March 23rdand 24th, 2017 witnessed the 200thanniversary of Ghent University of Belgium. At the invitation of Ghent University, Professor Jian Shi, Director of the Centre for European Studies of Sichuan University, attended the two-day academic activities during the anniversary.
Mainly in the form of academic seminar, the anniversary was conducted under the themes including “Social Influence of University”, “University and Digital Revolution” and “Competition and Academic Partnership”. Hundreds of guests and representatives from the universities around the world attended the event. Professor Jian Shi took an active part in the keynote discussion and, together with the guests and professors from Ghent University and other universities, was invited to participate, in the PhD gown, in the celebration parade and the anniversary ceremony.
Attaching great importance to its cooperation with Asian universities, Ghent University invited Professor Jian Shi to accept a 15-min interview as a representative of Asian universities, for a brief introduction about the cooperation between Sichuan University and Ghent University in the EU ASIA Programme. During the interview, Professor Shi talked about the increasingly closer people-to-people exchanges and closer cooperation in higher education between China and Europe, as well as bilateral cooperation status between Sichuan University and Gent University. Finally, he expressed our satisfaction with the progress and achievements of the existing cooperation between the two universities, and our expectation of further strengthened cooperation in the future.
Sichuan University and Gent University maintain an intimate cooperative relation. In addition to the excellent cooperation between the Centre for European Studies Sichuan University and Ghent University’s Department of Political Sciences, as well as the Centre for EU Studies Ghent University, both universities have forged a close tie in field of medicine. Ghent University has voiced the desire to beef up the cooperation in engineering and environmental protection with SCU.
During the conference, Director Jian Shi also friendly exchanged views with the presidents of Uppsala University of Sweden, University of Gottingen and Ghent University that have maintained a long-term relationship with our university, and communicated with the guests from some other institutions.