Cooperation and International Projects

Network in East Asia

IN-EAST cooperates with renowned partners in East Asia, such as the University of Tokyo and Renmin University in Beijing, within the framework of various teaching activities and research projects. The network with more than 20 partners in East Asia is strengthened and further expanded by a very lively, mutual exchange of students and doctoral candidates from Duisburg and East Asia.

Mercator Institute for China Studies (MERICS)

In July 2014, IN-EAST and the Faculty of East Asian Studies of Ruhr University Bochum (RUB) strengthened their cooperation with the Mercator Institute for China Studies based in Berlin. At the same time, MERICS was awarded the status of an affiliated institute of both universities. The Mercator Institute for China Studies, founded in 2013, is an independent research institute (think tank) based in Berlin. It analyses political, economic, social, technological and ecological developments in China and their international impact. In future, activities in common areas of interest are to be coordinated and synergies released.


IN-EAST has not only established research networks with renowned partners in East Asia. In Europe, too, the Institute is active in the EastAsiaNet network, in which leading European institutes of contemporary East Asian studies have joined together. The members meet at least once a year to exchange research results and initiate new projects.

Alliance for Research on East Asia Ruhr (AREA Ruhr)

In 2016, IN-EAST 2016 established a new cooperation with the Faculty of East Asian Studies at Ruhr University Bochum, bringing together the approaches to East Asian studies based in humanities with the economic and social-science approaches at UDE. In autumn 2017, a post-graduate programme on Transnational Institution Building and Transnational Identities, funded by Stiftung Mercator, was launched together with colleagues from Bochum.