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The Baltic Alliance for Asian Studies (BAAS) Second Conference in Tartu 

From 7th to 9th April 2016 there will be held The Baltic Alliance for Asian Studies (BAAS) Second Conference in Tartu that brings together scholars in Asian/Oriental Studies from the universities of three Baltic Countries as well as abroad. Deadline for submitting the panel proposals is 31th October 2015 and for individual papers and poster presentations - 30th November 2015.

Please find all the information about the Conference from the letter attached or Conference homepage that will be periodically updated.


Lecture: The New Economic Model for Malaysia: Breaking out of the middle income trap 

Malaya University professor Datuk Norma Binti Mansor will give a lecture "The New Economic Model for Malaysia: Breaking out of the middle income trap" 13.05 at 15.00 in TTÜ (SOC-426). Please register at


Confucianism and Innovation – Wolfgang Drechsler’s Spring Visit to China and Japan

Wolfgang Drechsler, Professor and Chair of Governance at the TUT Ragnar Nurkse School and Vice Dean for International Relations, served for the local Spring Term 2015 as Visiting Professor of Public Administration and Technology Management at Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, being affiliated with its Research Institute for Development Strategy (RIDS), which is also a national-level center. “Zheda” is one of China’s classic top 9 universities and one of the three leading entrepreneurial ones in the country. Drechsler taught a full graduate class on “Technology & Society”, conducted a PhD seminar, and gave public lectures on “Confucian Public Administration: New Developments” (for the Department of Public Policy) and “Innovation in Context: Theory and Practice”. Further cooperation between RNS and RIDS, particularly on the research and project level, has been scheduled.

After Hangzhou, Professor Drechsler went to Tokyo, hosted by Meiji University, to conduct interviews – primarily on the topic of Confucianism in Japanese Public Administration, but also on the challenges facing the Japanese bureaucracy, including e-Governance – with high-ranking civil servants in several ministries and government agencies, as well as with academic colleagues. This visit concludes the first full round of his project to investigate today’s role of Confucianism in the Public Administration of all six Asian systems usually labeled Confucian: China, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, and Vietnam.


Afghanistan 35 - riik mineviku ja tuleviku teelahkmel

A conference on Afghanistan's past and present state will be held 26.02 in Tartu. For furhther information plase see the link.


Lectures on China's business culture

The course “Chinese mindset, development and reflections in business behavior and management” will be held February 19-21 at Tartu University by Joseph C.P. Lau from Singapure. 

For furhther information plase see the link.


Seminar: "An assessment of government-guided economic growth model: its merits and de-merits – the case of Korea"

Dr. Dong Hyeon Jung, Prof. Emeritus of Pusan National University, Korea.
Time: 26th of Nevember 14.15
Place: Economicum, Tartu University (Narva mnt 4, Tartu)



Korea: Traditional Features in Modern Society

Public lecture ‘Korea: Traditional Features in Modern Society’ by Prof. Elena Kondratyeva (Russian State University for the Humanities, Institute for Oriental and Classical Studies). The lecture supported by the Korean Foundation will be held 07.11 at 4pm at Uus sadama 5, Mare maja, M-134ab

The discussion will include the following topics:

Korean History and Ethnic relations.
Religious Beliefs: phenomenon of adaptation.
Traditional features in Material Culture of Korea: architecture, food, clothing.
Influence of Confucianism on Culture and Society.
Korean Arts and Humanities: literature, calligraphy, performance arts.
Most representative symbols of Korean Culture.


Dong Hyeon Jung's seminar Debates on Korean Chaebol”

The Seminar will be held on October 22nd at 16:00 in room SOC-214 at Akadeemia tee 3 (campus of the Tallinn University of Technology).

The seminar is held in English. Everyone is welcome!


Abstract: Chaebol is big business conglomerate (Samsung for example), comprising a large number of diversified affiliate companies, controlled by single owner chairman who wields absolute power. Korea has a chaebol-dominant economy and is controversial. The proponents argue that chaebol is prime mover of success and Korea needs even more chaebols to maintain the momentum of growth; opponents attack them on the grounds that pervasive unfair deals in favor of inter-affiliates, undue inheritance, chummy ties with government, and monopolized economic power. The presentation reviews the chaebol and Korean economic growth.


Asia Studies Centre in Estonia will be founded in summer 2015. 

Asian Studies Centre in Estonia brings scholars working on Asian economics, politics or society into one network. The centre is led by the Tallinn University but also encompasses  the University of Tartu and the Tallinn Technical University.

