Vietnamese added to Asia Foundation’s Free Digital Library for Children
Jan 31, 2019

Hanoi, January 30, 2019 — The Asia Foundation collaborated with 90 volunteers in Hanoi to translate 100 children’s books into Vietnamese and publish them on Let’s Read, its free digital library for children. The events, held on December 20, 2018 and January 3, 2019, brought together editors from Kim Dong Publishing House as well as faculty members and students from University of Languages and International Studies, University of Social Sciences and Humanities – Hanoi, and Hanoi Pedagogical University 2.

Partnering with Kim Dong Publishing House, the largest book producer and publisher for Vietnamese children, these events are the first of their kind to gather book-enthusiasts from diverse backgrounds and inspire kids to read by making more books available in their local language. The two-day events began with teams of volunteers translating the colorful pages of books created in communities across Asia. On the second day, professional editors reviewed the translations and published the books to the platform.

These join the 1,800 books in 18 local languages already in the library. Each of them can be read and downloaded for free, anytime and anywhere.

In addition to working together to make these translations possible, Kim Dong Publishing House also signed an agreement with The Asia Foundation to provide 20 children’s books from their own collection to be featured on the Let’s Read digital library. These additions will enrich the library with stories created by Vietnamese authors and illustrators and will reflect the lives of Vietnamese children. To provide children in other countries a window into Vietnamese communities, these books will also be translated by Let’s Read’s network of volunteer translators across Asia.

Let’s Read draws on The Asia Foundation’s in-country capabilities, local partnerships, and technological expertise to empower communities to create, translate, and share high-quality, richly illustrated children’s books. Learn more about Let’s Read today.

Since 1954, The Asia Foundation’s Books for Asia program has donated print books to thousands of under-resourced educational institutions in 21 Asian countries. While print remains an effective means of delivering information in many parts of the developing world, mobile technology is quickly becoming a cost-effective, scalable model. Read more about the Foundation’s work.

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Shaping the future: How Zhejiang University transforms lives
Jan 15, 2019

HANGZHOU, China, Jan. 15, 2019 - Responsibility. Hard work. Loyalty. These are the three tenets of a good life according to Zhejiang University Associate Professor Imran Haider Shamsi; a man who embodies the university’s motto: seeking truth, pursuing innovation.

Eighteen years at ZJU has helped to cultivate Shamsi’s talent, from undergraduate student to Ph.D. and Postdoc holder to becoming its first foreign faculty member of the Department of Agronomy, College of Agriculture and Biotechnology.

“I was made in ZJU by ZJU and for ZJU,” says Shamsi. “I know my Pakistani ancestors and my family and my beliefs; I never lost my identity. But I have also adopted the Chinese culture with a very open heart.”

Having embraced the opportunities offered to him as a student of ZJU, Shamsi is deeply passionate about his role as a teacher helping nurture future generations of ZJU students and he has amassed multiple awards, including first place in the 2016 National University Young Teacher’s competition. He believes ZJU, as one of China’s leading research-intensive universities, is providing a pioneering environment for the creation and dissemination of knowledge.

Academic freedom is felt throughout ZJU and positively encourages the pursuit of interdisciplinary collaboration, the application of research to real-world problems, and the exploration of new ideas and concepts.

It is an approach that manifests in ZJU’s International Design Institute, as its deputy director Lingyun Sun explains: “We are good at inviting professors and students from other majors to join us. We think the most creative area is where science meets art, meets design, meets engineering - these four areas coming together can provide immense opportunities.

“Our ideas are concerned with how we can invent the future and ZJU is unique because of the environment, because of our joint institute with Alibaba (the Chinese e-commerce giant headquartered in Hangzhou) and because of the local manufacturing background. It is very interesting for us to have the opportunity to encourage students to transfer their ideas into the market.”

The latest exhibition of ZJU design students’ work included origami robots, an electric bicycle and a technology pillow that helps users enter a shallow sleep by simulating the ‘white noise’ of nature. Additionally, a lighting product that was on show is proving a huge commercial success.

Innovation is also evident in the teaching at ZJU and in 2018 one of its most creative and popular instructors, Weng Kai, was honoured with the Yongping Outstanding Teaching Contribution Award. Across the 14 courses per year he teaches, Weng’s classes are heavily attended, while he has also attracted 2 million registrations for his Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs).

