When Asia runs we must follow it… Launching ASG Torino new project in Piemonte

I’m really happy to start new year introducing something of very important for professional and personal commitment in Italy on cultures and languages from East Asia: after 1 year we’re really proud to announce the official calendar of introductory classes for chinese, japanese and korean languages in Turin.

In tight cooperation with Yoshin Ryu, our main partner for cultural and scientific activities in Piemonte Region, we’re going to offer to the territory  high quality’s services about trainings, studies exchanges, internship opportunities and consulting for international cooperation between Europe,  in particular Italy, and East Asia (Japan, China and Korea first of all).

Strategically the partnership in Turin between Asian Studies Group and Yoshin Ryu means to create common environment to boost mutual activities connecting two important poles for our centre (Milan and Turin) for that concerns projects about EXPO 2015 which we’re already hard working about.

We would really to intensify opportunities for a well structured platform that, from Turin and Milan, will involve  professionals, university students, institutions and foundations to cooperate on international projects that could start to be concrete dimension for mutual co-working ventures.

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EXPO 2015 will be for sure a incredible occasion to facilitate international dialogue’s opportunities and our mission will consist on reinforce cultural and social perception about the meaning of such dialogue and what kind of professional involvement it could bring for future generations.

On doing that we’re going to involve C.U.P.I. the Centre for Union of International Perspectives that is going to manage and focus with high attention on social / cultural / business involvement about international opportunities for development’s opportunities on the international scene. CUPI starts from Lombardia Region due its direct involvement in some territorial projects connected to EXPO that will take place on 2015 in Milan but represents already a concrete incitement for networking’s promotion and cross-level’s cooperation among commercial players, institutions and key operators.

When we talk about networking’s opportunities we always involve our partners from Asia and in particular that is real good way to boost also the activity of EU Networking Centre in Kobe, representative office of Asian Studies Group Italia that offers parallel solutions to university students, professionals and organizations in Japan to create

As Studies Centre, first of all we want to be sustainable! that’s why we’re going to start with free of charge introductory classes for japanese, chinese and languages.

Regular courses will start until the end of january and will continue for 2 quarterly sessions till summer when as usual we’ll introduce summer intensive classes and summer study travels in Japan China and Korea.

As Asian Studies Group is doing from 2006 in other branches (like Milan, Rome, Padova) our courses in Turin will train students to pass international proficiency’s tests about japanese, chinese and korean languages (JLPT – HSK – TOPIK) exactly as universities and academic courses are used to do.

We want to offer  concrete tools following sustainable prices with well trained mother tongue staff and programs arranged with exclusive contents and materials by our Centre.  For korean language for example, ASG started to edit one year ago special edition of textbook in italian language with grammar section and exercises and at the moment we’re first centre in Italy specialized on management of structured didactic levels for korean languages according with specific contents edited by internal scientific group.

We are ready for this new and important venture in Turin – For further info asgtorino@asianstudiesgroup.net

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Sono davvero felice di iniziare l’anno introducendo qualcosa di davvero importante per me che opero con dedizione personale e quotidiana nella promozione delle lingue e delle attività interculturali a tema Asia orientale sul territorio italiano: l’inaugurazione di corsi introduttivi di lingue orientali nella città di Torino.

In stretta collaborazione con l’Associazione Yoshin Ryu, nostro partner principale per quanto concerne attività culturali e di spessore scientifico su tematiche di orientalistica per la Regione Piemonte, andiamo a presentare servizi di alto livello per tutto ciò che concerne formazione linguistica e culturale, opportunità di scambio e di viaggi studio, consulenza per rilocalizzazione professionale fra Europa e in particolari modo Italia e Asia orientale (Cina Giappone e Korea)

Strategicamente la collaborazione fra Yoshin Ryu e la nostra Asian Studies Group mira a creare un hub comune e ben strutturato per progetti che uniscano in ottica EXPO 2015 due poli di principale importanza quali Torino e Milano.

L’obiettivo è davvero di creare una base di collaborazione concreta che miri a coinvolgere studenti, professionisti, istituzioni e organizzazioni su temi di cooperazione internazionale che divengano poi occasioni reali di sviluppo per generazioni future nel dialogo comune che avvicini operatori e mercati. EXPO 2015 rappresenta una frontiera concreta di sviluppo di parametri di confronto e di relazione anche con interlocutori apparentemente e geograficamente distanti, avvicinati nell’occasione dell’esposizione internazionale da una contingenza di ricerca e di condivisione di contenuti.

Nel fare ciò non mancheremo di coinvolgere l’attività del CUPI, il Centro per l’Unione delle Prospettive Internazionali del territorio che ha iniziato di recente a raccogliere proposte di sviluppo e di confronto sul tema EXPO principalmente in Regione Lombardia avvicinando operatori diversificati e valorizzandone apporti eterogenei con finalità di networking e sviluppo relazionale.

