YCW Europe – V4 Series: Educational cooperation with China: what’s in it for the V4?

with Andrea Braun Střelcová (Member, Lise Meitner Research Group China in the Global System of Science; Predoctoral Fellow, MPIWG),
Dominik Mierzejewski (Professor, University of Łódź; Chair, Center for Asian Affairs) and Tamás Matura (MapInfluenCE China analyst; Assistant Professor, Corvinus University of Budapest)

Monday 28 June 2021

• 6pm (Brussels & Berlin)
• 5pm (London)

Access via a virtual conference platform – details in an Eventbrite email shortly before the event

The ‘YCW Europe – V4 Series’ aims to give voice to the often overlooked Visegrád 4 countries in the discussion around China in Europe and China’s influence in the Central Eastern European region. Despite often being portrayed as China’s entry point to the EU, the four countries themselves have each faced a varied experience with Beijing. The double aim of this series is to provide an opportunity for a wider audience outside the region to gain insight into the perspective of V4 scholars and professionals working on China and to strengthen the region’s China-watching community. In our first two events of the V4 Series, distinguished panels of China experts from V4 countries discussed the state of relations between the V4 countries and China, as well as debated the best choices of CEE countries at times of US-China competition. A replay of the first event can be found here.

The upcoming 3rd event of the V4 Project aims to explore educational cooperation between the V4 countries and China. The topic’s relevance is given by the currently growing controversy around the planned Fudan campus in Budapest. This recent case brought the issue into the international spotlight, demonstrating how relations with China are becoming a central question even in domestic politics of these countries. In our discussion, we will aim to provide a comprehensive analysis of the question, and identify what opportunities and challenges such cooperation can bring and how it might develop in the future, touching upon several angles of the cooperation beyond the Fudan issue, ranging from student exchanges to the reorganization of Confucius Institutes, and its impact for the region.

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Andrea Braun Střelcová
Andrea Braun Střelcová is a member of the Lise Meitner Research Group China in the Global System of Science, and a Predoctoral Fellow at the MPIWG, carrying out her PhD in cooperation with the Faculty of Management and Business at the Tampere University (Finland). She is also an associate lecturer at the Center for Cultural Studies on Science & Technology in China (CSST) at the TU Berlin. In her PhD project, she studies the internationalization of Chinese higher education and the dynamics of global research cooperation with China. More widely, her research interests include higher education, research and innovation policy and management, science diplomacy, EU-China relations, and skilled migration within the context of China’s socio-economic development.

Dominik Mierzejewski
Dominik Mierzejewski is a professor at the Department of East Asian Studies, University of Łódź. He is a member of the Association for Asian Studies, the European International Studies Association, the European Association for Chinese Studies (board member) and he is the vice editor in chief of “Azja-Pacyfik” (yearbook) and “Journal of Contemporary Eastern Asia” (Austria/South Korea). His research focuses on China’s political development, rhetoric of Chinese foreign policy and leadership transition in the Communist Party of China. He has published a monograph, and dozens of articles e.g. in Singapore, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Tamás Matura
Tamás Matura is a MapInfluenCE China analyst in Hungary, member of China Observers in Central and Eastern Europe (CHOICE) and Assistant Professor of Corvinus University of Budapest, Hungary.

Dr Matura is the Founder of the Central and Eastern European Center for Asian Studies. He has been working on Asia related research projects for a decade, and started his career as a research fellow of the Hungarian Institute of International Affairs. He used to serve as an adviser on China to the Minister of National Economy, as an editor of the China Strategy of Hungary, and as an author of the BRICS Strategy of Hungary. Right now, he is a permanent Assistant Professor of Corvinus University of Budapest, a lecturer of ESSCA School of Management Angers-Paris-Budapest-Shanghai and a founding member of the European Think Tank Network on China. Dr. Matura has been serving as an Academic Advisor of the Research Center of United Nations and International Organizations of Beijing Foreign Studies University since 2018.

Europe – V4 Series: Educational cooperation with China: what’s in it for the V4?
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