The initial phase 2020-2023

Funding source: Finnish National Agency for Education

Funding programme: Asia programme funded Thailand project 2020

Coordinator: University of Helsinki

Main partners: Mahidol University, Silpakorn University

Participating partners: Chulalongkorn University, Princess Galyani Vadhana Institute of Music

NSEANET has two core aims: 1) teacher and student mobility between Finland and Thailand, and 2) curricula development of two new study modules situated in the framework of comparative area studies between Northeast and Southeast Asia. Relevant expertise on Northeast Asia is located at University of Helsinki, Faculty of Arts, housed across the Departments of Culture and Languages and built on long academic traditions. Corresponding expertise on Southeast Asia is provided by our two partner institutes in Thailand, Silpakorn University and Mahidol University.

We will jointly develop and pilot the comparative study modules focusing on history, archaeology, and linguistics through a series of multi-round mobility periods for teaching personnel who will deliver intensive courses at destination institutes. NSEANET will also supports a similar series of mobility periods for graduate students aiming to provide them exposure to international research practices from early in their careers.

Through these activities, NSEANET works to establish a closely integrated research network across Finland and Thailand between both research faculty and students. At a time of ongoing global turbulance, such a transnational network can function as a two-way bridge between European and Southeast Asian academic practices, and will represent substantive achievement for intercultural communication. This network further extends to institutes in South Korea, where our colleagues possess further expertise in Northeast Asia and a common interest to develop comparative approaches.

NSEANET supports our Thai partner institutes’ strategic missions towards internationalization. Silpakorn and Mahidol have recently enlarged their international network with a number of foreign higher education institutes. The Finnish education system is highly regarded among Thai educational institutes and so they are keen to include Finland as one of their first Nordic and European partners. For the University of Helsinki, NSEANET provides an opportunity to incorporate the important and complex region of Southeast Asia into its current practice of area studies. Ultimately, the project aims to establish the University of Helsinki as a leading global institute for integrated expertise on Northeast and Southeast Asia.

Current activities

‘KITA’ Film Screening – Celebrating Malaysia’s Diversity in Helsinki

The Embassy of Malaysia in Helsinki in collaboration with the ‘KITA’ (Us) documentary production team, organised a film screening event at the K13 cinema in Helsinki on 4 June 2024 as part of Malaysia’s continuous Cultural Diplomacy initiative. ‘KITA’ (which means Us in the Malay language) is a powerful documentary that highlights the rich cultural …

Chingduang Yurayong’s Lecture at Seoul National University

On May 30, Chingduang Yurayong was invited to deliver a guest lecture for the colloquium of the Department of Linguistics and the Institute of Altaic Studies at the College of Humanities, Seoul National University, South Korea. The lecture was entitled Language diversity and contact of Altaic languages in Temperate Asia: Exploring patterns in adjustable quantification …

Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam Visited University of Helsinki

Prof Julie Yu-Wen Chen and Prof Peter Stadius welcomed the delegation of the Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam to the University of Helsinki in May. The delegation was led by Ambassador Dr. Pham Lan Dung, Acting President of the Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam. Photo by Pham Ngoc Prof. Stadius gave presentation about Finland’s foreign and security …