Inoltre nell’inaugurare l’attività di ASG Torino, Centro Studi Orientali del Piemonte in collaborazione con Yoshin Ryu non mancheremo di coinvolgere direttamente interlocutori dall’Asia orientale già attivi nella collaborazione con Asian Studies Group Italia, come per il caso dell’EU Networking Centre di Kobe, ufficio di rappresentanza che viceversa dirige prospettive di scambio internazionale, rilocalizzazione professionale, studio e ricerca su Europa nei confronti di utenti giapponesi.

Anche nell’attività di centro studi però vogliamo per prima cosa offrire percorsi di studio che siano sostenibili! Ecco da qui l’avvio di corsi introduttivi gratuiti per la lingua cinese, giapponese e coreana che siano di preludio all’avvio dei due trimestri didattici regolari finalizzati all’acquisizione delle certificazioni internazionali di lingua (JLPT – HSK – TOPIK, obiettivi che Asian Studies Group persegue da anni sulle altre sedi di Milano, Roma e Padova) come già proprio di molteplici corsi universitari.

Offrire strumenti concreti per un apprendimento di alto livello ad un costo sostenibile, ecco la sfida principale del nostro centro che senza minimizzare l’attenzione ai contenuti didattici si interessa di editare direttamente da diversi anni moltissimi dei libri di testo attraverso un comitato scientifico interno. Libri che offrono così testimonianza di un percorso didattico ben strutturato e funzionale a proporre un valore aggiunto e di assistenza continuativa al miglioramento delle capacità linguistiche esercitate. Per la lingua coreana, per esempio, siamo attualmente il primo centro in Italia di profilo extra-accademico ad editare direttamente libri di testo in italiano che prevedano sezioni di grammatica ed esercizi funzionali alla suddivisione in trimestri studio secondo metodo Asian Studies Group.

Siamo ormai davvero pronti per questa importante e nuova avventura a Torino. Per info e iscrizioni asgtorino@asianstudiesgroup.net

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Introducing new Centre for International Perspectives: focusing on heart of international scenario Milan Expo 2015

As advisor for companies that are really looking towards international dimension to relaunch their businesses I’m pretty familiar with the importance that such dynamics on operating as international player can represent for development and production of SME.

Then, if we’re talking about italian contingent situation, in particular if we consider the perspective that actually productive policies and central executive government and local administration are providing for the common good of our national economic players, I think that immediately you’ll agree with me about the high value’s content that it could be represented by introducing free and inter structured platform among sector-operators and professionals to boost international effects into national markets, always looking forward to provide cross-social education and training about the meaning of such involvement for well framed comparison managed on international scenario.

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No lobbies or real-politic’s games. Just concrete needs to build up network of efficient players that will make on sharing tools, vision and cooperation to develop diversified projects that will concern the relaunch of sectors, territories and marketing strategies on international dimension: welcome to C.U.P.I – Centre for Union of International Perspectives.

Let’s check together the presentation of CUPI following some important aspects:

Ritaglio CUPI English

What is C.U.P.I.?

Working board aimed to operate with well framed dialogue about the topic of internationalization’s of economic subjects from specific territories. First of all structured with joint cooperation of associations, sector-workers, professionals, representatives of categories, common citizens associated by interest on valorizing high profile’s dynamics for that concerns perspectives of international promotion of their activity; everybody joins the board with deep awareness about the importance of sharing results and aims to make mutual perspectives more concrete and functional into sustainable development’s frame.

Which aims?

To guide the territory towards concrete proposals for the relaunch of working opportunities, education and research’s development for an high value’s  emancipation about international dialogue, reinforced by exchange experiences and professional comparisons collected in co-working atmosphere with well framed social cooperation’s activities. These operations will be also useful to create common consideration about the topic of international dynamics and international events that could bring more opportunities for the benefit of territory and players.

Which tools?

Board for operative dialogue about concrete projects of main importance under economic and institutional aspects (like EXPO 2015 and following editions, international fairs and seminars, EU funds and sustainable development’s opportunities for european SME, business tours and business missions, academical researches, feasibility studies applied to operative strategie for market entry’s dynamics)

Shared tools panel structured among supporters and members of C.U.P.I. with agreement to make more easy and sustainable the access to services form common goals and perspectives. comune.

Analysis and research activities to boost training opportunities and educational platform for social aims. Such activity represents concrete base to improve social participation and civil involvement into international dynamics

 Where does it operate?

