对外交流
International Cooperation & Exchange

对外交流

International Cooperation & Exchange

2016-2017年第1学期

2016-2017 the 1st Semester

1. Visit to the University of Toronto, Canada

On July 24~28, 2016, upon the invitation from William Robins, President of Victoria University at the University of Toronto, Jia Dezhong, Vice President of BFSU, Liu Chen, Director of the Centre, and Prof. Geng Li-ping of the Centre have led the delegation to visit the University of Toronto. William Robins, President of Victoria University at the University of Toronto, and Associate Professor of English and Medieval Studies at the University of Toronto, David Mulroney, a Distinguished Fellow at the University of Toronto's Munk School of Global Affairs and former Ambassador of Canada to China, Paul W. Gooch, President of Victoria University in the University of Toronto, Mark McGowan, Professor and Senior Academic Advisor of the University of Toronto, et al. have greeted the delegation.

Vice President Jia reviewed the cooperation between BFSU and University of Toronto. He elaborated on the development, features and plans of BFSU. Prof. Liu Chen expounded on the Centre's work in curriculum development, faculty, courses, academic achievements, exchange and cooperation, etc. Prof. Geng Li-ping reviewed the development of the already seven-year exchange program between the two universities. President William Robins, Professor David Mulroney, President Paul W. Gooch, and Prof. Mark McGowan spoke highly of the achievements attained by BFSU and the Centre, and called for an expansion in the scale of the existing exchange program, and enhanced cooperation with the Centre to increase academic exchanges, publication cooperation, staff exchanges, and that more students from the University of Toronto will come to BFSU on exchange programs. In this way, the two sides will make contributions to the China-Canada people-to-people exchanges.

Meeting with President William Robinson

Meeting with Mr. David Mulroney, former Ambassador of Canada to China

2. Organizing the "China's Cultural Image in Overseas Think Tanks Serial Lectures"

(1) Lecture One of the "China's Cultural Image in Overseas Think Tanks Serial Lectures"

On September 27, the first lecture of the "China's cultural Image in Overseas Think Tanks" series organised by the Centre, "The Wisdom of the Heart Sutra and Its Translation into English from a Cultural Perspective" was held at the School of English and International Studies. The lecture was delivered by Associate Prof. Zhao Dong of the Centre. In the lecture, Prof. Zhao centred around the Wisdom of the Heart Sutra, and analysed the common ground that the Eastern and Western cultures share in terms of life wisdom and social ethos. He illustrated the value of the Oriental culture to our contemporary world, and the inspiration that can be drawn for the cultural studies in China today.

Prof. Lan Chun of the School of English and International Studies commented. Prof. Liu Chen of the Centre hosted the lecture. This lecture is based on the Major Project sponsored by the National Philosophy and Social Science Foundation undertaken by the Centre, "Study of China's cultural Image in Overseas Think Tanks". It discussed the possibility of defining and grasping the major dimensions of Chinese Cultural Image, and the areas in which we can concentrate our efforts. Students and staff from the School of English and International Studies, School of International Journalism and Communication, School of Chinese Language and Literature, Graduate School of Translation and Interpretation participated.

(From left in the first row: Prof. Lan Chun of the School of English and International Studies, Associate Prof. Zhao Dong and Prof. Liu Chen of the National Centre for Canadian Studies)

(2) Lecture Two of the "China's Cultural Image in Overseas Think Tanks Serial Lectures"

On November 11, the second lecture of the "China's Cultural Image in Overseas Think Tanks" series organized by the National Centre for Canadian Studies was held. The title was "The Openness of Chinese Culture, along with Periodization of the Cultural Exchanges between China and Foreign Countries". The lecture was delivered by Prof. Shi Yun-tao of School of Chinese Language and Literature, hosted by Wang Zu-lei of School of Chinese Language and Literature. Prof. Liu Chen of National Centre for Canadian Studies passed comment.

The lecture was structured around the three prominent features of Chinese culture, that is, its continuity, relative independence and diversity. It referred to the exchanges between Chinese and Western cultures since the Han dynasty as illustration, so as to anatomize the fundamental dimensions that constitute the Chinese cultural image, and thus bring home the significance in the current studies on Chinese culture.

This lecture enabled the audience to better understand the features and favorable characteristics of Chinese culture in comparison with others, and initiated a heated discussion on the basic logic and approaches of cultural studies.

