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ÖH Election 2015

From 19 May to 21 May 2015 the University of Vienna will be electing its student representatives. This also gives EcoS students the possibility to vote for their direct representation. Three highly motivated candidates have chosen to run for the two-year-term office. For more on the future and current representatives go to the Student Representatives page here.

Anna, Daniel and Hanna will also be available for students' questions on 13 May 2015, 16:30 at seminarroom OAW.



Tokyo live in our Classroom

For her class on Migration in East Asia, Fiona Seiger today (7 May 2015) invited a special guest via live online stream to the EcoS classroom. Cesar Santoyo, founder of the Centre for Japanese – Filipino Families (CJFF) and the Social Enterprise English Language School (SEELS), shared his valuable insight into the situation of Filipina migrant women and their children within the Japanese society. Students thereby could gain from the first hand experience and knowledge of an expert in the field.



Philippine Perspectives on the South China Sea Dispute

The Diplomatic Academy of Vienna and the Embassy of the Republic of the Philippines in Vienna, in cooperation with the Institute of East Asian Studies cordially invite to a talk by Antonio T. Caprio, Senior Associate Justice, Supreme Court of the Philippines, on the Philippine Perspectives on the South China Sea Dispute, moderated by Dr. Alfred Gerstl. 

Monday, 04 May 2015, 6:30pm at the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna. Please register before 29 April 2015 free of charge via www.da-vienna.ac.at/events.



New Article by Prof. Frank: "The North Korean Budget Report 2015"

In “The North Korean Budget Report 2015: Ten Observations”, Prof. Frank analyses the economic contents of the April 2015 session of the North Korean parliament. He concludes that there is some dynamism in Pyongyang’s domestic economic policy, but still no indication of a serious economic reform.

Click here for the full article.



Planet Wissen: Prof. Frank on Korea [in German]

In German television programme "Planet Wissen: Korea - Geteiltes Land" (WDR, SWR, ARD-alpha), Prof. Rüdiger Frank and Korean-born movie director Sung Yung Cho share their insights in and prospects for the two countries along the 38th parallel.

Click here for the full video [in German]!



Strategic Gaming: South China Sea Conflict 2015

Invited by Alfred Gerstl and Josef Falko Loher, about 40 Students of various backgrounds, both Bachelor and Master students, left the ordinary class room for a very special course at the Department of East Asian Studies. Taking the South China Sea Conflict as ...

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Korea and the Rise of Asia

EcoS and the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Austria cordially invite all students and the interested public to a talk by H.E. Ambassador SONG Young-wan on Korea and the Rise of Asia as well as the current situation on the Korean peninsula.

Monday, 20 April 2015, 6:30pm at the seminar room Japanologie (2K-EG-21), Hof 2, AAKH Campus. No prior registration required.



Japan's Security Policy

The Diplomatic Academy of Vienna and the Embassy of Japan in Austria, in cooperation with the Institute of East Asian Studies cordially invite to a talk by Prof. Kazuya Sakamoto (Osaka University) on Japan's Security Policy, moderated by Dr. Alfred Gerstl. 

Tuesday, 17 March 2015, 6:30pm at the Diplomatic Academy. Interested? Please register via www.da-vienna.ac.at/events or by fax: 01/504 22 65-200.



Competitive Sports vs. Formal Education [in German]

How does Japan scope with this Dilemma?

Katrin Jumiko Leitner's new book, edited by Prof. Rüdiger Frank and Dr. Lukas Pokorny, looks behind the (in-) compatibility of competitive sports, formal education and professional careers. Click here for a detailed abstract and further Information in German.




EcoS Classes in Summer Term 2015

Please find last minute information on our EcoS classes in summer term 2015 here!



EcoS Newsletter, February 2015

Dear new and old EcoS students,

before the start of the new term, we would like to provide you with further information on:

  • Orientation Day
  • Prof. Frank's Sabbatical
  • Next term's "Focus International Relations"

Check out the latest EcoS Newsletter here!



Interview with Prof Frank on 'The Interview' [in German]

In a recent interview with German magazine 'Der Stern' Prof Rüdiger Franks elaborates on North Korea's harsh reaction to the release of Hollywood comedy 'The Interview'. 

Please click here for the interview!


Sustainability Challenge 2015 - Smart Cities

The EcoS team highly recommends EcoS students to participate in the special lecture 'Sustainability Challenge 2015 - Smart Cities' (initiated and funded by the Austrian ministry of Science, Research and Economy as well as RCE).


The Sustainability Challenge 2015 (SC2015) is a inter-disciplinary lecture with focus on sustainable development. Students acquire in-depth knowledge on social, ecological and economic development by participating in lectures by six experts from four university and in group projects with real-world stakeholders.


EcoS students interested in participating are kindly ask to contact Josef Falko Loher (josef.falko.loher@univie.ac.at; 01-4277-43873) prior to application with the SC2015 in order to discuss possible approval of credits. Please also note that applications can only be accepted until February 15. The lecture takes place in German!



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