The Center for Buddhist Studies at the University of Hamburg was founded in the fall of 2007 under the umbrella of the university's Asia-Africa-Institute. The Center promotes and connects academic research and teaching and increases the public's knowledge of and access to information about Buddhism. Hamburg's Center for Buddhist Studies is closely interrelated with the Institute's programs in Chinese Studies, Indology, Japanese Studies, Korean Studies, Thai Studies, Tibetan Studies, and Vietnamese Studies. A unique institution in the German-speaking world, the Center is modelled on the Centers for Buddhist Studies housed in a number of major American universities. Its facilities include an exquisite specialized academic library on Buddhism, lecture halls, and offices.