May 18, 2017 at 12:00am ET By Alyssa Walker

In April, the new Asian Universities Alliance (AUA) was born at Tsinghua University in Beijing.  The Chinese university, which gave $1.5 million in seed money to the effort, will chair the group that includes 15 universities from 14 countries. 

In an article on Learning English, China’s Vice Premier Liu Yandong said, that the alliance will provide “Asian wisdom to resolve regional and global problems.” 

The goal?  To help Asian schools rise in world rankings, and compete with schools mainly in the US, the UK, and Australia.  Why are high rankings important?  They attract the best teachers and the best students from around the world.

The universities in the AUA joined in an effort to increase student mobility.

Prasanna M. Mujumdar, director of IIT, Bombay, an AUA member said, “This alliance will help us refocus on Asian universities in a lot of areas like student mobility, faculty exchange, and joint research.” 

Why now?  Asia is a world leader in economic growth and trade.  The need for universities tow work together is more important now than ever.  Membership is expected to rise quickly. 

Read more about some of the AUA Members:

·         Chulalongkorn University, Thailand

·         Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

·         National University of Singapore

·         Peking University, China

·         Seoul National University, South Korea

·         Tsinghua University, China

·         United Arab Emirates University

·         Universitas Indonesia

Alyssa Walker is a freelance writer, educator, and nonprofit consultant. She lives in the White Mountains of New Hampshire with her family.

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