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World university presidents forum opens

    FOLLOWING the grand opening of the 2011 Summer Universiade, the world university presidents forum began in Shenzhen yesterday.

    As the first-ever forum of its kind, the three-day event saw the participation of about 200 university presidents from more than 100 countries and regions.

    The forum, sponsored by the Chinese Ministry of Education and the Shenzhen Municipal Government, provides a platform for participants to exchange ideas, promote mutual understanding, and deepen intercollegiate cooperation around the world.

    With the main theme of “University’s New Mission and Talent Cultivation in the 21st Century,” the three-day forum will host discussions on four topics: internationalization and talent cultivation; improving students’ ability to meet social and economic demands; sports and cultivation of creativity; and the construction of eco-friendly universities.

    The forum is also the highest level international education forum to be held in Shenzhen since it became a special economic zone in 1979.

    It is believed that the forum will greatly boost the further development and internationalization of the city’s higher education.

    Edward Guiliano, president of New York Institute of Technology, presented his ideas on globalism and higher education at the forum yesterday. “I believe that our campuses in the 21st century must be more like ‘idea centers,’” he said. “Universities are the link in uniting ideas, cultures, nations, economies and research.”

    The Presidents of China’s prestigious universities, including Beijing University and Qinghua University, also attended.(Newman Huo)

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