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NECEIS - The Network of Europe-China Education and Innovation Studies

Tampere University
Area of focusSociety

The Network of Europe-China Education and Innovation Studies (NECEIS) — is an international research networking hub, to host and connect researchers, practitioners and policy-makers in the area of European-Chinese education and innovation, particularly concerning issues related to EU-China cooperation. It is particularly for strengthening cooperation and integration between research on Europe-China education cooperation and research on Europe-China innovation cooperation.

It is initiated by the University of Tampere and its strategic partners who have been long engaged in research on Europe-China cooperation in education and innovation, such as the Sino-Finnish education research network between the University of Tampere and Beijing Normal University as well as various related projects in which UTA is coordinating or involved.


Research focus and goals

What is the vision of NECEIS?

NECEIS is to become a central forum for researchers and stakeholders in the area of education and innovation studies, as well as a prominent think tank to contribute to education and innovation cooperation between both sides.

What is the mission of NECEIS?

  • to strengthen research cooperation, networking and knowledge sharing regarding Europe-China education cooperation and Europe-China innovation cooperation, and hence support related policy dialogues and practices in each fields.
  • to integrate studies on both Europe-China education cooperation and Europe-China innovation cooperation.
  • to nourish a tolerant and friendly communication platform between Europe and China for relevant stakeholders in the area, such as researchers, practitioners, policy-makers, etc. to exchange ideas, establish connection and develop cooperation;
  • to play a role as think tank to facilitate the strategic decision-makings in both Europe and China in the area.

What does NECEIS do?

  • Research
  • Publication
  • Networking
  • Workshop and conference
  • Education and Training
  • Consultancy

Other members

Initial network members and experts

•  Chinese Education, Research and Exchange Centre, University of Tampere, Finland

•  Higher Education Group, School of Management, University of Tampere, Finland

•  The Institute of International and Comparative Education, Beijing Normal University, China

•  Higher Education Research Centre, National Institute of Educational Sciences, China

•  EU-China Higher Education Centre, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium

•  Higher Education Research Institute, Beijing University of Technology, China

•  Institute of China’s Science, Technology and Education Policy (ICSTEP), Zhejiang University, China

•  Centre for Higher Education Research, the Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech) / The International Centre for Higher Education Innovation under the auspices of UNESCO, South China Science and Technology University, China

•  Research Centre for Innovation Methods, University of Chinese Academy of sciences

•  Professor emeritus Arild Tjeldvoll, Faculty of Education, University of Oslo, Norway

•  Prof. Rui Yang, Faculty of Education, University of Kong Hong

•  Dr. Cristina Pinna, “Policy Consultant, UNDP China

•  Associate Professor Wenqin Shen, Graduate School of Education, Peking University

•  Dr. Cui Bian, Institute of Education, Xiamen University, China

•  Dr. Xuefeng Wang, Business Development Manager (China), International Relations, Newcastle University, UK

•  Dr. Cui Liu, Department of Architecture, Zhejiang University, China

•  Dr. Ju Liu, Department of Urban Study, Faculty of Culture and Society, Malmo University, Sweden

•  Lin Goethals, Beijing Normal University and Ghent University

•  Jie Gao, Faculty of Education, Aarhus University, Denmark

•  Associate Professor Shaozhuang Ma, ISCTE – IUL, Lisbon, Portugal