In the context of people-to-people exchanges, a basic aspect of Sino-European relations, the Centre International de Formation Européenne (CIFE) is establishing new contacts with Chinese universitites. In particular, Dr Michael Meimeth, Director of CIFE´s Overseas University Programs (OUP) visited China from 8 until 17 March 2017 to introduce CIFE to major Chinese universities in Shanghai and Kunming (Yunnan Province, Southwest China). During his 10 day stay in China he visited the Shanghai University of Science and Technology (USST), the East China University of Political Science and Law (ECUPL), Shanghai, the Shanghai University and the Yunnan University in Kunming to promote CIFE´s EU-China Winter and Summer School programs.
All these universities showed a strong interest in developing institutionalised relationship with CIFE and will actively promote CIFE´s EU-China Winter and Summer School programs at their various university campus. Even more important, Chinese students who have already participated in previous years in CIFE´s EU-China Summer and Winter programs will spread the information about these programs among their fellow Chinese students. With this, these alumni will actively support the recruitment for 2017 EU-China Summer School in Greece (15.07.-05.08.2017) and the 2018 EU-China Winter School which will take place from January 30 to February 13, 2018 at the European Academy Otzenhausen (EAO).
Dr George Tzogopoulos, CIFE alumnus and member of its research team, will be coordinator of the Athens programme of the Chinese students for 2017. On the occasion of last year’s summer school chinaandgreece.com had supported the organisation of a public conference at the Piraeus Chamber of Commerce and Industry on ‘Piraeus and New Growth Opportunities for Greece‘ on 18 July 2016.