Cooperation and International News

Network in East Asia

IN-EAST cooperates in research and training with highly regarded partners in East Asia such as the University of Tokyo and Renmin University in Beijing. Its network of more than 20 partner universities in East Asia is strengthened and extended by a very active exchange of undergraduate and graduate students.

Mercator Institute for China Studies (MERICS)

In July 2014, IN-EAST and the Faculty of East Asian Studies at Ruhr University Bochum (RUB) strengthened their close cooperation with the Mercator Institute for China Studies (MERICS) in Berlin. MERICS, an independent think tank founded by the Stiftung Mercator foundation to analyse political, economic, social, technological and ecological developments in China and their international impact, was simultaneously granted affiliated institute status of both universities. The aim is to coordinate future activities in common areas of interest and unlock research synergies.


IN-EAST has not only built up research networks with renowned partners in East Asia. In Europe, too, the Institute is actively involved in EastAsiaNet, a forum of leading European institutes for contemporary East Asian studies. The members meet at least once a year to exchange the latest research results and initiate new research projects.

Alliance for Research on East Asia (AREA Ruhr)

Together with the Faculty of East Asian Studies at Ruhr University Bochum, IN-EAST launched a new joint research alliance in 2016 to combine the more humanities-oriented approach of Bochum with the economic and social science approach of the UDE. A research training group on “Transnational Institution Building and Transnational Identities in East Asia”, funded by Stiftung Mercator, was set up in autumn 2017, and a joint Master’s programme in Transnational East Asian Studies will be introduced in 2018.

Research Fellows and Guest Professors at INEAST

In 2016, IN-EAST and the Käte Hamburger Kolleg/Centre for Global Cooperation Research launched a joint Fellowship Programme in which junior researchers and internationally established researchers worked together for six months on topics related to cooperation in and with East Asia. IN-EAST has also benefited through its other research programmes from the input of many international scholars who have collaborated on current projects or shared their expertise to advance research at IN-EAST.