Young Scholars Workshop

Online Workshop on November 6, 2020

China and Europe on the New Silk Road: Connecting Universities

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Young Scholars Workshop

November 6, 2020
9:00 – 12:00 AM (CET)


Date: November 6, 2020

Time: 9:00 – 12:00 AM (CET)


Convenors: Dr. Dascha Düring (Utrecht University), Prof. Dr. Marijk van der Wende (Utrecht University), Prof. Dr. Dominic Sachsenmaier (University of Göttingen)

On 6 November from 9–12 AM (CET) an online young scholar workshop was organized. As the future of international collaboration is shaped by young academics (i.e. students and young graduates), we wanted to provide a venue for exchanging views and new ideas with regard to collaboration with China. The workshop had an interactive, interdisciplinary and private character. We started the session with a short tour de table in which the participants introduced themselves and their research. Moreover, we exchanged views, thoughts and ideas with regard to the book launch that took place on 5 November, as well as with regard to the main findings of the research project.

More Information on Our Book Launch Webinar

The global order, based on international governance and multilateral trade mechanisms in the aftermath of the Second World War, is changing rapidly and creating waves of uncertainty. This is especially true in higher education, a field increasingly built on international cooperation and the free movement of students, academics, knowledge, and ideas. Meanwhile, China has announced its plans for a “New Silk Road” (NSR) and is developing its higher education and research systems at speed. In this book an international and interdisciplinary group of scholars from Europe, China, the USA, Russia, and Australia investigate how academic mobility and cooperation is taking shape along the New Silk Road and what difference it will make, if any, in the global higher education landscape.

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After that, we delved further into the young scholars’ own research. We opened the floor to seven of them for selected pitches of 5 minutes each with regard to their research to serve as a starter for two further discussions on “what requires further attention in understanding current developments in international collaboration with China? ” and “what may the future of academic collaboration look like, and what can we do to shape this future ourselves?”.

Presented pitches:

  • Andreas Günter Weis
  • Lin Tian
  • Burcu Ermeydan
  • Bowen Xu
  • Lili Yang
  • Hannes Thees
  • Hanwei Li

At the end, we shifted our focus to the future and discussed what the future of academic collaboration may look like in times where classical institutions are under increasing pressure, but also how we can shape this future ourselves. Questions related to the role of universities in international collaboration and politics, common values that can guide us, as well as ways to make sure that such values are upheld. 

We are truly convinced that the future of international collaboration is shaped by the young generation of academics. We therefore invited all students and young graduates from all disciplines that are interested in collaboration with China and willing to share their views based on their research. 

Thanks to all young scholars who participated in the workshop: Xueting Ban, Stijn van Deursen, Burcu Ermeydan, Ruobing Fang, Jelena Gledic, Hanwei Li, Qian Li, Hannes Thees, Lin Tian, Andreas Günter Weis, Bowen Xu, Lili Yang, Dongmei Zhang and Kena Zheng.

The project is carried out by an international consortium coordinated by Utrecht University’s Centre for Global Challenges (UGlobe).

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