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International cooperation

Internationalization is becoming an integral part of the three key missions of the Department of Philosophy at PKU, that is, education, research, and social service. In the past decades, we have established cooperation with many leading philosophical institutes all over the world, from the BESETO (Peking University - Seoul National University - University of Tokyo) philosophical student conference, the forthcoming Cambridge summer school, and to a great deal of research collaboration with eminent philosophers from Oxford, Rutgers, La Sorbonne, KU Leuven, Humboldt, Copenhagen as well as many others.


With the support of many international programs of PKU, the Dept. of Philosophy may offer students an opportunity to study at a partner institute for a period of one semester. There is a world full of possibilities here. In the last decade, more than one hundred undergraduate students made exchange study in Paris, London, Amsterdam, Tokyo, New York, Berlin, and so on. In the same period, about two-hundred graduate students went abroad to study either for a short exchange or perusing for PhD degree. Although not mandatory in their education trajectory, such international exchange is a once-in-life-opportunity for the students and should not be missed.


Internationalization not only makes our pedagogical programs more valuable and attractive but also broadens our range of philosophical research. Hundreds of eminent philosophers from all over the world are invited to give lectures or teach intensive courses in the past years. After years of teaching experiences, some senior philosophers, such as Prof. Thomas Rockmore, Prof. Roger Ames and Prof. TU Weiming chose to stay in China and join us as the Humanities Chair Professors of PKU. Some philosophers, like Prof. John Marenbon, are invited to teach regular courses here as visiting professors. Other young academics, such as Prof. Rainer Schäfer and Prof. John Maier, came to teach as faculty members for a few years. Because of the wonderful efforts of the international faculty members and guest professors, more and more English courses are included in the curriculum. In the meanwhile, new teaching areas are also introduced and developed.


While continuing our close collaboration with international peers, we are also developing a cross-disciplinary cooperation with other research institutes, such as the Center for the Future of Intelligence (CFI) in University of Cambridge. This way, we would like to contribute to the philosophical debate facing global challenges by adapting the cutting-edge technologies.


The Dept. of Philosophy here is still in the early phase of internationalization. We are looking forward to more cooperation with leading philosophical institutes in the world. Both senior and junior philosophers are welcomed to work with us for the development of incomparable philosophical future by the Wei-Ming Lake.



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