The International Institute for Central Asian Studies was established in 1995 in Samarkand (Uzbekistan) as a result of a large-scale UNESCO project on the Silk Road. The idea of creating the institute arose during the work of an international scientific expedition along the Central Asian steppe route, organized as part of the Integrated Study of the Silk Road - Dialogue Project, the main project of the decade on cultural development (1987-1997). Following the official establishment of IICAI on July 5, 1995, the Director-General of UNESCO, Mr. Federico Mayor, during his official visit to Uzbekistan, inaugurated the institute on August 27, 1995 in Samarkand.
International Information and Networking Centre for Intangible Cultural Heritage in the Asia-Pacific Region under the auspices of UNESCO (ICHCAP)
National Research Institute of Cultural Heritage of the Republic of Korea
Mongolian Academy of Sciences
Ferdowsi University of Mashhad
Asia-Pacific Centre of Education for International Understanding under the auspices of UNESCO (APCEIU)