The Central & Eastern European Network of Indian Studies (CEENIS) is a direct outcome of two conferences: the 1st Central & Eastern European Indological Conference on Regional Cooperation organised at Warsaw University in Poland in September 2005, and the 2nd Central & Eastern European Indological Conference: New Perspectives on Education about India, organised at Vilnius University in Lithuania in August 2006.

The participants of both conferences were unanimous that there was an overwhelming need to establish a body coordinating the cooperation in the field of Indian studies, as well as the exchange of Indological expertise and finding the ways in which it could be shared in the regular activity of the Central and Eastern European academic institutions. This task is of vital importance especially in view of the imminent challenges facing all universities in the new EU-member countries as the result of the Bologna Process. The CEENIS has been thus set up to work also for the mobility of teaching staff and students in the region, as well as for the optimal compatibility of didactic programmes of its members.

Although two years have passed since our first meeting in Warsaw, we are still at the beginning of our cooperation. Any questions and ideas that may arise in connection with the network can be directed to its international coordinator:

Prof. Danuta Stasik
Institute of Oriental Studies
University of Warsaw

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