Senior Coordinator of the Centre for Asian Studies, Japanese language lecturer Ms. Kayako Takagi has participated in the recent International Conference on Japanese Language Teaching (日本語教育連絡会議) that was held on September 6-7, 2019 in University of Vienna (Austria).  Ms. Takagi made a presentation (“A case report of Tadoku in Reading Club of Vytautas Magnus University”) about the activities of extensive reading in Japanese reading club that she established in Vytautas Magnus University in 2018.

International Conference on Japanese Teaching is being organized since 1988 by Japanese language teachers and is dedicated for Japanese language teaching in and around Eastern Europe. This year it was the 32nd Conference that have gathered nearly 50 experts from various European countries and Japan. Centre for Asian studies is planning to hold this conference in Kaunas next year.

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Summer going in a full speed, employees of the Centre for Asian Studies announce vacation. Therefore, if you are planning to visit CAS during July 8th  – August 2nd , we would like to kindly ask you to inform us in advance via Facebook or We apologize for inconveniences.

We express our gratitude to the students, students’ clubs and our partners for the fruitful collaboration during the past school year. We wish you to have a good rest and gather energy and new ideas for the upcoming semester.

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We would like to invite you to a lecture about the factors that determine the learning of foreign languages, especially Korean by Professor Heo Yong from Hankuk University of Foreign Studies (South Korea). The lecture will be held in English.

How does language acquisition differ when we learn our native tongue and a foreign language? What factors are at play when we try to improve our foreign language skills? The special lecture by professor Heo dabs into the topic by taking the learning of the Korean language as an example. Cases highlighted in the lecture display how native language can both help and hinder the acquisition of the foreign tongue.

Having received a master’s and a Ph.D. in Linguistics from SOAS University of London, Prof. Heo has served the dean of the HUFS Center for Korean Language and Culture and the chief of the International Association for Korean Language Education. (more…)

The Centre for Asian Studies invites all interested in China, Japan and 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.

EARS program’s applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree of humanities or social studies. Same as earlier, the best and most motivated students will be encouraged to study at least one semester abroad at one of our partner universities in East Asia. After graduation students acquire the MA degree of political science. All the courses of the program are taught in English. Research paper and master’s thesis are also written in English.

More information about the program, the application process and other requirements can be found in EARS page. Application deadline: June 27th.

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VMU Centre for Asian Studies together with Asitaski and Embassy of Japan in Lithuania invites everyone to the premiere of the movie “Mikoshi Guy” in Lithuania. The screening of the movie will take place on 17th of June, at 6:00 PM at VMU Multifunctional Research and Studies Centre, room 103 (V. Putvinskio st. 23, Kaunas). The event will be held in English and is free and open to all. The movie will be screened in original language with English subtitles.

In Japan due to the ongoing demographic changes the younger generation is moving out of smaller habitats to the big cities. Due to this a lot of local celebrations (matsuri) are not happening. In order to preserve matsuri culture the main character of the movie Nobuya Miyata is participating in 50 local celebrations every year. The documentary “Mikoshi Guy” portrays how matsuri is uniting people. This power of bonds is traveling to Europe. Nobuya begins to participate in “Karneval der Kulturen” festival in Berlin (Germany) and presents Japanese matsuri culture. (more…)

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On May 25th, VMU Centre for Asian Studies invites all to try out Chinese calligraphy. During the workshop guests will have an opportunity to learn how to write “I am Lithuanian” and “Happy New Year” in Chinese additionally, to learn how to draw crabs, bamboos and flowers.

The workshop will be held in English.

This event is a part of “Putvinskis street days 2019” program, which is organized by Kaunas Artists’ House. All events are free of charge. More about the festival: Putvinskio gatvės diena 2019

Students thesis defense

Everybody interested in East Asia are invited to listen to the defense of students final thesis. 

Public Master thesis defense of the students of East Asia Region Studies will take place on May 22 nd, 2019 and public Bachelor thesis defense of the students of East Asian Cultures and Languages will take place on June 3-5. All defenses will be taking place at 10:00 AM in room 310, V. Putvinskio st. 23.

This year 5 Master students and  47 Bachelor students are defending their thesis.

The list of Master students and their topics.
The list of Bachelor students and their topics.

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The Centre for Asian Studies continues “Time for Asia” events and invites you on April 30 o an open lecture given by a visiting professor Jorge Garzón. The guest from Torcuato di Tella University (Buenos Aires, Argentina) will speak on topic “Overlapping regionalism in East Asia”. As the speaker describes:

The term overlapping regionalism describes the phenomenon of states increasingly choosing to participate in multiple regional organizations which also have often similar policy competencies. This raises the puzzle of why states seek membership in several regional organizations at the same time? Or why states do not use already existing regional organizations to cooperate? The overlap of regional organizations raises also questions regarding its consequences for regional order and regional integration. Do they facilitate cooperation among states or rather contribute to regional fragmentation? In the course we will analyze and discuss these questions with help of examples from East Asia.

The lecture will be held on April 30 (Tuesday) from 15:00 at Putvinskio str. 23-101, Kaunas. The lecture will be in English and is free and open to all. (more…)

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We are sorry to inform you that the event is being cancelled due to illness and it is planned to be moved to June. Detailed information will be published later.

 On May 9th, Thursday, 18:00 in room 414 (V. Putvinskio st. 23, IV floor) VMU Centre for Asian Studies organizes public lecture about Zen meditation and yoga practice “The Invitation to Zen Practice”. The event will be held in English, is free of charge and open to all.

VMU will be visited by three guests from Japan: Zen Buddhism monk Sohaku Matsushita, light artist Mr. Suguru Funaki and yoga instructor Ms. Rie Sumi. In the beginning of the event Mr. S. Funaki will present Japanese hand-made lanterns made from Japanese paper.

Instructor Ms. Rie Sumi will demonstrate yoga practice. Yoga is an important part of Zen Buddhism because Buddha was a yoga practitioner who mastered the correct posture and breathing methods which allowed him to become one with the universe. During the yoga practices he entered into the deep concentration “smadhi” and experienced “satori” – he was enlightened by the morning star. (more…)

On April the 15th, VMU’s Dragons Academy at the Centre for Asian Studies together with the students from Korean culture club “Hallyu”, Japanese culture club “Hashi” and Chinese culture club “Wu Wei” visited Alytus “Jotvingiai” gymnasium. In celebration of the second anniversary of Alytus Orientalist Club activities, the students at the gymnasium were given lectures on the languages and cultures of East Asia. Also, cultural workshops were held, where students had the opportunity not only to get to know the art of calligraphy, origami, Chinese papercutting, but at the same time got a chance to interact with international exchange students from East Asia.

Dragons Academy is a network of formal and informal educational institutions, coordinated by the Center of Asian Studies of Vytautas Magnus University. The academy was founded in 2017 with the aim to spread the knowledge about the East (more…)