King Saud and United Arab Emirates Universities Join Asia Universities Alliance


The Asian Universities Alliance Founding Assembly and the first AUA Summit were held in Beijing on April 29th.

A joint statement from the 15 AUA founding universities identified four objectives: to “promote mobility of students, scholars and staff among all members,” “strengthen research collaboration and joint innovation,” “establish high-level dialogues and forums to discuss higher education strategies and policies,” and “compile and publish annual reports on Asian higher education.”

“We believe that higher education will play an increasingly important role in future Asian societies and that economic globalization has made openness the trend of higher education,” the statement said. “AUA will embrace that trend by building closer ties both among member universities and with universities outside AUA. Together, we will play a more significant role in world higher education.”

The following universities are members of the alliance:

  1. Chulalongkorn University, Thailand
  2. Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
  3. Indian Institute of Technology Bombay
  4. King Saud University, Saudi Arabia
  5. National University of Singapore
  6. Nazarbayev University, Kazakhstan
  7. Peking University, China
  8. Seoul National University, South Korea
  9. Tsinghua University, China
  10. United Arab Emirates University
  11. Universitas Indonesia
  12. University of Colombo, Sri Lanka
  13. University of Malaya, Malaysia
  14. The University of Tokyo, Japan
  15. University of Yangon, Myanmar

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