The participants are from the School of English and International Studies, School of Asian and African Studies, School of International Journalism and Communication, School of Chinese Language and Literature, Graduate School of Translation and Interpretation, etc.

(From left in the second row: Zhang Su-hua, head of teaching-research section of Department of Malay, and Wang Dan-dan of teaching-research section of Department of Indonesian School of Asian and African Studies, BFSU, Prof. Liu Chen of National Centre for Canadian Studies, and Prof. Shi Yun-tao of School of Chinese Language and Literature)

(3) Lecture Three of the "China's Cultural Image in Overseas Think Tanks Serial Lectures"

On December 16, the third lecture of the "China's Cultural Image in Overseas Think Tanks" series organised by the Centre was held. The lecture was entitled "Traditional Culture of the Aboriginal Peoples in Canada and Its Contemporary Value". It was delivered by Prof. Du Fa-chun, President of the Association for Canadian Studies in China and Deputy Chair of the Institute of New Rural Development, Yunnan Agricultural University. Associate Prof. Gong Yu-xuan of the School of Marxism, Director of Centre for Cultural Industries Studies, BFSU commented. The lecture was hosted by Dr. Dong Yi-kun of the Centre.

The lecture was based on field research. It analyzed the changes in and preservation of Canadian aboriginal culture in the era of globalization, and crystalized the features and core values of the traditional culture of the aboriginal peoples in Canada. The lecture also talked about the exchange between China and Canada in their policies to preserve and propagate ethical cultures and the significance of this kind of exchanges.

The lecture deepened the audience's understanding of studies on ethnic policies. It has also been an opportunity for them to have an in-depth discussion on how China could learn from Canada's best practices, in order to come up with more effective cultural programs and products, and thus tell Chinese stories to the world.

Students and staff from the School of English and International Studies, School of Marxism, International Institute of Chinese Studies, School of Chinese Language and Literature, Graduate School of Translation and Interpretation participated.

(The second from left in the second row: Dr. Dong Yi-kun of the National Centre for Canadian Studies, Prof. Du Fa-chun, President of the Association for Canadian Studies in China, Prof. Liu Chen of the National Centre for Canadian Studies, Prof. Gong Yu-xuan, Director of Centre for Cultural Industries Studies, BFSU, Shang Huiyong of the School of Marxism)

3. Research cooperation launched between the Centre and the Institute of Latin American Studies, Southwest University of Science and Technology

On October 18, a delegation from the Institute of Latin American Studies, Southwest University of Science and Technology paid a visit to the Centre.

Director of the Centre, Prof. Liu Chen introduced the Centre's work in terms of curriculum development, teaching and research, international exchanges, landmark achievements, etc. Ms. Yuan Yan and Mr. Wu Zhen-fang introduced the work of the Institute as well.

The Institute of Latin American Studies will participate in the "Study of China's Cultural Image in Overseas Think Tanks", the 2016 Major Project sponsored by the National Philosophy and Social Science Foundation undertaken by the Centre. The two sides shall cooperate in researching the Latin American think tanks.

(The second from left in the second row: Yuan Yan of the Institute of Latin American Studies, Southwest University of Science and Technology, Prof. Liu Chen of the National Centre for Canadian Studies, Wu Zhen-fang of the Institute of Latin American Studies)

4. Co-organising International Conference

In commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the passing of Frye, the International Forum on Northrop Frye was held in Dalian, China on July 2, 2016. Scholars from China, Canada, France, and Denmark attended the forum and delivered keynote speeches.

This year the forum was jointly organised by the School of Foreign Languages and its Canadian Studies Centre of Dalian University of Technology, and the Northrop Frye Centre at the Victoria University in the University of Toronto. It was co-organised by the National Centre for Canadian Studies and the Centre for Sino-Canadian Cultural and Educational Exchange of BFSU. It was funded by the Internationalization Fund administered by the International Office of Dalian University of Technology.

Prof. Geng Li-ping of the Centre, as one of the invited speakers, gave a keynote speech, "The Literary Theories on the Canadian Nationality".

