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Building ties for a peaceful and sustainable Eurasian community from mutual knowledge: history, culture and new technologies

Own Teachings
Telephone: 91 488 70 40
Contact Academic Address: Raul Ramirez Ruiz

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Spain is one of the nations that has shaped the world. She was the first to reach the shores of America and, after her brother Portugal, she was the first to open the maritime communication routes with Asia. But Spain has even more reasons to justify its role as a bridge between Europe and Asia. On the one hand, its presence in Asia made it the founding country of Western sinology: The Spanish, with Martín de Rada, were the first to study the Chinese language; with Juan Cobo, the first to translate a Chinese text, or with Bernardino de Escalante, the first to draw a provincial map of China. Spain, on the other hand, was the first country to discover round-trip navigation in the Pacific, known in old Castilian as the "Torna Viaje". A secret that was kept for more than two centuries. This led to Spain being the protagonist of the "first globalization" of the world through the "Manila Galleon". Spain established a trade route from Asia that brought luxury goods to the American and European markets. Spain united the Pacific and the Atlantic for the first time in a single commercial line, bringing foreign currency (silver), new American products and European manufactures to Asia.

The importance of Asia, in our world today, lies in its large population, long history, complex and diverse societies, cultures, and growing economic importance. This makes all the world's attention centers focus on Asia. Its economic importance will make the world pivot on it, but beyond, the latent conflicts on its borders between the great powers of the world mean that the real danger for world peace is found in it.

The URJC, in accordance with its motto, "non nova, sed nove", which means "Not new, but in a new way", was born with a spirit that seeks to use science, education and culture as a weapon of social integration and multicultural understanding. The URJC seeks to promote global citizenship and intercultural learning that allow the creation of new responsible and inclusive leadership in the future, through a globalized curriculum and diverse cultural experiences. And in line with this, the URJC, as a whole, aspires to train students for active citizenship and ethical leadership in a global society. That is why it is one of the most internationalized institutions in Spain. Well, the URJC, like the new Confucianism that is flourishing in Asia today, is committed to a mutual understanding between the different cultures that allows overcoming the ignorance, intolerance, racism, hatred and isolationism that still prevail in some parts of the world.

This course is organized thanks to funding from the Eurasian Foundation (from Asia): http://www.eurasia.or.jp/en/subsidies/grants/detail.html?spain ). The goal of the Eurasian Foundation (from Asia) is to contribute to the elimination of all conflicts in the world and the creation of a harmonious and peaceful society for everyone on earth. His hope is that all students can learn about world history, culture, religions, politics, economics, technology and art, as well as the importance of various values, and that they are educated to have perspective and a broad awareness through mutual understanding. For, hopefully, through these means, it can lead to the contribution to build an even better and conflict-free world in the future.


The course proposed "Building ties for a peaceful and sustainable Eurasian community from mutual knowledge: history, culture and new technologies", will provide students with a unique opportunity to delve into one of the most important regions of the world today. Through this series of international lectures, students will gain a broader understanding of the historical, cultural, political, and economic forces that have shaped modern Asia and its relationships with Europe. The aim of the course is to help students become world citizens, who can look towards the prospects of cooperation between Europeans and Asians in building a better, conflict-free world in the XNUMXst century.


Formation activities

Asia's Frontiers. Disputed States and Territories: In Search of a Path to Coexistence and Peace in the Eurasian World.

The Necessity and Possibility of the Asian Community

Asian Studies in Spain. An academic construction born for the knowledge of Asia from Europe.

Asian Philosophies and their Reception in Europe: A Path to Understanding the Other?

Asia, Leader of the Fourth Industrial Revolution: Eurasian Routes to New Technologies.

Positive Peace and Negative Peace: Conflict Resolution and Mediation. A proposal from a Eurasian perspective

Spain's Islamic past. A possible bridge for the creation of a Eurasian Community based on coexistence and interculturality.

Consume or perish? From consumerism to the sharing society in contemporary Japan. An analysis from a Eurasian perspective.

The North Korean factor in Eurasian relations

The Nature of Relations between Qing Emperors and Tibetan Hierarchs: A Model for the Quest for Mutual Eurasian Knowledge

History and present of Asia-European relations. Case of Spain and China

Macao and Lusofonia: 500 Years of experience for a More Hamonious Euro-Asian Community

Global Environment Management System in the 21st Century

Asian Cultural Community and Chinese Character Exchange

Global Citizenship and One Asia in the 21st Century


 A key institution in the Spanish institutional framework towards the Asia-Pacific area

The construction of a framework of general knowledge about Asia in Spain

Asia-Pacific: Geopolitics of a new global reality.   