“I’m kind of a ‘wild’ teacher in that I wasn’t trained in a normal way. I graduated, thought maybe I could be good at teaching and wanted to do it,” offers Weng modestly when asked about his teaching style. “Actually, Zhejiang University has a very good tradition in how it teaches students. I graduated here, and I have the experience of the teachers here. I even use in my classes some of the examples taught to me by my teachers, so it’s like an inheritance, a legacy.”

Weng has been at the frontline of teaching and education reform at ZJU for 23 years. He believes that the close relationship between teachers and students at ZJU is crucial to success. “The students here feel part of a big family, we are quite close.”

Emphasising that point, Ma Keyi, an undergraduate in Chu Kochen Honours College, which is attended by the top 5% of ZJU’s students, is eager to give examples of how she has been supported in her endeavours.

“The college provides us with a lot of resources,” she says, “I have opportunities to do research and publish papers. Meanwhile, I can do internships to gain experience and put theory into practice. If you have an idea and you want to implement it the college will help you, if you want to study abroad the college will fund it, if you want to do anything that is valuable or meaningful the college supports you and will provide the resources.”

ZJU also has an impressive record of supporting its students to achieve success in global competitions. In 2018 the university claimed victories at the Tokyo International Choir Competition, the RoboCup and the International Genetically Engineered Machine competition.

The RoboCup - a humanoid version of football’s World Cup - was held in Montreal, Canada and offered the team from ZJU the chance to demonstrate their innovative ideas in a competition that is designed to promote robotics and Artificial Intelligence Research, as well as push advances in technologies.

Chen Zexi, a member of the victorious team, revealed it was a surprise success: “We won the small size league. It was amazing. We won in 2013 and 2014 but this year we did not think about being champions because we were trying out new innovations. I have to give credit to the university for the great support we get and the funding.”

ZJU’s stated aims include advancing civilization, serving and leading society, and promoting national prosperity, social development and human progress. Its policies are providing the platforms for its students and staff to excel, just as it did with Shamsi nearly two decades ago. Wherever a person comes from, and whatever their background is, ZJU is eager to guide their evolution.

“A foreign talent should never consider themselves as a foreigner,” Shamsi says, “Instead, consider yourself as part of the society where you are and then you can contribute. Take responsibility for life, yourself, your work, your family and your organisation. Never be afraid of hard work. Show loyalty towards family, tradition, country, and the organisation you work for.

“I will tell you a secret: Every morning when I arrive at work at ZJU, I tell myself that it was ZJU that gave me respect and honour, and with this belief I start my day. This is the love I have for this college.”

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CUHK Successfully Conducted the World’s First Multi-Specialty Clinical Trial Using the Next Generation Single Port Robotic Surgical System
Jan 13, 2019

The Faculty of Medicine at The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) conducted the world’s first multi-specialty clinical trial using the “Single Port Minimally Invasive Robotic Surgical System”. More than 60 patients underwent single port robotic-assisted minimally invasive surgery (MIS) as part of this trial and demonstrated that multiple procedures could be performed through a single entry site. The novel system allows surgeons to reach deep spaces previously difficult to reach, like the nasopharynx and the hypopharynx, to carry out delicate procedures with precision.

The clinical trial results have provided valuable data for the introduction of the single port surgical robotic system for clinical use and the development for wider applications in multiple specialties. The success showcases that the clinical standard of the Faculty of Medicine at CUHK is recognised internationally and supported by a solid cross-disciplinary working team, comprising of multi-specialty surgeons, nurses and anaesthesiologists, who collaborated closely and effectively to perform and complete the clinical trial. It also reinforces the status of the Faculty as global research hub and training ground for MIS.

All instruments are incorporated in a single robotic arm that operates through a 2.5 cm cannula

MIS was introduced to the Faculty of Medicine at CUHK in June 1990. The aim of this surgical technology is to minimise the size of incisions, reduce trauma and pain suffered by patients, enable faster recovery and lower the risk of infection. It has become more commonly practised and advanced in Hong Kong and can be applied to the removal of gallstones, tumors of the gastrointestinal tract, adrenal gland and even hepatectomy. In 2005, minimally invasive robotic surgery was introduced in the Faculty. The multiport robotic-assisted system consists of 4 arms which are used to control the surgical instruments and the endoscopic camera that are placed in the surgical field via 4 pencil-sized “keyhole” incisions.

