Signing of a new agreement for Co-funding between Ghent University and the Chinese Scholarship Council

(21-06-2018) On Friday 1 June, a new agreement for co-funding between Ghent University and the Chinese Scholarship Council was signed in the presence of H.E. Marc Vinck, Belgian Ambassador in Beijing.

CSC is the biggest funding channel of the Ministry of Education in Mainland China for the financing of Chinese doctoral students abroad.

During the official signing ceremony, Mrs. Li Qing, Deputy Secretary-General of CSC stressed that Ghent University is the most important partner of CSC in Belgium and one of the most important in Europe.

Since 2006 (year of the establishment of the China Platform) more than 2692 students and researchers found their way to Ghent University. So far, this resulted into 2497 co-publications between Ghent University and China.

Last year, the number of Chinese students and researchers amounted to 414 and this year we already counted 461 students and researchers from China, of which more than 70% are doctoral students. This increasing number is a result of all the efforts of the China Platform that encourages and supports professors and students in their exchanges and cooperation with more than 50 partner institutions in China. In general, the China Platform focusses on qualitative partnerships with the best institutions in China, that excel in a certain discipline. The fact that UGent already has 5 Joint Labs with Chinese partner institutions in China helps highlight this strategy.

During the China mission that took place from 27 May until 2 June 2018, the Ghent delegation headed by Prof. Guido Van Huylenbroeck, Director Internationalisation and Prof. Luc Taerwe, Director China Platform, visited the Xinjiang Institute of Ecology and Geography (Urumqi) where the Sino-Belgian Joint Laboratory for Geo-Information is located with Prof. De Maeyer (Faculty  of Sciences) as promoter; Sichuan University that just signed an agreement for a Joint Laboratory for Additve Manufacturing with Prof. Cardon (Faculty of Engineering and Architecture) and already has a long-term cooperation with many different departments in Ghent University; Southwest University (Chongqing) where Prof. Smagghe (Faculty of Bioscience Engineering) is involved in the 1000 Talents Research Project and a 111 Project, that was recently launched; and Tsinghua University to attend the Official Opening of the The 2nd EU-China Health Forum, a symposium on reproductive health, organized by Prof. Temmerman and Dr. Zhang Wei-Hong of the ICRH (Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences) in cooperation with Tsinghua University and the ITN ANSER, coordinated by Prof. Degomme.

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