Confucius Institute at University of Helsinki Holds EU-China Higher Education Forum for Cooperation and Academic Leadership

[Source]    Confucius Institute at University of Helsinki [Time]    2019-10-08 13:45:40 

On September 27th, local time, the Confucius Institute at the University of Helsinki in Finland and the Confucius Institute at the VRIJE University Brussel jointly held the EU-China Higher Education Forum for Cooperation and Academic Leadership. Hannele Niemi, former Vice Rector of University of Helsinki, Che Weimin, Minister Counselor of the Education and Culture Division of the Chinese Mission to the European Union, Shen Wei, Associate Pro Vice-Chancellor at Deakin University in Australia, Professor Cao Deming, former President of Shanghai Foreign Studies University (SISU), Zhu Chang, Foreign Director of the Confucius Institute at the VRIJE University Brussel, Su Qin, Chinese Director of the Confucius Institute at the University of Helsinki, as well as delegations from 11 China and European universities including the University of Helsinki, the University of Tampere, the University of Turku, Lancaster University in Britain, Beihang University, and more than 30 experts and scholars participated in the forum.

Forum site

At the beginning of the forum, Che Weimin said that 2019 is the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China as well as the 16th year of China-EU comprehensive strategic partnership. Under the joint efforts of the two sides, the relationship of China-EU has continuously improved, and the depth and breadth of cooperation have been developed. As the third pillar of China-EU relations, the cultural exchange between China-EU shows a trend of institutionalization, multi-level and all-round development. The exchanges and cooperation between China-EU in the fields of education, culture, tourism, language, youth and sports are more pragmatic, richer in content and more fruitful, contributing to the construction of a comprehensive strategic partnership between China-EU. LEAD2 is a capacity-building project for higher education under “the Erasmus+” programme of European Union. Based on the results of the first phase of LEAD project, it has new significance and innovative value. Che spoke highly of the value and significance of LEAD project, pointing out that the project not only developed from a topic of common concern to society, but also produced a series of influential achievements and changes in academic research and intercollegiate cooperation, establishing a platform for mutual exchange and learning between universities in China and Europe.

Che Weimin delivering a speech

The forum is presided over by Zhu Chang. Around the "LEAD2" project, round-table discussions were held in six areas, including "China-EU cooperation and opportunities", "capacity building of higher academic leadership", "exchange of higher education in the past 40 years of China-EU" and "comparative study of China-EU university governance and academic leadership". The atmosphere of the forum was harmonious and many new viewpoints and thoughts emerged from the convergence of academic thoughts. Scholars present said that they benefited a lot.

Discussion by experts

Finally, Shen Wei made a concluding speech. He praised and affirmed the achievements of the forum and put forward his own suggestions. First, as the key to university governance and leadership, comparative studies of university management systems in China and Europe can be further focused on. Second, on the basis of mutual understanding of the basic concepts of higher education and university management in China and Europe, the depth of exchanges and discussions between universities in China and Europe will be increased by analyzing typical cases. Third, it is necessary to find a balance between a stable core team and a moderate expansion of project participation in order to obtain the best results of the project.

Group photo

As one of the series of activities of the Confucius Institute at the University of Helsinki to celebrate the 13th anniversary of the "Global Confucius Institute Day", the meeting was a complete success. The Confucius Institute at University of Helsinki not only devotes itself to the promotion and research of Finnish native Chinese, but also pays attention to the construction of academic exchange platform with universities around the world, especially to promote the development of higher academic level in China and Europe.

Story by Hou Donghai