With the advancement of design and technology, the next generation of minimally invasive robotic-assisted surgical system only needs a single entry site for 3 instruments and a high-definition (HD) 3D camera operated through an incision or a natural orifice which enables the 2.5 cm system cannula to go through. The instruments can reach up to 24 cm and the robotic boom can rotate 360 degrees. Trained surgeons can control the instruments at the distal tip and view the superior HD 3D image of the operating field through the endoscope via the console. These features enable surgeons to perform complicated procedures with precision in narrow workspaces.

World’s first multi-specialty clinical trial proved the novel system is safe and feasible in performing MIS particularly through natural orifices

The Faculty of Medicine at CUHK conducted a clinical trial from 2016 to 2017 on the feasibility and safety of the “Single Port Minimally Invasive Robotic Surgical System” in three different surgical specialties, including Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery (ENT); Urology, and Colorectal Surgery. There were no device-assisted or serious adverse events in any cases. Details are as follows:



Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery (ENT)


Colorectal Surgery

No. of cases undergoing single-port robot assisted surgery




Dr. Jason Ying Kuen CHAN, Assistant Professor, Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery of the Faculty of Medicine at CUHK, stated, “Taking transoral robotic surgery as an example, the robotic arm of the new system allows truly minimally invasive access to previously more difficult to access sites including the nasopharynx, larynx and hypopharynx. The system makes it possible for the surgeon to better dissect critical neurovascular structures with the instruments and camera in a working space that is roughly the size of a tennis ball. We believe the advance in the technology offers a platform from which surgeons can develop novel approaches to handling cases, with minimal invasiveness, to facilitate patient recovery and minimise morbidity.”

For Urology and Colorectal Surgery, the low external profile of this new robotic platform and the possibility of deployment through a single access site can facilitate single port transabdominal surgery such as prostatectomy and colectomy, and natural orifice transluminal endoscopic surgery (NOTES) such as transanal robotic surgery. By minimising the number of external abdominal incisions, single port surgery and NOTES can theoretically reduce patient trauma, enhance recovery, and improve cosmesis. With natural orifice access (transoral and transanal), there may be no external incisions for some patients.

Professor Simon Siu Man NG, Professor from the Division of Colorectal Surgery, Department of Surgery of the Faculty of Medicine at CUHK, added, “Our Faculty was selected to conduct this clinical trial showcases that we are recognised globally as the pioneer in developing MIS. Our credible clinical team, involving surgeons, anaesthesiologists and nurses, are experienced in minimally invasive robotic surgical systems. This helps lay a strong and solid cross-disciplinary working structure to perform world-class clinical trials for the further development of robot-assisted MIS.”

CUHK committed to enhancing medical technology and aims to be the global MIS training ground and research hub

In recent years, the Hong Kong Government has been committed to promoting innovation and technology (I&T). These extremely exciting developments include the establishment of I&T clusters on healthcare technologies, artificial intelligence and robotic technologies. In view of the potential of I&T development, CUHK has been actively involved in this process of driving innovation in medical technology through close collaborations among clinicians, engineers and entrepreneurs which develops new concepts and inventions in medical technology of which medical robotics is a key element.

Professor Philip Wai Yan CHIU, Director of the CUHK Jockey Club Minimally Invasive Surgical Skills Centre (MISSC), hopes the success in the clinical trial will not only enhance and drive the development of medical engineering research, but also help the introduction of the single port surgical robotic system for clinical application in Hong Kong. Professor CHIU stated, “Our clinical trial results have provided valuable data for the introduction of the single port surgical robotic system for clinical use. Certainly the system has a lot of potential applications in other specialties and more patients can benefit from the broader use of this robotic system.”

To train Hong Kong, mainland and regional surgeons in the robotic system and keep them up-to-date with the other current minimally invasive surgical techniques, MISSC has been upgrading its facilities. For example, it has upgraded the system for robotic training to the currently most advanced model in clinical applications.

