Public lecture: Europe’s Science Diplomacy in China

Public lecture on Europe’s Science Diplomacy in China: Policies, Perspectives and Practice

March, 5 – 13-15.00

Researcher at Charles University and TU Berlin

Hosted by: Yuzhuo CAI

Ajunct Professor and Senior Lecturer at Higher Education Group (HEG), Faculty of Management and Business, Tampere University 

Science, technology and innovation are at the core of the People’s Republic of China development policy. As a result, China has overtaken the EU in research and development spending and surprised the world with several research breakthroughs. The country, governed by an authoritarian Party-State regime, continues to evolve into a scientific powerhouse. How does the European community in China tackle the new developments in policies and in practice? How do institutions (universities, research institutes or funding agencies) react? And how do European research talents get acquainted with the new reality of China, going global?

This public lecture will provide an overview of recent developments in China from the European perspective. We will look at the EU level in research and innovation as well as the strategies of several EU countries (member states) in a comparative perspective to see how they deal with China’s rise into a global scientific powerhouse. We will talk about how different European actors across EU and its member states shape ongoing internationalisation “with Chinese characteristics”, with different levels of cooperation and competition in political dialogues, institutions and people across countries and scientific disciplines.

It is also a pre-event of the upcoming Sino-Nordic Innovation Forum (15-17, June 2020) .

Speaker’s introduction: 

Andrea is a researcher, project manager and expert in the field of Europe-China higher education, research and innovation management. She is based at Charles University, Czechia’s oldest and most renowned higher education institution, where she is charge of an international cooperation with Asia in the field of sport science & education. She is also an associate lecturer at the CCST at TU Berlin. Between 2017-2019, she was affiliated to the EU-Asia Institute of ESSCA School of Management in Angers, France. Based in Beijing between 2011 and 2017, she managed the China office of EURAXESS, European Commission’s global initiative for international researchers, and worked at the EU Delegation to China and Mongolia, in EU project consulting and Chinese private sector. Her research interests cover EU-China relations with particular focus on higher education management, research and innovation policy and migration in the context of contemporary Chinese socio-economic development. Andrea holds an MSc in anthropology with China focus from the London School of Economics, she studied Chinese at National Chengchi University in Taipei and Beijing Normal University.

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