IES signs new cooperation agreements with Fudan University and Renmin University of China

From April 7th-15th, the VUB and ULB conducted a joint mission to China. In the presence of both rectors, Caroline Pauwels from the VUB and Yvon Englert from the ULB, the mission embarked on a new form of partnership between the two universities. The objective has been to join forces and to jointly establish new or deepen the existing cooperation with selected Chinese universities. Professor Florian Trauner participated on behalf of the IES. His ULB counterpart was Anne Weyembergh, President of the ‘Institut d'études européennes’. They sought to elaborate on possibilities for student exchanges and research collaborations in the field of European studies. The Chinese universities visited by the delegation included Beihang University, Tongij University, Renmin University of Beijing and the China University of Political Science and Law. A highlight for the IES was the signing of a new cooperation agreement with the Centre of European Studies at Fudan University of Shanghai. It will further institutionalise the IES relations with this leading research institute on Europe in China.  In the picture, the signing ceremony (from left to right): Gui Yongha (Vice President of Fudan University), Yvon Englert (ULB rector), Xu Ningshen, (President of Fudan University), Caroline Pauwels (VUB rector); Ding Chun (Director of the Centre of European Studies at Fudan University), Florian Trauner (IES Professor).

IES Cooperation ChinaOn Tuesday 2 May, the Institute for European Studies signed a cooperation agreement with the centre for European Studies of Renmin University, China. The agreement is the de facto continuation of the good relations between VUB and Renmin that started more than 20 years ago and already led to an MOU between the two universities. It allows for student and staff exchange (e.g. in the framework of the Renmin International Summer School).

The signing ceremony was organised by the VUB Vice-Rector for International Policy Sonja Snacken and her Chinese counterpart Yi Zhihon. IES Prof. Florian Trauner, who joined the Rector earlier last month to visit China (i.e. also Renmin), signed the agreement on behalf of the IES. Together with Executive Director Anthony Antoine and Euromaster professor Caroline Buts, he later that evening joined a large VUB delegation to celebrate the 80th anniversary of Renmin University at a dinner hosted by VUB and Renmin. Confusius Institute director and former Renmin University Professor Xinning Song welcomed Chinese Ambassador Qu Xing and guest speaker Sven Biscop (Egmont Institute) and was in his turn thanked by Vice-Rector Snacken for his considerable role in bringing VUB and Renmin together.