A group of faculty members and students from different disciplines such as International Relations, Political Science, and Peace and Conflict Studies of University of Dhaka formed a study group led by Professor Delwar Hossain known as the “East Asia Study Group” in 2010. Some of the students of the group subsequently became faculty members. Apart from regular meetings and discussions, the Group organized talks and seminars, exchange programs with students from Japan. The Study Group observed a huge enthusiasm among its members about research and teaching on issues and questions pertaining to East Asian and Southeast Asian countries. Later on Professor Delwar Hossain took initiatives to transform the group into a research center in 2012. Finally, the University approved the establishment of the East Asia Study Center (EASC) in December 2012. The Center started its functions from January 2013. However, it is pertinent to understand criticality of the Center for a country like Bangladesh in a larger national and global context as presented in the following section.
The Center is a non-profit research and academic institution approved by the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. The Center is a unique institution focused on the study of contemporary East Asia. Its research field concerns East Asian affairs on its various facets – political, economic, cultural and environmental. The Center is responsible for organizing and coordinating research and academic activities of the related experts and scholars at home and abroad
The Center is to adhere to the research excellence and academic knowledge in liberal traditions embedded in domestic and global practices. It adheres to the principles that practice and theory are combined and the Center should serve people and nations in Bangladesh and beyond.