UC is home to the first CASS Chinese Studies Centre in Portugal
5 DEC. 2018
The University of Coimbra (UC) is home to the first CASS Chinese Studies Centre in Portugal (third in Europe and eleventh in the whole world). The CASS Chinese Studies Centres are research centres created in partnership with the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) and academic institutions. The creation of this Centre in Coimbra was formalized today at the National Palace of Queluz by the top leadership of both institutions, in the presence of the President of the People’s Republic of China, Xi Jinping, and the Portuguese Prime-Minister, António Costa.
This is one more important step in the strengthening of the links between the University of Coimbra and the People’s Republic of China, one of the strategic priorities of UC. CASS-UC Centre of China Studies (as it is officially called) will be based in the Trindade College, where one can also find the newly created Sino-Lusophone Academy of the University of Coimbra, thus creating synergies towards the common goal of promoting the cooperation between China and Portugal in the areas of Law, Humanities and Social Sciences.
CASS is the largest and the most important think tank of the People’s Republic of China with high relevance in the production of studies that inform the definition of several national and regional policies of this Asian country. The document that formalizes the creation of the CASS-UC Centre of China Studies, whose facilities were formally inaugurated yesterday, during the visit of a delegation of CASS to Coimbra, was signed this morning by the Rector of UC, João Gabriel Silva, and the CASS President, Xie Fuzhan, within the scope of an initiative integrated in the State visit of Xi Jinping to Portugal.
In the photo (from left to the right): Xie Fuzhan, President of CASS; Xi Jinping, President of the People’s Republic of China; and João Gabriel Silva, Rector of the University of Coimbra.
“In the globalized world we live in, China is a decisive country. The University of Coimbra aims to lead the building of mutual understanding paths between China and the Portuguese-speaking countries, as well as the European countries, and this partnership with such a pivotal institution in China nowadays as CASS is a huge opportunity to fulfil that strategic aim” states João Gabriel Silva.
The CASS Chinese Studies Centres so far based only in Bordeaux and Helsinki, in the European continent – focus on the promotion of activities relevant to the development of knowledge about China, such as organization of exhibitions, conferences, seminars and thematic courses, the development of joint research projects and the publication of academic papers. The establishment of this Centre in Coimbra strengthens the centuries-long connection between the University of Coimbra and the People’s Republic of China, also visible in the increasing number of events and partnerships between UC and Chinese academic institutions, in the presence of a growing number of Chinese students at UC and the mobility of UC students to China, in the development of Chinese language communication channels and in the creation of the Confucius Institute (2016) and the Sino-Lusophone Academy (2018).