Community Programs

Breaking New Ground With Our Research

researchcenter2When they aren’t driving UWest’s exemplary academics, our faculty keep themselves busy performing groundbreaking research in a number of important areas.

UWest’s Institute of Chinese Buddhist Studies (ICBS) works to enhance the academic and public understanding of Chinese Buddhism in both traditional and contemporary forms. Through hosting a monthly lecture series, holding international conferences, maintaining relationships with other religious and learning institutions, and presenting the research of UWest scholars, the ICBS aims to be a pioneer in the academic study of Chinese Buddhism.

The most extensive research project based in the ICBS is the Digital Sanskrit Buddhist Canon Project, working to gather, digitize, and distribute the original Sanskrit scriptures of the Buddhist faith. The 500 texts (about 42,056 pages) that have been digitized so far are currently being used by scholars around the world.

UWest is also home to The Center for the Study of Minority and Small Business (CSMSB), which links UWest with the minority and small business community by providing regular seminars, lectures, conferences, business counseling, and an annual publication. The CSMSB educates local minority and small business owners on current business realities and changing governmental regulations. CSMSB also issues an annual journal, The Minority and Small Business Review, which provides relevant information and practical education as well as information about upcoming events and programs.