Euskampus International Bridges, towards China and South-East Asia

2012/08/03 09:46:00 GMT+2

Internationalisation is one of the key Euskampus goals, in the framework of the International Campus of Excellence and the priority is on both China and South-East Asia during this new phase.
Thanks to the collaboration of the office of the Basque Government in Brussels, Euskampus will shortly embark on a round of meetings, where Ghent University and Lisbon University will play a special role. The meetings will be used to assess the opportunity and set up two new international bridges towards China and South East Asia.
The education and research collaboration between Chinese and European universities has been on the rise since China started playing an influential political and economic role on the international stage. However, work still needs to continue to increase the quality and quantity of those exchanges. In other words, the Europe-China cooperation policies need to be consolidate and it must be remembered that we are dealing with two different cultural and educational models.
Ghent University has set up the  China Platform , which brings together stakeholders from the economic, political and academic sectors and it has recently opened the  “Beijing Representation Office”. On the other hand, the ongoing work at Lisbon University, with the  Confucius Institute has fostered a collaboration relationship at all levels. China is very interested in consolidating its presence in the Portuguese-speaking countries of Africa and main mission of the Confucius Institute is to foster the Chinese language and culture.
Furthermore, the possibility of establishing an information exchange and dissemination with the RMIT, the Australian University delegation that recently visited Euskampus, is being explored, and which will also be a link with its campuses in South-East Asia, both in Vietnam and in China.

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