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USTC jointly organizes 2011 ASEAN-China Symposium
The 2011 ASEAN-China Symposium, jointly organized by the School of Public Affairs of University of Science and Technology of China and the School of Business of Monash University Sunway Campus, was held in Kuala Lumpur on December 5th with a grand opening. The attendants included experts and scholars from China, Malaysia, Australia, Japan, Britain, India, Vietnam, and South Africa. Professor Nair, Vice President of Monash University Sunway Campus (MUSC), and Professor Song Wei, Dean of SPA in USTC co-chaired the conference.

The vice president of Monash University Sunway Campus was declared the event open
The opening ceremony guests also included Mr. Chen Dehai, counselor of the Chinese Embassy in Malaysia, Prof. Zhang Shulin, Vice President of USTC, Prof. Robin Pollard, President of MUSC; Prof. Chris Messom, Vice President of MUSC, as well as the deans of each school, and representatives for the teachers and students of MUSC.

Vice president Zhang Shulin giving her speech

Prof. Zhang first gave a speech during the opening ceremony. She pointed out that under the background of current globalization, the communication between China and nations of ASEAN in the fields of science, education, and culture would contribute to the local economic development and social prosperity. This kind of communication also helped strengthen the mutual understanding and traditional friendship between these nations.

Counselor Chen Dehai gave a speech during the opening ceremony
Counselor Chen Dehai made a speech on behalf of the Chinese Embassy in Malaysia. He said that the 20-years long communication between China and ASEAN made many contributions to local prosperity and progress, and evaluated its status and influence. In particular, Premier Wen Jiabao declared 2012 as the year of China-ASEAN cooperation in science and technology. The Symposium in Malaysia came just at the right time, and would certainly play a positive role in the future development of China and ASEAN.
Prof. Song Wei, president of SPA in USTC made a speech as the general chair. He said that he hoped that this cooperation could provide a platform for communication and educational exchange, education material construction, practice base and international conference. The cooperation in education and science would be mutually beneficial and therefore a win-win situation.

Representatives of USTC
During the symposium, experts from different nations discussed hot topics such as economic development, financial investment, environmental protection, education management, technical innovation, intellectual property protection, and public policy. Seven teachers from USTC made academic reports and answered related questions, which were widely acclaimed by attendance.

The symposium scene
USTC and Monash University subscribed MOU in June 2010, mainly about research project cooperation, academic deliberation, communication and exchanges. The conduct of 2011 China-ASEAN Symposium was a specific measure of this cooperative agreement. The both sides hope take turn to hold this symposium each year in future, thus making it a communication platform with richer topics, greater academic influence and clear regional characteristics.

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