In the upcoming academic year, 25 Chinese researchers will be conducting their doctoral research at Erasmus University with the financial support of the China Scholarship Council (CSC). This brings the total number of PhD students in Rotterdam who have been awarded a CSC grant to over 100.
Through the grants, the China Scholarship Council hopes to enable Chinese students to work abroad on research in the context of a graduate or doctoral programme. It has been five years since the first seven Chinese doctoral candidates arrived in Rotterdam. The 25 PhD students starting in September will bring the total number of CSC-supported candidates to 101.
Erasmus University has conferred doctorates to eight CSC candidates since the programme’s introduction in Rotterdam.
The official partnership between CSC and Erasmus University goes back to 2009. Drawing Chinese doctoral candidates to Rotterdam and building new relationships with Chinese universities are in line with Erasmus University’s ambitions in the area of internationalisation. The university strives to both attract talented foreign researchers to Rotterdam and enable Dutch researchers and students to work and study abroad.
In 2014, Erasmus University entered into two new agreements with partner institutions in China: Tsinghua University and Wuhan University. This has brought the total number of Memorandums of Understanding (MoU) between Erasmus University and Chinese counterparts to 15. Last year also saw the strengthening of Erasmus University’s collaboration with Fudan University (Shanghai).