The 18th Asian University Presidents Forum (AUPF) was held at The Daffodil International University (DIU) in Bangladesh from November 22nd to 24th, 2019. A total of 76 university presidents and leaders from 36 Asian countries and regions attended the Forum. The theme of the forum was “Future of Entrepreneurship Education and Experiential Learning: Determinants of Developing Successful Entrepreneurial Eco-System in Asian Economies”.
The Daffodil International University (DIU) invited Dipu Moni, Education Minister of Bangladesh, to attend the inauguration of the 18th AUPF and deliver a speech. Dipu Moni said that universities should create an environment where we can provide our learners with the skills of entrepreneurship, should create graduates who are not only ready for the job market, but learners with knowledge and skills to become entrepreneurs. During the forum, through various activities such as plenary meetings, breakout meetings, and memorandum signing ceremony, the participants have fully exchanged views on the theme of the forum and explored the possibility of more educational cooperation.
Representatives from Guangdong University of Foreign Studies attended the forum and addressed the opening ceremony on behalf of the permanent secretariat of the AUPF. Since the establishment of the Forum in 2002, more than 1,850 people, from more than 860 universities and institutions have participated in the Forum. During the 18 years, AUPF has been actively responding to the new trend of the internationalization of education. On the platform of AUPF, Asian Universities has connected with each other and strengthened their ties.
In addition, The Executive Council of the AUPF was held on November 23, during which it is decided that the next AUPF will be held at Vellore University of Technology, India, the next Asian Summer Training Program (ASP) and the Asian Teacher Workshop (AFW) will be held at the University of Perlis, Malaysia. It is also decided that the first Asian University Sports Culture Festival, as an AUPF sub-project, will be organized by the Daffodil International University (DIU), Bangladesh.
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