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20 years of cooperation in China

Since 1995, the Nordic Centre in Fudan has done important work in organising cooperation and exchange of knowledge between Nordic and Chinese researchers and students, says Vice-Rector for International Affairs at UiB, Anne Christine Johannessen.

Vice-Rector for International Affairs at UiB, Anne Christine Johannessen, portrait
CHINESE INSIGHT: Vice-Rector for International Affairs at UiB, Anne Christine Johannessen, is happy about representatives from UiB signing up to join the celebration of the Nordic Centre Fudan’s first 20 years. Since 1995 the centre has served as a bridge between Chinese and Nordic scholars.
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Eivind Senneset

Nordic Centre in Shanghai, China is a meeting place for Nordic and Chinese researchers and students. 25 Nordic universities collaborate with Fudan University, one of the top universities in China.

The centre was established in 1995, with the University of Bergen (UiB) as one of its founders. Now the preparations for a grand celebration are under way.

 

Closer to Chinese culture and language

“The centre represents an important way of communicating with China, helping us understand both culture and language,” says Vice-Rector for International Affairs at UiB, Anne Christine Johannessen.

The departments at UiB that have the closest connections with the centre have benefited greatly from the experience.

“The centre has played a great part in furthering cooperation between Nordic universities. Considering that 25 universities from the Nordic countries are involved, the centre has established itself as an arena for Nordic cooperation,” says Johannessen.

 

China as a source for new knowledge

China has developed into an important partner for both UiB and Norway. In 2014, Torbjørn Røe Isaksen, Norwegian Minister of Education and Research, expressed the need for a national strategy for education and research cooperation between Norway and the BRICS countries: Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa.

“The Ministry of Education and Research make it clear that increased cooperation with the BRICS countries is called for. China is establishing itself as an important developer of knowledge. UiB sees great potential in strengthening cooperation with both China and the Nordic Centre at Fudan,” says Johannessen.

UiB took over the leadership of the Nordic Centre in 2014.

“Our goal in the time to come is making the centre more visible at UiB, and strengthening the ties between us. We wish to strengthen both the centre and our cooperation with the centre,” says the vice-rector.