CIPE strengthens academic cooperation ties with China

Committed to the mutual building of knowledge at an international level, the School of Finance, Government and International Relations is developing academic cooperation projects benefiting Externado students, professors, and researchers.

The Finance, Government and International Relations Center for Research and Special Projects (CIPE) and the Institute of Latin American Studies (ILAS) of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS), strengthened their cooperation ties in an exploratory meeting held in the city of Beijing. The purpose of the meeting was to establish achievement strategies and materialization of the existing Memorandum of Understanding between the Externado University and the CASS.

The encounter, facilitated by the Embassy of Colombia in China and, in particular, Dr. Sandra Salamanca (Plenipotentiary Minister in consular matters) brought together CIPE director, Gonzalo Ordonez-Matamoros, and Yuan Dongzhen, Deputy Director of ILAS. The scholars discussed the definition and implementation of joint scientific research projects; undergraduate and postgraduate studies professors; joint and ‘cross’ thesis direction; and awareness/updating of business activities on issues associated with the new Chinese initiative known as One Belt, One Road.

It should be noted that within the OASIS Group of the CIPE several international relations research projects are being developed on Asia in general, in particular, China, and the relationship between these Asian countries and Latin America, as part of the Regional Studies research line.

Further discussion between the two institutions will continue soon in Bogotá, when Professor Liu Weiguang, editor of the Journal of Latin American Studies, visits the CIPE and meets with several researchers from the Center to define a joint work plan, with activities and annual goals.