Fudan delegation attends 5th China-UK High-Level People-to-People Dialogue

The fifth annual China-UK High-Level People-to-People Dialogue (P2P) was held in the UK from 4 to 7 December 2017. This year, the P2P was chaired by British Secretary of State for Health Jeremy Hunt and Chinese Vice Premier Liu Yandong.

As a major event of the P2P, on December 6th, the China-UK Dialogue on the Humanities in Higher Education, also the second China-UK College Think Tank Forum was hosted by Oxford University under the theme of “Connections: China and the West in the Making of history”. Fudan Associate President and Professor Chen Zhimin, Professor of Foreign Language and Literature Chu Xiaoquan, Professor of History Xiang Rong, Professor of Journalism Zhang Lifen, and Associate professor Chen Yudan from School of International Relations and Public Affairs were invited to attend the Forum and Dialogue as representatives of Fudan.

On behalf of Fudan, a founding and executive member of the China-UK Humanities Alliance for Higher Education, Associate President Chen Zhimin also attended the working conference of the China-UK Dialogue on the Humanities in  Higher Education and the China-UK Humanities Alliance to communicate with other members institutions like Oxford University, Tsinghua University, Peking University on the situations of humanities education, international exchange in higher education and UK-China educational cooperation at Fudan.

During the Forum, Fudan Professors Chu Xiaoquan, Xiang Rong, and Chen Yudan delivered keynotes speeches on issues like multilingualism and civilization. Professors Chen Zhimin and Zhang Lifen gave keynote addresses in the round table discussion of the Forum.

The China-UK Humanities Alliance for Higher Education was initiated by Tsinghua University in 2016 during the fourth China-UK High-Level People-to-People Dialogue in Shanghai. Founding members joining the Alliance comprise 5 Chinese universities (i.e., Tsinghua University, Peking University, Fudan University, Wuhan University, The Chinese University of Hong Kong) and 7 British universities (i.e., University of Oxford, The Needham Research Institute of University of Cambridge, School of Oriental and African Students of University of London, King’s College London, University of Reading, The University of Manchester and The University of Warwick). The Secretariat of the Alliance is located at Tsinghua University. The Alliance serves as a platform for cross-cultural and cross-ethnic dialogue and cooperation in the field of humanities. It deepens exchanges between the universities in China and UK as well as develops the younger generation’s abilities to understand, appreciate and integrate different cultures. The Alliance also provides talent support for two countries to reach a higher level of global strategic partnership in the 21st Century. In the meeting of the Alliance this year, the representatives discussed the possibility of recruiting more members.

The Center of China-UK People-to-People Exchanges at Fudan has also made remarkable contributions to the P2P and the Forum this year by conducting preparational research and providing consulting services as required by the Secretariat of the Alliance.