Accompanied by relevant staff members from International Division, Huang Haijun, Vice President of Beihang University, was invited to attend the 11th China-South Korea University Presidents Forum held at Busan, South Korea from July 1 to July 2.
Other attendees of the forum included representatives from 27 South Korean universities, such as Pusan National University (PNU), Chung-Ang University and Hangyang University, 12 Chinese universities, the Ministry of Education of the Republic of Korea, the City Government of Busan, Embassy of the People's Republic of China in the Republic of Korea, totaling over 100 people.
During the forum, representatives from Chinese and South Korean universities had in-depth discussions over the topic of “the future of higher education in China and South Korea in the era of globalization”, covering issues like maintenance of university characteristics and cooperation between Chinese and South Korean universities to cope with challenges against the background of globalization. Vice President Huang introduced the educational features of Beihang University and spoke of topics like the training of engineersin a globalized environment, which led to extensive discussion among the representatives. Oh Keo-don, Mayor of Busan Metropolitan City, Kim Kyu-tae, Director of International Education Cooperation Division of the Ministry of Education of the Republic of Korea, and Li Hong, Educational Counsellor of Embassy of the People's Republic of China in the Republic of Korea, introduced and interpreted the situation and relevant policies of higher education in China and South Korea respectively.
Vice President Huang also had bilateral talks with President Chun Ho-hwan and Vice President Cho Gang-hee of PNU, reaching a consensus on issues related to further exchanges and cooperation between the two universities. On behalf of Beihang and PNU, they signed Beihang-PNU Memorandum of Cooperation and Beihang-PNU Student Exchange Agreement after the talks. According to these agreements, the two sides will cooperate with each other in the long term in terms of visits by students and teachers, research cooperation, etc. and exchange undergraduates on the basis of mutual recognition of credits and zero tuition fees.
Founded in 1946, Pusan National University is one of the best national universities in South Korea. It is located in Busan, the country’s second largest city, and it ranks among the top 200 universities in the fields of aerospace engineering, architecture, civil engineering, materials science, medicine and chemical engineering, according to QS World University Rankings 2019.
China-South Korea University Presidents Forum is a platform for first-classChinese and South Korean universities to communicate with each other. Up to now, it has been held eleven times.
Reported by Cao Qizheng
Reviewed by Li Deyu
Edited by Jia Aiping
Translated by Li Mingzhu