Proposal for the Education Alliance of the Belt and Road International Railway Talents
Our ancestors, in spite of many unimaginable hardships and hurdles, opened up the ancient Silk Road connecting China with other Asian countries, Europe and Africa more than two thousand years ago. The Silk Road spirit has been gradually nurtured ever since, featuring peace, collaboration, openness, inclusiveness, mutual learning, and shared benefits. With the reform and opening up policy, Chinese people open their minds to embrace the world, and have promoted epic social development in China as well as the world. Today, in order to create a brighter future, we hereby propose to serve the Belt and Road Initiative by inheriting and carrying forward the Silk Road spirit.
Since General Secretary Xi Jinping proposed the Belt and Road Initiative and the construction of a community with a shared future for mankind, vitality has been injected into various fields. As one priority sector of the initiative, the railway industry has made remarkable achievements in interconnection between China and the participating countries in the B&R initiative, which consequently calls for international cooperation in railway talent cultivation. Therefore, Southwest Jiaotong University, the first Chinese university for railway talents, and Central South University, a more than 100 years old academic institution with valuable heritage in railway-related instruction and research, hereby jointly propose the establishment of the Education Alliance of the B&R International Railway Talents. The alliance was inaugurated at the 2018 World Transport Convention (WTC).
The alliance is a non-governmental academic organization, professional and international education cooperation organization, which is composed of railway related institutions of higher learning, enterprises and organizations.According to the B&R initiative and the strategies of building China into a leading power in terms of transportation and of higher education, the Alliance is committed to integrating the quality resources at home and abroad, and setting up degree education and vocational training for railway talents in both China and the countries involved in the initiative. In addition, the Alliance aims to establish a cultivation system for international railway talents, formulate international standards for railway education, implement professional certification of railway programs as well as railway talents, and become a new type of high-end think tank in China to promote the development of all the partner countries along the B&R route. As the initiators, Southwest Jiaotong University and Central South University will, based on the exchange and cooperation mechanism of the Alliance, consistently and sincerely serve all members, accelerate resource sharing, promote healthy and orderly development, and build up a higher education community for railway talents!
2018 marks the fifth anniversary of the One Belt And One Road initiative, We two universities, with solemn sincerity, invite universities, enterprises, institutions and organizations at home and abroad in all sectors to engage in the development of the Alliance. You and we will create a new chapter in the collaboration of railway talent education under the new Silk Road initiative! You and we will contribute our wisdom and talent to the railway development of the world as well as the economic prosperity of the B&R participating countries!
Southwest Jiaotong University Central South University