China-Italy Higher Education Summit Held in Bologna, Italy

[Source]    Confucius Institute at the University of Bologna, Italy [Time]    2019-05-07 13:53:20 

On May 2nd, local time, the China-Italy Higher Education Summit was held in Bologna, Italy, which was hosted by the Confucius Institute at the University of Bologna. Antonio Fiori, President of the Asian Affairs Office of the University of Bologna, Luo Ping, Education Counselor of the Chinese Embassy in Italy, Du Peng, Vice President of Renmin University of China, representatives from various departments of the two universities and other Confucius Institutes in Italy and Europe attended the summit.

The scene at the summit

As one of the 10th Anniversary Celebrations of the Confucius Institute at the University of Bologna, the theme of the summit is “China-Italy Higher Education in the New Era: Innovation and Action”, with a total of 5 sub-forums, including “Integration and Innovation of China-Italian University Management Model”, “Inheritance and Reform of Humanities”, “Opportunity and Challenge of Social Sciences”, “Upgrading and Innovation of Economics”, and “Communication and Collaboration of the Confucius Institute in Europe”. More than 60 experts and scholars from various fields were invited to the discussion. The opening ceremony was hosted by Marina Timoteo, Foreign Director of the Confucius Institute at the University of Bologna.

In his speech, Antonio Fiori said that the collaboration between the two universities sees deepening tie by virtue of the deeper cooperation between China and Italy, and he hoped that the two sides can take this summit as an opportunity to further consolidate and deepen the relationship.

Antonio Fiori delivering a speech

Du Peng said that this year marks the 15th anniversary of the establishment of the comprehensive strategic partnership between China and Italy. 2020 marks the 50th anniversary of the China-Italy diplomatic relation. The two peoples enjoy profound traditional friendship and the China-Italian relation faces new opportunities. The Belt and Road Initiatives has brought China and Italy closer together, deeply benefiting the two peoples, and enriching and deepening academic exchanges and educational cooperation in various fields.

"The steady progress of higher education cooperation can hardly do without the guidance of the two governments or the close liaison between Chinese and Italian universities. “Du Peng hoped that the Chinese participants, as the bellwethers of characteristic disciplines of Renmin University of China, to perform in-depth exchanges with their counterparts from Italy and San Marino Universities on academic frontier topics, so as to promote multi-disciplinary, multi-regional and cross-cultural interaction, dialogue and exchange between Renmin University of China and Italian partner institutions.

Du Peng making a speech

Luo Ping said that in the past ten years, by means of the Confucius Institute at the University of Bologna, the two universities have witnessed closer ties, and conducted in-depth and high-quality cooperation. Experts and scholars from Renmin University of China and the University of Bologna in various fields were invited to the summit. “I hope that the two universities can further deepen cooperation and subdivide it into department level to build closer connection and cooperation.”

Luo Ping making a speech

After that, experts and scholars participating in a group discussion on the five topics.

Group discussion

Since the founding of the Confucius Institute at the University of Bologna, under the constant strengthening of cooperation, the two universities have maintained frequent exchanges of top-level visits. In 2016, Ubertini, President of Bologna University, visited Renmin University of China and signed a memorandum of understanding on student exchange programs with Liu Wei, President of Renmin University of China.

Participants of the summit

With Bologna as its foothold, the Confucius Institute at the University of Bologna offers a comprehensive range of Chinese language courses and oral courses, and organizes HSK, HSKK and YCT. Through the efforts over ten years, the Confucius Institute possesses 10 teaching sites and 4 Confucius Classrooms, covering the whole Emilia-Romagna region. In 2012, it was awarded the “Global Model Confucius Institute”. In 2018, Marina Timoteo, President of the Confucius Institute, was awarded the honorary title of “Global Confucius Institute Advanced Individuals”.

Story and photo by Lin Guangyao