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Trinity College Dublin and Fudan University sign Strategic Partnership

Posted on 15 December 2014

Prof. Juliette Hussey and Prof.Feng Xiaoyuan are seated signing the MOU.
President Higgins and President Xu Ning-sheng stand behind to witness the signing.
Trinity College Dublin, Ireland’s leading university, has signed a strategic partnership with Fudan University, one of China’s top institutions, in the presence of the  President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins. Trinity’s Vice President for Global Relations, Professor Juliette Hussey, and Fudan’s Professor Feng Xiaoyuan, Vice President for International Affairs signed a Memorandum of Understanding and Student Exchange Agreement at Fudan University’s historic campus, during the recent State visit to China by the President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins.

The partnership included a significant collaboration between the Trinity Long Room Hub Arts and Humanities Institute, and the Fudan Development Institute, as an important mutual strategic step towards the expansion of Humanities research via international collaboration. 

Speaking on the occasion of the signing, Vice President for Global Relations, Professor Juliette Hussey said: “This exciting collaboration will cement the already excellent relationship between Trinity and Fudan and will expand it into new areas. It will facilitate meaningful opportunities for student and staff exchanges between both universities, along with nurturing a distinct collaborative focus on world-class Humanities research.”

This partnership marks a key step in a series of recent strategic initiatives between Trinity and China over the past year, including the launch of Trinity’s online presence in China, and the announcement of a new Trinity Global Scholarship for China, along with a new M.Phil in Chinese Studies as part of Trinity’s newly opened Trinity Centre for Asian Studies. The partnership with Fudan reflects Trinity’s commitment to deeper engagement with China, building on the existing links and complementary strengths of the partners, to provide educational programmes and opportunities for students and staff of both institutions.

The Director of The Trinity Long Room Hub, Professor Juergen Barkhoff, commented: “This new cooperation between our two research institutes will contribute decisively to better mutual understanding of the rapid transformations that affect our societies and will thus make a very valuable and innovative contribution to our research theme ‘Identities in Transformation’. As a central part of this collaboration, our new Trinity Centre for Asian Studies will work specifically with the Fudan International Centre for Studies of Chinese Civilisation.

Last year President Michael D. Higgins launched the new research theme, Identities in Transformation’, a research priority theme for the Trinity Long Room Hub Arts and Humanities Research Institute. It involves a multi-faceted exploration of the memories and stories that contribute to a sense of identity especially where these are contested memories. The results of this research will be most valuable for the discussions about the future of society.

Over 70 researchers and their postgraduate research students across 10 of the 24 Schools in Trinity are actively involved in this research theme. They represent and bring together fields as varied as History, Classics, Art History, Music, Drama and Film Studies, English and Irish Studies, Literary and Cultural Studies, Linguistics, Philosophy, Health Sciences, Theology, Peace Studies, Gender Studies, Sociology, Psychology and Neuroscience.

Chinese Translation Below:

都柏林圣三一大学与复旦大学签订战略合作伙伴协议


20141212日,中国,上海:爱尔兰最高学府都柏林圣三一大学与中国顶尖大学复旦大学于今日(2014年12月12日)签订战略合作伙伴协议。在爱尔兰总统迈克尔·希金斯(President Michael D. Higgins)于中国进行国事访问期间,在总统本人的见证下,圣三一大学国际关系副校长朱丽叶·赫西教授(Prof. Juliette Hussey)与复旦大学国际事务副校长冯晓源教授在复旦大学古老的校园内签署了谅解备忘录和学生交流协议。

此协议包含圣三一人文与艺术研究所长廊中心(Long Room Hub)与复旦发展研究院的重要合作。它是两校通过国际合作扩展人文研究的重要战略性举措。

国际关系副校长朱丽叶·赫西教授(Prof. Juliette Hussey)就协议的签署评论道:“这项令人振奋的合作将进一步巩固圣三一与复旦一直以来保持的良好关系,并使之扩展至其他领域。它将促进两校的师生交流与交换,并推动两校通过合作进行世界级人文研究。”

本次合作为圣三一与中国在过去一年中一系列战略性举措的重要一步。这些举措包括建立圣三一在华全新网上形象,设立圣三一全球本科生奖学金之中国奖学金,以及开办中国研究硕士课程——此课程附属于圣三一新建的亚洲研究中心。与复旦大学的合作反映了圣三一决心在原有基础上进一步加深与中国的关系,优势互补,为双方的学生和教研人员提供课程及机会。

圣三一长廊研究中心主任于尔根·巴尔科夫教授(Prof. Juergen Barkhoff)评论道:“我们这两所研究机构的此项新合作定会促使双方更好地理解对我们社会造成影响的剧烈变革,这将对我们的研究课题‘转化中的身份’作出非常宝贵而具有创新性的贡献。”作为本次合作的核心部分,圣三一新成立的亚洲研究中心将与复旦大学中华文明国际研究中心展开特别合作。

去年,迈克尔·希金斯总统为圣三一艺术与人文研究所长廊中心的研究课题“转化中的身份”举行了启动仪式。此课题将多方位探索影响身份建立的记忆与故事,尤其是当这些记忆有冲突时。研究结果将对与社会未来有关的讨论带来最大贡献。

圣三一下属24个学院中超过10个学院的70多名研究人员以及他们带领的研究生积极地参与到此项研究中。他们来自并整合了历史、古典学、艺术史、音乐、戏剧与电影研究、英语及爱尔兰研究、文学与文化研究、语言学、哲学、医学、宗教、和平研究、性别研究、社会学、心理学以及神经科学等各学科。