International Centre for Higher Education Innovation
under the auspices of UNESCO

UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Education, TANG Qian, inspects the Project Team for UNESCO Category II institute in Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech)

December 29, 2015
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The establishment of the International Centre of Higher Education Innovation under the auspices of UNESCO (ICHEI) in Shenzhen, China was approved by the Thirty-eighth General Conference of UNESCO held on November 7, 2015. It was a break-through for higher education development in Shenzhen and provided a wide stage for the international teaching of our university. In order to prepare for the establishment, the UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Education, TANG Qian, came to SUSTech from December 25th to 27th, 2015, and assessed the plans for the construction of ICHEI. Secretary-general of National Commission of the People’s Republic of China for UNESCO, DU Yue, accompanied TANG Qian during the visit and the director of Shenzhen Education Bureau, GUO Yurong, also attended. Team leader of the Project Team for UNESCO Category II, SUSTech Party Secretary, LI Ming, delivered a report and the president of SUSTech, CHEN Shiyi met with TANG’s group after the forum.

Wing a scaled model of SUSTech
Assessing SUSTech’s plans for stage 2 of campus development
TANG Qian and the project group at the forum

At the forum held on the morning of December 26th, Secretary LI Ming introduced the mission, function, and job orientation of ICHEI, while the organization and funding budget were introduced by HAN Wei, deputy director of the project team. The Director of General Affairs, LU Chun, later presented the Centre’s many future plans for international developmental cooperation. Professor ZHANG Xumu then represented teachers by making a speech, expressing his willingness to contribute to ICHEI’s development as an academic centre. GUO Yurong represented the Shenzhen municipal government by welcoming TANG Qian and DU Yue, with each side later exchanging ideas for the organization and hosting of the International Higher Education Forum.

Secretary LI Ming giving a report

TANG Qian approved of the outstanding preparation for ICHEI and emphasized the idea of how UNESCO promoted higher education in developing countries. He also expressed his desire that ICHEI contribute to the advancement of higher education quality in Africa by constructing or contributing to the construction of an academic qualification authentication system. What’s more, ICHEI is expected to be innovative both in educational technology products and policy systems. “UNESCO has high expectations for the centre, which is supposed to make a unique contribution to global higher education.” said TANG Qian. Secretary-General DU Yue also hopes that ICHEI’s innovative thinking and high standards for development will become the model for future UNESCO Category 2 Centres around the world. He also showed support to Shenzhen to hold an international higher education forum.

UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Education, TANG Qian delivering a speech