Professor Anthony Chi Fai NG, Professor from the Division of Urology, Department of Surgery of the Faculty of Medicine at CUHK, as well as the Robotic Surgery Training Course Director at MISSC, said, “We hope that through the advances in minimally invasive surgery facilities, we can provide an ideal training setting for medical professionals in Hong Kong and neighbouring areas, and become a minimally invasive surgery training ground and research hub in the Asia-Pacific region and at the international level.”

SOURCE / The Chinese University of Hong Kong

NUS study: Older adults care about strangers’ welfare in financial decision-making
Dec 29, 2018

Older adults make the same financial decisions for themselves and others, while young adults take more risks when making financial decisions for others

A recent study by researchers from the National University of Singapore (NUS) found that when it comes to making financial decisions under risk, older adults will regard the financial outcomes of others’ as their own and make choices that they would have selected for themselves.

“Citizens in approximately one third of the countries around the world rely heavily on decisions made by older adults who may be government, business or community leaders. It is important to not only understand how these elderly people make decisions for themselves, but also how they make decisions on behalf of others, as their decisions can lead to significant gains or losses,” said team leader Assistant Professor Yu Rongjun, who is from the Department of Psychology at the NUS Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

The results of this study were reported in the journal Psychology and Aging in September 2018.

Closing the knowledge gap in financial decision-making

People often need to make financial choices for themselves, and sometimes, on behalf of others. Studies have shown that younger adults take more risks when making financial decisions for others. However, there is a lack of understanding about the decision-making behaviour of the elderly.

To address this knowledge gap, Asst Prof Yu and his team conducted studies to compare how younger adults and older adults make financial decisions, both for themselves and for others.

The NUS study was conducted from 2016 and 2017, and involved 191 Singaporean participants. Among them, 93 were older adults with an average age of 70, while 98 were young adults averaging 23 years old.

The participants were asked to complete a series of computerised decision-making tests in which they were assessed based on the choices they made under uncertainties. The research team used computational modelling to analyse two aspects of the participants’ financial decision-making: loss aversion, which is a tendency to weight potential losses more strongly than potential gains; risk-aversion asymmetry, which looks at the tendency to be risk-averse for potential gains and risk-seeking for potential losses.

Financial decisions vary with age

The results show that when younger adults are making financial decisions on behalf of others, they take more risks even when the decisions put the person they are acting for at a disadvantage. For the seniors, they make similar choices for themselves and when they act for others. Hence, the findings suggest that older adults care more about strangers’ welfare.

“Our results demonstrate that decision-makers of different age groups have different motivational goals. The young adults may treat the finances of others’ differently from their own, perhaps regarding them as being less important. On the other hand, the older generation may care more about social harmony and emotional experience, and have less emphasis on material gains,” explained Asst Prof Yu.

He further elaborated, “Although we did not manipulate decision-making power and participants simply made choices for strangers in our study, we speculate that similar age-dependent decision-making patterns may also apply to real-life workplace. For instance, a young boss may choose one insurance plan for his employees and another plan for himself. The plan that he picks for others may be more risky and potentially disadvantageous compared to the plan he chooses for himself. On the other hand, an older boss is likely to select the same plan for his staff and himself. The findings of this study resonate with our earlier research which showed older adults are more generous towards strangers.”

To deepen their understanding on the financial decision-making process of people from different age groups, Asst Prof Yu and his team will be conducting neuroimaging studies to examine the underlying neural basis of their observations.

SOURCE / National University of Singapore

Hospital of Stomatology holds the First PKU-NTU Symposium on Periodontal Clinical Problems
Dec 29, 2018

Peking University, Dec. 27, 2018: On December 16, 2018, the first Peking University-Taiwan University Symposium on Clinical Problems was successfully held at Peking University Hospital of Stomatology. The symposium dealt with various topics including the long-term therapeutic effect of periodontal disease, muco-gingival surgery, orthodontic treatment of periodontitis patients, implant treatment of periodontitis patients, and so on, thus providing a platform for academic exchanges between young scholars across the Straits.