Prof. Geng Li-ping delivering speech in the opening session of the Forum

5. Participating in International Conferences

No.TitleParticipant(s)Organizer
1 The 9th Annual Conference of Chinese Community of Political Science and International Studies (CCPSIS) Zhang Xiao-yi Tsinghua University
2 The 6th International Conference on Master Sheng-yen Zhao Dong Taiwan University
3 Bridging the Chan and Christian Mysticisms of Emptiness in the Heart Sutra and the Gospel of John: Toward a Syncretic Comparative Theology Zhao Dong Oxford University
4 The 1st Forum on Area Studies & Global Governance Liu Chen, Li Hong-feng Beijing Foreign Studies University
5 China-Africa Peace and Security Cooperation under current security circumstances in Africa Li Hong-feng China Foreign Affairs University

6. Prof. Geng Li-ping visited the Department of English at the University of Calgary and the Burney Centre in the Department of English at McGill University

During 2016 summer vacation, Prof. Geng Li-ping visited the Department of English at the University of Calgary and the Burney Centre in the Department of English at McGill University. The three sides exchanged ideas on the possibilities of and plans for jointly training Ph.D. candidates advised by Prof. Geng in relevant fields from BFSU. The three sides have reached an intent on collaboration and decided to implement the plans since September 2017.

Prof. Geng Li-ping meeting with Prof. Peter Sabor, Director of the Burney Centre at McGill University

7. Associate Prof. Gong Yan invited to deliver a report for the Beijing Municipal Government Public Governance Training Program

On October 26, Professor Gong Yan gave a lecture on Canada to the Beijing Municipal Government Public Governance Training Program. This program was jointly organised by Beijing municipal government and University of Toronto. Trainees come from major departments and agencies of the government and are trained in University of Toronto from November to December. This lecture presented an overview of the political system, economic policies and multicultural features of the Canadian society and analyzed the bilateral relations between Canada and China.

8. Prof. Liu Chen invited to deliver a keynote report "The Spirit of Chinese Culture and Belt & Road Initiative" to the ASEAN Delegation invited by the Ministry of Commerce

On November 5, Prof. Liu Chen, invited by the Ministry of Commerce, delivered a keynote report, "The Spirit of Chinese Culture and Belt & Road Initiative", to the visiting ASEAN delegation.

The report took classic Chinese culture as a starting point, and analyzed the features of Chinese cultures manifested in the Belt and Road Initiative, as well as the Initiative's far-reaching contribution to Asian development.

Prof. Liu Chen's report was highly regarded by the ASEAN delegation. As they pointed out, the ASEAN highly values the Belt and Road Initiative, and thus pays much attention to how the Initiative has been put forward, and to which direction it may develop; therefore, Prof. Liu's report provides a very important perspective for them to delve deeper into those issues by referring to Chinese culture.

Prof. Liu Chen with members of the ASEAN Business Delegation

9. Prof. Liu Chen invited to deliver a keynote report "The Chinese Reform and Opening Up Experience" to the Malaysian Delegation invited by the Ministry of Commerce

On November 24, Prof. Liu Chen, invited by the Ministry of Commerce, delivered a keynote report, "The Chinese Reform and Opening Up Experience", to the visiting Malaysian Business Delegation.

By looking at the Chinese economic reform, the report reflected upon the China's basic experience in attaining its tremendous economic achievement, and the possible inspiration that could be used by other Asian developing countries.

The report was well received among the audience.

Prof. Liu Chen with members of the Malaysian Business Delegation

10. China Culture Daily administered by the Ministry of Culture reported on the Major Project sponsored by the National Philosophy and Social Science Foundation undertaken by the Centre

On November 17, 2016, China Culture Daily issued an in-depth report on the Major Project sponsored by the National Philosophy and Social Science Foundation undertaken by the Centre, "Study of China's Cultural Image in Overseas Think Tanks".

He Yao-min, Vice-President of the Remin University of China, Gu Bin, Chief of the Information Bureau of CPPCC General Office, Cui Xin-jian, Director of the Beijing Planning Office of Philosophy and Social Science, and Jia Qing-guo, head of a sub-division of the project, Dean of the School of International Studies, Peking University, received interviews and spoke highly of the project design.

