The New Silk Road

Organizing institution
Utrecht University - Faculty of Law, Economics and Governance
Course code
Course fee (excl. housing)
€ 600.00
Advanced Master
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Connecting students and universities from China and Europe.

International relations are shifting as multilateral trade and cooperation are being renegotiated by the US and UK. Meanwhile, China is launching the New Silk Road (or One Belt One Road) that could potentially span and integrate major parts of the world across the Euro-Asian continents. Based on the UU-led international research project on the New Silk Road, this course will explore how these new relationships are affecting cooperation between Chinese and European universities and creates mutual learning opportunities for their students. 

Globalization is increasingly contested in the West, while China claims a leading role towards a more sustainable and inclusive version of economic globalization. How should we understand the trends in globalization in the West and East? It is crucial to learn to understand China better and to have an open eye at how its rise and changing international position concerns Europe. European cooperation in higher education and research is of great interest for China. 

Cooperation in higher education and the mobility of students and researchers are major components of the new relations between China and Europe. But it is unclear how these new relationships are affecting European higher education and research. What types of academic flows and cooperation activities are emerging along the NSR, what do students experience, and how do universities respond? Under which (legal - regulatory and  technological) conditions are these activities taking place and who defines these? What values are underpinning the mission of universities in Europe and in China and how will cooperation contribute towards an open society? 

Graduate students (research masters and PhD) from social sciences, law, economics, and cultural studies, will be invited to actively contribute by presenting their own research (plans) in this area, which will be discussed in small groups led by senior scholars.


Download the day-to-day programme (PDF)

Course director

Prof. dr. Marijk van der Wende


Organizing Committee:
Prof. dr. Marijk van der Wende (Utrecht University - coordinator),
Dr. Yuhao Chen (Shanghai Jiao Tong University) & Lin Tian (Shanghai Jiao Tong University & Utrecht University).

For Lecturers, see day-to-day program.

Target audience

Graduate students (research masters and PhD) from law, economics, social sciences, and cultural studies. The group will include an international mix of students from China, Europe and elsewhere.

Course aim

This course aims to explore how the New Silk Road affects Chinese and European universities and creates mutual learning opportunities for their students

Study load

See day-to-day program


Course fee
€ 600.00
Housing fee
€ 200.00

Housing through Utrecht Summer School

The fee includes excursions and related costs to museum entrance, welcome and farewell dinners, but excludes local travel costs and other meals.


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Applicants are encouraged to describe their motivation for the course on the basis of research they are undertaking, or planning to undertake, in the context of their graduate programme (research master of PhD).

For this course you are required to upload the following documents when applying:

  • Reference Letter
  • C.V.

More information


Application deadline: 01 August 2019