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On May 19, the Presidents’ Forum of the Global Alliance of Foreign Studies Universities & the 2017 Forum on Regional Studies and Global Governance were convened at BFSU. The Global Alliance of Foreign Studies Universities (GAFSU),  first proposed by BFSU, was officially launched during the forum. 30 universities from 16 countries have joined the GAFSU as its founding members. China’s Vice Minister of Education Tian Xuejun, BFSU Council Chairman Han Zhen, and BFSU President Peng Long  attended the event.

GAFSU is an open, non-profit, non-corporate, voluntary body of well-known universities specialized in foreign language teaching, research and regional studies. It serves as a platform for educational cooperation to facilitate foreign language teaching and research, country and regional studies as well as people-to-people exchange under the principles of solidarity, mutual trust, and win-win cooperation.

GAFSU is guided by a council headed by BFSU President Peng Long and composed of presidents of member universities. The GAFSU Secretariat is housed in BFSU. GAFSU holds a forum every two years to discuss topics related to educational philosophy, development models, teaching and research activities of foreign studies universities, identify cooperative programs, and adopt an outcome document of the Forum.

A Letter of Agreement was signed during the day by the representatives from member universities, marking the official kickoff of GAFSU operations.

The founding members of GAFSU include (in alphabetical order):

Al Farabi Kazakh National University (Kazakhstan)

Azerbaijan University of Languages (Azerbaijan)

Beijing Foreign Studies University (China)

Beijing International Studies University (China)

Beijing Language and Culture University (China)

Central University of Gujarat (India)

China Foreign Affairs University (China)

Dalian University of Foreign Languages (China)

Guangdong University of Foreign Studies (China)

Hankuk University of Foreign Studies (Korea)

Kyiv National Linguistic University (Ukraine)

MGIMO University (Russia)

Mohammed V University (Morocco)

Moscow State Linguistic University (Russia)

Munich University of Applied Languages (Germany)

National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) (Mexico)

Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso (Chile)

Shanghai International Studies University (China)

Shanghai University of International Business and Economics (China)

Sichuan International Studies University (China)

Sofia University (Bulgaria)

State University of Yogyakarta (Indonesia)

Tianjin Foreign Studies University (China)

Tokyo University of Foreign Studies (Japan)

Universidad de Lima (Peru)

University of International Business and Economics (China)

University of International Relations (China)

Uzbekistan State World Languages University (Uzbekistan)

Xi’an International Studies University (China)

Zhejiang International Studies University (China)

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