This event not only deepened the understanding of dentists across the Straits on periodontal, implant and orthodontic comprehensive treatment and broadened their horizons, but also established a deep friendship between young doctors of Peking University and Taiwan University, strengthened exchanges between the two universities, enhanced mutual understanding, and laid a solid foundation for larger-scale academic exchanges in the future.

Written by: Wu Zhaoxia
Edited by: Huang Weijian
Source: Peking University Hospital of Stomatology

Peking University Berggruen Research Center founded
Dec 29, 2018

Peking University, November 29, 2018: The Peking University Berggruen Research Center Launching Ceremony was held in Peking University Education Foundation on December 19. Amidst the leapfrog development of science and technology in recent years, the Center was set up at a timely moment when intellectuals and thinkers across the world are supposed to exchange views in relation to a wide range of topics and issues bewildering the whole society.

President of Peking University Hao ping and founder of the US-based Berggruen Institute Nicolas Berggruen attended the ceremony, along with dozens of scholars from institutions including Chinese Academy of Sciences and Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.

According to President Hao, PKU upholds the idea of understanding China from an interdisciplinary perspective and a globalized context, which resembles Berggruen’s viewpoint and prompts the founding of the Center.

In Berggruen’s address, he pointed out that good concepts always stem from the integration of different culture. As Berggruen Institute highly values the profound Chinese culture and the country’s time-honored history, Peking University Berggruen Research Center aims to draw upon the oriental wisdom to tackle a myriad of challenges and apply such wisdom to various research areas, such as human progress, social changes and global governance.

In the meantime, former president of Peking University Lin Jianhua and PKU professor Roger T. Ames were also present, and both of them were appointed co-chair of the advisory board of Peking University Berggruen Research Center in an attempt to further the development of the Center.

Reported by: Huang Weijian
Photo credit to: Cao Qianqian
Edited by: Zhang Jiang

SOURCE / Peking University

Kindai University to Hold "Kindai EXPO in Taiwan" to Celebrate 50th Anniversary of Student Exchanges between Kindai and Taiwan
Dec 06, 2018

HIGASHIOSAKA, Japan, Dec. 6, 2018 -- Kindai University, based in Higashiosaka City, Osaka Prefecture, Japan, will hold "Kindai EXPO in Taiwan" at the Taipei International Convention Center on Dec. 21 (Friday), 2018, as an event to mark the 50th anniversary of the start of its student exchanges with Taiwan and deepen friendly relations further through exchanges with Taiwan's universities and companies.

Key points of the project

- Kindai University to hold an event in Taipei to mark the 50th anniversary of the start of its exchanges with Taiwan.
- It will showcase Kindai's latest research at a business forum and a workshop on research seeds.
- It will provide an opportunity for young people interested in Japan to deepen their understanding of Kindai by setting up a counseling booth for foreign students and introducing school clubs.

Overview of the project

Kindai University will hold an event aimed at further deepening friendly relations through exchanges with Taiwan's universities and companies in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Kindai starting exchanges with Taiwan. Kindai started exchanging with Taiwan through its Correspondence Division in 1968. Even though diplomatic relations between Japan and Taiwan were severed in 1972, Kindai has been building close relations with Taiwan by resuming accepting students in 1973 and providing schooling on the sea in Taiwan, among other efforts. Kindai has continued to exchange with Taiwan and accepted 1,680 students from the island so far as it concluded agreements with Taiwan's universities and so forth in recent years.

On the day of the event, a total of 300 people, including graduates, enrolled students and staff from Japan, Mainland China and the U.S., will converge in Taiwan to pump up the event. Apart from a filleting display and tasting of "Kindai Tuna," the bluefin tuna that Kindai has successfully farm-raised for the first time in the world, there will be must-attend programs for businesspeople such as a speech by Kindai University General Affairs Director Ishihiro Seko, known for his book titled "Shingekiteki Daigaku (Aggressive University), and a workshop on research seeds. Among other programs are e-sports competitions involving Naoki Sugimura, a Kindai student who represented Japan in sports video game "Winning Eleven 2018" and won the gold medal at the Asian Games, as well as a counseling booth for foreign students and a program for introducing school clubs. Furthermore, "KINDAI GIRLS," a performance unit for Kindai's entrance ceremony produced by Tsunku, a former producer for all-girl group Morning Musume, will put on spectacular performances. There will be plenty of other programs, including a booth for Japanese cuisine and a raffle draw.

