Prof Joost Herman and Dr Yongjun Zhao attended the International PhD Workshop in Beijing, China during 24-25 November. Organized annually by the China Education Association for International Exchange, this workshop was aimed at facilitating the interactions between potential Chinese PhD candidates and representatives of foreign universities. The latter have growing interests in attracting the most qualified candidates through this medium.
GSG’s mission at this workshop was to promote the newly created inter-faculty PhD hubs to the Chinese students and educators and to select suitable candidates for the hubs. Almost 50 potential PhD applicants were interviewed by Prof Herman and Dr Zhao, who are in the process of shortlisting the candidates in working with relevant faculties. The trajectories of these PhD applicants match the hubs and the wider faculty programmes. At the workshop, representatives of Fudan University, Zhengzhou University and other institutions showed their great interests in the hubs and GSG’s broader programmes in research and education and expressed their willingness to exchange and cooperate.
Prior to the workshop, Prof Herman gave a public lecture on the Dutch government’s humanitarian aid policy at the Centre for African Studies, School of International Relations, Peking University. This presentation was warmly welcomed by Prof Anshan Li, Director of the Centre and his colleagues, who had interesting discussions with Prof Herman on GSG’s activities as well. Both sides agreed to continue exploring opportunities for building partnerships in research and education related to humanitarian and development studies and international relations.
Besides, the meeting with the China Agricultural University’s College of Humanities and Development Studies - the Vice Dean Prof Ting Zuo and the Head and Deputy Head of Department of Development Studies Prof Gubo Qi and Prof Xiuli Xu - resulted in further commitments of both institutions in strengthening partnerships in a diverse range of innovative activities.
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