China Culture Daily newspaper reported on November 22, 2016 covering the Major Project undertaken by the Centre

对外交流

International Cooperation & Exchange

2015-2016年第2学期

2015-2016 the 2nd Semester

1. The National Centre for Canadian Studies held the "Intercultural Dialogue through Books" for 2015-2016 China-Canada Year of Cultural Exchange

To celebrate the 2015~2016 China-Canada Year of Cultural Exchange, Intercultural Dialogue through Books was jointly launched by the National Centre for Canadian Studies and the Canadian Embassy to China. Ms. Wang Wen-li from the Centre moderated the event.

The event invited four award-winning Canadian writers, who are Dionne Brand, the laureate poet from Toronto, Andy McGuire, who won the Poetry Games at the International Festival of Authors in Toronto, Anakana Schofield, "Amazon First Novel Award" winner and Michael Crummey, Thomas Head Raddall Award winner. As representatives of Chinese culture, Professor Wang Yan from the Centre for Foreign Literature Studies, BFSU, Professor Geng Li-ping and Professor Liu Chen from the National Centre for Canadian Studies all made speeches at the event.

Exchanges have led all participants draw the conclusion that globalization has presented for human society both challenges and historic opportunities. Take China-Canada relation as a case in point. The future of the relation will be more promising only when fundamental principles and values are put into place to transcend cultural prejudices and competition mindset.

Cindy Termorshuizen, Canada’s Deputy Head of Mission to China, Sun You-zhong, Deputy President of Beijing Foreign Studies University and Zhang Jian, Dean of School of English and International Studies all attended the event and delivered speeches. This event was covered by newspapers such as the International News Editorial Department under Xinhua News Agency, Global Times, China Culture Daily and International Communications of China International Publishing Group.

文化对话,以书为媒──中加文化年读书会活动海报

2. International conferences and lectures in India

At the invitation of Indian Association for Canadian Studies (IACS), Professor Gong Yan attended the 29th International Conference on Canadian Studies: Theory and Practice, and gave lectures and held seminars in India from January 26 to February 2. The 29th International Conference on Canadian Studies was hosted by Karunya University and cosponsored by IACS. It was held from January 27 to 29 and about 100 scholars from different countries attended it. Prof. Gong delivered the keynote speech "Canadian Studies in China: a retrospective and prospective look" and chaired one of the panel discussions. On January 30, Professor Gong was the guest speaker at the "Multiculturalism, Diversity and Globalization" International Workshop held at Government Arts College in Coimbatore. She was again a keynote speaker at the International Conference on Canadian Studies at St. Joseph College in Trichy on Feb. 1 and gave two lectures on Feb. 2 at National College and Bishop Heber College respectively. During the conference at Karunya University, she held a seminar and answered questions on higher education in China, China-Canada relations, and Canadian Studies in general. This rare chance of academic exchange resulted in a deeper understanding of Canadian Studies in India, enhanced Indian scholars' and students' understanding of China and paved way for future academic cooperation.

加研中心龚雁老师做主题报告

加研中心龚雁老师主题报告得到与会者高度评价

3. The National Centre for Canadian Studies hosted a lecture on traditional Chinese culture

On June 23rd, a lecture on traditional Chinese culture was jointly held by the National Centre for Canadian Studies and the Youth League Committee of Beijing Foreign Studies University. Professor Zhao Dong served as the moderator.

Professor Zhang Tao, the guest speaker is the Dean of China Institute of Yijing Culture of Beijing Normal University. The lecture was titled A Brief Talk about Yijing- the Oldest of All Classic Texts and the Origin of All Doctrines. Professor Zhao started his lecture with Yijing, and analyzed traditional Chinese culture’s influences on Chinese civilization, its value nowadays, its overseas spread and its role in Chinese culture going global.

Professor Wei Chong-xin, Dean of the School of Chinese and Chinese literature, BFSU commented on the lecture. Professor Liu Chen, director of the National Centre for Canadian Studies granted Professor Zhang Tao the letter of appointment as a senior researcher, in a hope that both research Centres make the best of their edges to expand the research on traditional Chinese culture.

The event not only shows efforts the National Centre for Canadian Studies has made in introducing traditional Chinese culture, but also presented a platform for the faculty and students.

(最后一排:从左至右加研中心研究生潘巧玲、英语学院周燕教授、加研中心赵冬老师、刘琛教授、北师大张涛教授、北外中文学院院长魏崇新教授、加研中心研究生李静、北外校团委张静老师)

4. The National Centre for Canadian Studies talked with The student delegation from the University of Montana

On June 13th 2016, the National Centre for Canadian Studies and the Chinese People Institute of Foreign Affairs (CPIFA) hosted the meeting with the student delegation from University of Montana.