- Date: Dec. 21 (Fri.), 2018
- Place: Taipei International Convention Center (Exit 1 at Taipei 101-World Trade Center)
- People who can attend: General public, high school/university students, Kindai University graduates (free admission)
- How to apply: Applications can be filed through the website

Please make advance notice and cover the event on the day. If covering the event, please notify Public Relations Office in advance.

Main programs

- Opening ceremony
KINDAI GIRLS' performances and others

- Business forum
-- "Shingekiteki Daigaku" (Aggressive University) by Kindai University General Affairs Director Ishihiro Seko
-- "e-sports competitions" by 4th-year Kindai University students and Naoki Sugimura
-- "History of Kindai Tuna" by Shukei Masuma at Kindai University Fisheries Laboratory

- Entertainment
-- "Kindai Tuna" filleting display
14:30: Hand-rolling of tuna sushi starts
-- Manzai performance by "Manzai Bonbon" from Yoshimoto Kogyo
-- Performance by world latte art champion Hiroshi Sawada (1992 graduate from Kindai University)
-- Talk show by former Taiwanese baseball player Lin Wei-Chu (2003 graduate from Kindai University)
-- Performances by clubs (karate, tea ceremony, brass band and cheering)
-- Booth for Japanese cuisine ("okonomiyaki" or hot plate-cooked pancake, "udon" noodles, etc.)

- Raffle draw

-- Prizes include an observation tour of Kindai University campus and goods related to the university.
The campus tour is for two days and limited to 3 persons.
It will come with a meal at Kindai University Fisheries Laboratory, a restaurant where one can eat "Kindai Tuna."

- Workshop on research seeds.
Kindai University's latest research to be announced. There will be an exhibition booth for industry-academia collaboration products.

- Road to Kindai University
Introduction of the university, information session on entrance examinations, and counseling service

Source: Kindai University

The 2018 International College Students' Culture & Arts Festival by Panda Club was Successfully Held in Chengdu with International Youth Arts Awards Unveiled
Dec 06, 2018

CHENGDU, China, Dec. 6, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- On November 30, 2018, the Award Ceremony of 2018 International College Students' Culture & Arts Festival by Panda Club was held in Business & Innovation Centre for China-Europe Cooperation in Chengdu. Hosted by Chengdu Media Group and sponsored by Xianfeng Culture Media Co., Ltd., the festival has gathered over 300 university student representatives, famous designers, and artists from 16 countries and regions around the world in Chengdu to witness the birth of 11 International Youth Arts Awards.

It is reported that this year's International College Students' Culture & Arts Festival, by taking the opportunity when Chengdu is making vigorous efforts to develop the "Innovative and Creative, Elegant and Fashionable, Optimistic and Inclusive, Friendly and Charitable" Tianfu Culture and to build a world-famous cultural city, is aimed at publicizing the theme of "People-to-People Dialogue, Youth as First Mover, Self-Confidence and Openness, Cooperation and Sharing" to youth groups around the world. Through different forms of dialogues, Chengdu will have stronger cultural radiation and become more attractive. The promotion and dissemination of the soft power of urban culture of Chengdu can be enhanced so as to create a brand-new window displaying the Tianfu Culture and shape a city card for Chengdu to conduct foreign exchanges.

Three Major Activities Converged Global Artistic Resources

The four-day Festival set up three major activities including Chengdu Theme Exhibition, Arts Festival Review & Theme Forum, and Award Ceremony of 2018 International College Student's Culture & Arts Festival by Panda Club. A great many of celebrities like Wan Shanhe, famous oil painter; Zhang Jinyao, vice-dean of Institute of Art of Communication University of China and director of the China Literature and Art Critics Association (CLACA); Peng Hui, director at the national level, vice chairman of Chinese Film TV Artists Association and deputy secretary-general of Documentary Films Academic Committee of China Television Artists Association; Mona Al Mansouri, royal costume designer of the United Arab Emirates; Dusan Rapos, famous film director, screenwriter, and composer in Slovakia, and Yin Jiulong, famous designer and visual artist have been invited to the activities.

