04 May 2017
A new organisation, the Asian Universities Alliance, has just been established at a meeting held at Tsinghua University in Beijing, which will provide most of the funding.
The founding members are Tsinghua University, China, Peking University, China, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, China SAR, Singapore National University, Seoul National University, South Korea, the University of Yangon, Myanmar, the University of Colombo, Sri Lanka, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand, the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay, University of Tokyo, Japan, University of Malaya, Malaysia, University of Indonesia, United Arab Emirates University, King Saud University, Saudi Arabia, and Nazarbayev University, Kazakhstan.
The objective is for Asian universities to improve cooperation and collaboration, in particular to rise in global rankings which are currently dominated by Western institutions.
Tan Eng Chye, deputy president of the National University of Singapore, said that it was important to pool research funding in order to improve performance in the rankings. Prasanna M Mujumdar, deputy director of IIT Bombay, noted that the new alliance would also focus on faculty exchange, student mobility and collaborative research projects.