Li Jing, graduate student from the Centre moderated the event. At the outset, Professor Wang Zhan-peng, Deputy Dean of the School of English and International Studies, BFSU in his welcoming speech encouraged young students from both countries to better understand each other and make friends. Professor Liu Chen, director of the Centre delivered a keynote speech entitled The Spirit of Chinese Culture and China Goes Global. Students from the University of Montana and the National Centre for Canadian Studies discussed and exchanged ideas on a wide scope of topics.

The event is welcome by the students from the University of Montana. They said that “the meeting offers a new perspective through which we are better conscious of the value of learning Chinese culture and we are looking forward to other chances to come back here.” The event won favorable comments from Zeng Jian-hua, director of the Department of North America and Oceania of the CPIFA. Director Zeng also expressed the will of closer cooperation with the Centre to intensify communications between youth from China and other countries.

(第二排左二为中国人民外交学会美大部主任曾建华,第一排左四为英语学院副院长王展鹏教授,左六为加研中心刘琛教授)

5. Professor Liu Chen delivered a speech titled The Spirit of Chinese Culture & Chinese Dream for the Brazilian delegation hosted by the Ministry of Commerce as invited

On May 26th, invited by the Ministry of Commerce, Professor Liu Chen, director of the National Centre for Canadian Studies delivered a speech entitled The Spirit of Chinese Culture & Chinese Dream for the visiting Brazilian official delegation.

Professor Liu Chen started her speech with crystalizing the key notions of the classic Chinese culture. Then, she analyzed the connections between the spirits and the mission, main tasks and vision of the Chinese Dream.

The Brazilian delegation spoke highly of Professor Liu’s speech. The representative of Brazilian Ministry of Commerce stated, "The world is closely watching China’s development strategies. Traditional Chinese culture speaks volume about China’s development framework, and this perspective is convincing".

刘琛教授与巴西商务代表团成员

6. Professor Liu Chen delivered a speech entitled Beijing Consensus and China’s African Policy to the Mali delegation hosted by the Ministry of Commerce as invited

On July 13th, as invited by the Ministry of Commerce, Professor Liu Chen delivered a speech to the visiting Mali delegation.

Professor Liu Chen discussed the African strategies of China, the United States and Canada. Then, she analyzed the similarities and differences between Beijing Consensus and major Western countries’ African strategies. At last, she discussed the possible role of Beijing Consensus in the new era for Africa. The speech was well received by the audience.

刘琛教授与马里商务代表团成员

7. Dr. Dong Yi-kun assisted in the preparatory work for Program for Intercultural Communication of Chinese Culture

Dr. Dong Yi-kun, from the National Centre for Canadian Studies has participated in preparatory work for the Program for Intercultural Communication of Chinese Culture. The project has been attached great importance by BFSU. Vice President Yan Guo-hua stated that "the project aims to provide a perspective to compare Chinese and Western culture, and to equip students with the ability to tell stories about China and elaborate on Chinese culture. It is no doubt an exploration to introduce Chinese culture around the globe."

(右五为闫国华副校长,右三为加研中心董宜坤老师)

对外交流

International Cooperation & Exchange

2015-2016年第1学期

2015-2016 the 1st Semester

1. Series Lectures of Area Studies

The series lectures are hosted by the National Centre of Canadian Studies. The guest speakers, by combining the experience of their relevant researches, made speeches on themes like multi-ethnic issues, comparative policies, intercultural communication and international politics and economy. Professors and young teachers are all involved in the salon, thus forming an academic team of a reasonable age structure.

Through these lectures, in-depth discussions were held between teachers, students and visiting scholars from School of English and International Studies of BFSU, School of International Journalism and Communication, Department of French and Francophone Studies, School of European Studies, Graduate School of Translation and Interpretation, School of English for Special Purposes, International Business School and School of International Relations and Diplomacy. Thanks to series lectures, the National Centre for Canadian Studies is becoming the hub in this field by linking with other universities like Peking University, Beijing Language and Culture University, Communication University of China and Capital University of Physical Education and Sports and so on.

