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_LRTSugihara Week, organized on September 02-08, 2017 for the first time, is the event which aims to perpetuate the memory 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.

Sugihara Week invites Lithuanian, Japanese and Jewish nations to join together in the epicentrum of the events, i.e. Kaunas, and to retell the story of Ch. Sugihara in the new light. Artists of different nations will meet together in joint projects, and scholars will discuss in the authentic spaces of Inter-War Kaunas. Together with the central topic of Ch. Sugihara, other topics, such as the visible marks of Japan in Kaunas, discourses on humanism and tolerance, aspects of Japanese culture will be presented. (more…)

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books-860444_1920The Centre for Asian Studies invites scholars of area studies, political science, history, sociology, economics, anthropology and other subjects to submit papers to an international conference “Civil Society in East Asian Countries: Contributions to Democracy, Peace and Sustainable Development“ that will be held on October 26-27 in Kaunas, Lithuania.

The conference is dedicated to research about civil society in East Asian countries. The organizers are inviting scholars to present their insights on what role civil society is playing in East Asia, in what ways non-governmental sector is organized, what challenges and opportunities civil activists encounter in each country, and what effects civil society has on democracy, peace, international cooperation, sustainable development and other spheres on the global, regional, national and local scale. Approaches from the perspective of political science, history, sociology, economics, anthropology and other sciences are welcome. (more…)

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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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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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school-2276269_1920June 2nd, 5th and 6th, 2017 the public Bachelor thesis defense of the students of East Asian Cultures and Languages program will start from 10:00 am, at the Faculty of Humanities in Putvinskio str. 23, 103 aud. (June 2nd) and 310 aud. (June 5th and 6th). Everybody is invited to listen the presentations and to participate at the discussions.

This year 60 students participate in the defense.

The list of students and their themes.

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Master’s Thesis Defense

books-2158773_1920May 22, 2017 the public Master thesis defense of the students of East Asia Region Studies program will start from 10:00 am, at the Faculty of Humanities (Putvinskio str. 23, 310 aud.). Everybody is invited to listen the presentations and to participate at the discussions.

This year 6 students participate in the defense: (more…)

20170517_130548On May 15-20 the head of the Centre for Asian Studies Aurelijus Zykas visited Stockholm. He stayed for a few days in Stockholm University with Erasmus+ staff training program as well as participated in the 13th Sacred (Nordic Association of Japanese Studies) conference, which this year was organized by the Swedish Institute of International Affairs..

University of Stockholm is one of the largest Asian studies of institutions in Northern Europe. During the stay A. Zykas discussed students encouragement to go to Stockholm University with Erasmus + exchange studies with the staff members of the university. Discussion especially developed for graduate studies cooperation with the Nordic platforms, which would create favorable opportunities for VDU East Asian Studies graduates.

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DSC_7926On May 8th Vytautas Magnus University (VMU) signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Hiroshima University and established Hiroshima University Lithuania Centre.

The Memorandum was signed by Rector of Hiroshima University Prof. Mitsuo Ochi and Rector of VMU Juozas Augutis.  (more…)

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