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Building Sino-French Cultural Heritage and Urban Research Center

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Recently, Tianjin University and the French Embassy in China held a signing ceremony on the Weijin Road campus of Tianjin University to jointly build the Sino-French Cultural Heritage and Urban Research Center. Jin Donghan, academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering and president of Tianjin University, and Luo Liang, the ambassador of the French Embassy in China, signed the letter of intent on behalf of the two parties. Luan Jianzhang, director of the Foreign Affairs Office of Tianjin Municipal People's Government, and heads of relevant departments such as the Municipal Education Commission witnessed the signing moment.

The two sides decided bythe end of 2022, the French Embassy in China will cooperate with Tianjin University to jointly establish the "Centre franco-chinois de la ville et du patrimoine". As the firstcenterbetween China and France with the theme of cultural heritage and cities. The center willtakeTianjin as its main support city and Tianjin University School of Architecture as its main supportuniversity. Focusingon how tomakecultural heritage vibrant, and better integrateinto urban development and constructionanddaily life, it will alsocarry out related scientific research and vocational training. The cooperation will become a bridge between China and France anda linkbetween China and Europe in the new erawhichfurther demonstrate thedevotedefforts anddeterminedattitudesfromthe two major cultural heritage countriesin orderto protect the cultural heritage of mankind. In the future, the center plans to hold large-scale international forums every year, continue to carry out vocational training,andpromote international cooperation between China, France and Europe.

France is the first major western country to establish diplomatic relations with the People's Republic of China. Tianjin University has built cooperative relations with more than 30 France universities and scientific research institutions, and has carried out fruitful and practical cooperation in many fields.

Cultural heritage cooperation has always been one of the mostsignificantcooperation highlights between China and France. In 2019, China and France signed a joint statement oncollaborationin the field of cultural heritage, which creates the conditions for Sino-French cultural heritage cooperation in the new era. The establishment of the "Sino-French Cultural Heritage and Urban Research Center" is a concrete action to implement the agreement, and another important milestone incooperation ofChina and France in the field of cultural heritage. The contracting parties believed that with the full cooperation, the "Sino-French Cultural Heritage and Urban Research Center" will definitely play an important role in the protection of world cultural heritage.

After the signing ceremony, the Sino-French Cultural Heritage and Urban Research Center held its first academic seminar.

By:School of Architecture

Editors: Qin Mian & Yang Fan