C.U.P.I. represents a long time highly “felt” and discussed project. As working board among professionals and organizations, it takes place in Milan and it embraces operators almost from the area Padano – Veneta, but it is already collecting energies and proposals from foreign partners and associations. In particular the Association that I manage as President and Director, Asian Studies Group well represents the cross cultural “soul” which we want to approach for example operators from East Asia – In tight connection we have already introduced the activity of EU Networking Centre in Japan from Kobe, and some consulting companies that operates on internationalization’s of SME on foreign markets, both EU and not EU markets. In particular in Bologna we are already working hard with Internazionalizza S.r.l. for that concerns some companies in that area and they are approaching Japan, China and Korea,  and recently we’ve started to collect some contributions and proposals from GN Lex – legal firm with hq in Milan and operative branch in Shanghai. In Milan we well know the activity of CMEX China Milan Equity Exchange and Carone and Partners Legal firm which we’re used to consult frequently for some issues in behalf of our C.U.P.I.’s members. Recently we’re also cooperating with AITA – International Association for development of Advanced Technologies with hq in Rome with recent branch in Milan to assist some projects during Milan EXPO 2015.

In particular,  concrete board for cooperation in behalf of key local sectors during Milan EXPO 2015 is one of our first high working points which we’ve introduced recently the activity of our group. ‘Cause in Milan operators, associations, professionals and companies are already working towards right and effective mood for the international event, we think that some borders- area like Province of Lodi, Province of Pavia and Brescia, Bergamo, Monza etc (and I’m not talking about local administration as politic entities..) should create more intense network of projects to boost the opportunity the Expo will bring us towards their local operators and territories. That’s why, for example, recently we’ve presented to Lodi Export (consortium for development of  exporting opportunities for province or Lodi’s area) the proposal to join our discussion-group to focus on common aims for mutual benefit that international perspectives could bring to this area.

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Waiting for Milan Expo – When Korea wants to build a network: meeting delegate of Ministry of Foreign Affairs

It could sound strange when you receive an email with special invitation to introduce your activity and your network directly to the director of public diplomacy division of Ministry of Foreign Affairs… more interesting if we’re talking about of Ministry of Republic of Korea and the meeting has been hold at Korean General Consulate in Milan.

It means that something is changing at the same time with our perception of being in the middle of cross cultural dynamics that are influencing a lot social relations and economies all around the world. For me and for other groups that today represent something in connection with East Asia and Korea it was the clear demonstration about how Italy or other EU countries should improve skills on making own presence more familiar with international issues trying to involve also people, professionals and society in general; ‘cause the building of conscious inter nation community starts from the individual and that’s why the role of institutions are really important to facilitate such education.

By the way, the purpose of the meeting was to listen which projects are going to be managed about korean culture, korea language and also about general promotion of that it has been called “Korean Wave 한류 – 韓流” and refers to the frame is becoming famous mixing pop culture, music and cinema from South Korea. In particular through my speech I wanted to make the group of representatives of Ministry aware about the second step is going to follow the pop-culture’s boom: with such cultural – joint there will be also in Italy an improvement of image about Korea into more “organic vision”, I mean something like an holistic perception that will bring our “fan of Korea” more aware about new and different ways to approach and live a passion called Korea.

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We must be ready to prepare structured services that can support such interest and make years of studies and researches about Korean system, language, economy, culture something orfreally concrete for careers and professions or for business communication among economic players between Asia and Europe.

I mean, even if K-pop music is very interesting cultural – social phenomenon and korean movies directors express very particular vision about esthetic and society in general that we are glad to appreciate for its features, I wanted to point out as Korea represents also a very special country that is going to introduce years of intense history built between two hard partners / fighters like China and Japan and that nowadays is going to embrace new vision of introducing productive and corporate system all around the world. It represents a place where now it s gonna be possible start dealing with, in particular if we got awareness of what South Korea represents, its booming economy and the characteristics of chaebol system.

Korea wants to meet Italy  and it is becoming EU- lover for some issues, and after impressive action played by its corporates now wants to communicate who they are, what culture they have, which mutual opportunities could be shared and more… It was really nice to discuss with the director for international cooperation’s division, Mr Hong Jin -wook, introducing how our Asian Studies Group is going to promote in Italy and in Europe also with our partners in Malta where we are welcoming lot of korean students who are studying english there.

Our mission will start on providing well structured consulting services – system that has to offer information, support and tools to approach Korea starting as students during university age, but also as professionals or corporates that need to plan strategy for their approach or orientation’s service as scouting service as well. On doing that we’re going to keep always on mind like cross culture and mutual respect are the fundamentals which we need to take care about to plan the best communication and relation with korean partners.

We don’t want to be in competition with universities in Italy for oriental studies but we well know that universities cannot provide sometimes quick and effective services for whom needs to re-locate in Korea as post degree students or professionals.

