The Feb. 29, 2012 news item by Cameron Chai on Azonano spells it out,
An Asian Research Network (ARN) has been formed by the Hanyang University of Korea and RIKEN of Japan in collaboration with other institutes and universities in Asia. This network has been launched to reinforce a strong education and research collaboration throughout Asia.
The Asian Research Network website is here. You will need to use your scroll bars as it appears to be partially constructed (or maybe my system is so creaky that I just can’t see everything on the page). Towards the bottom (right side) of the home page,there are a couple of red buttons for PDFs of the ARN Pamphlet and Research Articles.
From page 2 of the ARN pamphlet, here’s a listing of the member organizations,
Electronics and Telecommunication Research Institute
Seoul National University
Institute of Pasteur Korea
Korea Research Institute of Chemical Technology
Korea Advanced Nano Fab Center
National Chemical Laboratory
Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research
Indian Institute of Technology-Madras (In Progress)
Indian Institute of Science (In Progress)
University of Texas at Dallas
UCLA (In Progress)
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National Center for Nanoscience and Technology
National University of Singapore
Nanyang Technological University (In Progress)
Stanford University In Progress)
University of Maryland (In Progress)
Weizmann Institute of Science (In Progress)
Hebrew University Jerusalem
National Science and Technology Development Agency (In Progress)
I was a little surprised to see Israel on the list and on an even more insular note, why no Canada?
Getting back to the ARN, here are their aims, from page 2 of the ARN pamphlet,
We are committed to fostering talented human resources, creating a research network in which researchers in the region share their knowledge and experiences, and establishing a future-oriented partnership to globalize our research capabilities. To this end, we will achieve excellence in all aspects of education, research, and development in the area of fusion research between BT [biotechnology] and IT [information technology] based on NT [nanotechnology] in general. We will make a substantial contribution to the betterment of the global community as well as the Asian society.
I look forward to hearing more from them in the future.