No.TitleSpeakerDate
1 Canadian Literature — A Study of the Feminism in Alice Munro's Novels Geng Liping November 12
2 International Communication Strategy of Canada's Multicultural Image Liu Chen November 26
3 Canadian Studies from the Perspective of Postgraduates (Language, Literature, Religion, Ethnic Policies, Sino-Canadian Relations) Zhang Meng
Xuan Liqi
Li Jing
Pan Qiaoling
Chen Ciwei
Shan Zhibin
December 3
4 The Chinese Study of Canada — Its History and the Current Situation Gong Yan December 10
5 Economic Development and the Development of Aboriginals in Quebec — Take Canada's "Plan Nord" for Example Li Hongfeng
December 17
6 [1] The Research on Contemporary Asian Canadian Female Politicians
[2] The "New Normal" of Sino-Canadian Energy Cooperation
Wang Wenli
Dong Yikun
December 24

北外国别和区域研究系列学术沙龙第四讲(后排左起北京语言大学张燕、北京大学陈燕萍、北外法语系罗定蓉、北外加研中心李洪峰、刘琛、王助、龚雁、王文丽)

北外国别和区域研究系列学术沙龙第六讲(后排左起北外加研中心龚雁、张笑一、刘琛、董宜坤、北外国际商学院院长牛华勇、北外加研中心王文丽)

2. The National Centre for Canadian Studies held a special panel for The 7th Forum on Information Dissemination and Social Development in Ethnic Minority Area of China

From October 31st to November 1st, 2015, the 7th Forum on Information Dissemination and Social Development in Ethnic Minority Area of China was held at Southwest University of Nationalities. The forum themed Dissemination, Solidarity, Integration, Development, and was attended by officials from State Ethnic Affairs Commission and scholars from renowned universities such as Renmin University of China and Fudan University.

The National Centre for Canadian Studies held a special panel for the forum as invited. As representatives of the Centre, Professor Liu Chen, Professor Li Hongfeng, Mr. Dong Yikun (teacher at the Centre) and Pan Qiaoling (postgraduate student at the Centre) all delivered speeches. Their topics covered strategies to disseminate Canada’s multicultural image, Quebec’s Plan Nord and development of ethnic minorities, aboriginal policies in Canada, and review on major ethnic policy in Canada. The speakers have also concluded Canada’s experience in ethnic fusion and social development and analyzed how such experience could be applied to China.

The special session won favorable comments from the sponsor and participants, who also spoke highly of the Centre’s reserve of academics, student training designs and research direction. Journal of Ethnology, as the cosponsor of the session, has offered to do a special report on the session.

Professor Liu Chen, director of the Centre delivered a keynote speech at the forum.

During the conference, Professor Liu Chen also gave a lecture entitled "The Spirit of the Chinese Culture and China’s Image" to the faculty and students of Southwest University of Nationalities.

第七届中国少数民族地区信息传播与社会发展论坛北外加研专场(从右至左北外加研中心刘琛、李洪峰、董宜坤、潘巧玲)

3. Professor Liu Chen delivered a keynote speech at The 16th World Knowledge Forum in Republic of Korea and chaired a session

From October 20th to 22nd, 2015, the 16th World Knowledge Forum was held in Seoul, Republic of Korea. Opening speeches were delivered by Tony Blair, former British Prime Mister, Timothy Geithner, former US Treasury Secretary and Leon Panetta, former US Defense Secretary. Professor Liu Chen, director of the National Centre for Canadian Studies, a research base for regional and country studies under the Ministry of Education, was invited to attend the forum and deliver a speech. She was also invited to chair City Branding and Mapping the Zeitgeist session. Professor Liu Chen explained the characteristics, ways and trends of China’s Going Global strategy from the perspective of past, present and future. She also pointed out that China’s globalization is a win-win situation for both itself and the world at large, that the future for cooperation is promising. Her speech was welcomed by the audience present. After the forum, she accepted an exclusive interview from the Maeli Business Newspaper.

World Knowledge Forum was sponsored by Maekyung, South Korea’s famous media group. The forum is a high-end event where hotspot issues in Asia-Pacific and the world are discussed by political heavyweights, renowned scholars and representatives from business community. This year’s forum hosted political figures from different countries, heads of international organizations such as the United Nations, OECD, IMF, and scholars from renowned universities such as Harvard, Yale, Stanford, The London School of Economics and Political Science and from research institutes. Professor Hu Angang, dean of the Research Institute for National Condition Studies at Tsinghua University and Professor Zhou Qiren, former dean of Peking University’s National School of Development were invited and delivered speeches at the forum.

