On July 3, 2018 the programme board of the Jagiellonian University Centre of Chinese Language and Culture Confucius Institute in Kraków met in Collegium Maius. Two important agreements with Beijing Foreign Studies University (BFSU), commonly known as Beiwai, were signed at the meeting.
“During the last few years there has been a great progress in cooperation with our Chinese partners. We have also managed to achieve the goals we strived for. We improved the quality of Chinese language teaching at the Confucius Institute in Kraków, and extended its classroom space,” the JU Rector Prof. Wojciech Nowak said in his opening address.
Other participants in the meeting included the JU Rector’s Proxy for Internationalisation Prof. Adam Jelonek, the Dean of the JU Faculty of International and Political Studies Prof. Zdzisław Mach, Director of the JU Centre for Polish Language and Culture in the World Dr hab. Waldemar Martyniuk and Dr Małgorzata Osińska, Director of the Centre of Chinese Language and Culture Confucius Institute in Kraków.
The Chinese delegation consisted of the Vice-President of BFSU Prof. Yan Guohua, the Director of BFSU Office of Confucius Institutes Prof. Zhang Xiaohui, the Director of the Centre of Chinese Language and Culture Confucius Institute in Kraków from the Chinese side Han Xinzhong, and the Director of the Chair in Polish Studies at the BFSU School of European Languages and Culture Dr Li Yinan.
The participants signed two agreements between the JU and the BFSU: the executive agreement on the development of Confucius Institute in Kraków and the agreement on launching a double masters programme in European Studies.
As stressed by the Dean of the Faculty of International and Political Studies Prof. Zdzisław Mach, the new double degree programme will open up new opportunities. According to him, in order to further advance the cooperation, it is necessary to launch joint research projects, resulting in collaborative publications, and develop academic staff exchange. The Confucius Institute in Kraków should provide the formal framework for such cooperation.