Tsinghua launches Lifelong Learning in Cloud Southeast Asia Series

The online class of Tsinghua Lifelong Learning in Cloud Southeast Asia Series, co-organized by Tsinghua Southeast Asia Center (Tsinghua SEA) and the School of Continuing Education, Tsinghua University, and supported by the China Chamber of Commerce in Indonesia, was launched on July 9th, 2020. Prof. Yang Bin, Vice President and Provost of Tsinghua University, and Prof. Liu Zhen, Director of Tsinghua SEA and Dean of the School of Continuing Education, Tsinghua University, attended the opening ceremony.

Over 5,000 people, including Tsinghua alumni, executives and professionals of Chinese enterprises overseas, and overseas Chinese from Southeast Asian countries such as Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, and Cambodia, and other countries and regions along the Belt and Road, plus a domestic audience from around China, participated in the opening ceremony and the first lecture via the live streaming platforms of Rain Classroom, Weibo of Tsinghua University’s School of Continuing Education, and XuetangX.

Prof. Yang Bin delivered the opening speech online. As he said, being a key component of Tsinghua University’s Global Strategy and its efforts to serve the Belt & Road Initiative, Tsinghua SEA, established in 2018, focuses on talent training, academic exchange and cooperation in Southeast Asia and around the world and actively contributes to the development of overseas Chinese enterprises, alumni, and overseas Chinese.

As Prof. Yang Bin said, Tsinghua University has made great efforts to promote the development of lifelong learning and actively serve the Belt & Road Initiative. As a witness and participant in the active and effective prevention and control of COVID-19 in China, Tsinghua also has to face the new layout of post-pandemic politics, economy, society and technology. Through its lifelong learning classes in cloud, Tsinghua SEA and Tsinghua’s School of Continuing Education hope to share the beneficial experience of China in combating COVID-19, and explore new solutions to meet the post-pandemic challenges, so as to promote people-to-people exchange around the globe, enhance the cooperative construction of the Belt & Road Initiative, and make a positive contribution to regional and global prosperity and stability, and the construction of a community with a shared future for mankind.

After the opening ceremony, Mr. Zhao Lei, Professor of the International Strategy Institute, National Academy of Governance and Director, Institute of International Relations and the Belt & Road Initiative, delivered a lecture on the Development of China’s Public Health Diplomacy, as the first lecture of the Southeast Asia Series.

Zhao Lei, in combination with the current world public health situation, gave a wonderful lecture on international cooperation in response to the public health crisis, the development and characteristics of China’s public health diplomacy, and the concept and practice of a community of common health for mankind. He hoped that China’s beneficial experience in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic could help other countries to win the battle against the pandemic as soon as possible, and that all countries in the world would make joint efforts to overcome the difficulties and create a shared common future together. The lecture aroused a strong response from the audience.

Tsinghua Lifelong Learning in Cloud is a large online class for the public, inviting renowned scholars and experts to deliver lectures on various topics through live streaming platforms, and serving society with the quality education resources of Tsinghua. Focusing on current issues, the Southeast Asia Series invites experts to discuss different topics such as public health, trading economics, and cultural communications, with a live webcast at 19:30-21:00 (Beijing Time) on four Thursdays in July.

The event has gained support from the Embassy of People’s Republic of China in the Republic of Indonesia, the Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China in Denpasar, the Cultural Section of the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, the Education Office of the Cultural Section of the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in the Kingdom of Thailand, the Political Section of the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in the Kingdom of Cambodia, the China-Foreign Language Exchange and Cooperation Center (formerly Hanban) of the Chinese Ministry of Education, the Alumni Association of Tsinghua University and its overseas branches, the Admission Office of Tsinghua University, and similar bodies.

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