A visit to China University of Political Science and Law
During 16 till 18 April the head of the faculty of social science and law and the university’s international officer visited China University of Political Science and Law (CUPL). UNAK and CUPL have exchanged students every year on the basis of a contract made in 2006 and now two UNAK students study law on the CUPL campus in the Haidian district of Beijing. On the occasion Edward H. Huijbens, the Head of Faculty of Social Science and Law delivered a talk entitled “Sino-Arctic Allure - Reflections on China's polar aspirations” where he coupled image and allure with physical infrastructure development, transport and geopolitical vagaries to gain insights into the ways Arctic resources emerge as an interest to China and its policy makers and legislators. The talk asked whether growing Chinese presence in the Arctic will allow Arctic societies and Chinese to find communalities from where to meet and exchange, or if tourisms’ presence is simply a gambit in the long game of shoring up both soft and hard power in the Arctic?
Iceland’s Ambassador in China, Mr. Gunnar Snorri Gunnarsson, attended the talk along with Mr. Ragnar Baldursson the Minister-Counsellor at the embassy. The talk was well received and discussion ensued around student projects in political science and law that could clarify issues pertaining to service infrastructure development and tourism route development in the Arctic. Rúnar Gunnarsson the International Officer of UNAK also gave an introduction talk to law students of CUPL about UNAK and its processes of becoming an exchange student but every year UNAK receives 2-3 students from CUPL.
UNAK offers students of law to become exchange students at CUPL and for the coming school year 2018/19 two master level and two doctoral level funded positions are offered. For details see here (pdf) and also by contacting the International Officer of UNAK (email@example.com)