China conference helps build overseas ties
An upcoming symposium at Tongji University in Shanghai will give Queen’s professors an opportunity to network and pool knowledge with other researchers on the issue of sustainable development in China.
“China has the world's largest population, is the world's largest emitter of greenhouse gases, and the world's second largest economy in real gross domestic product (GDP) terms. The decisions China makes over the next decade about how it continues its development will impact everyone in the world,” says Queen’s religion professor James Miller, a noted scholar on religion and ecology in China. “Queen's students need to understand what is going on in China because it will have an enormous impact on their futures.”
Dr. Miller will present a paper on religion and economic development in China, delving into how China’s economic boom over the past 20 years has coincided with an explosion of interest in religion and the rehabilitation of many religious sites.
“This conference is one of many ways Queen’s is linking with Chinese universities, to broaden our scope internationally and to deepen our China connections with strong partnerships for our faculty and students,” says James Lee, Vice-Provost (International). “Participating in the Tongji symposium is an excellent opportunity for Queen’s professors to strengthen relationships with experts on sustainability around the world.”
Emily Hill (History) and Zhiyao Zhang, from the Queen’s China Liaison Office, are also presenting at the symposium this month.
Principal Daniel Woolf signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Tongji University during his visit to China in February. The MOU formalizes the relationship between the two universities, providing a framework for the establishment of opportunities for student exchange and research collaborations.