XMU students shine in 7th ASEAN+3 youth activities
Recently, the 18th ASEAN University Network (AUN) and the 7th ASEAN+3 Educational Forum and Young Speakers’ Contest kicked off at the University of Indonesia. This event was hosted by the university network of ASEAN plus three countries, i.e., China, Japan and South Korea, and organized by the University of Indonesia. This time, there were altogether 70 participants comprising students and faculties from 24 universities, including such prestigious universities as Chulalongkorn University, the Royal University of Law and Economics of Cambodia, the University of Indonesia, the University of Malaya, the National university of Vietnam, the National University of Singapore, De La Salle University, Peking University , Kyoto University, Waseda University and Chung-Ang University. Participating on behalf of Xiamen University were Yuan Jiayin, an undergraduate from the School of Foreign Languages, and Cui Yanan, a graduate student from the Institute of Education.
The event of this year was themed “The Relevance of Higher Education in the Digital Era” and composed of two sections: Young Speakers’ contest and educational forum. Yuan Jiayin from XMU took part in the Young Speaker’s Contest. After rounds of fierce contest in the preliminaries and finals, Yuan finally stood out among the 24 contestants to take home the first runner-up. Cui Ya’nan attended the Educational Forum. At the forum, as a representative of the Chinese delegation, Cui gave a presentation on “China's digital higher education” to the assembly, after which he fielded questions from the representatives of varied countries and spoke out multiple times on behalf of China during the discussion session. Following the sessions of the interactive discussion among the randomized working groups and the restatement of viewpoints, the forum was wrapped up with the adoption of the Joint Declaration on Digital Higher Education for ASEAN and China, Japan and South Korea.
The ASEAN+3 University Network actually grew out of the AUN, which was founded in November 1995 when the Ministers of Higher Education of ASEAN countries met and signed the ASEAN University Network Charter, and the participating universities signed the agreement and established the board of trustees. On November 1, 2012, Peking University organized the AUN conference. At the meeting, Japanese and Korean universities were incorporated into the network for the first time and a cooperation agreement was signed by all the participating universities, which marked the formal establishment of the ASEAN+3 University Network.
At present, the university network is composed of 18 prestigious universities from 30 ASEAN countries as well as China, Japan and South Korea. The network regularly holds the University Presidents’ Forum and the University's International Affairs Leaders' Meeting to provide a high-level exchange platform to promote the integration of higher education in ASEAN and East Asia. At the same time, the network also organizes activities such as youth cultural forums, speech contests and educational forums to improve communication among the youth from ASEAN+3 countries.
Through the activities of exchanges in Indonesia, the delegation of XMU has fully showcased the glamor of XMUers, and meanwhile broadened their horizons and enhanced their friendship with those from ASEAN countries.
Edited by: Si Shuting
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