Marking the Highland Institute’s 10th anniversary on 10th June, this editorial reflects on the institute's journey from inception to its current status as a distinguished independent research centre. With research collaboration held as a pivotal value, the institute navigates vast changes in Highland Asia, emphasizing equitable partnership, quality data, and resistance to censorship. This decennial serves as a reflective juncture, assessing the shared philosophical resilience for future relevance. Furthermore, the current Highlander Journal volume showcases Christian Poske’s exploration of colonial interactions in Nagaland, Jop Koopman’s study on local legislature's transformative effects on Lombok, and a photo essay depicting the struggles of Nepali rural-urban migrants. The emphasis remains on presenting top-tier open access, peer-reviewed research, underlining the journal’s dedication to quality and breadth in content.