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International Higher Education and Global Science: Europe-China relations in a Changing World Order


From right to left: William C. KIRBY (Harvard University & Harvard Business School), Alexander G. WELZL (CDA President)

Utrecht/Beijing/Boston, 17 November 2021 – 20:00 CET – On 4 and 5 November 2021 a trilateral academic conference took place in Utrecht/The Netherlands. Jointly organised by Utrecht University and University of Göttingen/Germany and with support from the Volkswagen Foundation the hybrid event took place with some 250 attendants in the historic setting of the 16th century town palace Paushuize. Distinguished scholars from some of the world’s leading universities in Europe, China and the US met to discuss how international higher education, global collaboration, open science, and Sino-European-US connections are evolving in the changing world order. The views of the European Commission were presented by the Science and Technology Section of the EU Delegation to China in Beijing. Upon invitation of conference host Professor Marijk van der Wende (Utrecht University) CDA President Alexander G. Welzl contributed to a panel chaired by the Joint Research Center of the European Commission. At the occasion of this conference Welzl also met personally with keynote speaker Professor William C. Kirby of Harvard University who also serves as Chairman of the Harvard China Fund - the University's academic venture fund for China - and as Faculty Chair of the Harvard Center Shanghai. Professor Kirby and CDA President Welzl exchanged views on current developments of global research collaboration with Chinese universities and the importance of an evidence-based dialogue in the Sino-European-US trilateral relations.