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Oxford University China-Africa Network Global Connect Project

  • Start date: 01 July 2010
  • End date: 30 June 2011

The Oxford University China-Africa Network is a student-driven organisation that seeks to forge cross disciplinary and trans-regional links between researchers and practitioners around the emerging phenomenon of Chinese engagement with the African continent.

OUCAN works with academic institutions and regional research organisations to ensure the cross-pollination of ideas, essential to substantive work on emerging China-Africa relations.
While OUCAN has enjoyed considerable success in establishing cross-disciplinary linkages within academia, creating opportunities for the transfer and application of interesting new research to policy and practice has proved more problematic.

Relational networks between different groups of business owners, labour organisations, policy makers and other stakeholders on two continents as well as those between these groups and academia are not yet fully developed.

The goal of OUCAN's Global Connect Project is to address these challenges with a combination of initiatives:

  1. Establish a virtual community that provides a forum in which members from all over the world can engage with each other and with new research on salient China-Africa issues.
  2. Host a two-day interactive workshop in Oxford in 2010.
  3. After the workshop, the panel discussions and conference proceedings will be made available as a podcasts series, including impact reports created by participants.