The Centre of Oriental Studies of Vilnius University is the largest and most distinguished establishment of Oriental studies and research in Lithuania and one of the leading institutions of Asian studies in the Baltic countries. The Centre teaches histories, cultures, philosophies, religions, arts and literatures of Asia and the Middle East, as well as subjects on contemporary issues related to Asian and Middle Eastern countries ranging from sociological and anthropological matters to regional politics. The Centre’s research includes a wide range of disciplines, the most important of which are cultural studies, Asian philosophies and religions, arts, social studies, anthropology, and history. The Centre aims to strengthen the cross-cultural and comparative perspectives so that the regional aspect of research would be seen in a broader context. More

Vilnius University is the oldest and largest Lithuanian higher education institution. It can also be considered one of the oldest universities in Central and Eastern Europe.Since its establishment in the 16th century, Vilnius University, as integral part of European science and culture has embodied the concept of a classical university and the unity of studies and research. Vilnius University is an active participant in international scientific and academic activities and boasts many prominent scientists, professors and graduates. Scientific development and the expanding relations with global research centres have contributed to the variety of research and studies at Vilnius University. More

Vilnius University and the Centre of Oriental Studies are located in the heart of Vilnius old town. The old Town of Vilnius is among the largest in Eastern and Central Europe, included into the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage List in 1994. More