Image.aspxThe Centre for Asian Studies invites scholars of area studies, tourism, international economics and other subjects to submit papers to an international conference “Travel and Mutual Understanding: East Asia, Europe and Beyond“, to be held October 20-21 in Kaunas. The conference focuses on travel as an opportunity for inter-cultural learning and both material and immaterial exchanges.

It is expected that the conference papers will review the history of travelers’ contacts, tourism policy, tourist industry and other related topics spanning from early 20th century until today and having ties to East Asia. Historical, sociological, anthropological and other social science approaches are welcome. (more…)

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RaigirdasFrom June 23, Raigirdas Boruta, a graduate of University of Central Lancashire (United Kingdom), is accepted as an intern in VMU Centre for Asian Studies. Raigirdas is a specialist in Chinese language – he spent one year in China and will study in MA studies there. During summer (one month until July 27) intern will be working with representative material of Centre for Asian studies.
Centre for Asian Studies willfully accepts the interns. For more information, please, refer to the head of the centre.

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P51117-162853 (1)This year in June an agreement was signed between  Vytautas Magnus University (VMU) and China Foreign Affairs University (CFAU). This university is the fifth VMU partner in China.

CFAU is one of China’s higher education institutions which prepare the high-level diplomats, politicians and businessmen working in the international field. Many  graduates from this university are leaders in the Chinese current politics and international relations. That is why sometimes CFAU is called “the cradle of China’s diplomacy”. The university also organizes educational programs for foreign diplomats and opinion makers.

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kendoVMU Centre for Asian Studies and Japan Embassy in Lithuania invite everyone to a Kendo lecture-seminar which will take place at the hall of VMU Great Hall (S. Daukanto 28, Kaunas), on the 7th of June, 14:00-15:30.The event will be in English.
The lecturers:
Masahito Yumura M.D.: “The last Japanese Sword Man – Tesshu Yamaoka”
Graduated from the Faculty of Medicine, Tottori University
Doctor of Medicine. Surgeon.
8 kendo dan. President of NPO “International Goodwill Kendo Club“ (more…)

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Vytautas Magnus University invites students both from Lithuania and other countries to apply for Master degree study program East Asia Region Studies (EARS). Applications are accepted until June 27. All necessary application and admission procedures are explained in detail on university’s website. International students of selected countries are also encouraged to use the opportunity of receiving a scholarship offered by the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Lithuania.

EARS was launched at 2007 and is the first and the only one graduate program in Lithuania and Baltic States that offers English courses in the field of East Asian contemporary politics and society. Research paper and master’s thesis are also written in English. The Program is taught by one of the best specialists of East Asia, regional studies and international relations, including prof. E. Račius, assoc. prof. J.D. Mininger, assoc. prof. V. Vobolevičius, dr. L. Didvalis, dr. I. Karpavičiūtė, dr. G. Česnakas and dr. G. Žukaitė. (more…)

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10633980_10152668352083139_805789291996054003_oFrom June 1, 2016, entrance procedures to Lithuanian universities have started. For those interested in East Asian countries, VMU offers BA program (in Lithuanian) “East Asian Languages and Cultures” (“Rytų Azijos šalių kalbos ir kultūros“- RASK).

This program was launched in 2012 at the Faculty of Humanities. The duration of the program is 4 years, the contents of the program focus on Chinese, Japanese and Korean history, religion, art and folklore. The students will have an opportunity to analyse in deep the cultural specifics of these countries and study thousand year old traditions. The students will also be able to learn one of East Asian languages at the advanced level and to gain basic communication skills in a second language upon their choice.

As the student exchange opportunities with East Asian universities have expanded significantly, all students of the program (starting from the second study year) will be encouraged to study at least one semester in one of East Asian universities. After graduation students will acquire bachelor degree in Regional Culture Studies in the field of Humanities.

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booksVMU Centre for Asian Studies Chiune Sugihara Reading Room enters the last stage of moving to other premises. Today, the part of the Reading Room, dedicated to Humanities, Social and Natural Sciences, was started to crate. The funds of Reading Room will be available since autumn. Sorry for temporary inconveniences.

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Visit of HISU delegation

13220690_991632897586076_8505169760561718251_oOn May 18th Hebei International Studies University Rector prof. Sun Jianzhong with delegation visited VMU Faculty of Humanities. Students and faculty exchange opportunities were discussed and guests have expressed a desire to create a joint program together with VMU. The meeting was attended by Asian Studies Centre head dr. Aurelius Zykas, who represented  longtime ASC experience in the field of Chinese studies.

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13173521_985203528229013_8092559145723728500_oThe second national level “Chinese Bridge” competition was held on May 7th in Vilnius. During this event Lithuanian students who could speak Chinese compete with each other for an opportunity to represent Lithuania in the World “Chinese Bridge. One of the participants was VMU fourth year student Rimvydas Markevičius who fascinated commission not only with excellent Chinese language but also an exceptional talent – calligraphic writing. During this year contest Rimvydas won second place, and together with the winner Saulė Bulavaitė (Vilnius University) received the right of way to represent Lithuania in China.

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