16 Sep 2015

On 16th September, the highest ranking female politician in China, Vice Premier Madam LIU Yandong, visited the VUB and gave a keynote speech to hundreds of students, scholars, professors and external guests. This distinguished visit took place in the context of the 40th birthday of diplomatic relations between the European Union and the People’s Republic of China.

Organised by the International Relations & Mobility Office (IRMO) of the VUB, Madam LIU Yandong’s speech was the highlight of a two-day BACES conference “EU-China Think Tank Forum: EU-China 40 Years A New Comprehensive Strategic Partnership” at the VUB. It was highly appreciated that all current Chinese students and scholars at campus were invited to warmly welcome Madam LIU’s delegation together with our Rector Paul De Knop, Vice Rector Jan Cornelis, President Eddie van Gade, and State Secretary Cecil Jodoigne at the auditorium entrance.


Location: Room Aula Q-A, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Pleinlaan 2, B-1050 Brussels


10:40-10:45: Welcome speech by Eddy Van Gelder, Chairman of Board of Directors, VUB

10:45-11:00: BACES Think Tank Forum closing remark by:

  • Prof. Song Xinning, Renmin University of China
  • Prof. Gustaaf Geeraerts, Vrije Universiteit Brussel

11:00-11:40: Keynote speech “Connecting Heart to Heart and Learning from Each Other to create a Better Future for the Chinese and European Civilisations” by H.E. Madam LIU Yandong, Vice Premier of the People’s Republic of China (click here for the full text of the speech)