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Holding a forum for Chinese and foreign university presidents

On April 5th, on the occasion of celebrating the 100th anniversary of the founding of Xiamen University, the "Chinese and Foreign University President's Forum" was held at the Science and Art Center in a combination of online and offline methods. Nearly 50 university presidents and their representatives from 21 countries and regions around the world participated in the meeting to talk about friendship and seek common development. Fujian Provincial People’s Government Deputy Governor Li Dejin, Academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and President of Nanjing University Lu Jian, President of Shandong University Fan Liming, Academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and President of Lanzhou University Yan Chunhua, President of the University of Macau Song Yonghua, Academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Executive Vice President of Shanghai Jiao Tong University Ding Kui Ling, Academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Deputy Director of the Northwestern Polytechnical University Council, Director of the Academic Committee Huang Wei, President of China University of Petroleum Wu Xiaolin, President of Xiamen University Zhang Rong, Academician of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Director of the State Key Laboratory of Offshore Marine Environmental Science of Xiamen University Professor Dai Minihan and others attended the main venue. Yang Bin, Vice President of Xiamen University presided over the forum.

 

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Zhang Rong delivered a welcome speech on behalf of the school. He said that the new crown pneumonia epidemic poses new challenges to global higher education, and the role and response of universities have become the focus of the world's higher education community. Facing the “big exam” of the epidemic, universities around the world innovated education and teaching models, carried out in-depth international exchanges and cooperation, and worked for hand in hand to provide scientific and technological support and intellectual support for the fight against the epidemic. Xiamen University has also demonstrated key deeds in the critical period, making active contributions to the global fight against the epidemic in areas such as teaching reforms and scientific research. As a university with a century-old tradition of opening up schools, the school will continue to implement an international strategy, promote higher levels of international exchanges and cooperation, better integrate into the world's higher education structure, and jointly respond to global problems and challenges, and exchanges and exchanges for human civilization. Reflect and build a community with a shared future for mankind to make new contributions to the times.

 

Li Dejin said in his speech that Fujian is the starting point of the Maritime Silk Road and the core area of the 21st century "Sea Silk". The Fujian Provincial Party Committee and the Provincial Government have always insisted on prioritizing the development of education, insisting on opening up to the outside world, and striving to promote practical cooperation with universities from all over the world. Facing the challenge of the epidemic, universities have high hopes as the cradle of talent training and the center of technological innovation. It is expected that universities around the world will actively face the multiple tests of the "post-epidemic era", take the initiative to respond to the challenges of counter-globalization, cooperate sincerely, communicate closely, break barriers and bottlenecks, share development results, and create a development community that shares weal and woe and destiny. We sincerely invite university presidents from all over the world to come to Fujian for inspections, to join in the construction of the "Belt and Road", and to promote friendly exchanges and continuous development.

 

Chen Yongcai, President of the National University of Singapore, congratulated Xiamen University on its 100th anniversary and wished the forum a success. He said that under the multiple impacts of the epidemic, climate, and technological progress, the world's uncertainty and complexity are increasing, and the global mankind will face more severe challenges. For universities around the world, it is particularly important to focus on their own mission, constantly explore and seek innovation, and improve their ability to adapt to change. With the mission of education, enlightenment, and change, the National University of Singapore is committed to cultivating students with strong adaptability and diversified competitiveness. By improving the training model of interdisciplinary talents, strengthens experiential, innovative, and entrepreneurial learning education, and improves lifelong learning methods. Challenges in the era of the epidemic, looking forward to in-depth development in the future, to promote exchanges and cooperation with universities from all over the world.

 

Lu Jian said that the overall strategy of the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation and the great changes in the world that has not been seen in a century have been mingled and turbulent. A new round of scientific and technological revolution and industrial transformation has flourished, bringing unprecedented opportunities and opportunities to the reform and development of higher education. challenge. Nanjing University and Xiamen University have a deep friendship and close cooperation. Nanjing University is willing to work with Xiamen University to further deepen the traditional friendship, jointly develop exchanges and cooperation, implement new development concepts, promote high-quality development, and work together to promote the construction of "double first-class"; willing to work with all brothers universities to create a high-quality higher education system and open up To become a self-reliant and self-reliant scientific and technological innovation system and a support system for cultural soft power, to jointly make new and greater contributions to the development of the country and the building of a community with a shared future for mankind.

 

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At the opening ceremony, the launch ceremony of Xiamen University's international projects was held. Dai Minihan made an introduction to the "United Nations Ocean Decade" regional cooperation project, and Cliff Law, the chief scientist of the New Zealand National Institute of Water and Atmosphere, made an introduction to the "Surface Ocean-Lower Atmosphere Research International Project". The international project office of "Surface Ocean-Lower Atmosphere Research" was inaugurated under the witness of the guests and representatives.

 

After the opening ceremony, participating universities gave speeches and discussions on the theme of "University Mission in the Post-epidemic Era and World-Class University Information Construction". The presidents of the National University of Singapore, Newcastle University, University of Macau, Rice University, Chulalongkorn University, Shandong University, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, University of Delaware, Syracuse University, University of Brunei, and other universities made speeches respectively, Zhang Rong made a concluding speech.

 

This forum brought together the wisdom of Chinese and foreign university presidents, discussed the mission of universities in the post-epidemic era, explored effective solutions to drive the informatization construction of world-class universities, and built a good platform for universities around the world to deepen mutual tolerance, mutual learning, and communication.

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