On December 4th and 5th, the first Hainan International Forum on Higher Education Innovation and Development is held at University of Sanya. More than two hundred leaders, experts and representatives in industry, higher education and trade home and abroad assemble to attend the Forum with the theme of “Investing in the next generation, Exploring new opportunities in education”.
The Forum is responsive to how higher education reacts to new social divisions among mankind, machine, and algorithm by constructing the platform of collaborative consultation, joint creation, and sharing to explore the educational models which not only respect and follow tradition and rules but welcome innovative and revolutionary ideas and methods in high-tech background, discern the myriad challenges arising from rapid societal changes, and discuss in-depth the shared vision for the symbiotic development of the education and industry sectors. The holding of the Forum provides strong wisdom and practice for the construction of Hainan Free Trade Port and International Education Innovation Island as well as seeks the effective path for the high-quality development of higher education with the industry-university integration and innovative vision to implement the educational ideal of “thousand faces, thousand ways”, that is, providing personalized education for every student to be better prepared for society.
Zhou Hongbo, Member of the Standing Committee of the Communist Party of China, Secretary of Sanya Communist Party of China, Li Weihong, former Vice-Minister of Education, Director of the Working Committee for Concern for the Next Generation of the Ministry of Education, Li Shufu, Honorary President of University of Sanya, Chairman of Geely Holding Group, Ning Gaoning, former member of the Standing Committee of the 13th National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference(CPPCC), former Secretary of the Party Group and Chairman of the Board of Director of Sinochem Holding Corporation, Zeng Yuqun, Chairman and Founder of Ningde Times Technology Co., Guo Guangchang, Chairman of Renaissance International, Liang Jinhui, Secretary of Party Committee and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Gujing Group, Wu Yingqiu, Chairman and CEO of Oneworld automotive group. Ms. Sohail Shaikh Deputy HM Trade Commissioner for China, Department for Business and Trade, UK, Asst. Prof. Dr. Romyen Kosaikanont Center Director, Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization Regional Centre in Higher Education and Development, Ms. Leina Shi, Director of Education China of British Council as well as many other representatives of universities, enterprises and organizations from home and abroad attend the Forum.
The one and a half day Forum, composed of keynote speeches, high-level dialogues parallel Forums and other sessions, is a feast of ideas among government, enterprises and universities and result in a series of consensus on cooperation, important initiatives, and pragmatic achievements.
The General Standard for Evaluation of Online Higher Education Platforms formulated by Geely Talent Development Group, East China Normal University, University of Sanya, CCPIT Commercial SUB-Council and Geely University is released on the Forum. The Standard aims to provide a reference for evaluating the quality of online higher education platforms in four aspects: portal functions, teaching resources, teaching activities, and technical requirements, and to provide dimensions and methods for evaluating online higher education platforms. The other major achievement is to set up a dialog mechanism for enterprises and universities to consult how to integrate genuinely and harmoniously to share resources and information, complement each other’s advantages, and realize win-win cooperation against the new challenges and the issues of talent cultivation quality. On this year’s Forum, the entrepreneurs and the presidents of well-known universities home and abroad discuss together to jointly design a new path for high-level talents cultivation. The major consensus reached on the Forum is that the deep industry-university-integration is the route for high-quality development of higher education.