The Chinese and Icelandic Ministers of Culture have signed a landmark agreement to mutually recognise university studies between the two countries. Iceland’s Minister of Culture and Education Lilja Alfreðsdóttir says the agreement will facilitate university student exchange between the two countries.
Lilja met China’s Minister of Culture Chen Baosheng in Beijing today, where they discussed increased cooperation between the countries in the field of education, among other issues. “This agreement marks a turning point for both Icelandic and Chinese students,” Lilja stated. “The agreement will help to greatly facilitate student exchange between the countries and I hope that more students from both countries will look at the options available in Icelandic and Chinese universities.”
To strengthen existing agreements and language education
The University of Iceland already has student exchange agreements with 15 universities in China. More than 30 Chinese students are currently studying in Iceland, and roughly the same number of Icelanders study in China each year. Chinese language courses are sought after at the University of Iceland, while Icelandic has been taught at the Beijing International Studies University since 2006.
China has made similar agreements with more than 50 other countries, including the other Nordic countries.