The Graduate School of East Asian Studies investigates the political, social, economic and cultural change in contemporary East Asiawith a central focus on institutions. GEAS combines area studies research on East Asia with thorough, discipline-based methodological training from the social sciences, business and economics, law, the humanities, history and anthropology, and strong language and cultural competence. GEAS can build upon an extensive network of active cooperative relationships with the leading universities in East Asia and the core East Asia-related research institutions worldwide as well as with German and East Asian governments and organizations. The research program is designed to open a dialogue in the broader regional and global context, in order to analyze the institutional changes in East Asia from an interdisciplinary perspective.
The graduate school encompasses the disciplines East Asian Studies (Chinese, Japanese, Korean), social and political science, history, law, business and economics, social and cultural anthropology, theater studies