The 2020 Higher Education International Forum Annual Meeting co-hosted by the China Higher Education and Zhengzhou University, was held in Zhengzhou, China on November 21st 2020,. The theme of this forum was “Accelerating Modernization of University Governance Systems & Capacity Building” Mr. Du Yubo President China Association for Higher Education (CAHE) gave a keynote report entitled “Adapt to the needs of the new development pattern and promote the high-quality development of higher education”
In addition to the main forum, three parallel forums, namely “University Presidents Forum”, “Scholars Forum” and “Doctoral Candidates Forum”, were held for the first time. Mr. Muhammad Suleman Mahsud Education Specialist of the Pakistani Embassy in China also delivered a speech. 58 other experts and scholars outside China attended the conference via video.
Professor Dr. Zahid Anwar, Director, China Study Center, University of Peshawar, Pakistan, in his speech focused on the “Modernization of Universities Governance System and Capacity in Pakistan”. In his speech Prof Zahid Anwar said that CAHE (China Association of Higher Education and HEC ( Higher Education Commission of Pakistan) and CPEC Consortium of Universities with its headquarters in Fudan University Shanghai have taken solid steps to strengthen collaboration between Chinese and Pakistani Universities. As a result of those joint and sincere efforts now the largest number of Pakistani students are getting higher education in the high ranking Universities of China. He said that important features of a modernized good governing educational institution are efficient use of technology, digitization of file system, system of accountability, collaboration among Universities for joint research, training and exchange of faculty and students. A 21st Century University functions and focuses on the quality of teaching and research. For quality teaching and research, highly qualified faculty is required, a faculty that share knowledge and encourage critical thinking among students, a faculty that equip students to shoulder their responsibilities in practical life. He further added that in a conducive environment and win-win approach International collaboration in higher education will galvanize development and together Universities can do more to prepare their young generations for a shared and mutually enriching future. His speech was appreciated by CAHE and other forum participants. More than 100 experts and scholars in the field of higher education gave reports, with a total of 105 sessions and more than 1,200 people attended the conference.