From May 13-15, 2020, the University of Utrecht, the University of Göttingen and the Volkswagen Foundation will be hosting the symposium on "The New Silk Road - Implications for Higher Education and Research Cooperation". The symposium will mark the conclusions of a multi-year research project on the implications of the New Silk Road (or Chinas One Belt One Road initiative) for higher education and research in different parts of the world.
Recent geopolitical events such as Brexit, and the US turning its back on international trade and cooperation, create waves of uncertainty in higher education regarding international cooperation, the free movement of students, academics, scientific knowledge, and ideas. Meanwhile China stands to gain as its universities advance in global visibility. The growing unpredictabilities in the West may make China only more successful in its aim to attract talent (back) and to enhance its impact on the global higher education landscape. Its New Silk Road (or One Belt One Road) project could potentially span and integrate major parts of the world across the Euro-Asian continents. But likely on new and different conditions, also for higher education.
The symposium will discuss the changing academic relations between China and other countries in Asia and Europe. Key questions focus on flows and patterns of academic mobility along the New Silk Road. It also investigates initiatives undertaken by universities as well as the conditions under which these are taking place. It aims at discussing the impact of these developments on EU-China collaborations, on the global higher education landscape, the key role of the US therein, and on how academic systems between China and Europe will position themselves.
A New Silk Road for Higher Education Cooperation
May 13-15, 2020
Herrenhausen Palace, Hanover, Germany
The program for the Symposium can soon be found in the download section.
Panel 1: The Rise of China in Global Higher Education
Panel 2: Academic Cooperation: Trends and Flows along the New Silk Road
Panel 3: Academic Cooperation: University Strategies
Panel 4: Policy Frameworks for Cooperation
Panel 5: Conditions for balanced relationships
Panel 6: Challenges for Future Sino-European Collaboration
There are no fees for attendance but registration is essential. If you would like to attend the conference, please register by clicking on the "Registration" button in the column on the right.
The conference language is English.
Venue and public transport
The conference is held at Herrenhausen Palace in Hanover, Germany. You can reach the venue by tram: Take line 4 or 5 and get off at "Herrenhäuser Gärten".