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Confucius Institute at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel

The Confucius Institute at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel focuses on

  • academic research on contemporary China and China-EU,
  • Chinese language teaching at the academic and professional level,
  • the interplay between European and Chinese culture,
  • the involvement of all stakeholders within the partner universities
 

The primary focus is research and academic reflection.  The Confucius Institute at the VUB is a collaboration between Sichuan University, Renmin University of China and VUB.  It is embedded within VUB, as an internal knowledge hub, ensuring similar quality standards, trust, and objectivity as VUB itself. It pursues pertinence in research, language teaching, cultural exchanges, entrepreneurial attitudes, innovation and knowledge transfer. The institute is inherently based on the cooperation between universities, but also supports university, industry and government collaboration. It has the ambitions to carry out critical policy preparing and policy supporting research and consulting. Situated in Brussels, the Confucius Institute will have special focus on EU officers, representatives from international organisations and headquarters in Brussels, diplomats, and representatives from member states as well as NGOs. The Confucius is part of a worldwide network and supported by the Chinese Government.

Only a closed mind can ignore the achievements already made by the P.R. China and only the naive will ignore that further progress still has to be made. The time is ripe to walk a piece of the road together. Mutual understanding and deep friendships are prerequisites of successful collaboration with China, a land in transition.” - Jan Cornelis -Chairman Board of Directors
 
The agreement on the establishment of a Confucius Institute at the VUB was signed on the 29th of June 2015 in the presence of Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and Prime Minister Charles Michel in Val Duchesse, Brussels.

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  • To strengthen the educational and research cooperation between China and Belgium, to support and promote the development of Chinese language and cultural education, and to increase mutual understanding among the people of China and Belgium, the Confucius Institute of China and VUB will establish a Confucius Institute at VUB. To this end, an agreement was signed last Tuesday, during the visit of Chinese Premier Li Keqiang to Belgium.

Past Events

5 October 2016 – Academic workshop on Brexit and EU-China Relations

An academic workshop on Brexit and EU-China Relations was be organized by Confucius Institute at VUB, together with the European Institute for Asian Studies, Egmont Institute for International Relations, and Brussels Academy for China and European Studies. Prof. Dai Bingran, Jean Monnet Chair ad personam from Fudan University, Prof. Dr. Chen Xin, Director of European Economics at the Institute for European Studies, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, and Secretary General of China Association on European Studies, Prof. Wang Shuo, Deputy Director of the Institute for European Studies at China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations gave keynote speeches.

3-4 October 2016 – International Conference on China and Belgium, 45 Years of Diplomatic Relations: Belgium as the gateway of EU-China

International Conference on China and Belgium, 45 Years of Diplomatic Relations: Belgium as the gateway of EU-China, co-sponsored by the Brussels Academy for China and European Studies and Egmont – Royal Institute for International Relations, Belgium, and in cooperation with Renmin University of China, Sichuan University and Fudan University. HEM. Qu Xing, Chinese Ambassador to the Kingdom of Belgium, and HEM. Dirk Achten, Secretary General Federal Public Service, Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, Belgium will gave the keynote speeches at the opening of the conference. Mr. Chen Dawei, formal Vice Minister of Housing and Urban-Rural Development of PRC, currently Vice President of China-EU Association and Mr. Jo Leinen, Chairman of the Delegation of the relationship with People’s Republic of China in the European Parliament gave the closing remarks. As co-organizer of the event the Confucius Institute at the VUB organised the panel session on ‘Mutual Understanding through Culture and Arts between Chinese and Europeans’.

7 July 2016 – Academic seminar on Internationalization of the Chinese RMB

An academic seminar on Internationalization of the Chinese RMB was organized by Confucius Institute at VUB, together with Brussels Academy for China and European Studies, European Institute for Asian Studies and Egmont – Royal Institute for International Relations. Keynote speakers included Prof. Dr. Zhen Feng from Renmin University of China, Mr Balazs Ujvari from Egmont Institute and the European Policy Center (EPC), and Prof. Em. Sylvain Plasschaert from EIAS. Prof. Song Xinning, China Director of Confucius Institute-VUB gave the introduction. 70 Participants took part in the seminar.

29 June 2016 - Informal discussion on the new European Commission policy paper on China

An informal discussion on the new European Commission policy paper on China was organized by the Confucius Institute at VUB and the Brussels Academy for China and European Studies. 18 participants in total from VUB, the European Parliament, the German Marshall Fund, European Institute for Asian Studies (EIAS), KULeuven and the University of Lancaster attended the discussion. Prof. Song Xinning, China Director of Confucius Institute at VUB chaired the discussion.

16 June 2016 - Academic seminar on South China Sea issues

An academic seminar on South China Sea issues was organized by Confucius Institute at VUB, together with the European Institute for Asian Studies and the Brussels Academy for China and European Studies. Dr. Yan Yan, Deputy Director of the Institute of the Research Center of Oceans Law and Policy in the National Institute for the South China Sea Studies gave a presentation on Recent Developments in the South China Sea: Reclamation, Navigation and Arbitration. Prof. Xinning Song, China Director of Confucius Institute - VUB gave an introductory speech. 80 people from European institutions, other governmental agencies, embassies, think tanks and universities took part in the seminar.

18 May 2016 – Festive launch event of the Confucius Institute

The Confucius Institute at the VUB formally highlighted its establishment with a festive launch event on 18 May 2016 at the Bibliothèque Solvay, Brussels. This event featured Chinese music (Guzheng), martial arts (Tai Chi) and a book release on 40-years of EU-China diplomatic relations. High-level representatives from all partners and important stakeholders gave a keynote speech. Welcome speech by Prof. dr. Paul de Knop, Rector of VUB, keynote speech by Prof. dr. Jan Cornelis, Vice-Rector International Policy of VUB; Mr. Dirk Achten, Secretary General at Federal Public Service Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation; Mr. Li Jianmin, Minister-Counsellor of the Mission of the People's Republic of China to the European Union; Mr. Vito Borrelli, Responsible for EU-China relations at DG Education and Culture, European Commission; and Mrs. Shada Islam, Director of Policy of Friends of Europe.

4 May 2016 – Workshop on ‘The Chinese Approach to Public Diplomacy – a Clash of Ideas?’

As part of the launch event of the Confucius Institute at VUB, VUB organized a workshop on ‘The Chinese Approach to Public Diplomacy – a Clash of Ideas?’. Ten Scholars from China, Belgium, UK, Germany and Australia gave presentations on China’s cultural, economic and public diplomacy, followed by a panel discussion on the role of Confucius Institutes. Prof. Song Xinning, China Director of the Confucius Institute at VUB gave the keynote speech, titled ‘Is a Confucius Institute a tool of Chinese Public Diplomacy?’. The event was organized to motivate the establishment of a Confucius Institute at VUB, by elaborating on its role, focus and governance in relation to VUB.

Find the article here and more information about the event here

20 February 2016 - Chinese New Year and Lantern Festival party

On 20 February 2016, the Confucius Institute at the VUB worked together with the Chinese Students and Scholars Association of Brussels (CSAB) to organize the Chinese New Year and Lantern Festival Party on the VUB Campus Etterbeek. 

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The Confucius Institute at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel is in its first stage. As the activities expand more information will be found online.

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Confucius Institute at the VUB
Postal : Pleinlaan 2, 1050 Brussels
Visitors : Pleinlaan 5, 1050 Brussels
[T] +32 (0)2 614 80 85
[E]  vub-ci@vub.ac.be

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