The New Silk Road

The New Silk Road: Implications for higher education and research cooperation between China and Europe

Recent geopolitical events such as Brexit and the US turning its back on international trade and cooperation create waves of uncertainty in higher education regarding international cooperation, the free movement of students, academics, scientific knowledge, and ideas.

Meanwhile, China is launching new global initiatives with its New Silk Road (or Belt and Road Initiative), which could potentially span and integrate major parts of the world across the Euro-Asian continents. But likely on new and different conditions, also for higher education.

How will the New Silk Road affect European higher education and research? What types of academic flows and activities emerge along the NSR, how are universities responding, under what conditions are these activities taking place, who defines these, based on what values, and do we actually understand these values at all?


• Professor dr. Sybe de Vries (Utrecht University, Director Centre for Global Challenges)

• Professor dr. Marijk van der Wende (Utrecht University, Faculty of Law, Economics, and Governance)

• Professor dr. William Kirby (Harvard University, Fairbank Centre for Chinese Studies)

• Professor dr. Frank Pieke (Director, Leiden Asia Center)

• Mr. Philippe Vialatte (European Commission, DG Research and Innovation)

• Professor dr. Wim van den Doel (Leiden University, Dutch Research Council, NWO)

• Professor dr. Nian Cai LIU (Shanghai Jiao Tong University), Dr. Jie Gao (Aarhus University, Centre for Higher Education Futures)

• Professor dr. Charles van Marrewijk (Utrecht University, School of Economics)

• Professor dr. Dominic Sachsenmaier (Georg-August University Göttingen, Chinese Studies Department)

• Professor dr. Peter-Paul Verbeek (Twente University, UNESCO Committee)

• D. Zheping Xie (Tsinghua University, Faculty of Humanities)

• Professor dr. Marcus Düwell (Utrecht University, Faculty of Humanities)

• Professor dr. Simon Marginson (University College Londen, Centrefor Global Higher Education)