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Illinois, Dunhuang Research Academy sign agreement
(Photo courtesy Christy Glaze, Visiting Communications Coordinator, GSLIS)
On April 1, the University of Illinois, acting on behalf of its Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS), formalized cooperative relations with the Dunhuang Research Academy, which administers the UNESCO World Heritage Site that encompasses the Mogaoku ("peerless caves") series of Buddist Temples in the high desert of northwestern Gansu province, in China. Dunhuang's 492 grottoes have astounded visitors for nearly 17 centuries, remarkably preserved in the desert environment surrounding Dunhuang, a significant oasis along the Silk Road.
GSLIS faculty and students will work with researchers of the Dunhuang Research Academy on digitizing, cataloging and preserving this remarkable collection of Buddhist wall paintings and sculptures.
Visit the Dunhuang Reseach Academy website.