8 October 2009
NEW INBEV-BAILLET LATOUR EU-CHINA CHAIR AT THE K.U.LEUVEN AND
UCL FOCUSES UPON RELATIONS BETWEEN THE EU AND CHINA
In a globalising world, the need for global governance via effective multilateral organisations is
of crucial importance. We are increasingly being confronted with challenges in the areas of
climate, economics, security etc. A better understanding of the various visions of global
governance is of great importance if today’s main players wish to work together in the current
world order. Good relations between China and Europe are therefore of essential importance.
In this context, the InBev-Baillet Latour Fund has supported the K.U.Leuven and UCL in
establishing the EU-China Chair. The aim is to explore new areas of research on China as an
international actor and its relations with the EU in particular, in collaboration with partner
universities. The InBev-Baillet Latour Fund is providing a financial contribution of €100,000 per
university per academic year for a period of 3 years. The “EU-China” Chair is being officially
inaugurated on 9th October on the occasion of the opening of Europalia “China” and followed
by the first international conference which addresses the challenges for the European Union
and China in the global multilateral context. The keynote speakers are: Jean-Luc Dehaene,
Minister of State and member of the European Parliament; David O’Sullivan, the European
Commission’s Director-General for Trade and H.E. Ambassador Song Zhe, head of the Chinese
Mission to the European Union. Following each keynote lecture, a panel of experts will lead a
discussion. Jonathan Spence, professor of Chinese history at Yale University and known
throughout the world for his far-ranging and unique knowledge of Chinese civilisation, will
conclude the conference with a lecture on “The relationship between China and Europe.
Lessons from the past and prospects for the future.”
InBev-Baillet Latour Fund emphasises the importance of European relations with
The Fund aims to encourage accomplishments of great human value in, amongst others, the scientific
and academic fields. University education is one of the areas in which the Fund is active. The EU-
China Chair was established to promote multidisciplinary research into relations between Europe and
China. The basis for this initiative is the belief that these relations will be of essential importance for
both Europe and China in the coming decades.
Within the framework of their international policy, on 28 May 2008 UCL and the K.U.Leuven signed a
new collaboration agreement with the InBev Baillet Latour Fund. The InBev-Baillet Latour Fund has
decided to explore new areas of research on China as an international actor and its relations with the
EU in particular, in collaboration with partner universities.
In addition, the Fund is financing a chair on the same “China-Europe” theme at the College of Europe
in Bruges. It is also financing the Europe-Russia University Chair at the K.U.Leuven/UCL, established
on 9 June 2000. The Chair in Euromarketing at the Solvay Business School was also founded by the
Chair combines expertise from sister universities
The InBev-Baillet Latour EU-China Chair aims to contribute towards a better understanding of Chinese
and European visions of global questions and answers to these questions, as well as encouraging
dialogue between European and Chinese experts and providing a discussion forum.
The development of a new pool of expertise, the broadening of the range of courses on offer
with regard to China and international relations and an increase of intra and inter-university
collaboration form the main ambitions of the two sister universities, K.U.Leuven and UCL. The
InBev-Baillet Latour Fund provides a financial contribution of €100,000 per university per year.
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The founding of the new EU-China Chair is accompanied by the awarding of numerous prizes, the
financing of research seminars, the organisation of specific courses, an exchange programme for the
professors from Leuven/Louvain and the possible awarding of short-term scholarships to Chinese
researchers. Conferences and working groups will also be organised within the framework of the
The chairs, developed under the supervision of UCL’s Fondation Louvain and the Leuvens
Universiteitsfonds of the K.U.Leuven, were created at the start of the 2008/2009 academic year for
duration of three years. The chairs may be renewed four times. Professor Tanguy de Wilde d’Estmael,
head of the Department of Political and Social Sciences at UCL currently occupies the Chair in
Louvain-la-Neuve, in collaboration with the Institute for European Studies. In Leuven, the Chair is held
by Professor Jan Wouters, professor of international law and international institutions at the
K.U.Leuven and director of the Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies.
China and the challenges of the 21st century
In a globalising world, the need for global governance via effective multilateral organisations and
cooperation is of crucial importance. However, the definition of global governance is a matter of
debate and each of the main players regard it based on their own perspectives and aspirations. A
good understanding of these different visions is of great importance if the leaders wish to reach a
consensus and work together effectively in the current world order, of which China and the EU form a
The role of China in global governance is one of the crucial issues in 21st-century world politics.
Official inauguration in conjunction with 1st conference
On the occasion of the opening of Europalia “China”, the UCL, K.U.Leuven and the InBev-Baillet
Latour Fund are organising a conference day on the theme mutual relations between China and
Europe in conjunction with the official inauguration of the EU-China Chair on Friday 9/10/2009. The
conference will begin with the official inauguration of the chairs in the presence of Jean-Luc Dehaene,
Baron Philippe de Schoutheete de Tervarent and the rectors of the K.U.Leuven and UCL, Prof. Dr.
Mark Waer and Prof. Dr. Bruno Delvaux.
One of the renowned guest speakers at the conference will be Jonathan Spence, professor of Chinese
history at Yale University. He is known throughout the world for his far-ranging and unique knowledge
of Chinese civilisation, its role in the construction of modern China and the country’s development into
a world power.
