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Our University Successfully Held the First Academic Forum on Balkan Studies

On August 20, the National and Regional Research Institute of our university organized the first academic forum on Balkan studies, with the theme of "Balkan Studies from the Perspective of Regional and National Studies: History and Reality". The forum was attended by Liu Xincheng, Vice Chairman of the 13th National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), Yu Hongjun, former Vice Minister of the International Department of the CPC Central Committee, Huo Yuzhen, former Special Representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on China-CEEC Cooperation, and more than 50 representatives from over 30 institutions, including the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, the Development Research Center of the State Council and Beijing Foreign Studies University. Professor Qiu Yunhua, a chief expert of National and Regional Research Institute of our university, presided over the opening ceremony.

Fang Fuquan, president of our university, first delivered a welcome speech. He pointed out that Capital Normal University was the earliest university to participate in region and country-specific studies. As the new wave of region and country-specific studies discipline construction is coming, the university will continue to promote the spirit of climbing, make good use of the talent special zone policy, and take the initiative to serve the overall situation of the country's opening up and Beijing's "Four Centers" construction, making region and country-specific studies become a new growth point for our university's "Double First-class" construction.

In the keynote speech, Huo Yuzhen pointed out that to do a good job in Balkan studies, it is necessary to grasp the particularity and complexity of the region, adhere to problem orientation, highlight the forward-looking and strategic nature, strengthen the organic integration of basic research and applied research, and deepen international exchanges.

In the afternoon, the scholars were separated into two groups to discuss four topics: "Academic History of Balkan Studies", "Balkan History", "Relations between China and the Balkans" and "Research on Balkan Reality". The discussion among scholars was extensive and profound.

This forum has also attracted the attention of the international academic community. Professor Alexandre Kostov, president of the International Association for Southeast European Studies, sent a congratulatory letter, praising the forum for injecting new vitality into Balkan studies in China.