“The Asian century is set to begin” – declared Financial Times in 2019 by crunching statistical data and summarizing research done by leading political scientists and economists. With this world-changing trend in mind, VMU launched the master’s degree programme of East Asia Region Studies (EARS) in 2007 making it the first and only graduate programme in the Baltic States that is taught in English and focused on East Asian contemporary politics and society.
In addition to providing core knowledge about modern political, economic and social developments of East Asian countries, i.e. Korea, Japan and China, the programme also creates an encouraging environment for students to design their own study plan according to their research ambitions. As a result, students can further expand their knowledge in region’s history, languages, culture or other fields. In addition, motivated students have a possibility to study at least one semester abroad not only in other European countries but also at one of many VMU’s partner universities in East Asia.
Feedback of lecturers and students
“Thanks to these studies I found new friends in East Asia, had unforgettable experiences and gained valuable knowledge, encompassing both theory and practice. I encourage everyone who will be studying in this programme after me to use all the opportunities it provides.”
Julija Vasilenko, programme alumna, Coordinator for International Relations at Lithuanian University of Health Sciences
“I am glad to see that year after year this programme acts as a meeting spot for young ambitious people with different backgrounds to exchange ideas, learn new things, and then continue their life journeys building ties with China, Japan or Korea in the business sector, academia, public institutions or other areas. I think I can speak on behalf of all professors teaching in the programme that working with such a diverse pool of students is a rewarding experience.”
Asst. Prof. Dr. Linas Didvalis, lecturer of international relations in East Asia and contemporary Japanese politics
- Knowledge of contemporary politics, economics and society of China, Japan and Korea.
- Ability to critically analyse East Asian political, economic and social processes in the domestic and international context.
- Understanding of development trends in East Asian countries and changing region’s role in the world.
- Effective communication skills across East Asian cultures and audiences at a personal and professional level.
- Ability to use research, communication and evaluation skills in diverse career fields.
Master Degree students have a possibility to take part in various exchange programmes (bilateral exchange, Erasmus+) for studies and internships and get monthly scholarships. VMU has more than 50 partner universities in East Asian countries, including such top-ranked universities as Korea University, Waseda University, Beijing Normal University, Akita International University, Seoul National University and others.
The programme is aimed at preparing qualified specialists to work in:
- the private sector that seeks to develop business relations with East Asian countries;
- governmental institutions (including diplomatic missions and international governmental organisations, such as EU or UN) that have departments managing relations with China, Japan or Korea;
- think tanks conducting East Asia related analytical work;
- education institutions of all levels that require teachers or administrators with specialized regional knowledge;
- civil society organisations seeking to build ties or conduct activities in East Asia.
In addition, acquiring master’s degree allows graduates of the programme to continue their studies at PhD level in the field of social sciences both in Lithuanian and foreign universities.
- Bachelor degree diploma in Humanities or Social Sciences. It is recommended that the Bachelor degree diploma should have 6 ECTS in Social Sciences, 4 ECTS in Humanities and 10 ECTS in Political Science related subjects.
- Proof of English Language: applicant has to present document proving B2 level (TOEFL 87-109 iBT/534-633 PBT, IELTS 5-6,5, Cambridge English First (FCE), BEC Vantage, Michigan ECCE, PTE General Level 3, TOEIC Listening & Reading 785, TOEIC Speaking & Writing 310) if the applicant is not native speaker and/or had not received education in English.
- Admission score is counted based on: Arithmetic average of bachelor degree diploma supplement all subjects* 0.5 + Evaluation of bachelor thesis or final examination * 0.3 + Motivation letter * 0.2.
In case there is no evaluation of bachelor thesis or final examination, arithmetic average of bachelor degree diploma supplement all subjects * 0.8.