Recent geopolitical events such as Brexit and the US turning its back on international trade and cooperation create waves of uncertainty in higher education regarding international cooperation, the free movement of students, academics, scientific knowledge, and ideas.
Meanwhile China is launching new global initiatives with its New Silk Road (or Belt and Road Initiative), which could potentially span and integrate major parts of the world across the Euro-Asian continents. But likely on new and different conditions, also for higher education.
How will the New Silk Road affect European higher education and research? What types of academic flows and activities emerge along the NSR, how are universities responding, under what conditions are these activities taking place, who defines these, based on what values, and do we actually understand these values at all?
These questions will be discussed by experts from UGlobe, the Utrecht Centre for Global Challenges, the Leiden Asia Center, and international scholars from Europe, Asia, and the USA.
Key note: The 21st century: a Chinese century for Higher Education? By William Kirby, Harvard University, Fairbank Centre for Chinese Studies.
Followed by panel discussions on:
The New Silk Road: rationales and challenges for higher education and research policies
The New Silk Road and the Idea of the University