The 10th Asian University President's Forum 2011 was held at India’s VIT University from November 14- 16.
Vice President Shi Jian attended the forum on behalf of Sichuan University.
The theme for this year's forum is "Impact of Globalization on Higher Education Institutions", including five topics: Global Partnership for Teaching & Research, Internationalization of Higher Education, Partnership in Higher Education, Global Perspectives on Science and Technology Education and Research Collaborations.
During the meeting, Vice President Shi Jian signed cooperation agreement with VIT University.
This forum not only promoted understanding of higher education in India, but also deepened mutual understanding and enhanced the friendship among Asian universities. This forum played a significant role in promoting cooperation and exchanges between Sichuan University and universities in Asia as well.
The Asian University Presidents Forum (AUPF) is a result of the cooperation among Asian non-governmental universities, which initially evolved from the Non-governmental Collaborative Association of Presidents of Chinese and Thai Institutions of Higher Learning set up at Srinakharinwirot University, Thailand, in 2002. But later, the Association evolved to include Universities from other Asian countries as well. The founding members agreed to organize an annual meeting which would serve as a platform for the Presidents of the member institutions to discuss matters relating to the promotion of international academic collaborations as well as exchange of information and expertise. The Asian University Presidents Forum 2003 was hosted by the Guangdong University of Foreign Studies in Guangdong Province, People's Republic of China from October 10-12, 2003. Since then, the forum has been organized annually, hosted and chaired by member universities on a rotation basis. Thus, the host University also serves as the forum’s secretariat for the up-coming event.