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China co-operation: New Fudan centre opened

University managers, ministers, ambassadors and other VIPs packed the opening of the new Fudan centre at the University of Copenhagen Tuesday

The large conference room on central campus is filled to maximum capacity. Some latecomers are forced to stand. But the first two rows are luckily reserved, as Minister for Research, Innovation and Higher Education, Morten Østergaard doesn’t show up until the first introduction is just about to start.

He joined Ambassador of China to Denmark, Mr. Li Ruiyu, Vice-President of Fudan University, Prof. Lin Shangli and Rector of University of Copenhagen, Prof. Ralf Hemmingsen.

It is the opening of the new Fudan European Center for China Studies at the University of Copenhagen, a collaboration with Fudan University in China. The first of its kind in Europe, it will focus on researching the interaction between China and Europe.

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China’s growth analysed

In his speech, University of Copenhagen’s Rector, Ralf Hemmingsen, praised the spirit of research co-operation:

“I don’t like the term ‘brain drain’ – it implies research is a zero sum game. Universities collaborate and work together, closer collaboration benefits everyone”.

At the event, Professsor Zhang Jun, an economist from Fudan University presented his views on how China can sustain its fast economic growth. Professor Niels Thygesen gave his viewpoint seen from the perspective of a foreign economist.

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