Helene Hellmark Knutsson to lead higher education delegation to China
Minister for Higher Education and Research Helene Hellmark Knutsson will visit Beijing and Shanghai in China on 11–16 June. The aim of the visit is to highlight Sweden as a nation of education and research, and to promote the internationalisation of higher education and research.
Ms Hellmark Knutsson and a Swedish delegation representing the higher education sector will have bilateral meetings with China's Minister of Education, Chen Baosheng, and Minister of Science and Technology, Wan Gang. A memorandum of understanding on education and research will be signed during the visit.
"China is the Asian country that sends most students to Sweden, and we enjoy research cooperation with China at many different levels. The memorandum of understanding is an important step in further strengthening relations and stimulating mobility between our two countries. International exchange is also extremely important for an innovative and export-dependent country such as Sweden, as well as to strengthen the quality of higher education and research," says Ms Hellmark Knutsson.
Sweden is a world leader in research and innovation linked to the life sciences. To spread awareness in China of the Swedish life science sector, Ms Hellmark Knutsson will hold a press conference and a speech at the China-Sweden Health Forum 2017, on the theme of health care and cooperation in that area.
The programme in Beijing also includes meetings with the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences, the Peking Union Medical College, the National Natural Science Foundation of China and the Chinese Academy of Engineering. The visit will conclude in Shanghai, where Ms Hellmark Knutsson and the delegation will meet researchers and students at Fudan University and visit the Nordic Centre, which works to promote cooperation between researchers and students from the Nordic region and China. The minister and delegation will also meet representatives of Tongji University and Shanghai Jiao Tong University.