"China and Europe on the New Silk Road: Connecting Universities"

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Herrenhausen Palace
Researchers and Professionals

From November 5-6, 2020, the University of Utrecht, the University of Göttingen and the Volkswagen Foundation will be hosting a Herrenhausen Conference on "China and Europe on the New Silk Road: Connecting Universities". The conference will mark the conclusions of a multi-year research project on the implications of the New Silk Road (or China´s One Belt One Road initiative) for higher education and research in different parts of the world.

Are students going to profit? Experts discuss the changing academic relations between China and other countries in Asia and Europe (Foto: Rawpixel Ltd. – stock.adobe.com).
Are students going to profit? Experts discuss the changing academic relations between China and other countries in Asia and Europe (Foto: Rawpixel Ltd. – stock.adobe.com).

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 conference 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.

Leading scholars from Harvard University, the University of Oxford, Tsinghua University, and Shanghai Jiao Tong University are among the speakers. National and European level policy makers and university leaders will engage in the discussion on the policy implications of these current trends and elaborate the related opportunities and challenges.

This conference is highly relevant for: university policy makers, international officers, researchers engaged in Sino-European collaboration, higher education and research foundations, funding bodies, and scholars and students interested in international affairs, China-European relations in particular.

Researchers and professionals from business and administration as well as NGOs with a link to the New Silk Road and higher education from all fields are welcome to join the symposium online.

Herrenhausen Conference
A New Silk Road for Higher Education Cooperation
November 5-6, 2020
Broadcasted from Herrenhausen Palace, Hanover, Germany
Streamed live on www.academicsilkroad.org

For more information, including a preliminary programme, view the homepage www.academicsilkroad.org or the announcement by the Volkswagen Foundation.

Program

The program for the Herrenhausen Conference will be available shortly in the download section in the column on the right.

Experts will discuss the following topics:

Opening session: On old and new Silk Roads: perspectives from global history and the future of global cooperation in academia

Panel 1: The Rise of China in Global Higher Education

Panel 2: Academic Cooperation: Trends and Flows along the New Silk Road

Junior Scholars Workshop

Theme Session: Academic Cooperation: University Strategies

Panel 3: Policy Frameworks for Academic Cooperation

Panel 4: Conditions for Balanced Relationships - Challenges for Future Sino-European Collaboration

Language

The conference language is English.