So that’s why we’re more into cooperation’s projects that competition with entities that manage a different position in the educational system (and honestly i think that Universities should think more about other problems than looking to us as competitors).

If we wanna to prepare our national system to be good partner of eastern asia countries we should leave some lobby’s preferences and start thinking like part of same bodies that we need to make on moving fast and on harmonious way… Confucius said well and China.. Japan.. and also Korea.. can bring up their society on cooperative vision. Should we start do the same or not?

Approaching Korea – new interest for TOPIK and career’s opportunities

We introduced korean language with our training programmes in Asian Studies Group just three years ago after long experience on teaching japanese and chinese.

I was pretty curious about Korea when I got opportunity to join a consulting board in behalf of american multinational company with branches in Italy and Austria, that has been involved on some troubles about management system and business culture with korean partners.

It was really useful  at that time my knowledge / experience about Japan and China  ‘cause I found a lot of connections in korean Jaybol-corporate system for exemple (that i needed to explain to groups of students / managers of the company)  with japanese keiretsu system up to the end of bubble economy as I considered really important the social function of confucianism in China, in particular when it started to characterize most of corporate’s dynamics due its influence about social relations (group’s dynamics, decision making etc)

Koreano Vol 1So when we decided to introduce Korea in Asian Studies Group it was for me like a “new love” that absolutely I wanted to discover and promote. The result was really impressive. We collected inquiries and requests to join our didactic programmes from dozens of different cities in Italy. That’s why we introduce also online classes with korean teachers because we couldn’t start with in-class activities everywhere in such short time.

After only one year we started to promote study travels in Seoul because everybody among our students shows us big intereste about going there and make their study more concrete and intensive, and actually we’ve already sent some groups of italian students in Korea.

Now we’re facing with new dimension of discovering Korea. There’s for sure a big portion of Korea-lovers that are more into pop culture (like pop music, drama, movies) and they represent a good target to introduce how Korean language is, as they always confirm with passion and happiness our study travel’s solution with great participation; but honestly the big challange for us (as Studies Centre and Consulting Firm) is represented by well framed target of university students and professionals whom are more into international certifications of korean language (TOPIK) and job placements in Korea.

There are also some italians whom already got personal professional experiences there with mixed results (somebody s enthusiastic, somebody else more embarassed for some businesses managed probably on bad way with korean partners that probably are not Key Opinion Leaders in their field or position).

As we started to build a service that could offer a concrete tool to prepare TOPIK and to join internship or master / bachelor courses in Korea we faced with too much disparate levels and programs (sometimes withouth specific didactic aim or  any well organized course for bachelor or master provided in our country).

At the same time when I tried to introduce some B2b solutions  to Chambers of Commerce in Italy in cooperation with organization in Korea (KOTRA is pretty interested and dynamic recently about promotion and introduction of opportunities of investments in Korea) I got again the perception that Korea as destination for business and international relations still needs social awarness about its identity and national profile etc.

chaebolAs I introduced to Consul Koh recently during the meeting I joined at Korean Consulate in Milan, now it’s really time to explain to european students and young professional what does Korea represent as destination for study, specialization, working opportunities and cross cultural integration and how we need them for mutual business and concrete joint-programmes for bilateral relations.

We’re really happy to offer some occasions of discussion, learning and cultural promotion in Asian Studies Group in Milan durin del Korea Culture Week from 23 of september. We’re going to provide some open – lessons of korean language, we’ll introduce our students and we’ll tal about study experiences in Korea and we’l be glad to introduce bachelor or specialization’s opportunities as offered by universities in Korea. We really like also to start official preparation’s course for TOPIK sessions in Italy as lot of our members asked us in Rome and Milan.

Probably not so many people remember that but some month ago the has been signed a new agreement for comemrcial bilateral relations between Europe and Korea – It represents really a new dymension for international cooperation and for business ventures between EU and Korea. But I absolutely think that institutional dynamics must be reinforced by social awarness. To boost korean culture and language could have a really important function about that.

Crossing Cultures – the balance between business aims and cultural differences

Save the date from 17 to 23 of september 2013: ADM-EA Business School in cooperation with Asian Studies Group

Location: Malta – St Julians

Contents: Business english + business culture and coaching + networking

I will manage 2 lessons about business culture in Asia (China and Japan): differences and common points of dealing in these markets. In particular the workshop will be focused on

1) corporate system   2) negotiation  3) social evolution and contemporary trends  4) direct consultancy and business tips.

The programme will include also business english classes (one to one) for professionals managed by partnered centre in Malta

well detailed contents at following link

http://adm-ea.com/business-school-for-professionals-and-practical-business-coaching/

business coaching malta sept 2013