CvB-voorzitter Sibrand Poppema en Xuefei Knoester-Cao brachten onlangs een werkbezoek aan China. Zij bezochten daar energiebedrijf ENN Energy, het hoofkantoor van het Confucius Institute en de Northwest Agriculture and Forest University.
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On a recent trip to China, President of the Board of the University of Groningen Sibrand Poppema and Xuefei Knoester-Cao, International Relations Policy Advisor and Director of the Groningen Confucius Institute, visited ENN Energy. ENN Energy is one of the first privately owned clean-energy distributors in China, and operates one of the country’s largest natural gas distribution networks. It uses its upstream supply, pipeline networks and customer-service experience to provide optimized solutions for households and businesses in 15 provinces across China. Professor Poppema gave a presentation about University of Groningen projects in the areas of Healthy Ageing and Sustainable Energy. The delegation also discussed possible collaboration with the Energy Academy Europe.
On the following day, Poppema and Knoester-Cao visited Hanban, the headquarters of the Confucius Institute. The Groningen Confucius Institute opened in May 2011, and is the result of collaboration between the University of Groningen, the Hanze University of Applied Sciences and the Communication University of China. At Hanban, Poppema and Knoester-Cao met with its Vice-Director, Mr Wang Yongli, the Director of the Division of Teachers, and the Deputy Director of the Division of Sinology and China Studies. Poppema spoke about recent developments at the University of Groningen, such as its rise in international rankings, the growth in international student numbers, its 400th anniversary and the new specialization in
East Asian studies
The future development of the Groningen Confucius Institute was also discussed at the meeting. The newly established Confucius classrooms in seven different cities in the Netherlands have proven successful and the University of Groningen is now recruiting a chair of China studies that will be co-funded by Hanban. This chair will contribute to the development of the
Centre for East Asian Studies Groningen
During their visit to China, Poppema and Knoester-Cao also attended the conference ‘International Forum on Development Strategies and Ecological Issues in Western China’, which was held to mark the 80th anniversary of Northwest Agriculture and Forest University. Poppema gave a lecture at the conference, entitled ‘The Role of Universities in Sustainable Development’.
Northwest Agriculture and Forest University is one of the leading research universities in China and a strategic partner of the University of Groningen. University of Groningen Professor Henk Folmer is Academic Dean of the Faculty of Economics of Northwest Agriculture and Forest University. During their visit to the University, Poppema and Knoester-Cao met with its President, Qixin Sun, Vice-President, Yonghua Qian, and several professors to discuss future cooperation between the University of Groningen and Northwest Agriculture and Forest University in the form of PhD programmes on energy, with funding from the China Scholarship Council.
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