At the invitation of the UNESCO Chair-holder, Professor Stavros Katsios, the President of the World Sinology Center, Professor Xu Baofeng, headed a twelve-member delegation of professors and researchers from Chinese universities and research institutions, visited the Ionian University. Beyond etiquette, it was a working visit given the pre-work of the group set up at the UNESCO Headquarters, coordinated by Associate Professor Elena Avramidou, on the topics on the agenda:
launch of Sinology in Greece
establishment of a Sinology Center and
synergies of the World Sinology Center with the Ionian University at the level of research programs, lectures and teaching courses.
The meeting took place in the Senate hall of the Ionian University and was attended by the Rector of the Ionian University Professor Andreas Floros, the Director of the UNESCO Chair and the Laboratory of Geocultural Analysis (DFLTI) Professor Stavros Katsios and the Head of the University Center for Research and Innovation Professor Panagiotis Vlamos.
At the meeting it was confirmed the context of the synegies, the practical next steps and a timeline of actions; this positive outcome is a follow up to the agreement initiated by the IU UNESCO Chair between the Ionian University and the Chinese Center for Language Education and Cooperation (CLEC) for funding of a two years program for chinese language teaching at the Ionian University.