The conference will signal the commencement of the Chair. The various themes addressed during the
life of the Chair will also be discussed at the conference. The first theme to be addressed by the Chair
will be the challenges for a global economic policy aimed at combating the crisis with a focus on the
World Trade Organisation (WTO). This theme will be introduced by a keynote lecture from David
O’Sullivan, the European Commission’s Director-General for Trade, and followed by a panel debate
with Prof. Dr. Pierre Defraigne (Madariaga-College of Europe Foundation), Thomas Leysen
(VBO/Umicore/Corelio), Prof. Dr. Petros Mavroidis (Columbia University/Université de Neuchâtel,
International Francqui Chair at K.U.Leuven), Tang Xiaobing (World Trade Organization) and Prof. Dr.
Jo Swinnen (K.U.Leuven).
The next important theme will be the current state of affairs in relations between China and the
European Union. There are various challenges (climate change, security, the financial crisis etc.)
which are currently confronting both world powers and which must be solved through multilateral
cooperation. This theme will be introduced by a keynote lecture from H.E. Ambassador Song Zhe,
head of the Chinese Mission to the European Union and followed by a debate with Prof. Dr. Hans
Bruyninckx (K.U.Leuven), Prof. Dr. Tanguy de Wilde d’Estmael (UCL), Franz Jessen (Head of China
Unit, DG Relex, European Commission), Prof. Dr. Ching Lin Pang (K.U.Leuven and ULG), Prof. Dr.
Tanguy Struye de Swielande (UCL), and Prof. Dr. Chen Zhimin (Fudan University). Finally, the
conference will focus on the history of relations between China and Europe. By drawing lessons from
history, predictions may be made on the prospects for the future of relations between China and the
European Union and their respective positions in the future world order.
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If you would like any further information, please do not hesitate to contact the following persons:
Isabelle Decoster, press attaché UCL: 010 47 88 70
Caroline Mouligneau, Fondation Louvain UCL: 010 47 30 82
Isabel Penne, Leuvens Universiteitsfonds: 016 32 41 44
Griet Van der Perre, press attaché K.U.Leuven: 016 32 40 08
Professor Tanguy de Wilde: 010 47 41 09
Professor Jan Wouters: 016 32 87 25
Alain De Waele, Secretary-General of the InBev-Baillet Latour Fund: 016 27 61 59 -
0473 80 84 73
Gretel De Block & Laurence Hannon, Interel: 02 761 66 32 - 47
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THE INBEV - BAILLET LATOUR FUND
The INBEV-BAILLET LATOUR FUND was founded in 1974 by Count Alfred de Baillet
Latour, Member of the Board of Directors of Brasseries Artois from 1947 to 1980. Its
objective is to encourage work of great value to humanity, of a mainly scientific, educational
or artistic nature, and to reward such work by means of prizes or study grants, excluding any
profit motive and regardless of political, trade union, philosophical or religious convictions.
This year, the Fund, which for Belgium is a unique private patronage with an international
dimension, is celebrating its 30th anniversary since the award of its first international Prize
for Health in 1979 by HM Queen Fabiola. Over the past 30 years, the Fund has been
especially active in the following fields: clinical research, Belgian heritage, university
education and Olympism. Man and the future of Mankind form the core of the philosophy of
the InBev-Baillet Latour Fund and the Fund is continually on the lookout for new, meaningful
projects to which to lend its financial support.
In the area of medical research, the InBev-Baillet Latour Fund has been awarding the InBev-
Baillet Latour Health Prize since 1979. This prize, currently worth 200,000 euro’s is one of
the most important science prizes awarded in Belgium. Since 2006, the InBev-Baillet Latour
Fund awards the Clinical Research Prize, which each year supports two young Belgian
research scientists one from each community in the country.
In addition, since 2008, the Fund is financing research into rare tropical diseases at the
Antwerp Institute for Tropical Medicine.
In the field of education, the Fund finances the University Chair at UCL/KUL (Catholic
University of Louvain), established in June 2000 to promote research into relations between
the European Union and Russia. The fund also finances a Euromarketing Chair at the
Solvay Business School. As from 2008/2009 the Fund will also finance a new Chair with
KUL/UCL on the relationship Europe-China, as well as a Chair on the same subject at the
College of Europe.
In addition, the Fund awards study grants to doctoral students conducting scientific
research in the field of brewing, to students conducting research into relations between
Russia and the European Union, to Belgian students attending the College of Europe and
the Royal Institute for cultural Heritage. Since 2008 the Fund yearly contributes towards 5
young musicians at the Queen Elisabeth College of Music.
In 2002, the Fund launched a new initiative, the InBev-Baillet Latour Programme for the
Restoration of Belgian Cultural Heritage, who yearly ensure for the restoration of
important cultural objects. The Fund also finances the realisation of 6 rooms Art Deco/Art
Nouveau at the KMKG (Koninklijke Musea voor Kunst en Geschiedenis).
The Fund further intends to provide financial support to the Olympic movement and to
Belgian athletes both through the COIB-BOIC (Belgian Olympic and Interfederal
Committee) and with respect to the Special Olympics (mentally handicapped) and
Paralympics (physically handicapped).
The Fund also finances an Olympic Chair Henri de Baillet Latour - Jacques Rogge at the
universities UGent and UCL.
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The Fund also demonstrates its concern for the environment and for sustainable
development through the support of various initiatives in this field. It awards an Environment
Prize to a private company manager for an ecological land management project in Belgium.
It has also teamed up with the International Polar Foundation through the award of scientific
research grants for the study of climate change, partly at the Princess Elisabeth Station, the
Antarctica InBev-Baillet Latour Fellowship Award, as well as the funding of the scientific
equipment for the station.
For more information about the FUND INBEV-BAILLET LATOUR: http://www.InBev-