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  The Opening Ceremony of the 14th AUPF

On November 6th 2015, the opening ceremony of the 14th Asian University Presidents Forum was held at the north campus of GDUFS, where 171 representatives from 80 universities in 26 countries attended. The theme of the 14th AUPF was Asian higher education connectivity: vision, process and approach. Attendees were Hans d'Orvi, Special Advisor to the Director-General of the UNESCO and its Former Assistant Director-General for Strategic Planning; LUO Haocai, Vice Chairman for the 9th and 10th Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference; CHEN Yuanxian, Vice Governor of Guangdong Province; WEI Zhonglin, Director-General of Education Department of Guangdong Povince; Jekuk Chang, President of Dongseo University, Korea; SUI Guangjun, CPS Secretary of GDUFS; ZHONG Weihe, President of GDUFS; FANG Fanquan, Vice President of GDUFS and other representatives. FANG hosted the opening ceremony.


All members of AUPF singing the anthem


At the beginning of the opening ceremony, a video — Welcome to GDUFS — was shown. Then GDUFS’s students welcomed the representatives warmly in different languages. All representatives sang the anthem of AUPF.


SUI delivered the welcome address. He emphasized that higher education should keep pace with new situations, especially in the time of globalization. Taking GDUFS as a good example, he elaborated the important role which AUPF plays in the development of Asian higher education.


SUI delivering the welcome address


CHEN Yunxian pointed out that AUPF is a helpful platform for academic and cultural communication among the Asian universities. He expressed his expectation that all representatives could make good use of the 14th AUPF to know each other, to learn from each other and to broaden their international horizons, as so to deepen the cooperation and to have more cooperation projects.


CHEN Yunxian delivering a speech


Jekuk Chang showed his heartfelt thanks to all the staff who were working for the 14th AUPF and expressed best wishes to the 50th anniversaries of GDUFS and the 14th of AUPF.


Jekuk Chang delivering a speech


During the opening ceremony, LUO, CHEN, WEI, SUI and ZHONG electronically unveiled together the sculpture of the 14th AUPF.


Unveiling the sculpture of the 14th AUPF


After the tea break, Hans d'Orvi gave a keynote speech. He clarified the importance of higher education and scientific research concerning overcoming worldwide challenges; analyzed the dilemma of higher education; made some suggestions, and showed his vision for the future of higher education.


Hans d'Orvi delievering a keynote speech


ZHONG gave a speech on Promoting Interconnectivity for the Future of Asian Higher Education. He firstly showed the importance of cooperation among Asian universities. He introduced the success that GDUFS has achieved in the field of internationalization, and expressed thanks for the strong support from other Asian universities. Finally, he gave five proposals for the 14th AUPF.


ZHONG delivering a keynote speech



Participating Institutions in the 14th AUPF

From Bangladesh:

Daffodil International University

Southern University of Bangladesh

From Cambodia:

Build Bright University

Cambodian University for Specialties

Norton University

From Canada:

Kwantlen Polytechnic University

From Cape Verde:

Sino-Cape Verde Friendship Association

Universidade De Cabo Verde

From China:

Anhui University

Beijing Normal University - Hong Kong Baptist University United International College

Beijing Technology and Business University

Chaoshan Vocational and Technical College

Chongqing Technology and Business University

Guangdong Police College

Guangdong University of Finance

Guangdong University of Finance & Economics

Guangdong University of Foreign Studies

Guangdong University of Petrochemical Technology

Guangzhou Maritime Institute

Guangzhou Medical University

Hanshan Normal University

Huizhou University

Lingnan Normal University

Nanjing University of Finance & Economics

Shanghai International Studies University

Shantou University

Sichuan International Studies University

South China Normal University

Yangzhou University

Zhejiang Gongshang University

Hong Kong Institute of Education, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region

Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region

Macao Polytechnic Institute, Macao Special Administrative Region

Ling Tung University, Taiwan

Open University of Kaohsiung, Taiwan

Wenzao Ursuline University of Languages, Taiwan

From France:

ESC Rennes School of Business

From India:

VIT University

From Indonesia:

Potensi Utama University

Sultan Agung Islamic University

Universitas Negeri Jakarta

Universitas Sari Mutiara Indonesia

Universitas Ubudiyah Indonesia

University Pembangunan Panca Budi

Yogyakarta State University

From Israel:

Galilee International Management Institute

From Japan:

Asia University

Hannan University

Josai University

Kanagawa Institute of Technology

Kanagawa University

Kobe College

Kyoto University of Foreign Studies

Sapporo University

From Korea:

Busan University of Foreign Studies

Chosun University

Dongseo University

From Malaysia:

Universiti Malaysia Perlis

From Mauritius:

Alif Society

From Myanmar:

University of Yangon

From Pakistan:

National University of Modern Languages

From Peru:

Universidad Catolica de Santa Maria

From the Philippines:

Our Lady of Fatima University

Panpacific University North Philippines

Philippine Normal University

University of Santo Tomas

From Poland:

AGH University of Science and Technology

Jagiellonian University

From Russia:

Moscow State Linguistic University

Ural Federal University

From Thailand:

Bangkok University

Christian University of Thailand

Mahasarakham University

Naresuan University

From the United Kingdom:

Coventry University

University of Central Lancashire

The University of Westminster

From the United States:

Harding University

From Vietnam:

Ho Chi Minh City University of Transport

University of Social Sciences and Humanities

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