Lancaster University Sets up the Belt and Road Initiative Research Institute to Further Promote Exchanges and Cooperation between China and the UK

[Source]    CRI Online [Time]    2019-06-17 13:16:18 
 

On June 7th, Lancaster University Belt and Road Initiative Research Institute held the unveiling ceremony. This is another China-related research institute set up by Lancaster University following the Confucius Institute and Lancaster University China Centre.


Lancaster University Belt and Road Initiative Research Institute holding the unveiling ceremony

On June 7th, local time, under the witness of many scholars and guests on the campus of Lancaster University in the UK, Professor Mark Smith, Vice Chancellor of Lancaster University, and Yang Xiaokun, Minister Counselor of the Chinese Embassy in the UK, unveiled Lancaster University Belt and Road Initiative Research Institute, making the official launch of the research consortium.

In December 2011, the Confucius Institute at Lancaster University was officially launched. Over the past eight years, it has achieved the continuous development. Vice Chancellor Mark Smith said that the Confucius Institute is a very successful cooperation project, which has increased cultural diversity and served as a bridge between the university and China. Today, the launch of the Belt and Road Initiative Research Institute means that the cooperation between Lancaster University and China has become deeper and richer.


Mark Smith delivering a speech

The purpose of Lancaster University Belt and Road Initiative Research Institute is to invite experts, research institutions and think tanks from China, the UK, and other countries to form interdisciplinary scientific research teams, strengthen exchanges and cooperation among scholars and think tanks in the form of regular academic symposiums and forums, and focus on different topics each year to produce some valuable and influential special research reports, papers and monographs.


Yang Xiaokun delivering a speech

Yang Xiaokun, Minister Counselor of the Chinese Embassy in the UK, said at the ceremony that the UK has long participated in and supported the Belt and Road Initiative and cooperated with China in manufacturing, engineering, technology and financial services. Recently, the China-UK multilateral cooperation project on higher education under the Belt and Road Initiative was launched in Beijing. He hoped that Lancaster University Belt and Road Initiative Research Consortium would become the world’s leading Belt and Road Initiative Research Consortium and serve as a new platform for China-UK cooperation.

The unveiling ceremony was held on the very day of the Dragon Boat Festival, a traditional Chinese festival. After the ceremony, the Confucius Institute at Lancaster University held a celebration. During the event, He Derui, Deputy Director of the Confucius Institute, introduced the traditions of the Dragon Boat Festival. Chinese and foreign guests tasted Zongzi and celebrated the festival together.

(CRI Online)

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