Forum on Sino-Foreign Cooperative Higher Education Institutions and Education for Excellence in the New Era successfully convened

2021-10-25

On October 15th, the Forum on Sino-Foreign Cooperative Higher Education Institutions and Education for Excellence in the New Era was jointly held by ECNU and NYU Shanghai on ECNU’s Putuo Campus. Nearly 80 experts and scholars from 23 colleges and universities (including 2 overseas universities) gathered at the meeting venue by the Liwa River to discuss the development plan of educational internationalization in the new era, presenting a wonderful feast of academics.

With events held in two venues in ECNU and NYU Shanghai respectively, this forum consisted of keynote speeches, thematic reports and panel discussions, covering topics including joint-venture university practices, outstanding talent cultivation, opportunities and challenges faced by education internationalization in the new era, etc. The opening ceremony was chaired by GU Hongliang, Vice President of ECNU, and the opening remarks were delivered by YAN Bingchen, Deputy Director of the Department of International Cooperation and Exchanges, Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China, LI Yongzhi, Deputy Director of Shanghai Municipal Education Commission, and MEI Bing, Secretary of the CPC Committee of ECNU.

YAN Bingchen pointed out that we should think deeply about the development path of China's educational internationalization amid momentous changes not to be seen in the whole century. With talent cultivation as the core, we should continue to take China’s fundamental conditions into consideration, introduce high-quality educational resources, deepen reform and transformation, and effectively improve the quality and scale of China's education openness.

YAN Bingchen,  Deputy Director of the Department of International Cooperation and Exchanges, 

Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China

LI Yongzhi stressed that Shanghai supports its world-class universities to run joint schools locally, which has encouraged colleges and universities to fully conduct important functions in fields of education for excellence, cultural exchanges and international understanding education. In this process they can constantly improve their ability to serve global education governance and raise the standard of global education governance at the same time.

LI Yongzhi, Deputy Director of Shanghai Municipal Education Commission

According to MEI Bing, it has become a consensus among the world higher education community to carry out international cooperation and cultivate global talents. ECNU will work with other colleges and universities to explore a new mechanism of Sino-foreign cooperation in running schools, so as to cultivate outstanding talents with global visions on a larger arena, produce leading research results, and provide ECNU solutions to global education governance at the height of the community with a shared future for mankind.

MEI Bing, Chair of the Univerisity Council

The keynote speeches were delivered by QIAN Xuhong, Academician and President of ECNU, and Jeffrey Lehman, Vice Chancellor of NYU Shanghai. QIAN, in a speech titled with Exploring the Internationalized Path for Education for Excellence in Higher Education Institutions in the New Era, comprehensively analysed the characteristics, new requirements and challenges in education for excellence in the new era for colleges and universities, and introduced ECNU’s exploration and experience in Sino-foreign cooperative institution and education for excellence. 

QIAN believed that the traditional educational concept dominated by the classical thinking is no longer suitable for cultivating new talents with the ability to cope with globalization challenges. Instead, the educational concept should be profoundly transformed through the integration of Chinese culture and Western culture, traditional ideas and contemporary thoughts, classical thinking and quantum thinking, and arts and sciences. He also proposed that based on the operation strategy of international institutions that focuses on thinking, cutting-edge dynamics, research and outstanding talents, ECNU has adhered to the principle of focusing on itself and seeking for practicability, actively explored the localization of global education governance, and constantly improved the efficiency of international education in serving education for excellence and outstanding academics. In this way, it has made its contribution to the construction of the community with a shared future for mankind.

QIAN Xuhong, Academician and President of East China Normal University

Under the topic of The NYU Shanghai Experiment: Lessons from the First Decade, Jeffrey Lehman shared NYU Shanghai’s construction experiences since its establishment as the first Sino-US joint-venture university in aspects of teaching and research. According to Lehman, NYU Shanghai has been adhered to the spirit of combining inheritance and innovation, and has explored a new educational path that features innovation, openness and tolerance on the basis of US’s education operation traditions and China’s local conditions. As a joint university, NYU will continue to fulfil its mission of bridging China and world, so as to cope with new challenges in higher education amid the tide of globalization.

