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Summer School – China and Its Neighbours: Threats and Opportunities, July 2014

Summer School - China and Its Neighbours: Threats and Opportunities, July 2014

Martin Lavicka14 Apr 20142 comments

International Summer School

Dates: July 7 – 12, 2014

Venue: Palacký University Olomouc, Czech Republic

Organizers: Project CHINET & Department of Asian Studies, Faculty of Arts, Palacký University Olomouc

Summer school tuition fee: Free of charge

Language: English (advanced English skills required)

Information in pdf can be downloaded here

Along with the economic miracle of the last few decades in the PRC, the level self-confidence displayed in its political and military engagements has been rising accordingly. The PRC has been employing more proactive stance in international politics, however it has also begun to pursue more aggressive responses towards territorial disputes and conflicts.

Project CHINET and the Department of Asian Studies, Faculty of Arts, Palacký University Olomouc, Czech Republic, would like to invite you to its summer school, titled: “China and Its Neighbours: Threats and Opportunities.” This one-week intensive course will bring together scholars and students of Chinese Studies and other related fields, to learn about and discuss possible future developments in Asia with a focus on Chinese foreign policy, ethnic policies and regional security.


  • 16 sessions/lectures (90 minutes each) summer school timetable (Last update June 26, 2014)
  • Wednesday afternoon guided city tour
  • Optional Saturday field trip to Kroměříž (video)

Lectures by honored guests:

  • Prof. Julie Chen (Nazarbayev University, Kazakhstan, previously of the University of Cork, Ireland) – lectures on the Discourse of Race in Modern China, Ethnicity at the Frontiers, Internationalization of Ethnic Conflicts, and Reforms of Ethnic Policies.
  • Prof. Enze Han (SOAS, United Kingdom) – lectures on China’s Relations with Southeast Asia and China’s Territorial Disputes with Neighboring Countries.
  • Prof. Nikolay Samoylov (St. Petersburg State University, Russia) – lectures on Sino-Russian Border: from Territorial Disputes to Contemporary Agreements, China and Russia: New Prospects for Bilateral Relations, Recent Trends in China’s Policy towards Central Asia, and Shanghai Cooperation Organization: Achievements, Challenges and Perspectives.
  • Prof. San-yi Yang (National Chung-hsing University, Taiwan) – lectures on Cross-strait Relations: An Asymmetrical Dependence Between Small and Major Powers, and European Union Integration and Its Implication for Asia Integration.

How to apply:

Please fill in the registration form and send your CV and Statement of purpose to: no later than June 6th 2014 (registration postponed until June 8th 2014. Your statement of purpose should be one page, typed, double spaced (max. 600 words). This should explain why the course will be important to you, how it will help you to fulfill your future goals or how it relates to your current studies or employment. Participants selected will be informed by June 13th 2014.

Evaluation methods:

Each student will be asked to give a presentation in front of the class (15-30 min) closely related to topics discussed during the course. Students may form groups of 3-4 people for this purpose but should take care to make each participant’s responsibility for his or her part of the presentation transparent. Successful participants will obtain certificate of participation.


This summer school is accredited by the Department of Asian Studies, Faculty of Arts Palacký University Olomouc and students can receive four credits for successful participation. However, these credits are not ECTS Credits.  Students are usually able to obtain credits from their home institution and we will be happy to assist you in any way we can, however please be aware that the decision to award credits rests with your home institution.

Tuition fee:

Tuition for the whole week is free of charge. Participants will however need to cover all their personal costs, including transportation, accommodation, visa, trips etc.

Travel expenses and accommodation:

We are not able to cover your accommodation and travel expenses. However, we can assist you by providing a list of recommended accommodation in various price categories.

Recommended budget accommodation in Olomouc:

  1. Ubytovna Marie (10 EUR) –
  2. Poets’ Corner Hostel (24-27 Eur) –
  3. Palacký University Dormitory  (11 EUR)  – please contact szokalova.katerina(at) for reservation
  4. Special offer! Hotel Ibis*** offers single room for 34 EUR and double room for 40 EUR. In order to make a reservation, please contact Ms. Juchelkova at Hotel is conveniently located within 10 minute walking distance from the Summer School venue.

About Palacký University and Olomouc

Palacký University Olomouc is the second oldest university in the Czech Republic and one of the oldest in Central Europe. Drawing on more than 400-year tradition of higher education it is nowadays a renowned centre for teaching and research. Olomouc is the capital of the region of Central Moravia and belongs to the oldest cities in the Czech Republic. The city dates back to the ninth century, when it was a power centre of the Great Moravian Kingdom, the oldest Slavonic state. The Holy Trinity Column on the town square is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Today Olomouc has above 100,000 inhabitants and the second largest urban historic preservation area after Prague. Its long history makes it one of the most beautiful cities in the Czech Republic.

For more information and other inquiries, please contact Mr. Martin Lavička


tel: +420 585 633 466

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2 comments to “Summer School – China and Its Neighbours: Threats and Opportunities, July 2014”

  1. Edward Yang says:

    Dear Mr. Lavicka,
    I would like to ask when the final programme for the summer school will be released?
    Thank you.

  2. Martin Lavicka says:

    Dear Edward,
    we have updated some information on this webpage, however if you have any other inquiries, please let me know via my email

    Thank you

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