About China Platform

China Platform at Ghent University

The China Platform is the coordination desk for all China-related matters, both in the fields of research and education.

Acting as a central, university-wide point of contact, the China Platform streamlines all mutual cooperation initiatives and the increasing incoming and outgoing mobility.

Since its establishment in 2006, the China Platform is the central body for consultation, discussion and policy advise concerning China. It also clusters knowledge and experience about China, on the academic, cultural and political levels.

A steering committee, represented by professors from different faculties, supports and assists in drawing the strategic policy lines. Prof. dr. ir. Luc Taerwe is Director of the China Platform and Mrs. Inge Mangelschots is responsible for the overall management of the China Platform within  the International Relations Office ().

Strategic Partnership

China ForumIn 2008 the UGent China Platform signed a strategic partnership with the Province of East Flanders, the Flemish-Chinese Chamber of Commerce (FCCC), the City of Ghent and the Port of Ghent.

This strategic partnership streamlines the different initiatives towards China, with a view on presenting East Flanders as a region for innovation, science and knowledge.

Joining academic, political and economic forces has a very strong effect in China, and on the other hand it increases and improves the visibility of each of the partners individually.


Beijing Representative Office

Chi ZhangThe cooperation with the province of East Flanders resulted in the establishment of a joint representative office in Beijing in 2008.

A local presence improves the visibility in China and enables a more efficient way of communicating with Chinese partners. The local representative facilitates and assists in incoming and outgoing mobility, provides assistance in prospective trips and visits, and is responsible for the dissemination of useful information.

Mr. Zhang Chi was appointed as the local representative in February 2015 (chi.zhang@chinaplatform.be)


From dog to rabbit

Book cover from dog to rabbitOn 21 November 2011, Ghent University celebrated the 5th Anniversary of the China Platform in the presence of many prominent guests such as H.E. Karel De Gucht and the Chinese Ambassador.

On the occasion of this 5th Anniversary, a book was published with an overview of the cooperation between UGent and China during these first 5 years.

Please find the proof of this book "From Dog to Rabbit - 5 Years China Platform" here



From Rabbit to Monkey - Further developments since the 5th anniversary celebration of the China Platform

Book cover from rabbit to monkeyOn 12 December 2016, Ghent University celebrated the 10th Anniversary of the China Platform. And also this time, we had the honor of having some very prominent guests in our midst,  such as the Chinese Ambassador, H.E. Qu Xing and the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Development Cooperation, Digital Agenda, Telecom and Postal Services, H.E. Alexander De Croo.
We were also very happy that all the partners from the “Strategic Partnership” were present as well as many students, researchers and staff from Ghent University (both Belgian and Chinese) and several Belgian and Chinese companies.
As a follow-up of the first publication “From Dog to Rabbit”, a second book was published with an update of the cooperation between Ghent University and China during the last 5 years since the publication of the first book.
Please find the proof of this book " From Rabbit to Monkey – Further developments since the 5th Anniversary Celebration of the China Platform" here