On November 27, the 2018 International College Student's Culture & Arts Festival Chengdu Theme Exhibition opened in the Daci Temple International Youth Community. The exhibition brought together outstanding art works from both domestic and foreign college students and literary works focusing on Chengdu, presenting a visual feast of the collision between Chengdu elements and international multi-artistic styles. It also marks the full launch of the 2018 International College Students' Culture & Arts Festival. On November 29, the theme forum of the festival was held. Guests made dialogues and exchanges on "Youth Cultural and Artistic Exchange and City Image Building in the New Era", and looked ahead to the future of youth culture and art from different perspectives.

Taking the Arts Festival as an Opportunity To Show the World the New Look of Tianfu Culture in the New Era

As early as June this year, the Panda Club invited manuscripts on the topic of "Seeing the Future of Chengdu Here" to students from over 100 colleges from more than 20 countries and regions around the world, covering four major fields including photography, micro film, painting and fashion design. Through four months of collection, nearly 2,000 entries submitted by over 1,000 college students from around the world have been received, and 11 Art Awards have been finally selected through professional and public selection.

According to the organizing committee of the Arts Festival, taking the Festival as an opportunity, Chengdu will establish friendly relations on youth cultural exchanges with famous cultural cities in countries and regions such as Russia, Ukraine, Poland, Tajikistan, Pakistan, Cambodia, India, Bangladesh, Serbia, Latvia, Sudan, South Sudan, Ghana, South Korea, Britain and the United States, set up a global platform -- Worldwide Universities Network for cultural exchanges and sharing among young people so as to connect the world with culture, show the new look of Tianfu Culture in the new era to the world, and build Chengdu into a world famous cultural city.

Source: Chengdu Media Group

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Vijay Eswaran inspires graduating students to adjust adapt and accommodate
Dec 01, 2018

PETALING JAYA 27TH Nov 2018: Quest International University (QIU) celebrated the graduation of 293 students from various disciplines with a clarion call by the Chairman of the University Council, Dato Sri Dr Vijay Eswaran for students to adjust, adapt and accommodate.

Speaking at the 4th Convocation ceremony held in Ipoh recently, Dr Vijay said the mantra of adjust, adapt and accommodate simply meant change, adding that students must learn to fit into different customs and systems.

“The world today is a global village moving at a fast pace. Adjustment will be a lifelong process. When one goes out into the world, the world does not change. Therefore, one must change for the world and the more one changes, the more their world will change.

“Accommodate means sacrifice and the world that awaits you now requires you to do all of these. This year, Malaysia has seen a lot of changes and the country today is looking at a new journey and you are all a part of that,” noted Dr Vijay in an hour long inspiring and memorable convocation speech attended by about 1000 people including senior Perak state government officials and students as well as their families.

Dr Vijay also called on the students to learn the art of building relationships.

“Work on the art of building bridges. It is the only way forward, and remember to adjust, adapt and accommodate. As you embark on the next chapter, remember the principles of RYTHM which means Raise Yourself To Help Mankind,” he added.

Degrees were awarded to students from four faculties, namely the Faculty of Medicine, Faculty of Business and Management, Faculty of Social Sciences and the Faculty of Science and technology. Six students received First Class Honours and Distinction Degrees after displaying outstanding academic achievements during their course of study.

The day was extra special for Bachelor of Finance (Hons) student, Miss Yugeethra Elanggova Kumar after she was named as the Valedictorian for the 2018 convocation. She received the Dato Sri Dr Vijay Eswaran Award.

Earlier, 293 new graduates including two Master’s Degree received their scrolls from Dr Vijay.

QIU, in partnership with the State Government of Perak, is recognized today as providing a gold standard education model. Almost all of the students who are graduating have found jobs with reputable companies. The University’s rapid growth over the last seven years has been nothing short of extraordinary and this undoubtedly is credited to an excellent team that has capitalized on an industry niche.


