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Recent academic exchange activities of Prof. Gruschke in Europe
发布日期:2014/3/11  点击次数:3020

我院 Andreas Gruschke 教授最近欧洲圆满完成学术交流活动

Recent academic exchange activities of Prof. Gruschke in Europe

 

During the winter vacation and the first weeks of this semester, our institute’s Prof. Andreas Gruschke performed a range of activities to inform about the research work of China’s Western Development Research Institutes and initiate and promote the cooperation with European academic institutions. He held talks with various scholars of Munich, Berlin and Freiburg Universities inGermanyas well as in Lausanne,Switzerland.

He had been invited to give presentations at the University of the Upper Alsace in Mulhouse法国米卢斯大学 in February (07-02-2014), and in the German towns and cities of Stuttgart (德国斯图加特01-02-2014), Ismaning near Munich (慕尼黑伊斯马宁06-03-2014), Emmendingen (埃门丁根11-03-2014) and Denzlingen (登茨林根12-03-2014) near Freiburg弗赖堡. In his talks on »Doing Research in China’s West«, he outlined the heterogeneity of the Western China Development Region, and attempted to explain details about our country’s efforts to improve livelihoods in the vast minority regions and develop the urban parts of the autonomous regions and provinces that cover more than 70 per cent of China. In the Linden-Museum of Stuttgart he confronted the public with the enormous tourist resources of southwesternChinaand called for the perception of her landscapes as a »country of endless opportunities«. Tourism was also the main topic of discussions with Otto Koelbl, a scholar of Lausanne University, Switzerland瑞士洛桑大学, who could be interested to present his research and ideas on tourism development in Tibetan areas at this year’s »9th Annual Conference of the Consortium for Western China Development Studies« in Guiyang中国西部开发研究联合体第9届学术年会. In this context, Prof. Gruschke used his research time inGermanyfor meetings and correspondence with a number of academics to interest them in the Guiyang conference. He could arouse their interest for participation in a panel on conceptual issues regarding urbanization and ecotourism which he was elaborating.

In a one-week work session at his home office in Freiburg earlier in December, Prof. Gruschke received Dr. Ingo Breuer, formerly at the Oriental Institute at Leipzig University莱比锡大学东方学院, now in Bristol, UK英國布里斯托尔, to edit their Chinese colleagues’ papers of a conference held in Halle  德国哈雷  in 2009. They also discussed the possibility of Dr. Breuer to apply for a part-time employment at our institute and jointly prepared for his application.

In a two-days meeting with Prof. Winder (Geographical Institute, University of Munich慕尼黑大学地理学院) in mid-December, the two of them discussed possibilities of cooperation and students exchange. As Munich also offers MA courses in English, his institute would be interested in exchanging students with Chengdu. Both parties agreed, however, that this will remain a problem as long as our faculty does not offer sufficient lectures in English, notably in the field of Western China development geography. Prof. Gruschke promised to advocate the possibility to establish a graduate school for Western China development studies at Sichuan University and call on the faculty’s colleagues to develop a curriculum of its own.

On 20 January, 2014, in a meeting with architect Wolfgang Frey, it was agreed to eventually cooperate in the latter’s Chinese projects on sustainable architecture and city planning(城市可持续发展). Since the Expo in Shanghai, architect Frey is very active inChinaafter Chinese Vice Minister of Housing and Urban-Rural Development, Dr. Qiu Baoxing (中国住建部副部长仇保兴), encouraged him to share his experience and help spread his knowledge about the pathway to a greener urban development.

Corresponding with Prof. Christoph Dittrich (Goettingen University哥廷根大学), Dr. Breuer (Leipzig) and Dr. Jarmila Ptackova (Humboldt-University, Berlin柏林洪堡大學) on theoretical issues of livelihood security, the plan has been drawn up to design a joint project on livelihood theory and start an attempt to perform this project together with further Chinese colleagues of Sichuan University and Prof. Du Fachun of the Yunnan University of Agricultural Sciences(云南农业大学新农村发展研究院杜发春副院长).

In this context, Prof. Gruschke could win Dr. Jarmila Ptackova for a further substantiation of common cooperation plans. Dr. Ptackova is both interested in a close cooperation with us and also in applying for a position in our faculty. In her effort to draw on a new programme and funding from the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF德国联邦教育与研究部) and the European Union (handled by DAAD德国学术交流总署), she is willing to honour our institute in Chengdu as the prospective Chinese partner institution. If she’s to succeed in getting that programme’s support, our institute would profit from her presence and cooperation possibilities for one year. At the same time both sides would be able to test perspectives of a later application for a visiting professorship. We will thus create more opportunities to cooperate on different levels and prepare for joint publications.

 

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