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On April 25th Sugihara Group for Kaunas-Japan Relations Development was established. The Group will be approved by the decree of the Mayor of Kaunas. The main purpose of the Group is to bring together a range of organizations and active Kaunas residents, who are contributing to the relations between Japan and Kaunas.
The group is formed by representatives of different organizations responsible of different fields. Deputy Mayor of Kaunas, Mr. S. Kairys was appointed as a chairman. The members of the group are Member of Parliament Dr. Arūnas Gelūnas, Chairman of the Board of Sugihara Foundation “Diplomats for Life” Mr. R. Garbaravičius and various representatives from the sectors of tourism (Kaunas IN, hotels, restaurants, travel companies), business (the manager of Salon “Cosy Homes” Ms. A. Kavaliauskaitė , representative of Hitachi Mr. A. Geležauskas), culture (director of M.K. Čiurlionis Museum Mr. O. Daugelis, manager of Dance Theatre Aura Ms. B. Letukaitė, head of the choir “Varpelis” Mr. K. Plančiūnas), education and others.
The Centre for Asian Studies is inviting everyone interested in East Asia and especially in Taiwan to one more “Time for Asia” event. This time we are honored to have a lecture “Taiwan’s Dynamic Civil Society” presented by the Head of the Taipei Mission in Latvia Mr. Rong-Chuan Wu. Mr. Wu will talk about Taiwan’s social activists, non-governmental organizations, their domestic and international achievements, as well as civil society’s impact to Taiwan’s democracy and development. The event will be held on April 24 (Monday) from 11:15 at Donelaicio st. 52, room 422.
Rong-Chuan Wu was appointed to Taipei Mission in Latvia in August, 2016. Before that, he represented Taiwan in Canada, USA, Dominica and other countries. Mr. Wu has an international affairs MA degree from the School of Foreign Services at Georgetown University in Washington DC. (more…)
On April 21st the Center for Korean Studies of the University of Latvia in cooperation with the Centre for Asian Studies (Vytautas Magnus University) organized the 3rd Baltic Seminar on Korean Studies.It was held at VMU Small Hall. The seminar attracted participants not only from the Baltic states but also from Sweden, Finland, South Korea and other countries. The first half of the seminar was be focused on discussing the situation of Korean studies in the Baltic States while the remaining part was dedicated to presentations about Korean language. (more…)
On May 12th evening (6 p.m.) we invite to participate in the performance of Kabuki Theatre. The event will be held in the Big Hall of Vytautas Magnus University (Daukanto st. 28).
Kabuki dance performance is an exclusive Japanese cultural event in Lithuania. The last kabuki performance in our country was held more than 15 years ago. This time 22 members of the troupe led by dancers and kabuki actor Fujima Takamasa (藤間貴雅) are coming to Kaunas, Lithuania. Artists will present both the traditional Japanese dance and the kabuki theater. This performance will be unique because one of the parts of the performance will be performed by the professional performers and VMU students together.
In the past few months the Centre for Asian Studies (CAS) together with VMU’s Japanese language teachers and international partners were working on a project financed by Japan Foundation’s “Sakura Network” program. The project was focused on expanding japonukalba.vdu.lt – a page that provides freely accessible Japanese language lessons in Lithuanian language for independent learning. (more…)
Time for Asia is back with an event that is focused on Chinese subcultures. This upcoming Tuesday (April 11) expert on China Alex Fratila will talk about skinheads and alternative punk movements in China and present several alternative groups/bands in Beijing, their creed, lifestyle, Western influences and the impact that they have on the Chinese society and youth. The event is free and open for all. It will take place from 11:15 at Donelaicio str. 52, room 322.
“Time for Asia” is a cycle of events, organised by the Centre for Asian Studies and aimed to present contemporary issues and topics in the fields of Asian politics, society and economics.
At the end of March a representative of the Centre for Asian Studies Lina Petrauskaitė visited Ca’ Foscari University of Venice. During the visit she got to know three different departments of university – International Office, Communication Office and the Department of Asian and North African Studies. (more…)
Last week, VMU concluded signing cooperation agreements with two new partner universities in East Asia. In total, there are 38 such agreements now with institutions in the region.
Tōyō University became most recent and already 17th partner that VMU has in Japan. The university has more than 30 000 students who pursue their studies in 11 different faculties. Enrio Inoue, who established Tōyō University in 1887, was a famous philosopher of Japanese Buddhism. Representatives of the university visited the Centre for Asian studies last summer, and after negotiations the meeting resulted in signing the agreement. VMU and Tōyō University has plans to cooperate in different fields, including designing and launching a double degree study program of area studies.
National Dong Hwa University is the fourth VMU partner from Taiwan. It has 10 000 students and is located in Hualian prefecture – a very scenic mountainous part of the eastern part of Taiwan. Agreement with the university was signed during the visit of VMU vice-rector prof. Ineta Dabašinskienė.
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…)
Confucius Institute at Vilnius University invites you to participate in the contest of “Chinese Bridge”. The contest will take place on May 6th at Vilnius University Faculty of Philology, in auditorium named K. Donelaitis. The start of the contest is 10 am. (more…)
Confucius Institute of Vilnius University invites students to participate in Summer Camp in China which will be held July 4-18, 2017. The camp contains Chinese language and culture lectures in Liaoning University as well as various excursions and other activities in different cities of China.
Participants must be students majoring in Chinese cultural studies or students of Confucius Institute (not younger than 17 and not older than 30). Eligible students must provide HSK 1st or 2nd level, or HSKK 1st level exam. (more…)
Meiji University (Japan) invites you to two unique short-term programs taught in English – Cool Japan and Japanese law.
Meiji University Cool Japan summer program will be held from July 21 – August 2, 2017. This is a 13 day program, comprised of a series of lectures, workshops and field trips on a wide variety of subjects relating to Japan’s contemporary images – from manga, anime and music, to fashion, the latest technology and cuisine. Participants will be able to investigate the diverse aspects of Japanese society and uncover their underlying traditional elements as well.
English will be used throughout the course, so Japanese Language ability is not required. (more…)
Kansai Gaidai university (Japan) is pleased to inform you about the updated information regarding the Asian Studies Summer Program 2017 at KGU.
This six-week program offers the combination of an elementary Japanese language course with lecture course in Asian Studies,
which will lay a foundation for understanding about Japan and its people. (more…)