China-ASEAN Exchange Week and Forum paves road to better cooperation in higher education 

  • Guest professors for Belt and Road Industry-University-Research Center listed 
  • Spark innovation, build ecosystem, push limits towards achieving excellence

The Huawei Malaysia Global Training Centre at Cyberjaya.

The inaugural China-ASEAN Higher Education Cooperation and Exchange Week as well as the Digital Talent Training and Industry-University-Research Cooperation Innovation Forum held yesterday at Cyberjaya brought together industry and academia to strengthen higher education cooperation and exchanges between China and ASEAN countries along the route of the Belt and Road Initiative.

The event was held at the Huawei Malaysia Global Training Centre (MGTC). It included the participation of the Chairman of UNESCO's Asia-Pacific Programme Prof Dr Nor Azazi Zakaria, Prof Dr Wong Tin Wui, Vice Chancellor of the Huawei ASEAN Academy Oliver Liu, representatives from Huashan International, as well as representatives from major universities in China and Malaysia.

The event also witnessed the unveiling of the official guest professor list for the Belt and Road Cross-Cultural Industry-University-Research Center (BRICC). The center will bring together experts and scholars from multiple countries and research institutions to strengthen cooperation and collaborative innovation with businesses in various fields.

The forum centered around changes and innovation in higher education in the digital age, which included presentations by Huawei Technologies Malaysia Sdn Bhd (Huawei Malaysia) CTO Khoo Nee Teck, President of Guilin University of Electronic Technology in China Prof Xu Huarui, and Vice President of Universiti Teknologi MARA Prof Dr Mohamad Hariri Abdullah.

Oliver lauded the industry-academia collaboration, stressing that building and strengthening this “cooperation bridge” would be key to correcting mismatches in talent cultivation and industry needs."

He added, “Academia-industry collaborations will help spark innovation, build a robust ecosystem and push our limits towards achieving excellence. This will accelerate research and development, lead to cutting-edge technologies and most importantly, enable win-win situations that allow us to lead in this technology age and space.” 

A major theme of the forum focused on digital talent training and industry-university-research cooperation innovation with two sub-forums focusing on international industry-university-research cooperation and international talent innovation and cooperation training. 

Representatives from Malaysian universities such as Universiti Putra Malaysia, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Universiti Teknologi Petronas, UiTM and Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia, as well as representatives from Chinese universities such as Anhui Medical University, Inner Mongolia University of Technology, Nanjing Forestry University, and Jiangsu Open University participated in the forum to share their thoughts, achievements, respective areas of expertise as well as their aspirations moving forward.

The participants also expressed their hopes of learning from other industry and education leaders, updating education concepts, innovating talent training, as well as to deepening industry-university research cooperation and jointly cultivating international talent for the future.
Various parties came together to organise the event, including the Asia China Education and Culture Association and Huawei Malaysia.

(L2R): Professor Liang Chaozhao, representative from Anhui Medical University and Yang Chengcheng, Regional Executive Director, Asia China Education and Culture (ACEC) Association were among the guests.


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