23 September 2015
Professor Peng Long, President of Beijing Foreign Studies University (BFSU) met SOAS Director Valerie Amos at SOAS last week to formally extend the partnership between the two prestigious institutions.Professor Peng Long visited SOAS’ Bloomsbury campus at the head of a BFSU delegation to sign an addendum to the current agreement, paving the way for further learning and teaching activities. The two universities are planning a joint conference on Area Studies to coincide with SOAS’ Centenary in 2016-17, dual degree programmes and SOAS academic input into the BFSU Summer School. The occasion was also an opportunity for President Peng Long and Baroness Amos to meet some of the BFSU and China Scholarship Council scholarship holders (also pictured) who are commencing their studies at SOAS, mainly in languages and area studies. They are the first cohort on this three year scholarship programme for students from China. It is hoped that in total 50-60 students from China will benefit from the programme.
The SOAS-BFSU addendum was included in the 8th UK/China Education Summit on 17th September, when UK Minister for Universities and Science Jo Johnson and China’s Minister of Education Yuan Guiren signed an ambitious framework agreement on education collaboration.