Network Meeting on EU-China Higher Education Cooperation and University Academic Leadership 27 September 2019, Helsinki


Date: 29/9/2019

This event is jointed organised by the LEAD2 project, the VUB-CI and the Confucius Institute of University of Helsinki. 

The LEAD2 project is a Capacity Building in Higher Education project supported by the Erasmus+ programme. The project is an important collaborative project among European and Chinese higher education institutions to exchange experiences and strengthen capacities in the governance of higher education institutions and the competences of academic leaders. The project develops MOOCs on University Governance and Academic Leadership and provides blended training for academic leaders from Europe and China. Comparative studies and online knowledge base will be important results for European and Chinese university stakeholders. 

The LEAD Community includes all LEAD1 project members, LEAD2 project members, and a wide range of other European and Chinese universities and institutions.  




  • Opening remarks               
    Chair Prof. Chang ZHU, Vrije Universiteit Brussel 
  • Prof. SU Qin, Chinese Director, Confucius Institute of University of Helsinki
  • Prof. Wei SHEN, Associate Pro Vice-Chancellor (International Relations), Deakin University & Jean Monnet Chair Professor 
  • CHE Weimin, Minister Councillor, Mission of China to EU


  • Keynote speeches  

            Chair: Seppo Hölttä, University of Tampere 

  • Prof. Yuzhuo CAI, University of Tampere, Finland  

EU- China cooperation: Opportunities and Challenges         

  • Prof. Jill Blackmore, Alfred Deakin Professor and Professor of Education,  Deakin University 

      Leadership in higher education 

  • Prof. Dr.  CAO Deming, Director of Center for Euopean Union Studies, Shanghai International Studies University

A Review of China-Europe Relations from the Perspective of Bilateral Higher Education Exchanges in the Past 40 Years.

10.50-11.10 Coffee break 


  • Round table: EU-China Higher Education Cooperation and Network on University Academic Leadership 
  • Prof. Fred Dervin, University of Helsinki 
  • Prof. Yasar Kondakci, Middle East Technical University
  • Prof. Susan Wright, Danish School of Education, Aarhus University 
  • Prof. Jarmo Takala, Provost, University of Tampere 
  • Charles Hoedt, Director, Nuffic Neso China
  • Prof. ZHAO Yiliang, Beihang University 
  • Outi Luova, Director Finnish University Network for Asian Studies, Turku University 


  • LEAD NetworkProposal and approaches for EU-China cooperation on University Governance and Academic Leadership 

      Moderator:  Prof. Wei SHEN & Prof. Chang ZHU

      Participants: all

  • Concluding remarks 
  • CHE Weimin, Minister Councillor, Mission of China to EU
  • Prof. John Taylor, Lancaster University  
  • Hannele NIEMI, Chair of the Sino-Finnish Joint Learning Innovation Institute, and former Vice-Rector, University of Helsinki, Finland 

12.30-13.50  lunch break

In the afternoon, participants will join the China-EU Higher Education Exchange and Cooperation Platform (HEPCE) meeting.   

The event will take place at the University of Helsinki in the afternoon of Friday 27 September 2019. The room is called “Union juhlasali”.

University of Helsinki

Unioninkatu 33

00170 Helsinki


Room: Union Juhlasali

The event will start at 14.45. A registration desk will be open from 14.00-14.45.