SGroup Joint Workshop on Europe-China Cooperation in Research and Education

7 June, 2012 - 09:00

The SGroup organised a joint workshop on Strategies of European Universities to Successful Collaboration with China in Research and Education, initiated by the SG Network, UNICA Network, and the Compostela Group. The Workshop took place in Brussels the 7 June 2012.


The European Universities’ Networks, Santander Group, UNICA, and Compostela Group jointly undertook an initiative to explore in more detail existing collaboration opportunities in China and to reflect on the effective and strategic approaches to tackle questions such as cultural differences, recruitment of students, establishing relations with quality partners, research collaboration and its implications, quality issues and promotion of the EU higher education in China.


The event is designed as a workshop providing hands-on examples in establishing European-Chinese relations in higher education. It brough together both members and non-members of the European Universities’ Network to exchange their practices and experiences in a series of round table discussions.

Case studies of the collaboration in research and education were presented from university representatives that have successfully developed working relations with China. An additional value of the workshop is that it was presented from both European and the Chinese perspective by the presence of various Chinese experts who will be interacting with the participants during the round table discussions.


The event was a third in a series initiative organised jointly by the 3 Networks, following successful workshops on the University-Enterprise Collaboration for Adult Education (2009) and on Successful Management of the Erasmus Mundus Joint Programmes (2011).

The Workshop gathered more than 100 participants: University representatives and policymakers. 


Download the programme (version: 6 June)



Opening speech by Maurits VAN ROOIJEN, Compostela Group President

Jianmin LI, Minister-Counselor, The Mission of the People's Republic of China to the EU, China's Funding Policies for Academic Mobility Schemes

Gustaaf GEERAERTS, Director of Brussels Institute of Contemporary China Studies (BICCS), Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Implications and Challenges in Europe-China Relations in Higher Education


Presentations of case studies from Networks' member universities:


Conclusions of the round tables


Concluding remarks by Jean-Pierre DE GREVE, Vice-Rector for International Relations Vrije Univeriteit Brussel, member of the UNICA Steering Committee

Thursday, 7 June, 2012