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Area and Country Studies Bases of Education Ministry launched in BFSU

By Wang Jinxue (People's Daily Online)

13:49, May 18, 2012

Mr. Yang Jun, deputy director of the International Department of Education Ministry (People's Daily Online/Wang Jinxue)

Beijing, May 18 (People's Daily Online)-- The launching ceremony of the Area and Country Studies Base of China's Ministry of Education was held Thursday at Beijing Foreign Studies University (BFSU) . The Japanese Studies Center, British Studies Center, Central and East European Studies Center and Canadian Studies Center of BFSU were approved to become the area and country studies bases of Ministry of Education.

The area and country studies bases of Ministry of Education aim to encourage the opening of higher education, and promote the universities and research institutes’ ability to provide the country with consultation for decision-making.

Prof. Yang Xueyi, Chairman of the University Council of BFSU said the official launch of these bases marked a brand-new historical period of the area and country studies of BFSU.

Many professors of BFSU were assigned to take charge of the bases. Some scholars and experts in the related fields, including Prof. Xiu Gang, President of Tianjin Foreign Studies University and Mr. Mei Ping, former Chinese ambassador to Canada, were also invited to be the outside experts. Prof. Yang Xueyi together with Mr. Yang Jun, deputy director of the International Department of Education Ministry issued letters of appointment to the experts.

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