The Europe - Asia Center (EAC) and the Centre for EU-Asia Connectivity (CEAC) announce strategic partnership


Brussels – Bochum, March 28, 2023 – The European Asia Center (EAC) and the Centre for EU-Asia Connectivity (CEAC) are delighted to announce their strategic partnership aimed at enhancing the connectivity and collaboration between Europe and Asia. The primary objective of this partnership is to stimulate and deepen academic debates on EU-Asia affairs and connectivity within and between the two regions. Through a range of joint research projects, events, and publications, the partners aim to contribute to academic research, engagement, and policy-relevant knowledge application.

Moreover, the partnership is designed to intensify people-to-people exchange and bring together relevant stakeholders from Europe and Asia. It functions as a communication platform with public outreach. Additionally, both CEAC and the Europe-Asia Center offer practical, cross-generational experience through their internship opportunities.

The partnership between CEAC and the Europe-Asia Center aims to bring together the expertise and experience of both institutions to further promote connectivity and cooperation between Europe and Asia. The collaboration will facilitate the exchange of ideas and knowledge in order to enhance overall relations between the two regions, its many actors and stakeholders.


I am proud to announce a new partnership between the Europe-Asia Center (EAC) and the Center for EU-Asia Connectivity (CEAC). This collaboration will enable us to share our resources and develop innovative strategies to further strengthen the ties between Europe and Asia. I am confident that with a clear vision and with mutual respect, we will achieve great things in the very near future. Ambassador (ret.) Piet Steel, Chairman of the Europe – Asia Center.


I am honoured to announce our partnership with the Europe-Asia Center to promote collaboration between our institutions. This strategic partnership represents a significant step towards advancing research activities in the critical domains of EU-Asia affairs and connectivity, particularly in the context of an increasingly fragmented world economy shaped by globalization.” Prof. Dr. Sebastian Bersick, Executive Director of the Centre for EU-Asia Connectivity (CEAC), Jean Monnet Chair, and Head of the Department of ‘International Political Economy of East Asia’ at the Faculty of East Asian Studies at Ruhr University Bochum (RUB).                                                        


The collaboration between the Europe-Asia Center and CEAC will offer new opportunities for the promotion of connectivity, knowledge dissemination, and people-to-people exchanges between Europe and Asia. The two institutions believe that their joint efforts will make a substantial contribution towards fostering a deeper mutual understanding and increasing stakeholder engagement on vital subjects, such as sustainable development, security, digital affairs, trade and investment, as well as cultural exchange, among others, that are of major significance for both regions.