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Delegation Led by the Secretary-General of the Association of Arab Universities Visits Ningxia to Jointly Organize the Third China-Arab States University Presidents Forum 

Release time:2015-08-24 09:49:01

From July 21 to 26, at the invitation of the Education Department of Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region and Chinese Secretariat of the China-Arab States University Presidents Forum, the 3-member delegation led by Dr. Sultan T. Abu-Orabi, Secretary-general of the Association of Arab Universities visited our region and negotiated and discussed about the Third China-Arab States University Presidents Forum that was held during the Expo and about deepening the communication and cooperation on higher education.
In November 2014, the delegation of the Department of Education visited Jordan for education purpose, held in-depth exchange with the Association of Arab Universities headquartered in Amman, the capital city of Jordan, and reached the cooperation agreement on co-hosting the Third China-Arab States University Presidents Forum in 2015. So far, the Department of Education and the Association of Arab Universities have carried out intimate cooperation on the preparation of the third forum and have jointly invited the universities in Arab states and other countries, as well as domestic universities. At the present, there are 44 universities from 17 Arab States including Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Jordan and from other countries and regions and 32 Chinese universities including Peking University and China University of Petroleum have applied to participate in the forum. With the advent of the forum, there are some other universities from the Arab States and China will apply to attend the conference. The representatives of the association visited Ningxia for the purpose that both parties would make further amendments to the work plan, carefully review the Action Plan on the Strategic Cooperation Among China-Arab States Higher Education Institutions, and make preparation for the priorities at the next stage so as to define the responsibilities of both parties.
The delegation led by the Secretary-General of the association were graciously received by the Vice Governor of Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region Ma Li. Ma Li thought highly of the outstanding significance of the involvement of the Association of Arab States Universities in the hosting of the forum and expressed the gratitude for the association’s contribution to the preparation work on behalf the government. Ma Li also expressed the hope that the association will serve as a bridge to promote the cooperation on higher education between China and the Arab States, so as to practically advance the cooperation and communication among the universities in China and the Arab States. The delegation led by the Secretary-General also visited Ningxia University, Ningxia Medical University, Beifang Minzu University and Yinchuan International Language School during the stay in Ningxia, which enabled them to have a in-depth knowledge of the development of higher education and the current status of the teaching of Arabic language in our region, and expressed the willingness to further the cooperation and communication in the future. The officials of the Department of Education companied the delegation of the Secretary-General to visit the officials of the International Cooperation Department of the Ministry of Education and the Chinese Association for International Understanding in Beijing.
Founded in 1964 and headquartered in the capital of Jordan, Amman, the Association of Arab Universities at the present has nearly 300 member universities from the Arab States. The association is dedicated to the cooperation and common development among the universities in the Arab States and to promoting the cooperation and communication between Arab Universities and universities in the world. The joint hosting of the Third China-Arab University Presidents Forum has realized the objective that China and the Arab States shall work together to host the event and has great significance for the complete success of the forum and practically promoting the cooperation on higher education between China and the Arab states.

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