Beijing, 11th December, 2020 (BISTU)— The 2020 BISTU Conference on Work Relating to Foreign Affairs, attended by Secretary Wang Chuanliang of CCP BISTU Committee and President Wang Yongsheng and hosted by Vice President Zhang Lin, successfully completes on 10th December 2020.
Participants of the meeting learn and discuss Opinions on the Work of the Opening-up of Education in the New Era, a documentation published by eight ministries including Ministry of Education, and the spirit of Minister of Education Chen Baosheng’s speech on International Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Education held 7th December. BISTU International Cooperation Department delivers a report on preparations for the fifth round of undergraduate teaching appraisal in respect of international exchange and international reputation, work summary report of 2020, and key issues in foreign affairs in 2021.
Wang Chuanliang speaks positively of achievements the University has made in foreign affairs and raises new requests on foreign affairs in the coming year: firstly, political awareness must be enhanced. Nothing in foreign affairs can be counted as trivial. Working relating to foreign affairs in essence is political. Going global strategy in a university serves not only academic disciplinary construction and development of professional academic fields but also the grand picture of national development. Based on previous achievements, foreign affairs of the University shall continue to strengthen political awareness. A ground-breaking record has been achieved in international cooperative educational programs on postgraduate level. In the future, we are to make progress on undergraduate level education programs. And secondly, we shall actively adapt ourselves to changes of situations home and abroad and try our best to expand new pathways of international exchange and communication. During the coronavirus epidemic, the online international communication, dialogue, and exchange have become exceptionally active, which has imposed far-reaching influence upon social and economic development. Foreign affairs at the University shall be able to adapt to new situations so as to respond to challenges and new request coming along with profound changes of domestic and international surroundings. Strengths of all aspects shall be mobilized to conduct multi-level, diversified international activities. Currently, the University is on a stage of historical development. And foreign affairs shall further be improved, with further enhanced political awareness, so that better service would be provided for education and development of the University.
Wang Yongsheng points out that foreign affairs of the University has achieved tremendous progresses at the end of the 13th Five Year Plan, despite of severe challenges from coronavirus epidemic. Ground-breaking record has been achieved in cooperative educational programs. Looking to the future, the University shall be more active in learning, understanding and adapting to international environments, take initiative in learning and making judgements on changes in foreign policies and foreign situations, and manage to improve quality and level of international education. Centering on the 14th Five Year Plan, 2035 mission of the University, and general strategy for overall development of the University, foreign affairs at the University shall make due contributions to quality development of BISTU. It is suggested, under the new situation of normalized epidemic containment, that innovation be introduced into work relating to foreign affairs, e.g., international exchange shall be conducted without frequent international travels. Efforts shall also be invested in making breakthrough in respect of international cooperative educational programs on undergraduate level, building more modules delivered in English, and meeting the standards of educational appraisal in the New Era.
Zhang Lin comments that work relating to foreign affairs at the University will become more adaptive to new situations home and abroad. Decisions of the University will be fully implemented, international dialogue and interaction will be enhanced, and voice of BISTU will be heard internationally. In all, a new phase would be created for work relating to foreign affairs of the University.