Austria has again assumed the Presidency of the Council of the European Union on 1. July 2018 and will continue to make important contributions to Europe's future. In addition, Jean-Claude Juncker and China's Prime Minister Li Keqiang proclaimed 2018 the Year of Chinese-European Tourism with the aim of enhancing tourism between the countries of the EU and China, which helps to intensify the intercultural exchange also on a social level. The Confuzius Institute at the University of Graz contributes with its 4. China-Forum again to a sustainable exchange between East and West.
The Scientific Advisary Council and the four centers in Graz, which were initiated and co-founded by Dr. Chen:
- Confuzius-Institute Graz,
- Sino-Austrian Schumpeter Innovation Centre,
- Sino-Austrian Electronic Technology Innovation Center and
- Center for Advanced Studies in Chinese-European Legal Governance and Politics
support the key aspects of tourism (e.g.: Green-Tourism in times of Digitization), economy (e.g.: cross-border internet trade), technology (e.g.: e-mobility and passive- und active houses), law (e.g.: legal certainty and protection of privacy), culture and society (e.g.: intercultural communication and robotics versus men).