On 23 November the Prime Minister of the Republic of Latvia Laimdota Straujuma paid a visit to Fudan University in Shanghai, where she had a meeting with the president of the university Xu Ningshen and students to discuss cooperation opportunities between Latvian and Chinese institutions of higher education and strengthen academic student exchange.
During the meeting the Prime Minister pointed out that cooperation between Latvia and China, as well as between China and 16 countries of Central and Eastern Europe is among top priorities. Currently, various activities have been implemented – development of cooperation between universities, strengthening of academic exchange, granting of scholarships, promotion of research projects, maintaining dialogue about the principles of higher education and education policy, researcher mobility.
Laimdota Straujuma expressed appreciation for successful cooperation between Confucius Centre of Rīga Stradiņš University and Fudan University in the fields of traditional Chinese medicine, microbiology and virology. It is planned to expand the cooperation with regard to research, staff mobility and language teaching.
At the end of the visit the Prime Minister had a meeting with the students of Fudan University and gave them an insight into Latvia’s geography and economy. Laimdota Straujuma pointed out that cooperation between the two countries in the field of education is among top priorities. The Prime Minister asserted that students from China are warmly welcome to Latvia’ universities.
It should be noted that China and Latvia concluded an agreement on mutual recognition of qualifications and degrees of higher education.