Professor Richard Sakwa, of the University’s School of Politics and International Relations (POLIR), hosted the visit. Madame Fu Ying studied at POLIR in 1985 to gain an MA in International Relations. She received an honorary Doctorate of Civil Law from the University in 2008.
During her visit she delivered a research seminar to students at POLIR entitled China and the World, as well as touring her former School, accompanied by Head of School Dr Adrian Pabst.
Professor Sakwa said: ‘We were delighted to welcome Madame Fu back to POLIR. She was a pioneer for Chinese students studying here at Kent. I would like to think we helped her make her first step on what has since been a very distinguished diplomatic career since graduating.’
Dr Manning added: ‘Madame Fu fondly recalled how the development of her academic and analytic skills at Kent had had an important impact on the rest of her career. She was also impressed with the growing number of students who have followed in her footsteps from China as students here at Kent. We now have between 400-450 Chinese students in total across our UG and PG programmes.’
He also explained that Madame Fu Ying had shown particular interested in Kent’s recent Think Kent Global Showcase events in Beijing and Shanghai, which took place in November 2018.
Madame Fu Ying, who was China’s Ambassador to the UK from 2007-10, agreed to donate copies of her latest books, entitled The world as I see it and Face to face with you – the stories behind the press conferences, to the Templeman Library, as well as providing signed copies for students.