali and Tibetan; developing a speaker and event series; and creating an interdisciplinary network across UBC and the broader Vancouver community. Please visit the Himalaya program website for more information on upcoming events and course scheduled for this academic year -

Steering Committee

There are many faculty members, staff and students at UBC who are from the Himalayan region and/or work in the Himalayas. At present, our Steering Committee includes: 

Katherine Hacker 

Himalaya Program Curricula Development Coordinator

Assistant Professor, Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory

Elsie Lewison 

Postdoctoral Fellow, School of Public Policy and Global Affairs

Dagmar Schwerk

Himalaya Program Buddhist Communities Liaison

Khyentse Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow in Tibetan Buddhist Studies

‚ÄčTsering Shakya  

Himalaya Program Speaker Series & Language Program Coordinator;

Himalaya Program Tibetan Community Liaison

Associate Professor, Institute of Asian Research
Canada Research Chair in Religion and Contemporary Society in Asia

Sara Shneiderman 

 Himalaya Program Research & Outreach Coordinator

Assistant Professor of Anthropology and the Institute of Asian Research

‚ÄčRatna Shrestha 

Himalaya Program Nepali Community Liaison

Lecturer, Vancouver School of Economics

Mark Turin

Himalaya Program Advisor

Associate Professor, Linguistic Anthropology
Chair, First Nations and Endangered Languages Program

Belinda Suen

Himalaya Program Assistant

Courses with Himalayan Content at UBC

There are many courses being offered by Himalaya Program faculty at UBC: Please visit the Himalaya Program website for a full listing of the current course offerings.

Upcoming Events at Himalaya Program

Visit the Events page of the UBC Himalaya Program Website to get details for upcoming events sponsored by the Himalaya Program. The website’s Community Events page lists events sponsored by the Program’s community partners

Language Program

The Himalaya Program has offered  short, intensive one-credit courses both the Nepali and Tibetan languages. We hope to continue to offer these courses in late sprint each year. For more information about our courses and programs, please subscribe to our mailing list.

Subscribe to Himalaya Program mailing list

Want to learn more about the activities and opportunities to get involved with the Himalaya Program? Subscribe to the Himalaya Program mailing list to receive information on academic events, courses, and language programs . 

Location and Access

The Himalaya Program office is located in the C.K. Choi Building on Lower Mall on UBC’s Vancouver Campus. Please contact the Himalaya Program Assistant at for information about accessing the Himalaya Library collections, or for other information on getting involved with Program activities.