On the morning of March 13th, the opening ceremony of establishing Department of Chinese branches between Center for Zhouyi & Ancient Chinese Philosophy in Shandong University and Centre for Chinese Studies in Erlangen-Nürnberg University was held in the headquarter in Erlangen-Nürnberg University in Germany.
Professor Karl-Dieter Grüske(president of Erlangen-Nürnberg University), Professor Michael Lackner (Director of Centre for Chinese Studies in ENU), Professor Chen Yan(Vice President of SDU) and Professor Liu Dajun(Director of Center for Zhouyi & Ancient Chinese Philosophy in SDU) signed the agreement on establishing Department of Chinese branches in the two universities, and exchanged office signs of the branches. Per agreement, the two parties will elaborate more profoundly by means of sending visiting scholars, exchanging academic information, holding seminars jointly, etc.
On the opening ceremony, Professor Karl-Dieter Grüske addressed first. He said the subject “Destiny, freedom and prediction—resolutions on coping with future of East Asia and Europe” was one of the ten subjects initiated by German Department of Educational Studies. The subject concerns with Chinese studies and European medieval history studies, that’s why they must delve into I-Ching philosophy. Professor Chen Yan stated in his speech that this event highlighted the increasing demand of the two universities working with each other, and that he wished the academic exchange would go deeper in the future.
Per request of both sides, Professor Liu Dajun and Professor Michael Lackner made their academic report titled “Confucius and I-Ching” and “Predict China and Europe ” respectively. After the ceremony, President Karl-Dieter Grüske and all the staff from SDU had luncheon together. Professor Heidrun Stein-Kecks(Dean of Department of Humanities in ENU) and Professor Lin Zhongjun(Deputy Director of SDU Center for Zhouyi & Ancient Chinese Philosophy) also attended the ceremony.
On the afternoon of March 13th, Professor Chen Yan along with staff from SDU visited Department of Chinese in ENU, and shared their views with the researches. As an important research base of Humanities and Social Sciences, SDU succeeded in signing the agreement with ENU and establishing branches. This event has fulfilled the zero breakthrough of SDU setting up institutions overseas, and made great contributions to the goal of making SDU a first-class university in the globe.
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