About the eu*ASIA institute
The EU*Asia Institute: Social Sciences and Humanities at ESSCA School of Management
In 2006 ESSCA School of Management took the initiative to create a new research centre for interdisciplinary European Integration Studies – an innovative move in the French environment of higher education in business and management.
Over eight years of dynamic development the ‘Centre for European Integration’ established itself within the academic community of its field of studies. Building on this successful experience the school decided to move forward: in September 2014, the Centre became the ‘EU*Asia Institute’.
The rationale behind the creation of the new Institute is based on the conviction that the corporate world and international business do not evolve in a closed bubble. They are subject to legislative constraints and to overarching economic, social and cultural processes. Business is both an accelerator and an object of these globalisation processes, and managers in a globalised world need to have a comprehensive understanding of current geopolitical trends and developments.
The European Union and Asia play a major role in shaping this new global environment. The complex relationship between the two regions clearly appears to be of increasing relevance, not only with regard to market opportunities and professional careers but also to issues of global governance and models of regional integration.
ESSCA has been established in Shanghai since 2007 and each year a large number of ESSCA students choose China or another Asian country as their destination for a semester of study abroad or a professional internship. An increasing number of graduates wishes to start their career in Asia and the school has signed various double-degrees with Asian institutions of higher education.
The mission of the Institute is to make an original contribution to the academic community of European Studies and research on EU-Asia relations and provide interdisciplinary input from this area to the programmes offered by ESSCA on its campuses in Angers, Aix-en-Provence, Bordeaux, Lyon, Paris, Strasbourg, Budapest and Shanghai.