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STF China Networking Event in Guangzhou and Zhuhai, from 12th to 14th Mar. 2012


     After exploring of Ancient China’s history and religion cultural for the Networking event in northwestern China, Xi’an and Dunhuang last November, the last networking for STF 2nd intake fellows was held in South China from 12th to 14th March 2012 on the campuses of Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou and Zhuhai.

This networking event was started with the internal meeting of STF2 fellows on the morning of 12th March. STF2 fellows Christine Howard and Francesca Valsecchi were invited to give presentations during the first session of the internal meeting. Their presentations were well received by the other fellows. Alexandra Lehmann, attaché of the cooperation session of the EU Delegation to China and David Evans, the HRD Expert of STF office co-hosted the second session of the internal meeting.

With the great support from the Sun Yet-sen university, STF2 fellows were divided into four groups to visit one of four academic institutes or labs in the afternoon: the School of Physics and Engineering, including a visit to the State Key Laboratory of Optoelectronic Materials and Technologies; the School of Geography and Planning; the School of Life Science, including a visit to the State Key Laboratory of Biocontrol; the School of Sociology and Anthropology, including visits to the Laboratory of Social Work and the Anthropology Museum. The subsequent formal networking event was chaired by David Evans, starting with an introduction to the STF Programme by Clemens Smolders, lead expert of STF programme. Following Mr. Smolders’ opening speech, Prof. Bao Jigang, the Assistant President of Sun Yat-sen University represented the university to give a welcome speech and showed his hopes for future cooperation. Ms. Alexandra Lehmann, attaché of the EU Delegation to China replied on behalf of the EUD, thanking Prof. Bao and all his colleagues for their warm welcome and support of the event. Prof. Xu Honggang, Associate Dean of the School of Tourism Management of the University gave a keynote Lecture on “Working with Foreign Researchers in Europe and China” in the following session. After the formal part of the meeting, the attendees were invited to a Networking Reception and Buffet Dinner. The whole day event was finished in a pleasant atmosphere.

  Before the visits on 13th March, Prof. May-bo Ching was invited to give a lecture on the morning of the day titled: “Canton Trade Era”: A prehistory of colonial Hong Kong and Revolutionary china”. Prof. Ching’s lecture was a real tour de force and greatly enjoyed by all those present. After the lecture, STF fellows accompanied by six postgraduate students with knowledge of the history and geography of Guangzhou visited some historical sites in Guangzhou during the subsequent afternoon visits.

On the morning of 14th March, the fellows made the two-hour trip from Guangzhou to Zhuhai and visit the Sun Yat-sen University Zhuhai Campus, which includes its distinctive Main Teaching building-one of longest buildings in Asia under the guidance of Jan Specht, STF 2 fellow.