On the afternoon of December 10, under the direction of Ministry of Education (MOE) in China and Shaanxi Provincial People’s Government, the opening ceremony of 2020 Silk Road International Conference on Cooperation and Integration of Industry, Education, Research and Application, which was organized by Shaanxi Provincial Education Department and 5 universities including NWU, kicked off in Xi’an, the starting point of the ancient Silk Road.
The conference adopts the theme of ‘promoting cooperation and exchange among enterprises, universities, research institutes and end-users to shape a better future for countries along the Silk Road’. The deputy minister of MOE, Sun Yao, and the vice governor of Shaanxi Provincial People’s government Fang Guanghua delivered their addresses at the event. Over 850 academicians, leading experts and entrepreneurs attended the conference offline and virtually.
In the face of the challenges and opportunities brought by the new round of industrial revolution, the conference aims to provide a new channel to bring together enterprises, universities, research institutes and end-users, and vows to boost socio-economic development in countries along the route. During the event, Alliance of the Silk Road Cultural Heritage Protection and Inheritance, initiated by NWU, was inaugurated, as Lou Xuqing, deputy director of the department of development planning of MOE, and Guo Lihong, NWU president, unveiled the logo for it. To date, 54 institutions and enterprises from 17 countries joined the alliance, with its secretariat set up in NWU.