Written by: Feng Yang
Translated by: Zhao Yuhang
Edited by: William Mosteller
HIT News (Feng Yang / Text) On October 20th, the "21st Century Maritime Silk Road" University Alliance Inaugural Meeting and Presidents Forum was held at Xiamen University. During the conference, the establishment of the "21st Century Maritime Silk Road" University Alliance was announced and the "Xiamen Declaration" was issued. Zhu Zhiwen, Vice Minister of Education, Lin Heping, Director of the Education Department of Fujian Province, and Adelin Li, the Representative of the Secretary General of the ASEAN Secretariat, attended the meeting. Xu Xiaofei, Vice President of HIT, attended the meeting on behalf of HIT and made a special report entitled “Innovation in International Education to Promote the Construction of World-Class Universities” at the Presidents Forum.
The “21st Century Maritime Silk Road” University Alliance consists of more than 60 colleges and universities from 17 countries and regions, including the University of Sheffield, the Sorbonne University, the University of Melbourne, Victoria University of Wellington, Nanyang Technological University, and other universities. The Alliance is committed to building a platform for international cooperation and the exchange of higher education throughout the countries and regions covered by the “Belt and Road”, specifically encouraging alliance members to carry out exchanges and cooperation in the fields of personnel training, discipline construction, technological innovation, and social services. The main contents of the alliance cooperation include the implementation of the “Maritime Silk Road” Innovation Action, the development of the “Maritime Silk Road” Study Tour, the construction of the “Maritime Silk Road” Training Base, the establishment of the “Maritime Silk Road” Joint Fund, and the holding of the “Maritime Silk Road” Presidents Forum.
On that day, 30 universities from 14 countries including the United States, Britain, France, Italy, Australia, New Zealand, Israel, Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, and Cambodia, and 36 universities in China (including 4 universities in Hong Kong, and 1 university in Macau) attended. As part of the first batch of member schools in the alliance, HIT will integrate the resources of “one school with campuses in three districts” in the future, give full play to the advantages of related disciplines, actively participate in alliance activities, and help build the “Maritime Silk Road.”
Xu Xiaofei's special report covered the basic situation of HIT, the characteristics of running “one school with campuses in three districts”, the situation of international exchange and cooperation for serving the “Belt and Road” development strategy, and HIT’s teaching and research innovation model.
Alliance Inaugural Meeting