Sino-Finnish Centre for Child Protection Research to open in Shanghai

Fudan University and the University of Eastern Finland will open a joint Sino-Finnish Centre for Child Protection Research, SFCPR, in Shanghai. The founding agreement was signed in China on Tuesday, 18 October. The research centre will operate at Fudan University with a mission to promote interdisciplinary research and education in the fields of child welfare and child protection.

According to Dean Liang Hong from the School of Social Development and Public Policy of Fudan University, collaboration between the universities entails many possibilities.

“We feel proud and appreciated to establish the SFCPR at Fudan University together with the University of Eastern Finland. The SFCPR provides a good chance for us to learn from each other and to cooperate with each other. I believe that under the outstanding leadership of both universities, we will definitely make progress in this field and achieve our goals together.”  

“The establishment of the SFCPR is a natural step in further deepening the long-term collaboration between Fudan University and the University of Eastern Finland in the field of social work,” says Harri Siiskonen , Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Business Studies of the University of Eastern Finland.

According to Dean Siiskonen, the SFCPR constitutes an excellent platform for utilising the networks of both universities to further strengthen research in the field of social work and make it increasingly international.

“For the University of Eastern Finland, the SFCPR is also a pilot for finding increasingly established forms of collaboration with Fudan University also in other fields.”

The establishment of the Sino-Finnish Centre for Child Protection Research constitutes a significant opening in China.

“The centre provides excellent opportunities for international and comparative child protection research, which is in great demand as China is developing its child welfare policies and child protection practices,” says Professor Zhao Fang , Director of the Department of Social Work at Fudan University.

The Sino-Finnish Centre for Child Protection Research will further deepen the long-term research and education collaboration between Fudan University and the University of Eastern Finland in the fields of child welfare and child protection.

“A high-level Advisory Board consisting of international experts in the fields of child protection research and child protection policy will be appointed for the SFCPR. This creates an excellent framework for operating as part of the international community in the field of children’s rights research and policy,” says Professor Juha Hämäläinen , Head of the Department of Social Sciences at the University of Eastern Finland.  

The objective is for the SFCPR to become an internationally recognised centre of excellence in research and education addressing child welfare and child protection. The objective of the SFCPR is to enhance collaboration in research and education, to carry out multidisciplinary research projects, to exchange scientific information and to provide international education and training opportunities for students and junior researchers.

Research collaboration is carried out in five thematic areas: 1) child welfare policies and law, 2) child protection values and ethics, 3) child protection theory and methods, 4) child abuse and neglect prevention and intervention, and 5) child protection institutions and programmes.

For further information, please contact:

Vice-Dean Cheng Yuan, Fudan University, School of Social Development and Public Policy, tel. +8618101807757, chengyuan(at)fudan.edu.cn

Professor Zhao Fang, Fudan University, Director of the Department of Social Work, tel. +8613661642844, zhaofang223(at)163.com

Dean Harri Siiskonen, University of Eastern Finland, Faculty of Social Sciences and Business Studies, tel. +358 400 577 453, harri.siiskonen(at)uef.fi

Professor Juha Hämäläinen, Head of the Department of Social Sciences, tel. +358 50 593 9415, juha.hamalainen(at)uef.fi

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