National Forum on Education Internationalization in Beijing

On May 24-25, the 2015 National Forum on Education Internationalization took place in the Chaoyang District of Beijing. Mr. Frank Wang (Wang Beijiao), Chair of WKU University Council, was invited to attend and deliver a keynote speech in this forum.

Organized by the National Centre for Education Development Research of the Ministry of Education and co-organized by the Education Committee of Chaoyang District, this forum attracted about 500 representatives from more than 20 provinces in China.

The conference theme was “Education Internationalization Strategies and Practice,” and topics of this meeting included “theory and relevant policy on education internationalization”; “review and case study of education internationalization among regions and universities during China’s 12th Five-Year Plan”; “new trends, new opportunities and challenges of education internationalization” and “how to promote the modernization management through education internationalization.”

Mr. Wang gave a speech entitled “Exploit the Advantages of Sino-Foreign Cooperative Education — Practice and Reflections on WKU’s internationalized operation.” After introducing the basics of WKU, including the preparation period, its vision, campus planning and construction, Mr. Wang highlighted the characteristics of WKU’s operation and the experience gained from the practice.

He shared also his thoughts on the internationalization of higher education and how to achieve this goal. Thus, he argued that we need to establish a managerial approach focused on utilizing regional advantages; develop academic programs based on local needs, and tapping the cultural resources while strengthening cooperative education.

The delegation led by Mr. Wang also visited four international schools in the Chaoyang District of Beijing.

Mr. Wang commented: “This national forum offered a platform to share experiences and draw from others, helping expand the influence of WKU. Also, as a Sino-Foreign University, WKU itself is the outcome of education internationalization, thus it is our obligation to contribute to the discourse about it.”