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NIES Held the Third Belt and Road Education Dialogue

 

  On 11 November of 2021, the 3rd Belt and Road Education Dialogue was held by NIES in Beijing. Tian Xuejun, Vice Minister of the MOE delivered a speech by video. 

  

  Tian Xuejun firstly recalled the policy document, that is Action Plan for ‘Belt and Road’ Education Initiative issued by the MOE in July 2016, which marked a new chapter in China’s educational cooperation with the outside world. He said that the Action Plan has played a pivotal role in promoting China’s exchanges and cooperation with participating countries, by improving the quality of joint education and language programs, and enhancing industry-university-research cooperation. Tian Xuejun pledged that China would further implement more resilient international exchange and cooperation programs in education, and address the risks and challenges facing education in partnership with participating countries. He called on nations along the “Belt and Road” to deepen joint research, and improve the quality and efficiency of exchanges and cooperation in education, in order to address future challenges and realize the goals set out in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

  

  Dr. Sirirurg Songsivilai, Permanent Secretary for Higher Education, Science, Research and Innovation of Thailand noted that the Dialogue could serve well as an enabling platform for all participating countries and organizations to learn and share, to connect and cooperate not only for building the resilience of education systems but also for keeping the momentum of both global and regional collaboration moving forward.

  

  Mr. Shahbaz Khan, Director of the UNESCO Cluster Office in Beijing pointed out that the “Belt and Road” cooperation has strengthened high-level academic exchanges. We should bring better education prospects through cooperation, achieve common prosperity of education in the Belt and Road countries, and ultimately achieve sustainable development of education.

  

  Mr. Cui Baoshi, President of NIES, pointed out that based on the joint efforts of the dialogues, the Belt and Road Education Research Network has established clear functions and goals, built up a relatively complete organizational framework and work system, formed a stable working partnership, produced a number of influential academic publications, and gradually developed into an international community of educational research. In particular, since the 2nd Belt and Road Education Dialogue held in 2018, our members have responded positively to the consensus reached at the dialogue, collaborated closely to promote exchanges and cooperation, and made important progress in three areas: strengthening overall planning, deepening project cooperation, and solidifying institutional platforms. Looking forward, we should enhance the communication and collaboration on education research in order to promote the education development among the Belt and Road countries.

  Yin Changchun, Secretary of the Party Committee of the NIES, presided over the opening ceremony. The 2021 joint research report by Belt and Road Education Research Network was also launched.

  

  

  This year’s Dialogue themed “Research, Cooperation and Innovation”. Xu Yongji, Deputy Director General of the Department of International Cooperation and Exchange of MOE of China, Li Xiangyang, Vice President of National Institute of International Strategy of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Tian Shu, Vice President of the Northwest Normal University of China, and Julian Fraillon, Director of ICILS Program of International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement delivered keynote speech respectively. The event witnessed discussions on the development of education research networks, progress in research into educational policy, methods and models of international education cooperation, and innovative educational practices.

  Representatives of 44 research institutions, universities, government departments 

 

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