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EUA Newsletter 9   3 May 2013

EU-China Presidents’ Dialogue showcases different models of EU-China university collaboration

Under the third, “people-to-people” pillar of the EU-China strategic dialogue, the European Commission and the Chinese Government organised in Brussels on 25 April the 1st Meeting of the Higher Education Platform for Cooperation and Exchange (HEPCE). Within this event, a University Presidents’ Dialogue, coorganised by EUA, the Chinese Scholarship Council (CSC) and the Academic Cooperation Association (ACA), welcomed over 80 European and Chinese university leadership representatives and shared a rich array of collaboration initiatives.

 

Photo: © Xinhua/Ye PingfanThe event demonstrated the enormous changes that have taken place in China-EU higher education collaboration over the past few years. As one participant noted, there is a marked change from the previous focus on Chinese student recruitment and a strongly competition-dominated discourse. The tone of this event was one of collaboration; it shared mature approaches for structured university cooperation and exchange via joint higher education institutions (schools, campuses, etc.), joint degree programmes and collaborative European and Chinese studies programmes.

 

While these approaches have existed for a while, the event focused on their strategic advantages and their contribution to joint research platforms. Presentations also demonstrated how China-Europe initiatives increasingly involve partners and students from third countries, and bridge international and regional collaboration by including industry, municipalities etc. as partners.

 

Most of the collaboration initiatives presented received funding support by either the Erasmus Mundus Programme, the Jean Monnet Programme, or the FP7, and also from the China Scholarship Council. Both Chinese and EC representatives reaffirmed the need to continue to enhance funding of cooperation, also with regards to motivating more European students to study in China. This trend is already on the rise, and according to the Chinese Vice-Minister for Education, Mr Du Yubo, there are more than 35,000 students from EU member states studying in China. In an opening speech, he explained that the Chinese Government is scheduled to offer 30,000 scholarships for European students and researchers in the next five years.

 

EUA President Helena Nazaré gave a welcoming keynote speech on the changing nature of higher education internationalisation, and the importance of Chinese-Europe higher education dialogue in this respect. She also represented EUA in a policy dialogue meeting between the European Commission and the Chinese Ministry of Education later that afternoon.

 

EUA has already been involved in the launch event of the “people-to-people” pillar in 2012, where it coorganised a university presidents’ dialogue. There is strong indication that a follow-up event will be organised next year.

 

Photo: © Xinhua/Ye Pingfan

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