On May 12, hosted by Shaanxi Provincial People’s Government and co-organised by Education Department of Shaanxi Provincial Government and local universities including Northwest University, the opening ceremony of 2021 Silk Road Education Cooperation Expo & Shaanxi “Belt and Road” Cultural Carnival for International Students took place in Xi’an, Shaanxi. During the event, Fang Guanghua, vice-governor of Shaanxi Provincial People’s Government, Linyi, vice-president of the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries, T Nesitang Abina, Ambassador of Togo to China, Guo Lihong, president of Northwest University unveiled the plaque for Centre for African Studies at Northwest University. On behalf of universities attending the ceremony, President Guo Lihong delivered remarks.
The “Belt & Road” Initiative provides major opportunities for the opening-up and integration of, and exchanges between regional higher institutes. In its efforts to boost international cooperation, Northwest University has launched Institute of Silk Road Studies, School of Central Asia and International Hantang Institute, where distinctive studies that focus around areas including cultural heritage protection in regions along the Silk Road, exchanges and integration between civilizations, balanced regional socio-economic development, exploration of oil and gas, and international talent training were conducted. Centre for African Studies at Northwest University will be committed to building itself into an essential academic platform for African studies, providing consulting services and bolster international cooperation.