By Megha Kaveri Puthucode Sreeram
The Graduate Institute’s China and East Asia Studies (CEAS) initiative will inaugurate its first ever Annual Summit – the Geneva Forum on East Asia – on October 11, Monday. The Summit is expected to platform several renowned scholars on East Asia and experts in panel discussions spread across a variety of topics.
CEAS is one of the student initiatives of The Graduate Institute focusing on Greater China, Japan, Mongolia and the Korean peninsula. It was founded with the goal of providing an open academic forum for research and debate on contemporary issues surrounding China, East Asia and the world. “As the first student initiative focusing on the East Asia region at the Graduate Institute, CEAS responds to the increasing demand among the student body to make sense of the relationship between East Asia and the rest of the world in the contemporary context,” says Filippo De Gennaro, Vice President of CEAS. He adds that the intention of holding the Geneva Forum on East Asia is to connect the Geneva community with the scholars and professionals in East Asia.
Elaborating more on the upcoming event, Filippo says that the summit hopes to address the major questions of what role will East Asia play in the 21st century and how can the rest of the world build bridges with the region. The summit will include sessions covering academic, career and social interests of the audience directed at embracing diversity and creating vibrancy in the student community. “In addition to these three pillars, the Forum also includes an ambassadors’ roundtable, with the aim of gathering former and current ambassadors from European countries to East Asian countries to share diplomatic perspectives on the relations between the two regions,” he adds.
CEAS is confident that the Geneva Forum on East Asia will serve the academic interests of the attendees while also providing them with an opportunity to meet and speak with representatives from organisations like the Asian Development Bank, the Trilateral Cooperation Secretariat, the International Committee of Red Cross and the likes.
The opening ceremony of the Forum will take place at Auditorium Ivan Pictet at the Graduate Institute on October 11, Monday from 6.30 pm to 8 pm. Registration for the event and the panel discussions’ schedule can be found here.