ECNU Conference on Internationalization: Promoting Double First-class University Development in the New Era


On December 2, ECNU convened the Conference on Internationalization in an effort to better serve the university’s “double first-class” initiative by seizing new opportunities, and to advance its strength in internationalization and global impact.

ECNU president Qian Xuhong delivered a speech in the opening ceremony, underlining that ECNU, in face of the new era, should proactively serve the national needs, share Chinese thoughts and civilization to the world, train top-notch talents who engage themselves in various fields of global governance, and deepen research cooperation with world-class universities for solutions to global issues.

In his report, Vice President Zhou Aoying summarized ECNU’s achievements in international development in the past five years (2015-2019), especially those in building global collaboration network and international talent training system, attracting overseas talents, setting up international research platforms, and serving the People-to-People Exchange. Meanwhile, he also sorted out issues to be addressed in future development and laid out the university’s plan for future internationalization.

Xun Yuan, Executive Vice Director of the Faculty of Education, Liang Zhi, Vice Chair of the Department of History, Li Xiuzhen, Deputy Director, Institute of Estuarine and Coastal Research and Lyu Changhong, Vice Dean of the School of Mathematical Sciences made presentations on their pragmatic measures to attract faculty members with overseas background, enhance the international influence of their disciplines, and promote international exchange and cooperation.

In the afternoon session, three panel discussions were held in parallel, focusing respectively on the Internationalization of Talent Training, Faculty & Staff, and Scientific Research, which resulted in useful advices on ECNU’s future internationalization development.

Zhou Aoying, when doing the closing, highlighted that the internationalization and opening-up of education are crucial to the development of universities and that of national education. While focusing on introducing expertise from overseas, we should also work hard to make Chinese education go global by giving full play to ECNU’s advantages in teacher education and international Chinese language education, better serving the national needs.

It is noted that this conference on Internationalization, as the second of its kind held by ECNU since 2015, aims at summarizing experience to create a finer blueprint for the university’s future internationalization development.

Source: International Exchange Division(Office of Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan Affairs) 

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East China Normal University