The University of Oxford came a step closer to establishing a Centre for Southeast Asia Studies last week, at a ceremony held at the Sheldonian Theatre.

The Deputy King of Malaysia, Sultan Nazrin Shah, was involved in a ‘Royal launch’ at which he declared his support for the initiative.

The proposed Centre will be included in the Oxford School of Global and Area Studies, and will act as an aid to both research and teaching on Southeast Asia.

Shah, a Worcester PPE graduate and Chancellor of the University of Malaya, welcomed the idea. He said: “By creating a dedicated focus for research and teaching excellence in Southeast Asia Studies, Oxford will make a significant contribution to the global academy.

“This ambitious, thoughtfully-integrated knowledge enterprise will put Southeast Asia at its heart, benefitting both the citizens of the ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) countries and the people of the wider world”.