刘琛教授应邀出席韩国第十六届世界知识论坛(刘琛教授任分论坛City Branding and Mapping the Zeitgeist主席,对话美国拉斯维加斯市长Jan Jones Blackhurst)

4. The National Centre for Canadian Studies and China Scholarship Council organized events to celebrate the 45th anniversary of China-Canada diplomatic relations

On December 13th, 2015, China Scholarship Council, the Embassy of Canada to China and the National Centre for Canadian Studies of Beijing Foreign Studies University jointly held events to celebrate the 45th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Canada, as well as the launching ceremony of the 2015 Scholar Exchange Program between China and Canada. Professor Liu Chen, director of the Centre was invited to moderate the event.

Keynote speeches were made by Cao Shihai, Vice secretary general of China Scholarship Council, Guy Saint-Jacques , Canada’s ambassador to China and Lu Shumin, former China’s ambassador to Canada and Vice president of China Institute of Foreign Affairs.

The Centre for Canadian Studies was widely acclaimed for the creativity it exhibited in organizing the event, thus was invited to hold other events for China Scholarship Council in 2016.

北外加研中心应邀合作主办纪念中加建交四十五周年活动(从右至左:卢树民大使、刘琛教授、赵朴大使)

5. Professor Liu Chen was invited to attend the 2016 annual conference of Global Times to analyze the global environment China’s economy faces in 2016

On December 12th, 2015, at China World Hotel in Beijing, Global Times launched its annual highlight event, the 2016 annual conference themed China’s Quest in a Faltering World. About a hundred experts and renowned scholars were invited to engage in in-depth discussion about world trends and emerging issues in China’s economic and cultural sector.

Professor Liu Chen, director of the Centre was invited to attend the conference and predict the global environment China faces in 2016. Relying on the project she runs for National Development and Reform Commission, Professor Liu listed challenges and opportunities presented to China by world competition and cooperation. She concluded that "generally, fundamentals of China’s economy will remain stable with room for maneuver. Adjustments in foreign and economic policies made by major western countries such as Canada will be favorable to China. However, China needs to attach greater importance to internal issues such as stock market fluctuation and external issues, especially those concerning geopolitical factors. A case in point is South China Sea issue. China needs to take a clear stand, to respond timely and to keep informed."

Professor Liu’s speech was welcomed by the audience. She also accepted exclusive interviews from Global Times, China News Service and other press.

6. Prof. Geng Liping delivered a speech as special guest at Dalian Forum

On Oct 24th ~ 25th, 2016, Dalian Forum was held. Hosts of the forum included Dalian University of Technology, Phoenix International Think-tank, Dalian Radio and TV station, Dalian University of Technology Press. Strategic cooperation partners included Sina, Dalian Institute of International Studies, and the Republic of Belarus Research Centre for the "One Belt One Road".

Prof. Geng Liping from the National Centre for Canadian Studies was invited to attend the "Literature and its Interpretation" Forum and deliver a speech as special guest.

耿力平教授应邀出席2015大连论坛

7. Deputy Head of Mission, Canadian Embassy in Beijing, Ms. Cindy Termorshuizen delivered a speech

On the afternoon of Nov 12th, 2015, Deputy Head of Mission, Canadian Embassy in Beijing, Ms. Cindy Termorshuizen was invited by the National Centre for Canadian Studies and delivered a speech entitled “Canada’s New Government: How it happened, who they are, and what it means”. She analyzed the advantages the new government had in the election, the adjustment to be made in economic and diplomatic policies, presented her vision for the China-Canada relations in the new era, and had an in-depth discussion with attendees on the said issues. The speech was presided by Zhang Yixiao, lecturer at the National Centre for Canadian Studies.

加拿大驻华公使应北外加研中心邀请做学术讲座(前排从左至右:张笑一、公使助理Darren Touch、刘琛、杜欣丽公使、耿力平、董宜坤)

8. Visiting the Canada Program at Harvard University

On Sept 28th ~ Oct 3rd, 2015, invited by Ms. Helen Clayton, administrator of the Canada Program at Harvard University, Prof. Liu Chen, Director of the National Centre for Canadian Studies, Beijing Foreign Studies University, visited Harvard University for exchanges of academic ideas.

