The unveiling ceremony and the symposium on the construction of NWU Institute of South China Sea Studies (Under Preparation) was held in Haikou, Hainan on September 28, 2020. Tao Hongjian, the deputy director-general of the Education Department of Hainan Province, Chen Xianfeng, the vice president of Hainan University, Wang Yajie, the chairman of NWU Council and Sun Haohui, the counselor for the preparation and construction of the Institute, dean of Academy of Chinese Civilization History, prominent scholar and writer, attended the ceremony and unveiled the plaque of the Institute. NWU Vice President Chang Jiang presided over the ceremony.
Wang Yajie said that NWU has taken a series of major reform measures during the 13th Five-Year Plan period, and the construction of the Institute is one of the specific actions to reinforce the development of the University and intensify the University’s practice of opening-up strategy. The key priorities of the Institute lie in three aspects, including spreading Chinese culture, promoting the archaeological practice of Maritime Silk Road and boosting joint medical programs. He stressed that as the largest special economic zone of China, Hainan is enjoying significant policy preference and opening-up opportunity. The Institute will serve as a vital platform for NWU to promote the overall educational and cultural cooperation with Hainan province and join the construction of Hainan Free Trade Port. NWU will spare no effort to boost Hainan’s opening-up, strengthen regional cultural confidence and serve the national development strategy, so as to promote the University’s opening-up pattern to a higher level.