About Us

Our mission is to enhance communication, understanding and productive engagement with the nations and peoples of Asia by facilitating and coordinating a wide range of educational programs, advanced research projects, and community outreach activities.

The UT Dallas Asia Center is the first and only U.S. center of our kind to integrate science, technology, engineering, culture and commerce to facilitate every kind of meaningful connection with all the diverse regions of Asia. As our global economy evolves ever faster, the Asia Center is poised to create a supportive environment for partnerships that benefit all participants.


Monique Wedderburn

Monique Wedderburn is the director of the UT Dallas Asia Center. She previously worked as the Senior Program Officer for the East-West Center’s Asia Pacific Leadership Program.

Prior to joining the East-West Center in 2005, Ms. Wedderburn worked as a Business Analyst with the University of Hawaii Pacific Business Center and with the U.S. Department of Interior’s Office of Insular Affairs.

Ms. Wedderburn advised clients on economic development in Hawaii, the American Affiliated Pacific Islands, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Her previous responsibilities-as Coordinator of Management Analyst and as Coordinator of Personnel Services for the University of Florida-included managing the Career Development Program for 1,000 professional and support employees, developing and administering workforce education programs, and recommending policies and procedures to improve management capabilities.

Ms. Wedderburn spent her formative years in Mexico, Zaire (currently the Democratic Republic of Congo), Pakistan and Thailand. She earned a B.S. degree in Business Administration from Colorado State University and an M.B.A. from the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa (with Honors — Beta Gamma Sigma).