EU project promotes Kent – China cooperation

The University of Kent welcomed Professor Yamei Wang from Sichuan University for a month long research visit over the summer vacation. Professor Wang’s visit was funded by Lotus II, an Erasmus Mundus Action II programme, which aims to promote partnership and co-operation between European and south-east Asian universities.

Yamei Wang who is Professor of Economics at the Centre for European Studies at Sichuan University was hosted by Professor Roger Vickerman and colleagues in the School of Economics. Her research interests focus on the EU’s Regional and Cultural Policies and European economic integration.

Productive meetings took place with research staff with the School on the problems raised by Eurozone sovereign debt and its implications for China. This led to a number of possibilities for future collaboration.
Prof. Roger Vickerman (pictured left with Yamei Wang) welcomes the project,

‘As the UK’s European University, Kent is proud to be a partner in a project that facilitates this type of valuable collaboration between Europe and China and on a topic which is central to the research interests of the School of Economics’

Lotus is an Erasmus Mundus Action Two Partnership (EMA2) of European and South-East Asian Higher Education Institutions (HEI) and Associations aiming at fostering mutual enrichment and better understanding between the EU and South-East Asia (China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmar, Indonesia, Thailand), through the exchange of persons, knowledge and skills at higher education level and to co-operate in the following programme activities: (inward mobility only) Mobility of undergraduate and graduate students; Mobility of PhD students; Post-doc mobility; Academic and administrative staff mobility. The Lotus programme is coordinated by the University of Ghent. Lotus III, a continuation of Lotus II, was approved by the European Commission in July 2012.

For more information, please visit the Lotus programme website and the University of Kent’s International impact web pages.