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Alliance unites higher education along Silk Road route
A higher education alliance was founded at the opening ceremony of a conference
about education along the New Silk Road held in Xi'an, the capital of Shaanxi
About 200 participants, including delegates from both the Pakistani and British
Embassies in China, as well as universities from 19 countries and regions,
witnessed the foundation of the University Alliance of the New Silk Road.
Participants witness the foundation of the University Alliance of the New Silk
Road at an educational expo in Xi'an, Shaanxi province.
Shaanxi, the starting point of the ancient Silk Road and an important hub in the
Chinese section of the new Eurasian land bridge, has geographical advantages and
rich educational resources to carry out education cooperation with countries
along the route of the Silk Road Economic Belt, said Zhang Maizeng, Party chief
of Xi'an Jiaotong University.
The province has 116 colleges and universities, educating about 1.5 million
These institutions have established relationships with counterparts in 50
countries and regions, and helped to set up 10 Confucius Institutes overseas.
Shaanxi is also home to more than 1,000 research institutes and 65 academicians.
Today's economic globalization and wider application of information and Internet
technologies enable knowledge production and dissemination to break the limits
of space and time, Zhang said.
Frequent flow of capital, technologies and human resources also requires the
cross-department, cross-area and cross-border sharing of higher education
resources, he added.
The alliance also issued a Xi'an Declaration the same day, stating it aims "to
contribute to the common development of civilization and open collaboration in
higher education", based on "the spirit of the Silk Road - peace and
cooperation, openness and inclusiveness, mutual learning and mutual benefit".
Establishment of the alliance was first proposed by Wang Shuguo, president of
Xi'an Jiaotong University, at a related international forum in January. The
initiative then gained support from nearly 100 universities from 22 countries
and regions along the route, which have become members of the alliance.
They include The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Moscow Power Engineering
Institute, Al-Farabi Kazakh National University, University of Liverpool,
National University of Singapore and Tampere University of Technology.
"Many are world-class universities and hope to have more communications with
China in terms of cultural, science and human resources," Wang said.
Exchanges and collaborations among those universities will focus on joint
research and development, cultural communication, policy study, personnel
training, healthcare and medical services, he said.
Xi'an Jiaotong University has already signed cooperation agreements with many
member universities to jointly host academic activities, increase their number
of exchange students, share educational resources and establish joint labs. The
university and Italy's Polytechnic University of Milan, for example, will
jointly establish a school of design and an innovation center in China.
The alliance will be located in the West China Science and Technology Innovation
Zone in Shaanxi's Xixian New Area.
Students from countries along the Silk Road perform a traditional dance at Xi'an
Jiaotong University. Photos Provided to China Daily
The zone will be home to 23 research institutes and integrate 20,000 to 30,000
professionals across the world, Wang said. Last year, 60 experts and scholars
were recruited for institutions within the zone.