Doing justice to the growing geopolitical weight of East Asia

Based on the Anglo-American concept of discipline-based regional studies (area studies), selected theories and research perspectives are deployed at IN-EAST to analyse the economy, politics and society of East Asia and are brought together in interdisciplinary projects. The aim is to contribute to the understanding of the development of modern societies in East Asia, their international relations and their increasingly important role in the world. In doing so, the Institute increasingly relies on cooperation with partners inside and outside UDE and builds bridges in its research projects from the social sciences and economics to the humanities and the technical and scientific fields.

IN-EAST attaches particular importance to the close integration of research and teaching. This applies to the bachelor’s and master’s programmes offered and is implemented with great commitment, especially in the structured doctoral and postdoc programmes.

In June 2019, the Institute celebrated its 25th anniversary. Former German President Christian Wulff delivered the ceremonial address, and together with other prominent speakers paid tribute to the work of IN-EAST.