MGIMO Deepens Cooperation with Peking University

MGIMO Deepens Cooperation with Peking University

15 April 2019

April 12th-13th, the Conference on «Area Studies in the 21st Century: Global Experience and China Paradigms», which marks the first anniversary of the founding of the Institute of Area Studies at Peking University, unfolded in Beijing.

Over a hundred academics from seventy leading universities around the world, including Oxford, Princeton and the University of London, participated in this event. MGIMO’s Vice-Rector for Graduate and International Programs Andrey Baykov and the Director of the Centre for the Partnership of Civilizations at the Institute for International Studies, Veniamin Popov were invited to the conference as guests of honor.

Andrey Baykov made a presentation at a plenary session dedicated to area and comparative studies. The other speakers were the President of the National Institute of Oriental Languages and Civilizations INALCO (France) Manuelle Franck, the Dean of the School of International Studies of Peking University Tan Shiqi and the Director of the Institute for the Study of Russia and Eurasia at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences San Juanji.

On the following day, Andrey Baykov chaired two thematic sections on the theory and practice of teaching areas studies in different countries of the world. The Vice-Rector gave interviews to three leading television channels in China, commenting on Russia-China relations.

Andrey Baykov also participated in a series of meetings with Chinese colleagues from the University of International Business and Economics, during which the sides discussed the upcoming tripartite seminar, dedicated to the linkage between the Eurasian Economic Union and «One Belt-One Road» initiative, that they will be holding together with Henley Business School late May this year.

During a meeting with the leadership of Peking University, the parties signed an academic cooperation agreement, which allows for student exchanges and the creation of a dual degree program in International Relations.

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