Atlas International Culture aims through various programmes to bridge the gap between China and Europe. A key part of their activities – coined ‘Mandarin Express’ – provides Europeans opportunities to discover the Chinese language, culture and to visit China, particularly through traineeship programmes in Chinese companies.
“We believe that cultural immersion and language learning are the best ways to broaden one’s horizons and to become a key player in today’s world”, commented Haichen WANG, CEO of Mandarin Express. “For this reason, we are natural supporters of the China Unlimited contest. It has been a great pleasure for us to see that the competition has been so popular and attracted such a high number of excellent contributions. Congratulations and good luck to all the participants!”
The College of Europe has worked on China-EU relations for a long time, with the InBev-Baillet Latour Chair of European Union-China Relations set up in 2008. The Chair offers courses on EU-China relations at the College of Europe in both Bruges and Natolin. It also organises guest lectures, international conferences and promotes multidisciplinary research on the European Union’s relations with China. At the end of each academic year the Chair grants an award for the best Master’s thesis on EU-China relations.
In addition to international conferences and other academic exchanges, the Chair contributes to the development of university-level relations between Europe and China by providing a full scholarship that enables one Chinese student to pursue postgraduate studies in Bruges or in Natolin. The College of Europe finances a second full scholarship for a Chinese student.
As one of the key promoters of China-EU relations within the academic world, the College of Europe is a natural supporter of the contest.
The Lancaster University Confucius Institute is a key player in UK-China relations, offering programmes on China to students at Lancaster University but also to the local community and businesses. The Institute supports several competitions relating to China-EU relations making it a natural partner in the EU-wide China Unlimited contest.
Relations between Europe and China are broad, encompassing many different aspects – from business, to politics, to culture – which is very much reflected in the China Unlimited creative contest, but also within the scope of activities offered by the Lancaster University Confucius Institute.
About Atlas International Culture
Atlas International Culture (AIC) is a Belgian-Chinese company which offers a wide range of cultural and educational programs as well as consulting services to public and private organisations, companies and individuals in both Europe and China.
About The College of Europe
The College of Europe was the world’s first university institute of postgraduate studies and training in European affairs, and remains unique and innovative to this day. Its origins date back to the 1948 Hague Congress when Salvador DE MADARIAGA, a Spanish statesman, thinker and writer in exile, proposed the establishment of a College where university graduates from many different countries could study and live together.
About Lancaster University
Lancaster University is ranked in the top 1% of universities globally; it places great emphasis on a strong student experience and employability and gives students access to academics who are experts in their field.
In 2011, the University opened the Lancaster University Confucius Institute which aims at offering Chinese language and cultural classes and promote people-to-people exchanges between the United Kingdom and China.