The Role of the Centre
Asia is now the driving force of the world economy. The world’s most populous continent is responsible for a significant portion of global growth. East Asia is also an example of the most spectacular achievements in socio-economic development of the second half of the twentieth century and early twenty-first century. The role of the Asian economies in the era of globalization is growing rapidly and has already become crucial for the global development trajectory. Asia, however, is not a monolith. Growth poles are often surrounded by areas of poverty. States significantly differ from each other in the dynamics of development and economic and political systems. These differences, as well as regional and global interdependencies and political processes have a decisive impact on the continent’s economic potential and cooperation opportunities.
However, in order to effectively benefit from the economic potential of Asia, one requires detailed knowledge of the continent’s socio-economic development and prospects of changes in its dynamics, the economic environment, the structure of national economies, the meanders of local economic cooperation, the main actors in the business sector, and the political and social processes taking place therein.
The main role of the Centre is to disseminate knowledge on the aforementioned topics and on opportunities for cooperation with the region, at the same time promoting Asian studies as an integral part of Collegium Civitas’ curriculum. The centre focuses on:
• interdisciplinary scientific research on Asian economies and international cooperation;
• teaching subjects concerned with Asia;
• promotion of knowledge on Asia at Collegium Civitas as the leading institution in the field of Asian economies.
The main areas of research include:
• Development and transformation trajectories of Asian countries and the prospects of changes therein;
• The economic potential and the specifics of Asian economies, particular regions and the entire continent;
• The economic and political regional processes, including changes in regional geopolitics;
• The role and the position of Asia in the global economy;
• International economic and political cooperation of Asian economies, in particular, with Central and Eastern Europe.
Understanding the importance of Asia in the global economy and the resulting potential for long-term economic cooperation, Polish universities are establishing courses on Asian studies. However, previous efforts have left a clear niche in the market, in the context of preparing future personnel to work in Asia and / or the economic/business projects related to the Asian continent. Therefore, the Centre for Asian Economies is preparing diploma, postgraduate and undergraduate courses in the Polish and English languages, focusing on Asian economies, on the business environment therein and on economic cooperation between Europe and Asia.
• Organization of seminars on Asian economies;
• Regular publication of research results;
• Participation in projects and international conferences.