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Casa Asia brings together the Academic World specialised in Asian Studies

Casa Asia brings together the Academic World specialised in Asian Studies

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Next Monday 27th of May the 2013 Meeting of Asian Studies will be held at Casa Asia, which will gather more than 30 experts and university teachers of Asian Studies from all over Spain, as well as representatives of the public administrations with competences within the academic field.

The conference, which will begin at 10.30am will include two opening lectures: “Presentation of Asian Studies and of the Pacific in France” delivered by Jeanne-Yvonee Goffinet, General Secretary of the Réseau Asie of the National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), and “Presentation of the New Study Plan in China”, given by Chang Shiru, Co-Director of the Confucius Institute of Barcelona.

This meeting aims to offer a platform of encounter and dialogue to discuss the issues that affect Asian studies in Spain, to present new degrees and to learn about achieved advances and the challenges that can exist in their implementation.

The conference is divided in three work meetings. In the first place the current situation of these studies in Spain will be analysed and the needs on a general and particular level will be discussed in order to improve this offer, including degrees and grants. Moreover, the need to reedit the White Paper of Asian studies in Spain and the possible financing sources for its reedition and and future update, including the creation of a digital platoform in order to be spread.

This meeting was called for in 2002 for the first time under the name of Academic Meeting and it was born with the purpose to become a useful tool to help to promote the development of Asian studies in the country. This year it is called Meeting of Asian Studies, where Casa Asia would like to promote the creation of new exchange networks among academic and institutional actors and representatives of the civil society to favour the development of Asian studies.

Ten Years approaching Asia

The 2003-2004 year modified the Spanish academic panorama because the studies about East Asia started up with three degrees in four universities: University Autonomous of Madrid, University Autonomous of Barcelona jointly with University Pompeu Fabra, the online degree of the Open University of Catalonia and the Master of the University of Barcelona, which included other areas of Asia and the Pacific, such as Central Asia, South Asia and Australia.

Back then there was an unequal framework in comparison with Europe, which for decades had degrees, postgraduate courses, masters and PhD programmes with specialities clearly differentiated for each one of the regions. Ten years later, there are almost 80 Spanish universities that have study programmes about Asia at their disposal. The recommencement of these work meetings would like to analyse the situation of Asian studies in the country and difficulties, needs and improvements to be taken place within the existing offer, like the importance of broadening regions of study and the training of specialists (Central Asia, South Asia or Southeast Asia), to strengthen grant and inter-university programmes, as well as to promote and make easier mobility among teachers, researchers and students both ways.

Apart from superior education, a growing demand in other very specific social sectors has also been noticed, like training for business people, groups of immigrants or courses for children from Asia. In the last meetings, the importance of including Asian languages in secondary and primary education stood out.

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