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 – 11:00 AM (CET)


Date: November 6, 2020

Time: 9:00 – 11:00 AM (CET)


On 6 November from 9–11 AM (CET) an online young scholar workshop is organized. As the future of international collaboration is shaped by young academics (i.e. students and young graduates), we want to provide a venue for exchanging views and new ideas with regard to collaboration with China. The workshop will have an interactive, interdisciplinary and private character. We will start the session with a short tour de table in which the participants will introduce themselves and their research. Moreover, we will exchange 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.

For more informtation, click here
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After that, we will delve further into your own research. We will give the floor to a number of young scholars in order to give a pitch (max 5 minutes) with regard to their research, to serve as a starter for further discussion. Therefore, we ask you to provide us with an abstract of your research (you may just enter your previous abstract, if there has been no update), so that we can make a selection that provides a broad and trans-disciplinary overview of perspectives on international collaboration with China. At the registration form you can indicate whether you want to be eligible for giving a pitch of your work and ideas. We will communicate the selection of presenters well before the date of the workshop, so that you can prepare.

Finally, we will shift our focus to the future and discuss 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. Relevant questions relate 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 also explicitly ask you to share your own input and topics for discussion. You can already do so on the registration form. In this way, we can prepare together for next years’ conference.

Dates and deadlines

  • 20 October 2020: registration deadline for the young scholars workshop. Click here for registration.
    23 October 2020: individual communication (by the organizers) of selected participants and presenters for the pitches.
  • 3 November 2020: distribution (by the organizers) of the final programme.
  • 5 November 2020, 2–4 PM (CET): please watch the online book launch (register here). In the young scholars workshop we will reflect on our insights derived from this presentation.
  • 6 November 2020, 9–11 AM (CET): young scholars workshop.

Selection criteria
We are truly convinced that the future of international collaboration is shaped by the young generation of academics. We therefore invite 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. We will make a selection of participants on the basis of the abstracts submitted at the registration form. If you indicate that you want to give a short pitch based on your research, we will also use your abstract for selection purposes. Participation in the workshop is free.

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

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