On September 18th2019, UASR Presidents’ Forum opens in the Western China Innovation Harbor of Xi’an Jiaotong University. 57 Institutions from 19 countries and regions participated in the Forum. With the theme of “Action, Development, Future”, Mr. LIN Yifu, the former vice president of Word Bank, Mr. WANG Huiyao, the Director General of Center for China and Globalization and Mr. Mark Wrighton, the former president of Washington University of St Louis made the keynote speech. The Forum was moderated by Prof. Xi Guang, the vice president of Xi’an Jiaotong University and the Secretary General of UASR Secretariat.
In the opening ceremony, Prof. WANG Shuguo, president of Xi’an Jiaotong University delivered the welcome speech on behalf of the president university and the Secretariat of UASR. He said that university should make tighter connection with society. The western China Innovation Harbor, where the forum opened was a practice for the university to explore the role of university in the 21stcentury. All the colleagues in XJTU expected more incentive international collaboration with the partners in the world.
Mr.Li Mingyuan, the Mayor of Xi’an city and Mr. LIU Jianlin, the Vice Director of the Education Department of Shaanxi Provincial Goverment also made the welcome speech on behalf of the local government.
In the panel discussion session, the representatives discussed with the topic of higher education in the belt and road initiative, the role of university in the social development and the collaboration in talent cultivation.