Dear honourable guests,
It is a great honour for me to be with you today to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the School of International studies of Peking University. I would like to especially thank my dear colleague and friend Dean Jia Qingguo for his invitation and tell you how proud Sciences Po is today of our very special relationship and how important this relationship is for Sciences Po.
Today Sciences Po hosts over 400 Chinese students across its programmes, China is a strategic priority for us and our relationship is one of the pillars of this strategy.
We moved a step further in our relationship in 2010, when we decided to launch together a dual degree, where students spend their first year of Master at the School of International Affairs of Sciences Po and their second year of Master at the School of International Studies of Peking University. I have just met some of the present students of our dual degree in this room. They are coming from China, Europe and the Americas and their nationalities reflect the international reach of our dual degree today. They chose this two years programme to have the opportunity to study in two academic excellent environments that give them the best of two worlds, Europe and China. This dual degree between Sciences Po Paris School of International Affairs and the School of International Studies of PKU reflects the importance of the relationship between China and Europe in today’s world and the importance of training future global leaders that understand and nurture this relationship.
SIS PKU’s anniversary comes at a very peculiar time in the state of international relations. And so we must tie this time of celebration, of which we are right to feel proud and deeply satisfied, in with political upheavals on the world stage. Everything we have studied up to now seems to be called into question by new cardinal points that are changing the compass with which we have always found our way in the complex world of international politics. This is not intended to spoil the celebrations at SIS PKU. Indeed, the exact opposite! We must be aware that the subjects we study and research are constantly changing and adapting, the first effect of which is to make us all step away from a "business as usual" mindset and leave behind the very convenient "mainstream" in which we have often worked. So we must constantly update our cardinal points and make sure that we quickly learn to understand the new phenomena in international politics.
The real new challenge we can clearly see in front of us is the challenge of responsibility. International relations, the keys to understanding them and the tools to manage them have increasingly become vital factors in our complex societies. We are being asked to move up to a new level of responsibility and our students too are sensing this new situation. They understand that their own role is becoming more interesting and more engaging in the eyes of their family and friends and in terms of their future. We must therefore make sure we are up to the challenge. So, whether our international studies are based in Beijing or in Paris, in New York or in Rome, we must all follow a new, more complex and more interesting road map. This is a great, new responsibility.
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