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fudan.edu.cn | Updated: Nov 15, 2021

The Forum on the High-quality Development of Belt and Road International Education Exchange was held in Beijing on October 22.

Chen Zhimin, chair of Belt & Road Education Committee of China Education Association for International Exchange (BREC-CEAIE) and vice president of Fudan University, delivered opening remarks at the forum. He said that BREC will endeavor to strengthen coordination to create an all-round platform, devote greater energy to research on governance, turn the forum into an influential mechanism and mobilize all participants to facilitate the opening-up of education, and promote China's international education exchange to better serve national strategies.

Xu Yongji, deputy director of the Department of International Cooperation and Exchanges of the Ministry of Education(MOE), pointed out that the Belt and Road Initiative(BRI) is an important platform to promote the building of a community with a shared future for mankind. It has played an important role in enhancing student mobility, strengthening policy communication, accelerating education cooperation and deepening language cooperation. MOE will further promote the cooperation on education under BRI. He encouraged universities along the Belt and Road to deepen international exchanges and cooperation in education aiming for high-quality development as well as steady and long-term progress.

An Yan, deputy secretary general of CEAIE, interpreted the abstract of the “Investigation Report on the Internationalization of Education in China in 2021” in three aspects: overview of the investigation, conclusions and findings, existing problems and countermeasures. She offered suggestions for universities on their mechanisms, education, overseas professor recruitment, institutional innovation and changes that can be made to adapt to the pandemic, and suggestions for vocational and technical colleges on their strategic planning, mechanisms and education.

The first session, moderated by Chen Zhimin, focused on the discussion of how to implement the Belt and Road Education Action Plan to promote the opening-up of education.

Education Attaché at Pakistani Embassy in China Muhammad Suleman Mahsud introduced the China-Pakistan cooperation in carrying out the Belt and Road Education Action Plan. He briefed the conference on the achievements of the bilateral cooperation in the field of education and progress in higher education collaboration under BRI.

Zheng Shuiquan, vice chair of Council of Renmin University of China (RUC), said RUC has accomplished a lot in the international exchanges under BRI in recent years. Through enhancing partnerships, strengthening academic research, improving discipline development, stepping up exchange mechanisms, and participating in global governance, RUC will further promote Belt and Road educational cooperation.

Yang Zeyu, vice president of Yunnan University, pointed out universities should conduct international exchanges and cooperation which serve national strategies. He said Yunnan University is striving to create a country-specific research base focusing on South Asia and Southeast Asia, while strengthening talent fostering and innovating cooperation mechanisms.

Zhang Baojun, vice president of Beijing Language and Culture University (BLCU), proposed that BLCU will build a comprehensive framework for overseas Chinese language education and facilitate faculty and student exchanges. He suggested that universities at home and abroad should continue to strengthen cooperation in the face of a complex global landscape, improve the fostering of talents to meet the needs of the new era, and build more platforms for people-to-people exchanges.

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