East Asia Institute (Ludwigshafen)

The East Asia Institute (German: Ostasieninstitut) founded in 1989, as part of the Ludwigshafen University of Applied Sciences. It offers four year or eight semester programmes (BA) in international business management combined with country module of Korea, Japan and China covering cultural and language studies.

East Asia Institute at the Rhine River in Ludwigshafen


German: Ostasieninstitut
English: East Asia Institute
Russian: Институт Восточной Азии (Institut Wostotschnoiy Azii)
French: Institut pour l'Asie de l'est
Chinese: 东亚学院 (Dongya Xueyuan)
Japanese: 東アジアセンター (Higashi Ajia Senta)
Korean: 동아시아연구소 (Dong-Asia Yeonguso)

Activities and mission

interior of the institute

The mission of the Institute extends beyond education to include the facilitation of business relations between the state of Rheinland-Palatinate and Asia (especially China and Japan).

Currently the Institute benefits from a steady partnership with the Chinese province Fujian and the Japanese region Iwate. The Institute is also a partner in business consulting MSEs and global companies doing business in Asia.

Study abroad

Depending on the country module chosen students spend one year (5th and 6th semesters) in China, Korea or Japan studying at one of our affiliated universities. Students may elect to complement their studies by completing an apprenticeship.

The East Asia Institute has partnerships to the following institutions in the People's Republic of China, Korea and Japan:

  1. Fuzhou University in Fuzhou, Fujian
  2. Guangxi University in Nanning, Guangxi
  3. Guilin University of Electronic Technology in Guilin, Guangxi
  4. Guizhou University in Guiyang, Guizhou
  5. Hebei North University in Zhangjiakou, Hebei
  6. Takasaki Economics University in Takasaki, Gunma
  7. Kansai Gaidai in Hirakata, Osaka
  8. Akita International University in Akita, Akita
  9. Nagoya City University in Nagoya, Aichi
  10. Konkuk University in Seoul
  11. Korea University in Sejong
  12. Kyonggi University in Seoul
  13. Pukyong National University in Busan
  14. Seoul National University of Science and Technology in Seoul

Student life

Enrolment in the programme is limited resulting in small cohorts of selected students who largely stay together for the duration of their studies except during the year abroad where students are at different universities in China and Japan. The small group sizes and low teacher-to-student ratio leads to a strong group identity which extends beyond the studies in the form of a graduate network.

StEAM (Students of East Asia Marketing) is a student association which, among other, functions contributes positively to student life by promoting cultural and social events for students.


presenting Germany in China


movie walk-ons in China


students in Japan


students in Japan


1988: Foundation of the East Asia Institute as a part of the University of Applied Science in Ludwigshafen, Germany
1995: Transfer from the Emil Helfferich Collection from Neustadt to Ludwigshafen
1997: New construction of the East Asia Institute on the Rhine River
1997: Visit from the federal president Roman Herzog
2000: Visit from the federal president Johannes Rau
2001: Reopening of the Emil Helfferich Collection in the institute
2004: Change of the current program to Bachelor

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Coordinates: 49°28′43″N 8°27′23″E / 49.47861°N 8.45639°E

Criticism of Confucius Institutes

The Confucius Institute (CI) program, which began establishing centers for Chinese language instruction in 2004, has been the subject of criticisms, concerns, and controversies during its international expansion.

Many such concerns stem from the CI's relationship to Chinese Communist Party authorities, giving rise to criticisms about undermining academic freedom at host universities, engaging in industrial and military espionage, surveillance of Chinese students abroad, and attempts to advance the Chinese government's political agendas on controversial issues such as human rights in China, Taiwan and Tibet. Additional concerns have arisen over the institutes’ financial and academic viability, teaching quality, and relations with Chinese partner universities.Confucius Institutes have defended their establishments, comparing them with other cultural promotion organizations such as Alliance française and Goethe-Institut. However, unlike the Alliance francaise or Goethe-Institut, many Confucius Institutes operate directly on university campuses, thus giving rise to unique concerns related to academic freedom and political influence. Some observers have noted that CIs are largely limited to teaching cultural and language programs, and the institutes' staff tend to see political and controversial subjects as human rights and democracy as outside the context of the mission of a Confucius Institute.

East Asia Institute

East Asia Institute may refer to one of several research institutes, think tanks, and academic institutes:

East Asia Institute (Korea) (founded in 2002), an independent think tank in Seoul, South Korea.

East Asia Institute (Ludwigshafen) (founded in 1989), an academic department at Ludwigshafen University of Applied Sciences, Germany.

The Institute of East Asian Studies at Leipzig University, Germany.

Weatherhead East Asian Institute (founded in 1949), a community of scholars affiliated with Columbia's schools covering China, Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Korea, Mongolia, Tibet, and Southeast Asia. (Formerly "East Asia Institute at Columbia University;" renamed 'Weatherhead' in 2002).

East Asia Institute at the University of Oklahoma at Tulsa, which promotes U.S. K-12 education about Asia and Asian languages.

East Asian Institute of Management (founded in 2001), Singapore, which is affiliated with several UK and Australian universities

A study-abroad program for non-Japanese at Tokyo Christian University.

The Institute of East Asian Studies (founded 1978) at the University of California, Berkeley

Ludwigshafen University of Applied Sciences

The University of Applied Sciences Ludwigshafen (German: Hochschule Ludwigshafen) is a public university located in Ludwigshafen, Germany. It was founded in 1965 as Higher School of Commerce Ludwigshafen. In 1971 it became part of the University of Applied Sciences Rhineland Palatinate, which split up into seven autonomous universities in 1991. The university offers bachelor's and master's degrees in several areas of business administration and social affairs.

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