The difficult institutionalization of Asian Studies in Spain

Asian history. an unknown matter

The Spanish University and its projection in Asia



The evaluation will be carried out by carrying out three works to be delivered at the end of the course.

In which the knowledge and skills acquired in the set of teachings received will be evaluated.

The aforementioned three works will have an extension of 3.000 words, from three of the modules/conferences/subjects of three different experts. The student must choose a teacher for each of the continents present in the course. That is, one from an Asian university, another from Europe and the last from Spain.

In the works, an analysis of the vision that said professor showed about the possibility of building a hypothetical "Eurasian community" will be carried out, and actions will be proposed for its future development.

The work will be evaluated out of 10 points, and at least 5 must be obtained to consider the evaluation passed.


Access requirements: None

Selection criteria:

Students of the Rey Juan Carlos University: 50%

Master's and PhD students: 20%

Undergraduate students: 20%

Students from other Universities: 10%

No. of Places: 60

Academic Management and Faculty

Raul Ramirez Ruiz. URJC, Director

Cristina del Prado Higuera, URJC, Academic Secretariat

Felipe Debasa, URJC, Coordinator.    

Chung Joon-Kon Chief Researcher, Meiji University

Zhou Minkang Full Professor, Autonomous University of Barcelona

Rodríguez-Merino, Pablo Adriano Royal Military Academy Sandhurst

Casal-García, Mª Teresa Assistant Professor Doctor, Autonomous University of Madrid

Sýkora, Jan Senior Lecturer, Charles University (Prague)

Rudiger, Frank Professor of East Asian economics and society, Vienna University 

Jagou, Fabienne Senior Associate Professor, Lyon University

Luo, Huiling Assistant Professor Doctor, Complutense University

Zhou, Miao Director of the Confucius Institute, University of Coimbra

Sam, Abdoul Professor of Applied Economics, Ohio University

Kang, Yoon-Ok Director of East Asian Institute, Myongji University 

Soto, Yoji Chairman of Eurasian Foundation (from Asia) Waseda University

Duration and development

Modality: Onsite

Number of credits: 3,6

Contact hours: 36

Place of delivery: Plaza Manuel Becerra nº 14, 28028. Madrid (Spain)

Schedules: Afternoon from 18:00 p.m. to 20:00 p.m.

Start and end date: 04th October 2023    a  January 26, 2024

Reservation of place and enrollment

Pre-registration period: from July 19 to September 29, 2023

Enrollment deadline: September 22 to October 2, 2023

Title price: 100% scholarship

Possibility of scholarship (if applicable): yes

Pre-registration: €0. This amount is included in the total cost of the course and will be returned if your academic request is not accepted. If, once the student's application has been admitted, the enrollment is not formalized, the amount deposited for pre-enrolment will not be returned.

The start of the course is conditioned to the minimum number of students enrolled.

Documentation to attach, forms and place of delivery

the applicants they will present all the scanned documentation, in the formats allowed through the telematic self-registration application at the time of applying for admission to own degrees. They must compulsorily attach to their request the declaration of the person responsible for the veracity of the data provided in digital format.

At any time, both the Program Management and the Own Teaching Service may request the applicants to submit said certified/collated documentation through the General Registry, located on the Móstoles Campus, or in any of the registries assistants located in the different campuses of the Rey Juan Carlos University, or by sending it through Certified Mail to: Rey Juan Carlos University. General Registry. Avda. Tulipán s/n. 28933. Mostoles. Madrid

The student is responsible for the veracity and correctness of the data provided, exonerating the Rey Juan Carlos University from any responsibility and guaranteeing and being responsible for its accuracy, validity and authenticity.

Required documentation:

Students with a degree obtained from a Spanish university or a Higher Education Institution belonging to another Member State of the European Higher Education Area that authorizes access to own postgraduate degrees must present the following documentation:

  • National Identity Document or equivalent
  • University degree of the studies that give access to the requested postgraduate degree.
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Responsible declaration of veracity of the data provided in digital format
  • Any other document that the Director of the Own Title specifically requires for its acceptance

Students with a foreign degree must present the following documentation:

  • Passport or Residence Card
  • Foreign Higher Education Degree (Graduate, Graduate, Architect, Engineer Doctor...) that give access to own postgraduate degree studies.
  • Certificate certifying that the studies carried out give access to an Official Postgraduate Degree in your country of origin, issued by the University of origin
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Declaration of the person responsible for the veracity of the data provided in digital format
  • Any other document that the Director of the Own Title specifically requires for its acceptance

Applicants with studies completed in foreign University Centers may be requested at any time a certificate of verification of these studies and centers, issued by an authorized Institution.

All documentation provided must be legalized in accordance with Spanish law and translated by an official translator.