The goals of the centre is to pool and consolidate Estonian scholarly research on Asia into one organisation which would have international reputation and could cooperate with other similar centres abroad. Moreover, the centre aims to provide knowledge and research for Estonian state as well as business sectors on Asia-specific subjects and thereby boost Estonia's development. In the future this centre strives to grow into a proper centre of excellence.


Ragnar Nurkse School of Innovation and Governance Faculty Seminar

Aeg: teisipäev, 13 Mai 2014, 15:00-16:30

Koht: TTÜ sotsiaalteaduste maja, X-426

Zhichang Zhu, University of Hull Business School:


"Confucius has long been depicted in conventional stereotype as conservative, backward-looking, anti-change and hostile to Innovation. This research seminar re-discovers Confucius’ innovative spirit and presents the Confucian way of Innovation. Confucius’ teaching on technical competence, situated creativity and social legitimacy contributes useful insights to innovations in our modern/post-modern age."

Zhichang Zhu’s formal education stopped when he was sixteen due to China’s ‘Cultural Revolution’. Zhichang was a Maoist Red Guard, farm labourer, shop assistant, lorry driver, enterprise manager, IS/IT consultant and university teacher in China, Singapore and England. Without a high school certificate and university first degree, he earned a Masters and a Doctoral degree, supported by British scholarships. Zhichang is currently a reader in strategy and management at the University of Hull Business School (UK). His main research interest is reform and corporate strategy. Zhichang’s recent book "Pragmatic Strategy" (co-authored with Ikujiro Nonaka, Cambridge University Press) was listed as Best Business Books of the Year by "Strategy+Business".


First Baltic Conference of Oriental Studies

On 3.-4. April Vilnius University's Centre of Oriental Studies will host (Orientalistikos Centras, the First Baltic Conference of Oriental Studies. 

For further information please see


Teachings of David R. Loy in Estonia

This fall the famous American philosopher and zen teacher David R. Loy visited Estonia. His lectures and seminars took place at the University of Tartu (24–26 September) and Tallinn University (1–3 October) as well as the Estonian Institute of Buddhism (4 October). He also conducted a 4-day teaching event at Männiku forest farm near Viljandi (27–30 September).  
During Loy's visit the Tallinn Buddha House published the Estonian translation of his book  "Money, Sex, War, Karma: Notes for a Buddhist Revolution" (Wisdom Publications 2008) (translator Kai Vassiljeva, editor Märt Läänemets). 

  • You can watch the lectures given by David R. Loy at the University of Tartu for free here
  • You can buy the Estonian translation of the book "Money, Sex, War, Karma: Notes for a Buddhist Revolution" (Wisdom Publications 2008) at the Tallinn Budakoda (Luha Street 1, or Centre of Oriental Studies at the University of Tartu (Jakobi Street 2-119). The book is also available at Rahva Raamat and Apollo bookstores.

David Loy is a professor of Buddhist and comparative philosophy. His BA is from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota, and he studied analytic philosophy at King’s College, University of London. His MA is from the University of Hawaii in Honolulu and his PhD is from the National University of Singapore. His dissertation was published by Yale University Press as Nonduality: A Study in Comparative Philosophy. He was senior tutor in the Philosophy Department of Singapore University (later the National University of Singapore) from 1978 to 1984. From 1990 until 2005 he was professor in the Faculty of International Studies, Bunkyo University, Chigasaki, Japan. In January 2006 he became the Besl Family Chair Professor of Ethics/Religion and Society with Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio, a visiting position that ended in September 2010. In April 2007 David Loy was visiting scholar at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. From January to August 2009 he was a research scholar with the Institute for Advanced Study, the Hebrew University, Jerusalem. From September through December 2012 he was in residence at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado, with a Lenz Fellowship. He is a prolific author, whose essays and books have been translated into many languages. (David Loy's CV


The EU SME Centre is pleased to announce the launch of its online portal

The EU SME Centre provides a comprehensive range of hands-on support services to European Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs), assisting them to establish, develop and maintain commercial activities in the Chinese market.
The new website offers free, practical information and confidential advice to assist Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) from the European Union to gain a clearer insight into conducting business in China.

Browsing the website gives SMEs access to professional support services that answer real questions on business development, legal requirements and export issues specific to the Chinese market, such as how to obtain licences and comply with standards, how to hire and train employees, where to find reliable local service providers, or simply find out if there is a market for particular products and services.

The online Knowledge Centre houses a library of materials including market reports, guidelines and case studies, and aims to be a valuable source of information for professionals, companies and trade promotion agencies developing commercial activities in China.

See The EU SME Centre overview here