Every year the Lithuanian Ministry of Education and Science offers scholarships for full-time Master degree studies in Lithuania. In total, 70 such scholarships are offered this year for citizens of 10 countries as well as foreign citizens of Lithuanian origin. The Centre for Asian Studies encourages everyone eligible for Lithuanian state scholarship to use this opportunity to gain high quality Master degree education at Vytautas Magnus University. The deadline for application is May 10, 2017.

One of the most attractive programs available for foreign students is East Asia Region Studies (EARS) program which during its 10 year history had a number of students who came to Kaunas thanks to state scholarships. EARS is the only graduate programme in Lithuania and the Baltic States that is taught in English and focused on East Asian contemporary politics and society. The two-year Master’s degree program is mainly concentrated on modern political, social and economic issues of East Asian countries, i.e. Korea, Japan and China, but also provides possibility for students to study region’s culture, history, traditions, religions, as well as to learn region’s languages. (more…)

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20170304_153020Scholars of the Centre for Asian Studies participated at the International Symposium on Japanese Studies, which was hosted by the University of Bucharest, Center for Japanese Studies on March 4-5. The participants represented the academic institutions of France, Czech Republic, United Kingdom, Slovenia, Belgium and Japan.

Dr Linas Didvalis presented the presentation on the topic “Japanese Forest Culture: Lost between Urbanization, Depopulation and Globalisation”, while PhD student Arvydas Kumpis used the case study of Tsushima conflict to illustrate the Internet Radicalization. Dr. Aurelijus Zykas made a presentation “Challenges for Japan’s Public Diplomacy after 2009”.

The Symposium was a good opportunity not only to present and discuss the newest research, but also to meet the partners of Bucharest, Ljubljana and Prague and to talk regarding Erasmus+ exchange for students and teachers.

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VMU Asian Week 2017

ProfilioWe would like to invite you to participate in Vytautas Magnus University Asian Week 2017 (VMU Asian Week 2017), will take place on March 6–10 in various venues of VMU and other public places.

VMU Asian Week is a one-week long cycle of events, related to East Asia region. It aims to provide a better understanding of the region and to raise awareness about Japan, Korea and China in an accessible and attractive way. The events are open not only to university‘s community but also to everyone interested in East Asia. Asian Week is organized by VMU Centre for Asian Studies together with student clubs „Hashi“, „Wu Wei“ and „Hallyu“, in cooperation with our social partners. (more…)

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GJO-kanbanRecently, Vytautas Magnus University was proposed to establish Global Japan Office, which is to be coordinated by Tokyo University of Foreign Studies (TUFS). This is to become the first centre of this kind in North East Europe.

GJO is based on the TUFS worldwide network of institutions that help to develop Japanese studies, coordinated by Tokyo University of Foreign Studies. In 2014, TUFS was recognized by Japanese Government as one of the Top Global universities in Japan, and since then the establishment of GJOs was started. The establishment of GJO in Kaunas is planned in mid-March. (more…)

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16231218_10155039621939052_803572730_oOn January 24th staff from Centre for Asian Studies and International Relations Coordinator in VMU Faculty of Humanities visited the Korean Cultural Center, located in the Polish capital Warsaw. During the meeting with the director Kim Hyunjin of the Korean Cultural Center our members presented longtime Korean studies in VMU and research based on Korea by the Centre for Asian Studies.  Director of the Korean Cultural Center was pleasantly surprised with Korea related activities in Kaunas and the number and initiative of students interested in Korea. (more…)

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This January a representative of the Centre for Asian Studies dr. Linas Didvalis visited Autonomous University of Madrid (AUM). The visit included discussing study and research cooperation issues with prof. Taciana Fisac, the director of the Center for East Asian Studies at AUM, as well as meeting staff and students representing faculties of humanities and political science. In addition of valuable exchange of experience and good practices, the visit resulted in agreement to start academic staff exchange between VMU and AUM. Student exchange is also under consideration but requires further examination of the match between study programs and formal requirements. (more…)

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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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