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.
From December 21st to 23rd, 2015, Party Secretary of the Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech) and UNESCO Category II Project team leader, Professor LI Ming, attended the 30th Plenary Meeting of National Commission of the People’s Republic of China for UNESCO.
On August 19, 2015, ICHEI’s project team visited the International Research and Training Centre for Rural Education (INRULED) in Beijing.
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 the afternoon of May 23, 2015, the Deputy Mayor of Shenzhen, WU Yihuan, and the UNESCO Assistant Secretary General for Education, TANG Qian, signed the Funds-in-Trust Framework Agreement on behalf of both parties, which was witnessed by the Vice Minister of the Ministry of Education, HAO Ping.
On May 2, 2015, the “International Higher Education Innovation High-end Consultation and Discussion Meeting” was held in Shenzhen. This meeting was jointly held by the Shenzhen Municipal Government and the National Commission of The People’s Republic of China for UNESCO, and hosted by the Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech).
On April 21, 2015, ICHEI’s project team visited the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris and had a meeting with Dr. Qian Tang, Assistant Director-General for Education; David Atchoarena, the Director of the Division for Policies and Lifelong Learning Systems; and several other UNESCO officers.
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.