More than 70 entities involved in higher education in the Lusophone countries and China today signed a joint declaration in which they are committed to promoting cooperation in mobility and support for innovative and creative industries.
The joint declaration marked the end of the 1st edition of the Forum of the Rectors of Higher Education Institutions in China and Portuguese-speaking Countries, organized by the Macao Higher Education Support Office, the University of Macau and the University of São José.
In the text made available to the Lusa agency at the end of the closing ceremony, those responsible agreed to “encourage the cooperation of innovative and creative industries” both in mainland China and in the special administrative regions of Macao and Hong Kong and in Portuguese-speaking countries.
The intention, it can be read in the statement, is to accelerate “the processes of global trade cooperation between the emerging markets of the countries/regions involved.”
Among the Portuguese-speaking countries, the commitment was signed by representatives of universities and polytechnics from Portugal, Angola, Mozambique, Timor-Leste and Brazil.
The declaration has three more points which define the scope of cooperation: to promote Macao “as a cultural exchange centre”, to develop mobility of students and professionals, and “to strengthen joint planning in the long term (…) within the framework of the [Chinese] “One Track, One Route” initiative, in accordance with the development needs of the various parties involved, and to promote cooperation in education, culture and economic development.