The controversy over plans to open a campus of Fudan University in Budapest highlights how fraught relations with China have become. It also raises questions about how to balance the opportunities and challenges of educational cooperation with Beijing. In this third installment of YCW Europe’s V4 series, Young China Watchers asked three experts — Andrea Braun Střelcová, Dominik Mierzejewski, and Tamás Matura — what the future of this field should look like.



Michael Yip (Young China Watchers)

About 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.

About 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.

About 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.

Cover image courtesy of: Wikimedia Commons
Webinar edited by: Joshua Cartwright

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