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Cambridge Peking University China Centre Launches at Peking University

APR . 24 2016
Peking University, April 24, 2016: On April 15, the Launch Ceremony for the Cambridge Peking University China Centre (China Centre) is held at Lee Shau Kee Academy of Humanities.

Zhu Shanlu, Chairman of PKU Council, PKU President Lin Jianhua, University of Cambridge President Leszek Borysiewicz, Dean of Jesus College, Cambridge Ian White and other guests attended the launch ceremony. Ambassador of the PRC to the United Kingdom Liu Xiaoming and his wife, Minister Counsellor (Political) at British Embassy Beijing Mark Gooding, Group Chairman of HSBC Holdings Douglas Flint, representative of PKU and University of Cambridge alumni, Dean of School of Chinese as a Second Language Zhao Yang and other guests were also invited to the ceremony. The ceremony was hosted by PKU Vice President Li Yansong.

Lin Jianhua expressed his best wishes to China Centre on the ceremony, hoping that the establishment of the centre would promote cooperation between the two universities.

President Lin Jianhua

Liu Xiaoming in his speech mentioned the existing limitation of the western’s view on China and pointed out the necessity and importance of China Centre, saying that what the age needs is objective, comprehensive and brand new China study. He believed that the schools’ deeper cooperation would open doors for China study and China-Europe educational exchanges.

Ambassador Liu Xiaoming

Mark Gooding, Douglas Flint, Zhao Yang, Ian White and Leszek Borysiewicz also expressed their congratulations and high expectations.On the evening, the Joint Evening Performance by Students of PKU and Jesus College, University of Cambridge, was held at Peking University Hall. The repertoire included “ You Raise me Up” and other 12 songs, and the performance brought the audience a music feast.

President Leszek Borysiewic

The renowned reputation and strong research background of Peking University and University of Cambridge bring the two schools together for Sinology research. The centre aims a
t creating think tank for research on issues related to contemporary China and the world, conducting innovative high quality research, fostering  future elites with deep knowledge about the past and status quo of China, promoting China-UK academic exchange, and broadening the view of culture integration between the east and the west. It is anticipated that China Centre will produce abundant research results in the coming years.

Written by: Fan Wei
Edited by: Li Ruiqi
Office of International Relations