SUZHOU, China, June 5, 2014 / PRNewswire — Six Sino-foreign Universities came together yesterday to mark the inauguration of the Sino-foreign Cooperative University Union and Presidents Forum, the first of its kind to be held in mainland China.
As one of the oldest joint-venture universities in China, Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU) was selected to host the daylong event which was a chance for the leaders of the six universities to come together with representatives of the Chinese government to witness the formation of the Union and participate in the forum.
The six international collaborative universities to join Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University in the formation of the new Union are the University of Nottingham Ningbo China, New York University Shanghai, Duke Kunshan University, Wenzhou-Kean University and the Chinese University of Hong Kong (Shenzhen).
The Union is deigned to explore issues of common concern by sharing experiences and best practices. Similarly, the annual forum is expected to strengthen communications among Union members and to enhance the influence of the Sino-Foreign Cooperative Universities over the reform and development of higher education in China.
Speaking during the Presidential Forum, Professor Youmin Xi, Executive President of XJTLU, highlighted the importance of the Union not only for its members but also for Chinese higher education. “It is time for us [the Union] to redefine education,” explained President Xi, citing the competitive advantages of student centered learning, innovative administrative structure and lack of historical burdens as the reasons why universities such as XJTLU will become leaders of the next generation of international higher education institutes.
The Forum was joined by a senior delegation from the national Ministry of Education (MoE) who travelled from Beijing to participate in the event. Mr. Jianjun Cen, Director of International Cooperation and Communication Department of MoE, spoke about the important of the Union and the positive effects they hoped it would have on wider education in China.
Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University is an international university jointly founded by leading institutions from both China and the U.K. As an independent Sino-British venture, XJTLU is a pioneer in the field of higher education in mainland China. The campus is located in the World Heritage city of Suzhou on China’s Eastern seaboard, which boasts the fourth largest concentration of GDP in China, and offers a unique environment in which to study, live and thrive.
SOURCE: Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University