EU Alumni from China participate in the first alumni workshop in Beijing
The EU Alumni Initiative has officially launched its activities in China with two events organised in Beijing on 3rd December 2019. A total of 54 participants gathered at the premises of the European Delegation to China, joining first in a pilot workshop to discuss the alumni opportunities and challenges and concluded with a networking dinner that was opened by Nicolas Chapuis, EU Ambassador to China and Florika Fink-Hooijer, Director-General DG Interpretation.This first EU Alumni Workshop brought together alumni from the different participating programmes; Erasmus+, Marie Sklodowska Curie and EU-China Interpreters Training Programme. The alumni jointly discussed the potential of an EU alumni community in China, its challenges and launched a WeChat group as starting point for this newly created community. This tool set the baseline for future gatherings and reunions in Beijing, but also in other provinces as some of the participants were coming from outside the capital city.During the networking dinner, participants presented the results of the workshop, highlighting the need for reducing the existing communication gaps, setting objectives to strengthen the relation among alumni and the EU Delegation and improve the communication and information about EU policies and cooperation opportunities.The EU Delegation fostered through this event its contacts with the existing EU alumni communities, establishing personal connections while building on the recently created EU Alumni community in China. The EU Alumni Initiative is an EU funded project that is strengthening the ties between former beneficiaries of EU funded programmes and EU institutions worldwide. EU Alumni Initiative fosters dialogues and partnerships through local and global activities, offering spaces online and offline to share ideas, develops solutions and projects together.