On August 6, 2015, Francois met the Project Team in Shenzhen. His presentation and interaction with students brainstormed the issue that higher education, teaching and learning need to be organized differently and realized now. The co-presenter on that day was Dr. Xu Luping, one of the programme Open FIESTA initiators from Tsinghua University, Shenzhen.
On June 10, 2015, Curtis J.Bonk, an internationally renowned expert in the field of emerging learning technologies and Professor at the Department of Instructional Systems Technology at Indiana University accepted an offer to come to SUSTech and give a lecture.
On March 23, 2015, Professor Wan from the Institute of African Studies in Zhejiang Normal University was invited to present on Higher Education in Africa and China’s Higher Education Projects in Africa.
On March 20, 2015, Professor Yang, from the National Institute of Vocational Education, made a presentation on strategic management and project management, its planning, phases, costs, quality and risk control, and indicators of successful project management.
On January 21, 2015, Professor Jiao, Deputy Dean of Education Technology School in South China Normal University, came with one of his team members for a discussion on MOOCs and the construction of MOOC platforms.
On January 17, 2015, Dr.Jieying Xu, a former employee of UNESCO Office Beijing, was invited for a seminar with the Project Team on UNESCO’s Integrated Comprehensive Strategy for Category 2 Institutes and Centres under the Auspices of UNESCO (Document 37C/Resolution 93).
On December 19, 2014, Professor Manli Li from Tsinghua University was invited to Shenzhen for a discussion on her recent academic work — MOOCs in China and all over the world. She presented a development line of MOOCs and their new trends.
November 9, 2014，Professor Ruth Hayhoe, a well-known professor in comparative higher education, and her assistant Dr. Julia Pan were invited from the University of Toronto to Shenzhen for a discussion on setting up an international centre for higher education innovation.