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, support, discussion and policy advise concerning China. It also clusters knowledge and experience about the relevant region, on the academic, cultural, socio-economic and political levels.

Steering Committee

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 ().

Director for Internationalisation Guido Van Huylenbroeck
Director Luc Taerwe Engineering and Architecture
Co-ordinator Inge Mangelschots International Relations Office
Representative of Ghent University in Beijing Zhang Chi
Member Sven Biscop Political and Social Sciences
Member Philippe De Maeyer Sciences
Member Huang Haosheng Sciences
Member Zhang Wei-Hong Medicine and Health Sciences

Claus Bachert (till may 22)

Medicine and Health Sciences
Member Frank Maes Law and Criminology
Member Theo Notteboom Law and Criminology
Member Ludwig Cardon Engineering and Architecture
Member Bart Dessein Arts and Philosophy
Member Ann Heirman Arts and Philosophy
Member Sarah De Saeger Pharmaceutical Sciences
Member Martin Valcke Psychology and Education Sciences
Member Danny Geelen Bioscience Engineering
Member Guy Smagghe Bioscience Engineering
Member (reserve) Erik Meers Bioscience Engineering
Member (reserve) Filip Van Bockstaele Bioscience Engineering
Member Veronique Limère Economics and Business Administration
Member Michael Frömmel Economics and Business Administration
Member Hans Nauwynck Veterinary Medicine
Member Peter Daels Veterinary Medicine

Strategic Partnership

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

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

Mr. Zhang ChiThe 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, maintains a large network, is responsible for the dissemination of useful information and works closely together with the 4 Ghent University Chapters in mainland China.

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



Structure China Platform