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Undergraduate students encourage academic discussion about China


Studying at Fudan University in Shanghai has inspired several Queen’s undergraduate students to create a China symposium.

“The Global Development Studies Semester in Shanghai program opened our eyes to development in China and dispelled many of the myths we believed prior to studying abroad. We are now more sensitive to the issues in China and the country’s impact on Canada and the rest of the world,” says Jonathan Kong, chair of “The People’s Republic: China’s Future Path.”

Mr. Kong returned to Queen’s after a semester in Shanghai to discover muted levels of conversation on campus about topics related to China. Mr. Kong and other students decided to do something about that.

“By bringing together professors from different faculties and departments, we hope to create synergies that will allow Queen’s to become a formidable player in Chinese studies in North America,” Mr. Kong says.

The symposium will feature a wide range of Queen’s faculty members including Peter Harrison (School of Policy Studies), Kim Nossal (Political Studies), Emily Hill (History), and Nailin Bu (School of Business). They will participate in seminars and panel discussions to give participants different perspectives on China.

Zhang Junsai, China’s ambassador to Canada, will attend the opening gala.

Queen’s is actively seeking new avenues of cooperation with universities and agencies in China. A strong partnership with Fudan University has expanded to multiple fields of cooperation with many Chinese institutions and agencies. In 2007 Queen’s became the first university to establish an office in China.

The symposium will be held March 11 and March 12. Full details are available on the symposium website.

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