Lin Goethals

Ms Lin Goethals is Director at the European Institute for Asian Studies. She is also an Associated Researcher and Lecturer on EU-China Political and Economic Relations at the ESSCA School of Management EU-Asia Institute in France. In addition, Ms Goethals is a Member of the Mercator Advisory Council of the Flemish Ministry of Mobility and Public Works, and member of the Advisory Board of the Student Think Tank for Europe-Asia Relations (STEAR). She holds an MA in Political Sciences and International Relations and a Teacher’s Degree for Secondary Education from Ghent University in Belgium. During her studies she undertook an Erasmus exchange programme at the University of Padova in Italy and conducted a research project at the University of the Western Cape in South Africa.

Between 2013 and 2018 she was based in Beijing, conducting research on EU-China relations, higher education cooperation and student mobility between the EU and China, Hong Kong and Taiwan, whilst still affiliated with EIAS as its Programme Director for Asia. She was a Doctoral Researcher on EU-China Relations at Ghent University and Beijing Normal University, and was a Visiting Researcher at both the Centre for European Studies at Peking University and the European Union Centre in Taiwan at National Taiwan University in Taipei. Besides this, Ms Goethals contributed to the Immigrants in China project of the French Agence Nationale de la Recherche (ANR) for ESSCA School of Management in France as a Research Assistant, conducting research on “China as a Talent Magnet: The Student Mobility-Migration Nexus in EU-China Relations”. 

As the Director, she manages the EIAS Projects, Publications, Events, and other activities, while closely following the latest developments in EU-Asia Affairs. She has a keen interest in EU Policies towards Asia, EU-Asia political and diplomatic relations, public diplomacy, people-to-people affairs and education.

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