International Centre for Higher Education Innovation
under the auspices of UNESCO

ICHEI Visited Poland & Hungary to Strengthen Educational Cooperation

September 27, 2018
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Led by Director LI Ming, the delegation of the International Centre for Higher Education Innovation under the auspices of UNESCO (ICHEI) visited Poland and Hungary from September 16 to 23. The delegation visited local education authorities and institutions of higher learning to communicate intent of cooperation. Representatives from ICHEI’s global strategic partners, GuangZhou CreateView Optoelectronics Technology Company and Huawei, jointed the visits.

ICHEI delegation first visited the SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities, and held discussions with Dr. Marcin Jacoby, Director of International Relations of the SWPS University. Dr. Jacoby introduced the research work on psychology and brain science carried out by the university. Both sides exchanged ideas on the integration of psychology with frontier disciplines, and were expected to carry our cooperation in the fields of artificial intelligence, brain science and learning sciences.

Group photo with SWPS University

After the meeting, the delegation visited the university’s eye tracking laboratory. By using eye tracking technologies and trackers to capture the muscle movement of human eyes, the research can be used to facilitate psychological studies, and will have wide application in fields such as health, online education, psychological research and criminal investigation, etc.

Visit to the eye tracking lab

In the afternoon of September 17, the delegation visited the north-eastern branch office of Huawei Company. The general manager of Huawei Poland introduced the company’s business in local region and the development of ICT in education in Poland. Both side discussed the feasibilities of carrying out ICT-related educational programmes in Poland and the format of such programmes.

Visit to Huawei Poland branch office

On September 18, ICHEI delegation left Warsaw for Krakow and visited the Jagiellonian University (JU). ICHEI representatives visited the Faculty of Chemistry, Faculty of Physics, Astronomy, and Applied Sciences, and Faculty of Information Science, and learnt from first hand the schooling scale, research capacities, and infrastructure of the faculties. Beautiful landscape of the campus and state-of-the-art lab equipment and devices left a deep impression on the delegation.

Visit to Jagiellonian University
Visit to Jagiellonian University

After the field visits, the delegation met with JU delegation led by Prof. Adam Jelonek, Vice-Rector for Internationalization of JU. Prof. LI Ming and Prof. Adam Jelonek exchanged ideas on the signing of MOUs and cooperation agreements between the two sides. In the meantime, Prof. Adam Jelonek promised to help ICHEI establish cooperative ties with UNESCO chairs in Polish universities in order to carry out joint research.

JU was firstly built in 1364, and has a schooling history of more than 600 years. With high-level faculty members and advanced research equipment, JU is rated the most productive research institute in Poland, and JU carries out international cooperation with the world’ top universities.

On September 19, ICHEI visited the Ministry of Human Capacities of Hungary and held discussions with the State Secretary for Education. The delegation listened to the report by Madam Secretary on the framework goals and mechanisms established by EU and Hungary to promote higher educational development, through which the delegation learned about the educational exchanges and cooperation between China and Hungary, and the ICT development in education in Hungary.

Meeting with the Ministry of Human Capacities of Hungary
Prof. LI Ming was presenting gift to the State Secretary for Education

This visit aimed to promote the education exchange and cooperation between ICHEI, Southern University of Science and Technology, and Hungarian universities and colleges. Both sides expressed strong desire to establish ICT-related educational programmes, and hoped to promote projects touchdown in the near future.

The delegation later visited Budapest Metropolitan University (BMU), and held a meeting with Prof. Bachmann Balint, Vice President for International Cooperation and Ms. Denissza Blanár, Director for International Relations. BMU is a university focused on liberal arts, economics and creative industry, while the ICT infrastructure and development level is not sufficient. Prof. Balint expressed his wish to cooperate with ICHEI and SUSTech and hoped to improve BMU’s informatization level and ICT capacities of BMU faculties. Both side will carry out cooperation in ICT capacity training and smart campus construction, etc.

Visit to Budapest Metropolitan University

Last but not the least, the delegation visited Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE). The University was named after world famous physicist Eötvös Loránd, and after 380 years of development, has become Hungary’s most prestigious comprehensive university.

Visit to Eötvös Loránd University
Meeting with Faculty of Informatics of Eötvös Loránd University

Prof. Imre HAMAR, Vice-Rector of ELTE, Dr. Ferenc TAKÓ, Director of International Relations, and deans and professors from the Faculty of Informatics and Faculty of Education and Psychology met with the ICHEI delegation. Both sides exchanged ideas and thoughts on fields of common interest. For example, carry out student exchange and joint research in areas like educational technologies and learning science, or carry out university-to-enterprise cooperation in the fields of information communication technologies.

ICHEI’s visit to Poland and Hungary is a positive effort made against the backdrop of strengthening ties under the 16+1 cooperation framework between China and Central and Eastern European Countries. Through this visit, ICHEI is to build friendly cooperative ties with universities in Poland and Hungary, deepen the pragmatic cooperation in the field of education, and promote complementary and sustainable bilateral cooperation.