This book takes a stand on important aspects of this multifaceted argument. The first part addresses the meaning of European Studies, an issue of great relevance now that Europe, in sharp contrast to East Asia, is experiencing a severe economic recession. The second part presents formulas that have been employed by institutions in East Asia in attempting to satisfy the needs of students and scholars for advanced knowledge of European languages as they strive for answers to their research questions on Europe. The final part deals with the difficult issue of linking the syllabuses of European Studies and foreign languages.
The consensus that emerges from the scholars contributing to this book points towards rejecting the addition of large scale resources for the creation of successful programs in outstanding universities. Instead, it seems preferable to maximize existing resources by creating conditions that allow ad-hoc cross campus cooperation, and foster mobility of students through exchange programs so that they can have their own European experience.
- Part One: Building EU and European Studies Programs
- 1. A Historical and Academic Review of EU Studies in Taiwan HUNGDAH SU
- 2. Understanding Europe – Understanding Yourself:European Studies in Hong Kong HANS WERNER HESS
- 3. Keeping in Touch with Europe: European Studies at Macau ALEKSANDAR PAVKOVI
- 4. European Studies on China’s Transformation:A Critical Assessment ROLAND VOGT
- Part Two: The Role of the European Languages (EUL) Programs
- 5. The Formation of the European Languages Division in the DFLL at NTU and the Challenges for the Future JOSÉ EUGENIO BORAO MATEO
- 6. Foreign Language Learning in Higher Education in Singapore:With a Special Focus on the European Language Curriculums of the National University of Singapore WAI MENG CHAN
- 7. The Decline of European Language Education in Korea and the Rise of English ANDREW E. FINCH
- Part Three: European Languages Interacting with European and EU Studies