Than Hsiang Buddhist Research Centre was established in 1992 by Venerable Wei Wu to run the diploma and bachelor degree courses of the Buddhist and Pali University of Sri Lanka.
Professor Y. Karunadassa who taught some of the degree courses in 1996 was very impressed by the religious harmony of the people and suggested to Venerable Wei Wu to set up a Buddhist college where the three main traditions of Buddhism could be taught from a non-sectarian point of view to promote knowledge and understanding of the different schools and traditions within Buddhism. Thus the International Buddhist College was set up in Southern Thailand in 2004.
Today, Than Hsiang Buddhist Research Centre has an academic agreement with the International Buddhist College of Thailand to conduct degree programs of the College and many students have graduated from the MA Program in Buddhist Studies and some have progressed on to the PhD Program.
To assist the development of Buddhist Studies, the Than Hsiang Buddhist Research Centre publishes scholarly contributions from the postgraduate students and the academia of International Buddhist College as well as independent scholars upon recommendation of the Editorial Board.
Professor Dr. Cheah Kooi Guan is currently the Director of the Centre.