The first Asian Universities Alliance Executives’ Meeting held at Thailand’s Chulalongkorn University
On November 16th and 17th, the first Executives’ Meeting of the Asian Universities Alliance (AUA), which Tsinghua University took the lead in launching, was held at Thailand’s Chulalongkorn University. The Executive President of the AUA, Chulalongkorn University’s President Professor Bundhit Eua-arporn, made a speech at the opening ceremony. Yuan Si, the Vice Chairperson of University Council of Tsinghua, led a delegation to attend the meeting, during which the participants discussed the AUA Framework among other important matters.
The Founding President of the AUA, the President of Tsinghua University Qiu Yong, has sent a letter of congratulations to the meeting, cordially thanking Chulalongkorn University for hosting the first AUA Executives’ Meeting, and moreover wishing the meeting great success. In the letter, Qiu Yong noted that Tsinghua, as one of the founding institutions of the AUA, had already established the AUA Secretariat and appointed a Secretary, in accordance with the stipulations of the AUA Constitution.
In President Professor Bundhit Eua-arporn’s speech, he thanked Tsinghua University for taking the lead in launching the AUA, and successfully holding the AUA Summit 2017 in April. He stated that, since the AUA’s establishment, every institution involved had been actively engaged, pooling resources to probe the possibility of mutually beneficial cooperative programs. The Asian Universities Alliance is becoming an important platform from which the participating institutions conduct cooperative and innovative projects and deal with common challenges.
During the meeting, nine institutions made 16 proposals, covering everything from student mobility, academic conferences and research collaboration, to strategy and policy and more.
The delegates of the participating universities also attended the presentationof the AUA Youth Forum 2017, as well as its closing ceremony. The theme of the forum was Empowering Youth Towards Sustainibility: People, Planet and Prosperity. The AUA Youth Forum 2017 took place at Chulalongkorn University from Nov 13th to Nov 17th, having attracted more than 40 students from 14 universities in the AUA.
The Asian Universities Alliance was officially established at Tsinghua University on April 29th 2017. Vice-Premier of the State Council, Liu Yandong, attended the launching ceremony and delivered a keynote speech. The founding members of the AUA comprise 15 representative institutions from 14 countries and regions.
(By Zhu Lvhe)