Asian Studies Days 2019: Science Policies in Asia


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University of Turku, November 27-28

The Finnish University Network for Asian Studies has organized Asian Studies Days annually since 2010. The event provides a national platform for discussions and networking in Asian studies. It brings together a wide community of people from the academia, business, public administration and civil society with a shared interest in Asia.

This year, the event focuses on science policies in Asian countries. The theme is topical in several ways. China’s emergence as a science power has raised much attention during the recent years, both within academia and in media. At the same time, many other Asian front-runners of science and technology have been left in shadow: countries such as Japan, South Korea, India, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand have significant science capacities. At the same time, developing countries in Asia are actively building academic infrastructure. The region has own structures and patterns in science cooperation, supported by ASEAN and regional science powers. In many Asian countries, the role of the government in the steering of academic research is getting stronger.

The goal of the Asian Studies Days is to discuss science and university policies in Asian countries. In addition to recent trends, the topics deal with the prospects and challenges in the implementation of those policies, both in domestic and global context. This event will deepen our understanding of the specific features in the academic environment in those countries: what should we be aware of when pursuing cooperation with Asian actors. The discussions will help to develop realistic and sustainable cooperation with Asian countries in the field of science and technology.



Wednesday November 27, 12:00-17.00

Welcoming words
Jukka Kola, Rector of the University of Turku

Introduction to the event
Outi Luova, Director of the University Network for Asian Studies

Keynote presentations, commentaries and discussion
Christian Göbel, Professor, Department of East Asian Studies, University of Vienna

Coffee break

Panel discussion ”Emerging trends and hot topics in Asian science field”
Confirmed participants:
Anna Korpi, Councellor, Education and Science, Embassy of Finland in Singapore
Mari-Anna Suurmunne, Councellor, Education and Science, Embassy of Finland in Beijing
Jarkko Mutanen, PhD, coordinator of the FinCEAL Plus BRIDGES Asia


18.00-19:30 Light dinner arranged by the City of Turku at the Turku City Hall


Thursday November 28

9.00-15.00 Doctoral seminar
Submission of abstracts to the seminar is opened in August.