The New Silk Road: implications for higher education and research cooperation between China and Europe

1st October 2018 : 13:30 - 16:30

Category: Conference

Research Group: Higher Education

Location: Doctorow Hall, Department of Education, St Edmund Hall, Queen's Ln, Oxford, OX1 4AR


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This research project focuses on China’s rise in global higher education. It aims to explore the possible implications of the New Silk Road (or China’s One Belt One Road policy) for higher education and research cooperation between China and Europe.

  • How will these new relationships affect European higher education and research?
  • What types of academic flows and activities emerge along the New Silk Road?
  • How do universities respond?
  • Under which conditions are these activities taking place?
  • Who defines these, and based on what values?


13.30: Welcome and opening

    • Professor Dr Simon Marginson (Oxford University)

13.40: The New Silk Road research project

    • Profesor Dr Marijk van der Wende (Utrecht University)

13.50 Resourcing the Silk Road: The domestic price of knowledge and skills

    • Professor Dr Gerry Postiglione (Hong Kong University)

14.10: Sino-foreign university cooperation

    • Convenor: Dr Zheping Xie (Tsinghua University)
    • Dr Zhuolin Feng (Shanghai Jiao Tong University)
    • Dr Jie Gao (Aarhus University)

14.30: The New Silk Road as a model of soft power

    • Dr John Douglass (UC Berkeley)

14.50: Break

15.10: Chinese-Western narratives and the multiple modernity paradigm

    • Convenor: Professor Dr Dominic Sachsenmaier (Georg-August University Göttingen)
    • Dr Dasha During (Utrecht University)
    • Ms Lily Yang (Oxford University)

15.30: China and post-soviet countries in Central Asia

    • Convenor: Professor Dr Sybe de Vries (Urecht University)
    • Professor Dr Isak Froumin (HSE Moscow)
    • Dr Maia Chankseliani (Oxford University)

15.50: Title TBC

    • Dr Konstantinos Glinos (European Commission)

16.20: Concluding remarks

    • Professor Dr Simon Marginson

16.30: Close


This event is free and open to all but places are limited. Register to attend