Who are in the picture:
Mr. Pascal Smet, Flemish Minister for Education
Prof. Paul De Knop, Rector of VUB
Prof. CHEN Yulu, President of Renmin University
Prof. XIE Heping, President of Sichuan University
Prof. YANG Yuliang, President of Fudan University
Prof. WANG Jinsong, President of Northwest Polytechnical University
Prof. WANG Chunchen, Chief Curator, Head of Research Department, China Central Academy of Fine Arts
Mr. Leo SUN, President of Brussels Office and West-EU Public Affairs, Huawei Technologies
Mr. LIU Haosheng, CEO for Belgium, Huawei Technologies
Mr. Paul Dujardin, CEO – Artistic director, CENTRE FOR FINE ARTS Brussels (Bozar)
Mr. Geoffroy Clerckx, Attaché External Relations, Brussels Capital Region
On Monday 31 March, VUB signed several collaboration agreements with prestigious Chinese universities and organisations during an official ceremony on the Etterbeek campus. The agreements will lead to jointly organised study programmes and the creation of a mutual laboratory in ‘audio visual signal processing’. The event was also the starting point for BACES: the Brussels Academy for China-European Studies, which is a new academic platform in Brussels. Delegations from Renmin University of China, Sichuan University, Fudan University, Northwestern Polytechnical University, the Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA) and Huawei Technologies were present for the event on our VUB campus.
Several agreements were signed by four presidents and two vice presidents of Chinese higher education institutions during the ceremony. The distinguished guests were in Brussels because of the official visit of the President of the People’s Republic of China, H.E. Mr. Xi Jinping.
The signing ceremony took place in the Promotiezaal at building D. The signing itself was preceded by a welcoming speech by VUB Rector Paul De Knop, a speech by the Flemish Minister of Education Pascal Smet and by Mr. Geoffroy Clerckx from the Brussels Capital Region, and a video speech from Ms. Ingrid Lieten, Flemish Minister for Innovation. The presidents and vice presidents of the Chinese universities and the Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA) took their turn on stage as well, as did Mr. Leo Sun, President of Huawei Technologies’ Brussels Office and West-EU Public Affairs of the Chinese telecommunications concern Huawei. Mr. Sun was present at VUB to inaugurate the Huawei Chair for Contemporary China Studies with Huawei Technologies and the Brussels Academy for China-European Studies.
In all the speeches the ambition was expressed to continue working on an open dialogue between policy makers and academic authorities on both the Western and the Chinese side. This dialogue contributes to mutual unde...