In keeping with the University of Virginia’s commitment to fostering a liberal arts education that is both globally aware and interdisciplinary in nature, the Tibet Center was founded to bring together faculty, students, and staff at UVa with those at other universities and also other individuals and organizations, to promote a deeper understanding of Tibet’s histories, cultures, and peoples. While the Tibet Center serves as a hub for educational programs, research initiatives, and publication projects which advance the field of Tibetan Studies, it also aims to develop and support programs that will bring social benefit to Tibetan communities. Read more…

UVa Tibet History

When Jeffrey Hopkins arrived at the University of Virginia in 1973, few on its hallowed Grounds had heard of Tibet or knew of the richness of its unique religious and cultural heritage. That was about to change. Largely through Hopkins’ prodigious and magnanimous scholarship, teaching, advising, and political advocacy, Tibet and Tibetan Studies have not only become a vital part of the University’s local mission to promote globally aware students, but Tibetan Studies has blossomed into a discipline with a significant place in the American academy. Read more….