About Us

Finnish University Network for Asian Studies

The Finnish University Network for Asian Studies was established in 1996 and has provided e-learning courses on Asia since 1999.


The goal of the Network is to complement and strengthen teaching, doctoral education and expert activities on Asia at the Network’s member universities. In addition, it aims to  promote multidisciplinary cooperation and distribution of work among the universities in the Network. The Network also promotes international cooperation in particular with universities in the Asian region.


The Asia Network arranges online courses on the Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD level. In addition, it annually organises Asian Studies Days, which provide a national platform for discussions and networking in Asian studies. During the Asian Studies Days, the Network  publishes the annually updated catalogue “Academic Research Projects on Asia in Finland”.

The Network actively disseminates information related to Asian studies and research for example via the asianet-mailing list and through social media. The Network also takes part in the discussions on science and education policy with regard to Asia.


The Director of the Network is University lecturer Outi Luova, Vice-Director of the Centre for East Asian Studies at the University of Turku. The coordination unit of the Asia Network is located in the Centre for East Asian Studies at the University of Turku.

During the agreement period 2021-2025 member universities are:
University of Jyväskylä
University of Turku
Tampere University

Also, other Finnish universities may become members of the Network. The decision on new members is made by the Network Board.

Coordination Unit

Outi Luova, Director of the Network, University Lecturer
Centre for East Asian Studies, 20014 University of Turku
tel.+358 29 450 3058
e-mail: outi.luova(at)utu.fi

Riina Karskela, Executive Administrator
Centre for East Asian Studies, 20014 University of Turku
tel. +358 29 450 3628
e-mail: opo-yht(at)utu.fi

Silja Keva, University Teacher
Centre for East Asian Studies, 20014 University of Turku
+358 29 450 3055
e-mail: silja.keva(a)utu.fi

Board of the University Network for Asian Studies

Members of the Board 2017-2020

Chair of the Board: Professor Lauri Paltemaa, Centre for East Asian Studies, University of Turku

Aalto University

Member: –
Substitute: –

University of Helsinki

Member: Ulla Liukkunen, Professor, Faculty of Law, Director of the Finnish China Law Center
Substitute: Anna-Maria Salmi, Head of Development

University of Jyväskylä

Member: Jukka Jouhki, University Lecturer, Dept of History and Ethnology
Substitute:  Pekka Korhonen, Professor, Dept of Social Sciences and Philosophy

Tampere University

Member: Meri Koivusalo, Professor, Global Health and Development
Substitute: Iris Ruoho, Senior Lecturer, Journalism and Mass Communication

University of Turku

Member: Lauri Paltemaa, Professor, Center for East Asian Studies
Substitute: Annamari Konttinen, University Teacher, Center for East Asian Studies

University of Vaasa

Member: Minnie Kontkanen, IB Programme Director
Substitute: –

Åbo Akademi University

Member: Monica Nyholm, University Lecturer, School of Business and Economics
Substitute: Malin Brännback, Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences, Business and Economics 

Local Asian Programme Contact Persons in Universities and Universities of Applied Sciences

Asian Programme Contact Persons function as links between the coordination unit and students in universities and universities of applied sciences. Their responsibilities include:

  • distributing information about the Network’s activities and study programmes in their own educational institution,
  • informing the Network coordination unit about their own educational institutions’ Asia activities (courses, visitors, seminars)
  • practical arrangements of the Asian Programme in their own institution, conveying information of the Asian Programme to the local Study Guide, advising students.
  • fostering cooperation among the local Asian studies community by e.g. maintaining contact with other educational institutions in the area.
  • informing the local community about the Network’s activities.

See list of Contact Persons.