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​BFSU delegation visits UK, France to enhance international cooperation

Updated: April 25, 2024

Jia Wenjian, deputy secretary of the CPC Beijing Foreign Studies University (BFSU) committee and vice-president of the university, led a delegation to the United Kingdom and France from April 10 to 17. Their itinerary included visits to prestigious educational institutions, embassies and international organizations, where they aimed to foster collaboration, expand internship and employment opportunities, and enhance academic exchange and practical cooperation.


At Quacquarelli Symonds headquarters on April 10, the delegation learns about the mechanism and criteria for the QS World University Rankings, as well as BFSU's overall ranking and those of related disciplines. [Photo/bfsu.edu.cn]


At the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, on April 11, Jia (2nd R) talks about BFSU's global strategic plan, BFSU CREATE, and expresses his hope that the two institutions will expand their existing cooperation in joint education, academic activities and collaborative interdisciplinary research for mutual benefit. [Photo/bfsu.edu.cn]


The delegation meets with Minister Counsellor for Education Affairs Zhang Jin (R) at the Chinese embassy in the UK on April 11, where Jia (L) introduces BFSU’s language development and its exchanges and cooperation with British universities. [Photo/bfsu.edu.cn]


At the University of Cambridge on April 12, Jia (R) invites experts and scholars from the university’s Pembroke College to conduct academic exchanges at BFSU. The delegation and Lord Chris Smith (L), master of Pembroke, former culture secretary and chairman of the Environment Agency, also have discussions on signing student exchange agreements and promoting academic cooperation. [Photo/bfsu.edu.cn]


The delegation has discussions on April 12 with students from BFSU's School of International Organizations who are studying in the UK. The students share their learning experiences and put forward suggestions for BFSU’s development. [Photo/bfsu.edu.cn]


The delegation meets with representatives of the Confucius Institute at Oxford Brookes University on April 13. Jia (center, first row) speaks highly of the Confucius Institute’s work and encourages the institute to make greater contributions to telling the Chinese story well. [Photo/bfsu.edu.cn]


The delegation poses for a commemorative photo with representatives of Oxford Brookes University on April 13. [Photo/bfsu.edu.cn]


The delegation holds talks with representatives of the BFSU Alumni Association in France on April 14. Jia (2nd R, back row) thanks the association for supporting BFSU students and interns in France and expresses his hope that the association will maintain communication with various sectors in France and contribute ideas for BFSU’s development. [Photo/bfsu.edu.cn]


BFSU and the Paris Institute of Political Studies have a high degree of compatibility in such disciplines as country and area studies and international organization research, says Jia (R) on April 15 during his talk with Alexandre Mariani (L), the institute’s international affairs manager for China and India. He hopes that the two universities will consolidate their traditional friendship, explore new areas of growth, engage in more scholarly dialogues, and create more opportunities for student learning and exchange. [Photo/bfsu.edu.cn]


On April 15, the delegation holds discussions with students from BFSU's Faculty of French and Francophone Studies and School of International Organizations who are studying in France, as well as BFSU alumni working or interning at UNESCO and other international organizations. [Photo/bfsu.edu.cn]


The delegation attends the second UNESCO Courier Forum — Intercultural dialogue and mutual learning: shared horizons at UNESCO headquarters in Paris. [Photo/bfsu.edu.cn]


The delegation meets with Jennifer Linkins (2nd L), the new UNESCO HR director, on April 15. Jia (2nd R) congratulates Linkins on her new position and expresses gratitude for the guidance and support provided by the Bureau of Human Resources Management for BFSU's cooperative projects over the years. [Photo/bfsu.edu.cn]


The delegation and ESCP Business School officials including Léon Laulusa (L), dean of the school, review the long-standing friendly cooperation between the two sides in various fields such as the construction of the Business Confucius Institute at ESCP Europe, talent cultivation, digital education and country and area studies on April 15. [Photo/bfsu.edu.cn]


Jia (2nd R) expresses gratitude to the Chinese Embassy in France’s Education Section for its longstanding support for BFSU’s development, as well as the university’s cooperation and exchanges with French academic institutions on April 16. He also briefs embassy officials on BFSU's collaboration with French universities and relevant international organizations, as well as its philosophy and future plans regarding talent cultivation for international organizations and the construction of Confucius Institutes. [Photo/bfsu.edu.cn]


The delegation meets with Qu Xing (3rd R), deputy director-general of UNESCO and a BFSU alumnus, on April 16. Jia (3rd L) expresses gratitude to Qu for his support for BFSU's talent cultivation for international organizations and introduces the latest development at the university. [Photo/bfsu.edu.cn]


The delegation meets with Yang Xinyu (R), ambassador-level representative, at the Permanent Mission of China to UNESCO on April 16, where Jia (C) introduces the cooperation between BFSU and UNESCO and shares the university’s future work plans. [Photo/bfsu.edu.cn]


At Université Sorbonne Nouvelle on April 16, Jia (R) introduces BFSU's global strategic planning, reviews its long-term and fruitful collaboration with the university, and witnesses the renewal of the cooperation agreement between the two sides by Daniel Mouchard (L), president of the university. [Photo/bfsu.edu.cn]