On 4 August the LTU Department of Politics and Philosophy, and the China Studies Research Centre jointly hosted a senior delegation from Wuhan University’s (WHU) School of Philosophy to discuss the establishment of several staff and student exchanges agreements and plans for future research collaboration.
As a result of the visit, concrete measures are now being made to implement staff exchanges; HDR and undergraduate student exchanges; and collaborative research. Over the next few months several activities are planned. Dr Yuri Cath (LTU Philosophy) will visit WHU later this year. It is also anticipated that Dr Miriam Bankovsky (Politics) and Prof. Thomas Besch (WHU, Philosophy) will use the new arrangements to strengthen their pre-existing links.
The LTU China Studies Research Centre will host Professor Wu Genyou, Dean, School of Philosophy, WHU, to be a visiting researcher in the Centre in December 2016 to develop potential research collaboration with Prof John Makeham. The main goal of Profssor Wu’s visit is to begin to build the foundations for ongoing discussions and planning, which will lead to joint research activities, joint grant applications and joint publications. In 2017 the Centre will also host Dr Fu Kexin, from the WHU School of Marxism, who will be a visiting researcher for one year. Prof Makeham has accepted an invitation to visit Wuhan in Sept 2017 to deliver an intensive course and to strengthen ongoing collaborative research links.
Professor Chen Zuliang, Party Secretary of the WHU School of Philosophy and the delegation leader said this was a very productive visit. “We believe the two universities, particularly the philosophy staff will develop a solid relationship through implementing the proposed collaborations”, he said.
Wuhan University, located in Wuhan, Hubei, China, is ranked as one of the leading universities in China. It is administered directly by the Ministry of Education of China and was selected by both Project 985 and Project 211 as a major recipient of state funding.
The School of Philosophy at Wuhan University has been ranked among the top four philosophy departments in China, and among the top 100 worldwide in the recent years according to the QS World University ranking. Currently the School has 79 faculty members.