Vice President of Science Po Visits PKU
Peking University, Nov. 3, 2010: On the morning of Oct. 26, Francis Verillaud, Vice President of Science Po Paris, visited Peking University. Prof. Li Yansong, PKU Vice President met the guests in the Administrative Building, and a series of discussion were held on international cooperation and related issues.
Prof. Verillaud said that Science Po and PKU had made close cooperation in fields such as student exchange, double major, and summer school programs. Since the number of Chinese students studying in Science Po is still low, there are still potential in developing the exchange collaboration between the two sides. Prof. Verillaud also mentioned that Science Po would hold more English language programs in order to attract more international students to study in France.
Prof. Li mentioned that with the European projects getting more and more popular among Chinese students, the prospect of Sino-France exchange programs was very broad, which was crucial to the internationalization of Peking University. When talking about the language problems in Sino-France exchange programs, Prof. Li said that while the university recommended Science Po to develop the English programs, it also encouraged Chinese students to learn French well. "Language is the basis to understand a culture and only by learning French well can students get close to French culture, thus gain a better knowledge of it."
After the discussion, Prof. Verillaud elaborated Science Po’s concepts in cultivating students. He emphasized that Science Po laid importance on stimulating and guiding students’ creative ideas. Besides, he was looking forward to more exchanges between Chinese and French students in order to foster elites with transcultural background.
More Info about Sciences Po:
Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris - Sciences Po, was founded in 1871 after the Franco-German war. Science Po sets 9 multiplied research centers, thus owns an international reputation in politics, sociology, economics, and history.
Translated by: Liu Yaqing
Edited by: Jacques
Source: PKU News (Chinese)