During the visit, Prof. Liu Chen went to the Canada Program, Weatherhead Centre for International Affairs, and listened to the introduction by Prof. Alison Mountz, executive director of the program. The Canada program, made possible by the William Lyon Mackenzie King endowment, invites Canadian scholars to offer graduate and undergraduate courses. It also hosts a vibrant seminar series of esteemed Canadian guest speakers, and an annual conference, and gives dissertation research grants for graduate students and scholars. During the academic event, Prof. Liu Chen met with Prof. David Ley, former Department Head of the Department of Geography at the University of British Columbia, and Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, Prof. Marcel Fournier from the Department of Sociology at the University of Montreal, and other scholars who were both visiting the program at the time. Prof. Liu Chen has had extensive and in-depth exchanges of ideas with them and introduced the research interests, the faculty and representative results of the National Centre for Canadian Studies, Beijing Foreign Studies University.

Prof. Liu Chen also visited the Harvard Kennedy School and the Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and exchanged ideas with Prof. Richard Cooper, and Ms. Suzanne Shende, Director of Edward S. Mason Program, et al.

Through this visit, the National Centre for Canadian Studies, Beijing Foreign Studies University has built up links with distinguished universities including the Harvard University, the University of British Columbia, and renowned think tanks such as C. D. Howe Institute, with which research projects on China-Canada and US-Canada relations will be conducted and high-level forums will be held jointly.

刘琛教授应邀访问美国哈佛大学加拿大研究中心(从左至右:哈佛大学加研中心负责人Helen Clayton女士,北外加研中心刘琛教授)

9. Delivering lecture at the University of Waterloo

On Oct. 1st, 2015, invited by the Renison University College of the University of Waterloo, Ms. Gong Yan from the National Centre for Canadian Studies, delivered a lecture entitled "Combining Critical Thinking and Cross-Cultural Communication Skills into the Debate Class" at the University of Waterloo. More than 40 faculty staff from the Department of English Language and Literature and Research Centre for English Language, etc. have attended the speech. In the speech, Ms. Gong Yan introduced how the Department of English Language and Literature of Beijing Foreign Studies University has combined the training of students’ critical thinking and cross-cultural communication skills into the debate class, and presented the results of such teaching arrangements by analyzing a previous survey. The lecture was warmly responded to. Attendees expressed intensive interest on this topic and a heated discussion took place between the faculty staff on both sides.

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10. Delivering academic lecture at Southwest University for Nationalities

Prof. Liu Chen delivered a keynote lecture at Southwest University for Nationalities.

On the afternoon of Oct 30th, Prof. Liu Chen, Director of the National Centre for Canadian Studies delivered a lecture entitled "the Spirit of Chinese Culture and China’s Image" at Southwest University for Nationalities. More than 100 students joined the event.

In the era of globalization, nations are becoming increasingly interconnected, and international circumstances are more and more intricate and complex. Prof. Liu Chen elaborated on the priorities in the international communication of Chinese image against such a backdrop with her own experiences; summarized representative theories and practices in the communications of national images across the world, and analyzed the role played by the national spirit in the building and demonstration of national image. She also talked about how China could give fuller play to its soft power during the communications of national image.

刘琛教授为西南民族大学师生做“中华民族精神与中国形象的国际传播”讲座

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11.Prof. Liu Chen invited to deliver a report at the Project Application and Academic Exchange Conference of Beijing Foreign Studies University

On the afternoon of Jul 2nd, the Project Application and Academic Exchange Conference was held at Room 207, Arabic Building. Prof. Liu Chen was invited to give a report on how to select a topic and write the application in the humanities and sociology. More than 30 faculty staff from 15 departments including Japanese, German, Asian and African languages and literatures have attended the conference.

Prof. Liu Chen drew upon her practices in applying for projects supported by the National Social Science Foundation, the Overseas Chinese Affairs Office of the State Council, and the State Administration of Radio Film and Television of China, and international cooperative projects, to share her experience. She went to thoughtful details about how to plan a project, accentuate the creative part, and highlight the applicant’s advantages according to the designated bullet points. After the conference, Prof. Liu Chen had in-depth exchange of ideas on details with the participants.