In 2016, the MA program of East Asia Region Studies (EARS) went through a detailed inner and outer evaluation process coordinated by the Centre for Quality Assessment in Higher Education and a special committee that was comprised of such program stakeholders as lecturers, students and social partners. The evaluation culminated with the visit of independent experts’ group that visited VMU on November and gathered information necessary to prepare the final report.

This week the evaluation report was presented to CAS with very favorable results – the EARS program received high points in all six evaluation areas, such as program aims, curriculum design, teaching staff, facilities, study process and management. As a result, the program was accredited for the maximum period of 6 years. In the report, experts also proposed direction for further improvements in the program. The EARS committee will take these suggestions into consideration and strive to maintain high quality of East Asian studies at VMU. (more…)

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Happy New Year!

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Support from CCKF

cckf-logo1Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange approved the Library expansion project which was submitted this autumn. According to the project, during upcoming 3 years Asian Books Space will acquire publications for 9000 USD. Books will be dedicated to Chinese studies – from Chinese language workbooks to monographs on Chinese politics, history, culture, etc. This is the third project, funded by CCKF. Centre for Asian Studies is constantly looking for expansion sources for Asian Books Space, which was opened this autumn.

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Please, visit our expanded homepage, where the main books, events and personalities, related on Asian studies in Lithuania are presented.

coverOn December 13th the Centre For Asian Studies, in cooperation with the Lithuanian Association of Literary Translators, invites all students of Japanese or Korean languages, to a free and open translation workshop. Workshop will be held from 1 pm at Putvinskio str. 23-412.

During half day long workshop participants will be able to learn what tools are useful in text translation, what should be the process of translation, how to deal with challenges and how to achieve high quality translation. During practical exercises participants will be able to try their hand in translating a short text into Lithuanian language and get answers to all their questions. (more…)

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south-korea-239106_1280Centre for Asian Studies continues cycle of events under the title “Time for Asia”. The second event will take place on the 28th of November, at 11:15, in Donelaicio str. 52-322. The presenter will be visiting professor from Korea Foundation Dr. Yu-Ree Kim holding a lecture The Two Koreas in Post-Cold War era: Cooperation and Crisis.

This lecture will go through the process and changes of the North-South relations focusing on the 25 years of economic cooperation tryouts which finally came to an end in 2016 due to the worsening North Korea nuclear problem, in the regional context of Northeast Asia. What can we learn from these 25 years in order to better predict the future situation in the Korean Peninsula? Can we expect more tensions and even war, or the opposite – unification and peace? (more…)

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konkursas (logotipas)2

VMU Centre for Asian Studies invites you to participate in the competition. The main goal of the competition is to create a logo for a cycle of events called “Time for Asia”.

What to do? (more…)

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tomoko akoCentre for Asian Studies starts a new cycle of events under the title “Time for Asia”. The first event will take place on the 24th of October, at 11:15, in Daukanto str. 52-322. The first presenter will be Professor from Tokyo University, Dr Tomoko Ako, holding a lecture under the title „Is China on the Cusp of a Middle-Class Revolt?“.

The aim of the lecture is to unveil the peculiarities of middle-class in China, delineating differences between urban and rural dwellers. Click here for the abstract of the lecture. The lecture will be succeeded by the discussion and Q&A session in which we encourage you to participate as well. We are grateful for the partners of the event, Embassy of Japan in Lithuania. (more…)

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This September, a partnership in research was established between the Centre for Asian Studies and the Embassy of People’s Republic of China in Lithuania. On the basis of Embassy’s request, the Centre prepared a report about upcoming Lithuanian parliamentary election and how different outcome scenarios could impact Lithuania-China relationship. We hope this marks a beginning of increased cooperation between the Centre and China’s Embassy.

The Centre for Asian Studies is regularly engaged in research activities related to Japan, Korea, China or East Asia region as a whole. This includes research conducted directly for institutions or businesses that seek to create stronger links between Lithuania and East Asia. That includes the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania, the Embassy of Japan in Lithuania, and others.

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