China: a unique blend of historic glory and future opportunities

As the world’s most populous country and second-largest economy, the People’s Republic of China has become one of the fastest-growing actors on the international stage since the launch of the Reform and Opening-up Period in 1978. Once known as “the factory of the world”, the country has been steadily moving its production up the global value chain. Coupled with Made in China 2025, the projects launched within the framework of the Belt and Road Initiative connecting China to Europe through Central Asia and the wider Mediterrean region have boosted the development of transport, energy, digital infrastructure, also promoting investments from Chinese state-owned and private companies in Europe, Asia, Africa, Oceania and Latin America. As one of the many endpoints of the Belt and Road Initiative, the Euro-Mediterranean region thus has an important role to play in the years to come.
At the time of preparation of the 2022 edition, Chinese borders are still closed for international students. An extra module in China will be organized as soon as the conditions will change.


The first two weeks of the program will take place in Paris, France in cooperation with the Institut national des langues et civilisations orientales, a key player in area studies in the world, teaching and preserving more than one hundred non-western languages and cultures. CMBP will be hosted in Inalco’s first historical site, la Maison dela Recherce, in Rue de Lille, a ten-minute walk from the Louvre Museum. The Paris region has much to offer to international students – history, arts, culture, design – on top of its academic and scientific excellence.


The second half of the program will take place in Turin, Italy at the Campus Luigi Einaudi of the University of Turin, designed by the architect Norman Foster and listed as one of the ten most spectacular university buildings in the world. As the first capital city of united Italy, Turin still maintains its regal XIX-century charm, while developing into a cosmopolitan city, with a strong industrial tradition, as the home of the Italian automotive industry.
Founded in 1898, Peking University (PKU, known in Chinese as Běidà, 北大) is the oldest national university in China’s modern history. It is a member of the élite C9 League, China’s equivalent of the Ivy League, and has been listed as the number one university in world’s emerging economies in 2016. 

More than 30,000 students — undergraduates and postgraduates — chosen among the best from across China receive training in 30 colleges and 12 departments, which offer programs in pure & applied sciences, social sciences & humanities, and sciences of management & education. 

PKU’s campus in Beijing, formerly the site of the Qing Dynasty imperial gardens, is among China’s most beautiful, thanks to its iconic lake, traditional houses, gardens, pagodas, as well as many notable historical buildings.

Beijing, Chongqing & Shenzhen

A majestic synthesis of imperial heritage and futuristic skyscrapers, Beijing is the political and cultural heart of China, laying at the crossroads of the global economy. With more than 20 million inhabitants, 23 subway lines, 30 universities, 7 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and then countless government agencies, temples, museums, art districts, clubs, parks, lakes, the city’s buzz never ceases to amaze its visitors.

From the Forbidden City to Tiananmen Square, from the Temple of Heaven to the Summer Palace, from the skyscrapers of the Central Business District to the sites of the 2008 Olympic Games, to the Great Wall, Beijing cannot be described in all its grandiosity. It must be seen with one’s own eyes.

In Beijing the ChinaMed Business Program takes place in Haidian, the university district, known across China as one of the country’s most dynamic research and innovation hubs.

Formerly part of Sichuan province and transformed into a separate municipality in 1997 in order to accelerate the development of China’s western region, Chongqing is China's most populous municipality, with over 30 million people residing within its administrative boundaries.

Located at the junction of the Silk Road Economic Belt, the 21st-Century Maritime Silk Road and the Yangtze River Economic Belt, this municipality is at the forefront of the development of the Belt and Road Initiative, the new trade and infrastructure network connecting Asia with Europe and Africa along the ancient Silk Road routes.

A municipality of unique features, built on mountains and partially surrounded by the Yangtze and Jialing rivers, Chongqing is known as China's "Mountain City” and as the "City of Bridges". It is also renowned for being home to China's spiciest hot pot.

Designated in 1980 by Deng Xiaoping as China’s first Special Economic Zone, due to its proximity to Hong Kong, Shenzhen moved from a population of 30.000 citizens to more than ten million in less than forty years, becoming one of the economic powerhouses of contemporary China.

Being part of the most important manufacturing hub of the country, it is home to some of China’s most successful high-tech companies, such as Tencent and Huawei. Shenzhen offers also the perfect environment for startups and it attracts investments from all over the world. Its own harbor has become one of the busiest and fastest growing container ports worldwide.

A city that keeps growing and developing towards the future, Shenzhen offers also more than twenty public parks and beaches, as Dameisha and Xiaomeisha, where its citizens can escape from the bustle of city life and enjoy nature.


Information on accommodation in China will be made available to selected participants of CMBP