East Asian Studies at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona


East Asian Studies have been present at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) for over thirty years. Current interest in promoting knowledge about the region of East Asia has meant that the UAB now finds itself at the forefront of the field of East Asian Studies in Spain today.

In the 1988-1989 academic year, a Centre for Chinese Studies and another for Japanese Studies were created when the former University College of Translation and Interpreting (EUTI) first offered courses in Chinese and Japanese languages. Later, when the EUTI acquired Faculty status as the Faculty of Translation and Interpreting (FTI), these Centres were incorporated into the Institute of International and Intercultural Studies (IEII), established in 1999, which changed its name in 2012 to the Center of East Asia Studies and Research (CERAO).

During the 1990s, the Centres and the Institute organised lectures, seminars, and conferences on subjects relating to East Asia, and research in the field led to the first doctoral theses. Staff from the Faculty of Translation and Interpreting and the CERAO were the driving force behind the introduction of East Asian Studies in the UAB. 

In 2001, the Institute of International and Intercultural Studies first offered a UAB-specific Graduate Diploma  in International and Intercultural Studies (Graduado Superior en Estudios Internacionales)  which allowed students to specialise in the field of East Asian Studies. Two years later, the Faculty of Translation and Interpreting offered a second-cycle Degree in East Asian Studies (Licenciatura en Estudios de Asia Oriental), recognised by the Spanish Ministry of Education, and since 2009, the Faculty has been offering a four-year European (EHEA) Bachelor's Degree in East Asian Studies (Grado en Estudios de Asia Oriental). In addition to this, since 2006-2007 the UAB offered a Master in Contemporary East Asian Research, which became a specialization of the Master in Translation, Interpreting and Intercultural Studies. The UAB also offers since 2012 the Official Master's Degree in EU-China Relations: Culture and Economy and the Official Master's Degree in Teaching Chinese to Spanish Speakers. Finally, the PhD Programme in Translation and Intercultural Studies, offered since 2007, holds East Asian Studies research lines in high regard. For all these reason, the UAB is the only university in Spain that includes the three levels of education: degree, master, and a PhD on East Asian Studies.

East Asian Studies are multidisciplinary by definition. They comprise several disciplines from the Humanities and Social Sciences, as well as the study of languages. Courses in Chinese, Japanese and Korean languages form an integral part of the East Asian Studies programme in the UAB - one of the few universities in Spain to provide tuition in all three languages.

The UAB is also part of the Barcelona Confucius Institute and the Barcelona King Sejong Institute, and works closely with the Japan Foundation and Taiwan's Chiang Ching-Kuo Foundation.

 

 

 

 

 

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