East Asia Study Center


EASC considers collaboration as a vital way to develop mutual understanding and exchange knowledge. The Center believes that in academic research, partnership between two or more institutions brings about mutual interests and constructive changes. Many collaborations involve institutions and researchers of differing stature, funding status, and types of organizations. It can take many forms like academic or cultural exchanges, jointly organized conferences seminars and talks, meetings and workshops. As a part of its agenda, in facilitating collaboration for exploring the horizons of cooperation, the East Asia Study Center (EASC) has engaged in different collaborative programs with national and international institutions. The Center has worked with the following organizations based on joint collaboration.

Embassy of Japan in Bangladesh

Since its establishment on February 11, 1972, the Embassy of Japan in Bangladesh has been working for cooperating and developing bilateral trade, economy, education and cultural bond. The Embassy emphasis on promoting cultural ties and people-to-people exchanges. There is government-funded MEXT scholarship and Japanese Grant Aid for Human Resources Development Scholarship and Young Leaders Program scholarship. The East Asia Study Center (EASC) extends its collaboration in accelerating joint endeavors for creating knowledge and resources. Under the collaboration between EASC and the Embassy of Japan, a Special Lecture was organized on “Japanese Maritime Policy and Free and Open Indo-Pacific Strategy” on September 26, 2018 at the Nabab Ali Chowdhury Senate Bhaban, University of Dhaka. Professor Dr. Atsuko Kanehara, Faculty of Law, Sophia University, Japan, delivered the keynote presentation. Professor Dr. Sadeka Halim, Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Dhaka graced the event as the Guest of Honor. Mr. Takeshi Ito, the Embassy of Japan, Dhaka and Professor Dr. Delwar Hossain, Director, the East Asia Study Center, delivered the welcome addresses at the outset of the lecture. She highlighted the Japanese perspective of Free and Open Indo-Pacific (FOIP) and its role in contributing to peace and prosperity in the Indo Pacific region.

The Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS), New Delhi

The Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) is a think-tank and consulting agency conducting soundly researched scientific fundamental concepts and current analyses on possible political action. The organization arranges conferences and events, exhibitions, readings, and awards and exchanges of ideas. As a part of its activities, KAS gave hands of cooperation with EASC for accelerating collaboration in areas of research, exchanges of ideas.

Ghent University

Established in 1817, Ghent University is a public research university located in Ghent, Belgium. It is a top 100 university and is one of the biggest Flemish universities in Belgium, consisting 11 faculties and more than 200 courses. Ghent University is acknowledged as an international top player in research. By striving for excellence, strategic clustering, collaborative exchanges and cooperation and the efficient support of a wide range of research niches, Ghent University aims to stay in this league.

Ferris University, Japan

As an academic research and educational institution Ferris University provides higher education, conducts specialized scholarly research with a love of truth and peace. Ferris espouses an educational philosophy of ‘For Others’. The term ‘serve others’ stipulates the spirit of thinking toward not just oneself and those one feels close to and takes a wider perspective of collaboration with local and international universities. Under a joint collaboration program, EASC received graduate students from Ferris University, Japan, and organized meetings for exchange of views between the students of Ferris University and Dhaka University.

Bangladesh Institute of Law and International Affairs (BILIA)

Bangladesh Institute of Law and International Affairs (BILIA) is a leading think tank in South Asia. BILIA, a non-profit, independent and non-governmental research organization provides a forum for scholars and experts to relate to each other and facilitate the formulation of common policies in important areas of law and international affairs in an increasingly interdependent world order. Hands with hands, as a part of collaboration to step up research and development, BILIA and EASC jointly arranged a National Seminar titled “Maritime Security in the 21st Century: A Bangladesh Perspective” on May 27, 2014, in collaboration with the Department of International Relations, University of Dhaka. It was aimed to pool the ideas on maritime security in the changing dynamics of the Bay of Bengal

Center for Human Rights Studies (CHRS)

Center for Human Rights Studies (CHRS) is a forum for human rights education that endeavors to bring together academics, activists, community leaders, officers and students to reflect on the theory and practice of human rights. It strives towards strengthening knowledge and skills of stakeholders, promoting human values among youth and children and encouraging the spirit of voluntarism in Bangladesh. The East Asia Study Center and Center for Human Rights Studies (CHRS) jointly organized the two-day workshop at Bishwa Sahitya Kendra on March 05, 2016. The workshop was attended by the students and youth activists from different public and private universities of Dhaka. During the workshop participants had understanding about human rights, its evolution, state obligations, Bill of Rights, identifying human rights issues and active citizenship.

The Japan Foundation
New Delhi (India)

Established in October 1972 as a special legal entity supervised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, to cultivate friendship and ties between Japan and the world, the Japan Foundation creates global opportunities to foster friendship, trust, and mutual understanding through culture, language, and dialogue. The Japan Foundation, New Delhi was officially established in January 1994 and since then has been carrying out the Foundation’s programs thoroughly with its key departments: Arts and Culture, Japanese Language Education, and Japanese Studies and Intellectual Exchange. It stresses its hands in advancing knowledge, development and human resources through the exchanges of arts, culture, education and research. In collaboration, the EASC and Japan Foundation, India, arranged a meeting on 23 April 2018 in association of Japan Embassy in Dhaka. The possibilities of further collaboration were discussed widely. The meeting was very meaningful and the Japan Foundation and Japanese Embassy also showed their interest to research activities and human resources development sectors.