Jeffrey Lehman, Vice Chancellor of NYU Shanghai

In the thematic report session, XU Yangsheng, Academician and President of CUHK, Shenzhen, Jean-François PINTON, President of ENS Lyon, FENG Youmei, Chancellor of DKU, and RONG Yuhang, alumnus of ECNU and Associate Vice President for Global Affairs of UCONN, respectively delivered speeches titled Academic College System and Training of Talents with International Orientation, Practices and Experience in International Cooperation for the Purpose of Education for Excellence, Adhere to the Original Aspiration of Education and Cultivate Outstanding Talents and The Four Dimensions of Global Partnership Building: Student Focused, Multi-Disciplinary, Inclusive, and Transparent. Chaired by DAI Liyi and ZHOU Aoying, both Vice Presidents of ECNU, the reporters introduced their universities’ unique edges in joint institution operation and characteristic modes of talent cultivation, shared their talent cultivation practices, and put forward the most up-to-date ideas on joint venture universities.

XU Yangsheng, Academician and President of CUHK, Shenzhen

Jean-François PINTON, President of ENS Lyon

 FENG Youmei, Chancellor of DKU

RONG Yuhang, alumnus of ECNU and Associate Vice President for Global Affairs of UCONN

DAI Liyi, Vice President of ECNU

ZHOU Aoying, Vice President of ECNU

The two panel forums in the afternoon were presided by HE Lianzhen, Vice President of ZJU and Member of the Standing Committee of the CPC Committee of ZJU and Secretary of the CPC Committee of ZJU International Campus, and YU Lizhong, Chancellor Emeritus of NYU Shanghai respectively. In the first panel forum, HE Lianzhen delivered an academic report titled Enrich Connotation, Shape the Future: The Practice of ZJU International Campus, and conducted in-depth discussions on Improving Quality and Efficiency in Sino-Foreign Cooperative Education in the New Era with ZHU Baoting, Associate Vice President of CUHK, Shenzhen, YU Xinguo, Dean of Wollongong Joint Institute, Central China Normal University, LI Xiaorong, Director of Office of International Cooperation and Exchanges, NJU, LI Xiaoshu, Director of Office of International Affairs, WHU, HE Jiaxun, Chinese Co-dean ECNU-EMLYON Asia Europe Business School, and other guest speakers. 

YU Lizhong, Chancellor Emeritus of NYU Shanghai

Panel Forum 

  The second panel forum discussed topics including The Significance of Joint-venture UniversitiesOpportunities and Challenges Faced by Education Opening and Integration amid Global Great Changes, and The Trends in Joint-venture Universities in the Post-pandemic Era, on which YU Lizhong, GONG Siyi, Vice President of SHU, CHEN Li, Director of International Exchange and Cooperation Office, TJU, ZHANG Jingping, Director of Division of International Cooperation and Exchange, NENU, LI Hong, SUFE International Exchange & Cooperation Office, WANG Jing, Party Secretary of Westa College, SWU, LI Mei, Professor of ECNU Institute of Higher Education and other guests proposed inspiring opinions.


Panel Forum 

As GU Hongliang pointed out in the closing remark of ECNU event, based on the national strategies for education opening-up and development, and the goal of constructing world-class universities, ECNU will take this forum as an opportunity to actively participate in the establishment of the cultivation system for excellent global talents, engage itself in global education governance, and expand the global influence of international education.

GU Honliang, Vice President of ECNU

NYU Shanghai, one of the co-sponsors of this forum, held an academic panel forum later that evening. TANG Tao, Academician and President of BNU-HKBU United International College, and TONG Shijun, Chancellor of NYU Shanghai, made special speeches respectively on Sino-foreign cooperative higher education institutions and shared values of the mankind, in an effort to point directions and draw a blueprint for the transformation and development of educational internationalization in the new era.


Author: Xu Xincheng

Editor: Li  Mengjie


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华东师范大学
East China Normal University