The Asian Center is the University of the Philippines' only unit with a regional area of specialization and one of the colleges in the university's Diliman campus. Established in 1955 as the Institute of Asian Studies, the Asian Center offers only graduate-level multidisciplinary academic programs on Asian studies and on Philippine Studies. Its mandate—the study of Asia—is underpinned by law, Republic Act 5334, which took effect in June 1968. The Asian Center is based at the GT-Toyota Asian Cultural Center.
The Asian Center is a member of the Consortium for Southeast Asian Studies in Asia and the Kyoto International Consortium for Asian Studies (KICAS).