‘Belt and Road’, referring to the land-based ‘Silk Road Economic Belt’ and the seafaring ‘21st Century Maritime Silk Road’, is a development initiative proposed by Chinese President XI Jinping that focuses on connectivity and cooperation among more than 60 countries across Asia, Europe and Africa.
BNU Vice President ZHOU Zuoyu firstly pointed out that among the five types of connectivity under the Belt and Road Initiative, people connectivity stands a critically important position in building a community of shared future for mankind, and thus cross-border education and educational aids which play significant roles in realizing this goal must be further prioritized on BNU’s agenda. The university should especially be committed to promoting cross-border education by building high quality academic community and youth community.
Then participants mainly discussed five aspects pertaining to education among Belt and Road Initiative countries including global educational governance, cross-border education, educational aids, internationalization of education, and international exchanges.
XIAO Liping talked about the missions, approaches, outcomes and influences of the World Bank in providing educational aids, and suggested that China focus more on data and research to provide educational aids including curricula and learning provisions.
Andrea Kashin praised the broad range of cooperation between China and Russia in politics, economy, humanities and spirit, and expressed the hope that by 2020 exchanges students between the countries could reach 100,000.