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ECNU and KUL Found Sino-Euro Culture Research Center


To build a platform for cooperation in sciences of humanities between Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KUL) and ECNU, KUL-ECNU Sino-Euro Culture Research Center was founded on October 24.


At the Signing and Unveiling Ceremony for KUL-ECNU Sino-Euro Culture Research Center, ECNU President Chen Qun delivered a welcoming speech for the visiting delegation led by Mark Waer, Rector of KUL. “The establishment of the center shows that the cooperation between us two universities has not only set up a milestone but also made it first solid step.”Chen stated in his speech.


ECNU President Chen Qun and KUL Rector Mark Waer unveil the plaque for Sino-Euro Culture Research Center.


At the ceremony, Mark Waer and Tong Shijun, Chairman of ECNU Council also made excellent speeches respectively. In his speech, Waer made a brief introduction, especially the internationalization of KUL and expressed his welcome for ECNUers to study there. During the Q&A section, many students showed much interest in the university and asked Waer detailed questions about how to apply for admission to KUL.


 Tong’s English speech of “Creativity, Character and Community: An Ongoing Tale of ECNU” vividly set forth the ideology of a university and its relationship with university students in making themselves excellent members of the society. With deep philosophy in concise and simple words, Tong’s speech won warm applause from audiences of both foreign guests and ECNUers.


Chairman of ECNU Council Tong Shijun delivers a speech at the ceremony.



Mark Waer exchanges views with ECNU students.


Tong Shijun meets with Mark Waor.


After the ceremony, Tong and Waer met the press for the establishment of the Sino-Euro Culture Research Center. According to Tong, the center is one of ECNU’s key cooperation projects with other universities in sciences of humanities, and the purpose of the center is to build a cross-cultural, interdisciplinary and cross-regional research platform for both universities to foster more scholars of humanities and social sciences with cross-cultural view. Waer hoped the center will provide more exchange opportunities for KUL students.


The first Leuven Day was also held in Yifu Building on Zhongbei Campus on the same day. Leuven Day is an important foreign publicity activity for celebrating the formal establishment of cooperation relationship between KUL and ECNU. ECNU President Chen Qun and the delegation of KUL participated in the activity and exchanged views with students.


Established in 1425, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KUL) is the oldest and largest university in Belgium. As a top university in both Europe and the world, KUL was always ranked within top 50 in recent 100 years. About 30,000 students were attending classes at the 14 faculties of the KU Leuven. International students at KUL accounts for more than 15% of the whole, and Chinese students is the biggest group in non-European overseas students.


A group photo at the Leuven Day.



Written by: Liu Jinyu

East China Normal University