UiO cooperates with China on subjects ranging from sinology to photovoltaics, law, gender studies, cancer research and greenhouse gas emissions. Chinese students represent the second largest international student body and the fourth largest group of international PhD-candidates at UiO.

Water sampling on the YuQiao reservoir, as part of the SinoTropia project. Photo: UiO Professor Rolf David Vogt.

Long-standing academic relations

UiO's long-standing academic relations with Chinese higher education institutions have resulted in a broad portfolio of research agendas with Chinese partners and on Chinese topics, involving all UiO's eight faculties and most of UiO's units.

UiO has a strong Department of Cultural Studies and Oriental Languages (IKOS) and offers excellent research and education in the Chinese language and culture, Asian area studies, and Tibetan language and culture. This has opened doors for UiO's broad and fruitful collaboration with Chinese partners in many areas.

Chinese partners

In 1995 UiO signed a bilateral cooperation agreement with Peking University and jointly co-founded the Nordic Centre in Shanghai with Fudan University and the other Nordic universities. UiO has collaborated for more than twenty years with Chinese partners through the China Programme at the Faculty of Law in areas such as human rights and the rule of law. Research and educational nodes at China University of Political Science and Law (CUPL), Renmin University, the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and others have recently been established.

Cooperation in research and education

Today UiO cooperates with most of China's leading universities and research institutions, including:

  • Peking University
  • Tsinghua University
  • Fudan University
  • Zhejiang University
  • Nanjing University
  • China Agricultural University
  • Wuhan University
  • The Chinese Academy of Science (CAS)
  • The Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) 

In the period 2013-15 there were 754 co-publications between UiO and Chinese institutions within a range of subjects, mainly in the Sciences. 

Research on plague, air pollution and renewable energy

UiO's Centre of Excellence in Ecological and Evolutionary Synthesis (CEES) has a long- standing collaboration with The Chinese Academy of Science (CAS) in the Field of research on plague. Together with CAS and Russian partners, CEES was awarded INPART funding in 2015 for a joint project, PlagPart. UiO also has a long-standing collaboration with CAS within interdisciplinary environmental research, as well as a strong focus on cooperation with Chinese partners within research and education on environmental issues and renewable/Solar energy through UiO's strategic interdisciplinary research initiative UiO:Energy, where projects such as Airborne and Ideas, as well as Sino-Norwegian Alliance in Photovoltaics (SiNorAPv), are being funded by INTPART.  

Cooperation with Peking University Health Science Centre

UiO's Faculty of Medicine is one of Peking University Health Science Centre's (PKU-HSC) seven chosen European partners for cooperation. The Faculty of Medicine together with Oslo University Hospital (OUS) is establishing increasingly broader cooperation with PKU-HSC which includes several of UiO's Centres of Excellence.

UiO's Faculty of Humanities have a joint research project with Zhejiang University on the effects of air pollution on society, AIRBORNE.

Student Exchange

Chinese students at UiO represent the second largest international student body, with almost 400 fulltime students enrolled in regular degree programmes in the period 2010-2016, in addition to large numbers of exchange students. Many Chinese students find their way to our International Summer School.

UiO has Chinese doctoral students at all faculties, mostly connected to ongoing research collaboration with Chinese partners. The majority are enrolled at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences and the Faculty of Medicine.

Did you know that...

  • UiO has developed an international MOOC, "What Works", in collaboration with China Agricultural University (CAU), University of Malawi in Africa and Stanford University in the USA?
  • UiO was a founder member of the Network for University Cooperation Tibet-Norway, a research and education network (1994 - present) of higher education and Research institutions in Norway and Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR)?

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