On 13 June 2017, H.E. Mme. Yang Xiuping, Secretary-General of ASEAN-China Centre (ACC), met with Mr. Yang Lin, Chairman of the University Council of Yunnan University, in Kunming. Professor Lu Guangsheng, Director Zheng Wei, Deputy Director Wu Yun and Deputy Director Shen Yun of Yunnan University, and Mr. Zhang Xuehai, Deputy Director of ACC, attended the meeting.
Chairman Yang Lin briefed on the exchanges and cooperation Yunnan University has maintained with universities of ASEAN countries. He said as a key university to benefit from focused support from the Yunnan Provincial Government and the Ministry of Education of China, Yunnan University actively engages in educational cooperation with ASEAN universities. Yunnan University is a member of the Association of China-ASEAN Education and Training Centers as well as the ASEAN+3 University Network, and has conducted efficient collaborations with counterparts in Myanmar, Thailand, the Lao PDR and other ASEAN countries through Confucius Institutes, student exchanges, educational training, etc. The Institute of the Belt and Road Initiative, Centre for China’s Neighbor Diplomacy Studies and Southeast Asian Countries Research Institute of Yunnan University are actively providing suggestions and offering research outcomes and wisdoms, which are highly valued by relevant parties. He expected to continuously deepen the friendly exchanges and mutually beneficial cooperation through the ACC platform.
Secretary-General Yang Xiuping spoke highly of the efforts Yunnan University has made to promote ASEAN-China educational exchanges and cooperation. She said that promoting educational exchanges and cooperation are one of the important mandates of ACC. ACC is working closely with both governments and educational institutions. ACC has set up “ASEAN-China Language and Culture Centre”, “ASEAN-China Chinese Language and Culture Education Base”, “ASEAN-China Art College Alliance”, and facilitated the signing of more than 400 MoUs between Chinese and ASEAN TVET institutions. ACC actively participated in the China-ASEAN Educational Cooperation Week, organized activities like Youth Summer Camp, Youth Football Match, etc., to provide various platforms for the youth exchanges. She hoped that Yunnan University will continue to take the advantages and deepen friendly exchanges with ASEAN countries. ACC would like to support and provide assistance within its mandate, together with Yunnan University, to make fresh contributions so as to advance ASEAN-China educational exchanges and cooperation.