President XiongSidong Attended and Addressed the China-ASEAN Medical Education University Alliance Inaugural Conference and the First Alliance Presidents Forum

From 26th July to 27th July, two days during the 11th China-ASEAN Education Cooperation Week, the China-ASEAN Medical Education University Alliance Inaugural Conference and the First Alliance Presidents Forum was held in Guizhou Province. Presidents and representatives from 22 medical universities and colleges in China and ASEAN attended this conference. President XiongSidong hosted the preparatory meeting for the inaugural conference. 


At the preparatory meeting, members discussed and passed many issues such as the candidates for units of chairman and vice chairman as well as the alliance logo. Soochow University was recommended as the first unit of chairman, and President Xiong the first chairman. 

At the inaugural conference, all the presidents and representatives present signed The China-ASEAN Medical Education University Alliance Memorandum. President Xiong, representing the unit of chairman, signed Guiyang Declaration and made a speech. He said: “The China-ASEAN Medical Education University Alliance is jointly initiated based on equality and willingness by 22 medical universities and colleges in China and ASEAN. The alliance, adhering to the beliefs of unity, equality, inclusiveness and mutual trust and benefit, will actively build a China-ASEAN Healthy Destiny Community and boost the Belt and Road construction.” 

In the following forum, 8 presidents delivered speeches on the topic of how to realize the high-quality development of medical education in universities under the Belt and Road Initiative. Among them, president Xiong was the first speaker. 

At the closing ceremony President Xiong made a concluding address in which he stressed the importance of the signature and release of The China-ASEAN Medical Education University Alliance Memorandum and Guiyang Declaration. Not only will they provide the alliance with specific goals and tasks, they will also guide it to an opportunity of further cooperation. In the next few years, the alliance will seek cooperation and breakthroughs in several aspects regarding medical education, which will contribute to the development of China-ASEAN medical education. 

In recent years, Soochow University has vigorously implemented an international strategy called “Internationally Renowned Promotes Domestic First-class”. On the one hand, it emphasizes attracting overseas resources by establishing extensive partnership with over 190 famous overseas universities. On the other hand, it actively goes global. It has participated in or initiated the establishments of many university cooperation alliances and higher education forums. It also established the first overseas university in china, Laos Soochow University. The establishment of China-ASEAN Medical Education University Alliance was another strategic initiative concerning going global under Belt and Road construction. The alliance is an open, international, and non-profit organization focusing on high-quality development of medical education. Eventually, it will make contributions to regional medical education and global health care.