Please contact Martin Soosay at 012-6375029 or 03-79679967 for further information

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CAFEO 36 focuses on engineering rail connectivity and fostering excellence in engineering education
Nov 15, 2018

IES launches Chartered Technicians and Technologists Certification Programme to recognise ITE and polytechnic graduates

The official opening ceremony of the 36th Conference of the ASEAN Federation of Engineering Organisations (CAFEO 36) took place today with Mr. Teo Chee Hean, Deputy Prime Minister and Coordinating Minister for National Security as the guest-of-honour. The event gathered more than 1,000 engineering professionals from close to30 countries to exchange ideas, best practices and solutions to drive economic growth in ASEAN and its individual countries.

Hosted by The Institution of Engineers, Singapore (IES) as the Chairman of the ASEAN Federation of Engineering Organisations (AFEO) for 2018, in association with Singapore’s Land Transport Authority, CAFEO 36 brought together eminent speakers from ASEAN to share their knowledge and experience with AFEO engineers at Resorts World Sentosa Singapore.

In support of the Master Plan on ASEAN Connectivity 2025, IES focused CAFEO 36 on “Engineering Rail Connectivity” and “Fostering Excellence in Engineering Education” as its key themes. These were delivered through the Singapore Rail Technology Conference (SRTC) and ASEAN Engineering Deans Summit (AEDS) respectively.

CAFEO 36 Highlights

Dr. Lam Pin Min, Senior Minister of State for Health and Transport graced the opening of SRTC. Organised by IES and SMRT Corporation, the conference would promote the exchange of knowledge gathered from local and international rail development, management and maintenance case studies, with a special focus on practical solutions.

Ms. Indranee Rajah, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office and Second Minister for Finance and Education was the guest-of-honour at AEDS. Organised by IES and the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD), the summit would facilitate discussions on outcomes-based engineering education and accreditation and new pedagogies, to contribute to the transformation of ASEAN’s engineering education landscape.

At CAFEO 36, AFEO also presented the ASEAN Engineering Register Certificates to about 500 engineers from across eight ASEAN countries. Based on a mutual recognition framework set up by AFEO, the certification provides endorsement on recipients’ professional qualifications to enable them to practice in ASEAN outside of their home countries.

Launch of Chartered Technicians and Technologists Certification Programme

IES would be working towards the introduction of the Chartered Technicians and Technologists certification programme to recognise the contributions of polytechnic and Institute of Technical Education (ITE) graduates towards the engineering profession, the society and the country.

“Besides enhancing their career progression pathway, the certification will also create a more holistic engineering eco-system that harnesses complementary skillsets of engineers and technicians to deliver end-to-end solutions. IES hopes that such professional recognition of engineering professionals in Singapore will contribute to AFEO’s goal of facilitating mobility of engineers and technicians within ASEAN,” said Prof. Yeoh Lean Weng, Chairman of AFEO and President of IES.

Signing of Singapore Declaration

IES will also organise the signing of the Singapore Declaration on Wednesday, 14 November by AFEO members to show commitment in promoting railway and transportation connectivity, urban sustainable solutions, the Vision Zero movement to promote injury-free workplaces, sharing of project knowledge and start-up incubator development as well as excellence in engineering education.

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About The Institution of Engineers, Singapore (IES)
The Institution of Engineers, Singapore (IES) was formally established in July 1966 as the national society of engineers in Singapore. IES is the premier engineering institution in Singapore and is called upon by the Government to provide feedback on professional engineering matters.

IES is well represented among the faculty members of the major engineering institutions of higher learning in Singapore. Through close collaboration with the local universities and polytechnics, IES organises courses, seminars and talks for engineers and IES members to advance the continuous development of engineers.

The Institution maintains close links with professional organisations of engineers regionally and throughout the world. These include organisations in Australia, China, Japan, United Kingdom and the United States. The Institution also represents Singapore in the ASEAN Federation of Engineering Organizations (AFEO) and the Federation of Engineering Institutions of Asia and the Pacific (FEIAP) in promoting goodwill and fellowship among all engineers in ASEAN and the Asia-Pacific region.

Through its Engineering Accreditation Board (EAB), IES obtained full signatory status in the Washington Accord (WA) in June 2006. The entry grants IES the authority to represent Singapore, the first country within the ASEAN region which has obtained full signatory status in the WA, to vet education systems under the WA mutual recognition framework.

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Desmond Teo
Publications Manager
The Institution of Engineers, Singapore
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