About us

The Centre of Oriental Studies was established in 1993 and acts as an academic core unit of Vilnius University. Since its establishment until present it remains the major academic institution of Asian and Middle East studies in Lithuania in terms of the scope of studies, research and resources as well as academic staff employed.

The Centre runs two study programmes in the field of Area studies: Asian Studies (undergraduate) since 2000 and Modern Asian Studies (graduate) since 2006. Since 2012 minor study programmes including Islamic Studies, Tibetan Studies, Japanese Studies, Chinese Studies, Indian Studies, African Studies were approved by the VU Senate Commission.

The aim of the Centre is to educate Asianists with special engagement in Japanese, Chinese, Indian, Turkish, Arabic and Iranian studies, and to act as a national infrastructure of subject studies and research fostering the collaboration between Lithuania and Asia and the Middle East.