The Maritime Silk Road of The Belt and Road Initiative launched in 2013 by the China President Xi Jinping is an infrastructure development strategy aiming to promote the connectivity, establish and strengthen partnerships, and realize diversified, independent, balanced and sustainable development among the countries along the Belt and Road. Through the regional development, the strategy has great influence in promoting the collaboration of social, economic and culture.
Being the 1st University established by the Malaysian Chinese community, Southern University College caters to the development of The Belt and Road Initiative by jointly organising “The Belt & Road Initiative (BRI): Maritime Silk Road” International Academic Conference with Huaqiao University, to promote in-depth research and academic discussion. Since year 2016, the conference has been jointly organised by two universities in turn every year, aiming at promoting the culture communication and cooperation between China and Malaysia. As an important communication platform, the conference successfully gathered experts and scholars from different fields to discuss various topics of China-Malaysia relations.
This year, the 5th “The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI): Maritime Silk Road” International Academic Conference will be hosted by Southern University College on 26th November. Due to pandemic Covid-19, this conference will be conducted online for the first time. Experts and scholars will have in-depth discussions on the topic of China-Malaysia relations via Voov meeting.
The 4th International Academic Conference “The Belt and Road Initiative: Maritime Silk Road” was jointly held by Southern University College and Huaqiao University on November 9th. Experts and scholars from various countries are invited to come from China to discuss in depth the political, economic, trade and cultural exchanges between China and Malaysia and ASEAN under the development of “The Belt and Road Initiative “.
The conference had invited YB Tan Kok Wai (Special Envoy of the Prime Minister to China), Dato Vincent Tan Meng Seng (Southern UC board of directors chairman), Professor. Zeng Lu (Vice President of Huaqiao University) and Professor Jia Yimin (former President of Huaqiao University) to attend opening ceremony and delivered speeches.
The conference was actively attended by experts and scholars from Malaysia and various universities and research institutions in China. Paper published and topics discussed included marine economic and trade investment, cultural exchanges and cooperation, and geopolitical relations between China and ASEAN.
In 2018, the 3rd International Academic Conference “The Belt and Road Initiative: Maritime Silk Road” was held on November 10th at Southern University College. To promote cultural exchanges and cooperation between China and Malaysia, Southern UC of Malaysia and Huaqiao University of China jointly held the conference in turn.
This year, the conference themed The Belt and Road Initiative: Maritime Silk Road and Asian Politics, Economy and Culture. Scholars and experts from various fields were invited to this conference to discuss and publish paper on the topics of economics, politics and culture.
The conference had invited Mr. Lim Kit Siang (Member of Parliament, DAP-Gelang Patah) to give an opening speech. President Jia Yimin of Huaqiao University, Researcher Xueli of Huaqiao University, Professor Onn Huann Jan of Southern UC and President Southern UC Thock Kiah Wah delivered keynotes speeches for the conference. The conference last for two days and concluded in the noon of November 11th.
To promote the construction of the Maritime Silk Road in the 21st century, Huaqiao University and Southern University College of Malaysia jointly held “The Belt and Road Initiative: Maritime Silk Road” International Academic Conference. This is the second conference of this series, the first conference was held on Year 2016. This year, the conference held at Huaqiao University, November 25th.
The conferences had invited around 50 scholars from China and Malaysia discussed the topics on Maritime Silk Road with the investment environment, diplomatic security and cross-cultural interaction in Southeast Asia.
In year 2016, September 17th and 18th, the 1st international academic conference of “The Belt and Road Initiative: Maritime Silk Road” held at Southern University College. The conference is jointly held by both by Southern University College and Huaqiao University of China in turn every year. The theme of the conference is “The Belt and Road Initiative: Maritime Silk Road and Southeast Asia”.
The Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, YB Datuk Seri Ir. Dr Wee Ka Siong is invited as the opening guest of the conference, and Datuk Tee Siew Kiong, The State Tourism, Domestic Trade and Consumerism executive committee chairman invited as the closing guest.
Keynotes speakers include presidents of Southern UC and Huaqiao, Dr Hou Kok Chung (the former deputy higher education minister) and Dr. Zhao Kejin (Vice Dean of the department of International Relations of Tsinghua University).
More than 20 experts and scholars from various countries including Malaysia, Singapore and China have published papers on the conference. The topics discussed covering economic and trade investment, cultural and educational construction, cross-cultural interaction between the Belt and Road Initiative and Southeast Asia.