Chair: Prof. Dr. Sebastian Bersick

Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence - Centre for EU-Asia Connectivity (CEAC)

Jean Monnet Lehrstuhl "Connecting Europe and Asia: People, Power and Policies" (CEAPPP), 2020-2023

Jean Monnet Lehrstuhl “International Political Economy of EU-Asia Relations” (IPEEAR), 2016-2019 

Foto: Sadrowski

Ruhr-Universität Bochum
International Political Economy of East Asia
Building MB 3/152
44780 Bochum
Tei: +49 (0) 234 32-21852

Questions concerning the studies go to:


Chair: Prof. Dr. Sebastian Bersick
Office: Birgit Schleritt
Building MB 2/03

Tel.: +49 (0) 234 32-28746
Fax: +49-(0)234-32-01851


The Department of “International Political Economy of East Asia” (IPEEA) was established in 2015 at the Faculty of East Asian Studies. Research and teaching focuses on the internal and external dimension of regional affairs and economic integration in East Asia and the role of the European Union (EU), especially with regard to the People’s Republic of China, Japan, the Republic of Korea and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

Jean Monnet Chair

Jean Monnet Chairs (JMC) are funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the EU with the aim to promote excellence in teaching and research in EU Studies. Since the establishment of the Jean Monnet Programme in 1990, the European Commission aims at supporting teaching, research and critical thinking in the field of European integration studies at the level of higher education institutions within and outside the European Union. The activities also foster the dialogue between the academic world and policy-makers, in particular with the aim of enhancing governance of EU policies. The Jean Monnet Chair´s key activities include teaching, research, conferences, networking activities, and publications in the field of EU studies.

Prof. Bersick has been awarded twice with a Jean Monnet Chair (2020-2023 and 2016-2019). The position is awarded based on promoting excellence in teaching and research on EU studies, fostering debate on Europe-related issues, encouraging active citizenship, and disseminating knowledge to the wider public, in a critical, evidenced-based and objective manner. The first Jean Monnet Chair was awarded for the project entitled “The International Political Economy of EU-Asia Relations” (IPEEAR) [2016-2019]; the second for the project entitled “Connecting Europe and Asia: People, Power and Policies” (CEAPPP) [2020 – 2023]. The corresponding funding covers teaching and research activities over a period of three years.

Read more information about the Jean Monnet Programme here.

Read more information about the Erasmus+ Programme here.

Centre for EU-Asia Connectivity

In February 2022, the Department of International Political Economy of East Asia, Faculty of East Asian Studies, Ruhr University Bochum, received a grant to establish a Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence. 

The Centre for EU-Asia Connectivity (CEAC) generates critical academic analysis to enhance a differentiated and strategic understanding of EU-Asia affairs and the factors that strengthen and inhibit connectivity within and between the two regions. The Centre contributes to research and teaching in the areas of EU studies and EU-Asia relations in a globalised and yet increasingly fragmented world economy. It approaches the understanding of EU-Asia affairs and the role of connectivity from an interdisciplinary perspective.

CEAC stimulates academic debates on conceptualising and analysing connectivity-related challenges and opportunities for the EU’s role in a rapidly changing global environment. At the same time, the Centre facilitates cooperation between relevant stakeholders at the local, regional, and global levels, and functions as a communication platform with public outreach.