BNU Philosophy Summer School

A Journey into Chinese Thoughts and Modern Civilization

July 08-22, 2018

School of Philosophy, Beijing Normal University, Beijing

  • Overview

1With more than 3000 years of advanced civilization, China has a rich tradition of philosophical thinking and moral reasoning. To enable young students and scholars all around the world to get in touch with Chinese culture, to understand China’s contemporary situation, and to develop an interest in Chinese philosophy, the School of Philosophy of Beijing Normal University (BNU) will hold its Philosophy Summer School from July 8th to July 22rd, 2018, on the theme of Daoist Philosophy.

Designed for global university students and young faculty members who are curious about traditional Chinese culture, BNU’s Philosophy Summer School has run for three successful sessions since 2015. Our invited speakers are world-renowned scholars who offer unique insights into traditional Chinese philosophy and thought-provoking discussions on contemporary China. The Philosophy Summer School also presents a unique opportunity to meet young people from around the world who share a passion to explore the treasures of Chinese civilization. Our Philosophy Summer School enriches philosophical understanding while offering precious memories for both the students and the teachers.


  • Organizers

2The Confucius Institute Headquarters is a public institution affiliated with the Ministry of Education of China. It is committed to providing teaching resources and services for Chinese language and cultural studies worldwide. It seeks to foster a deeper understanding of China and Chinese culture among younger generations around the world, to promote the development of Confucius Institutes, and to enhance friendly relationships between China and the rest of the world. The Confucius Institute Headquarters is generously providing funding for our BNU Philosophy Summer School through its Young Leaders Fellowship Program.

北师大Beijing Normal University is one of the top universities in China. It was the first university in China to produce Nobel Prize winners. BNU has 16 national key disciplines, and our programs in Education, Psychology, History, Ecology and Geography were all ranked No. l in China in the 2013 official ranking by the Ministry of Education.



4The School of Philosophy is renowned for its research in Confucianism, Daoism, Yijing studies, Buddhism, as well as Western philosophy. The School also enjoys fruitful collaborations with top overseas universities. It publishes the first English-language philosophy journal from China, Frontiers of Philosophy in China, which was graded as “Q2” by SCImago in 2015. Every year the School invites dozens of international scholars to deliver lectures and to attend conferences. We also send large numbers of faculty members and students abroad for international conferences, further training, and academic exchange.


  • Review:BNU Philosophy Summer School 2017


The BNU Philosophy Summer School 2017 from July 9th to 23rdis themed “A Journey into Chinese Thought and Modern Civilization”. The program was financially supported by the Young Leaders Fellowship Subprogram of Confucius China Studies Program of Confucius Institute Headquarters and Beijing Normal University. The 2017 summer program enrolled 36 overseas participants from 31 universities of 14 countries, including Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, India, Italy, Switzerland, UK, USA, etc., and 8 Chinese students who were keen on Chinese culture and issues.

The two-week summer school invited renowned scholars from 6 universities of 5 countries to share their insights with the participants. The summer school has organized diversified activities, such as academic lectures, group discussion, trips to places of interests, to enable the participants to compare Chinese traditions with the West from different perspectives. Through those activities, the philosophic essence of traditional Chinese culture and the current situation of Chinese culture has been fully presented.


Participants’ Home Universities




King's College of London


University of Notre Dame (US)

Beijing Normal University (CHN)

Ca’ Foscari University of Venice (IT)

University of Toronto (CA)

Nanyang Technology University (SG)

University of Macerata (IT)

Tufts University (US)

Korea University (KSA)

Aalborg University (DE)

University of Alberta (CA)

National University of Singapore (SG)

Free University of Berlin (GER)

Harvard University (US)

Huadong Normal University (CHN)

Humboldt University, Berlin (CH)

University of Oklahoma (US)

The Chinese University 
of Hong Kong (HK)

Sofia University (BUL)

Emory University (US)

Shanxi University (CHN)

Jagiellonian University (PT)

University of Hawaii, Manoa (US)

Renmin University of China (CHN)

University of Veliko Tarnovo (BUL)

University of Colorado, Boulder (US)



Yale University (US)



Cooperating University



Edmonton, AB, Canada,


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