Chief coordinator of the Centre for Asian Studies dr. Linas Didvalis has participated in the recent European Association of Japanese Studies (EAJS) conference that was held from 30 August to 2 September 2017. The conference is held every three years and is one of the largest academic events in the world dedicated to Japanese studies. This year it attracted more than 1200 scholars from all over the world who gathered at the Universidade NOVA in Lisbon, Portugal. (more…)

On 13–26 August, a VMU senior coordinator of the Centre for Asian Studies, Gheorghe-Alexandru Fratila, had a visit to the National Chengchi University of Taipei, Taiwan, for a training program of Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language. During this visit, he has undergone an intensive training session concerning the improvement of skills required to achieve an optimal teaching performance of Chinese as a foreign language, including teaching material selection and administration, effective time management, key student approach techniques, required drill procedures, and insight on how native teachers present and describe the long-term language teaching process. (more…)

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On 18-21 June, a VMU senior coordinator of the Centre for Asian Studies, Gheorghe-Alexandru Fratila, had a staff visit to the Faculty of Letters and Arts of “Lucian Blaga” University of Sibiu, Romania.

Following meetings with administration and academic staff, both parties have agreed to begin collaboration and the exchange of student and academic staff/personnel, based on the Erasmus+ terms of contract, and have pledged to strengthen cooperation, especially in the field of Chinese Language and Culture studies.

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17861631_1148326345314183_2839061191830167608_nOn June 25-28th, a world-famous master of Japanese Rinzai Zen, calligraphy and kyūdo archery, a monk and an author of several books, Taigen Shodo Harada Roshi will visit Lithuania. During these days the Master will have public talks in Kaunas, Vilnius, and Judroniai Village.

CAS invites you to participate in public talk about Zen meditation, which will be hold in VMU Grand Hall (Daukanto st. 28, Kaunas). (more…)

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June 1st marks the start of the entrance procedure both for Bachelor and Master degree programs at Vytautas Magnus University (VMU). The Centre for Asian Studies invites all interested in China, Japan or Korea to apply for the East Asia Region Studies program (EARS), which is the only graduate program in Lithuania and the Baltic States that is taught in English and focused on East Asian contemporary politics and society. VMU also provides scholarships for selected foreign students.

More information about the program, the application process and other requirements can be found in EARS page. Application deadline: July 1st.

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Events of Sugihara Week

Baneriukas_LRTWe cordially invite you to participate at the events of Sugihara Week, which will take place in Kaunas from 2nd to 8th September 2017.

Sugihara Week, organized for the first time, is the event which aims to perpetuate the achievement of Japanese diplomat Chiune Sugihara. This personality lived in Kaunas (Lithuania) during 1939-40 and, together with Dutch Consul Jan Zvartendijk, issued the famous „Visas for Life“, thus saving thousands of lives of Jewish refugees.

Ambassador of Japan to Lithuania Mr. Toyoei Shigeeda states: (more…)

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20170524_131742The Centre for Asian studies received a generous donation of books from our new partner in Japan, Hiroshima university. The majority of the books are concentrated on Japanese and Chinese languages, literatures. The books will be placed at the Asian Books Space and used during lectures and various activities related to East Asian studies.

Hiroshima University is the 18th partner of VMU in Japan. The Memorandum with this University was signed on May 8, 2017, and the Hiroshima University Lihuanian Centre was established.

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Last week, VMU lector and chief coordinator of the Centre for Asian Studies dr. Linas Didvalis had a teaching visit to Nicolaus Copernicus University (UMK) in Torun, Poland. In addition to teaching introduction of Japanese political system to UMK students and getting familiar with Asian studies in Torun, there were also meetings with administration and academic staff, and visit to the Fourth Asian Congress.

The visit was based on ERASMUS+ Staff Mobility for Teaching.

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