SNU President Sung Nak-in attended the 18th Boao Forum for Asia (BFA) Annual Conference held on April 10, in Boao, Hainan Province, China. The theme of this year’s BFA Annual Conference was “An Open and Innovative Asia for a World of Greater Prosperity,” and President Sung attended the Higher Education Roundtable with the theme of “The Rise of Asian Universities.”
The BFA Annual Conference has been held every year since 2002. The BFA, known as the World Economic Forum (WEF) of Asia, was launched to promote socio-economic development in Asia through collaborations and exchange among Asian countries. Among the 15 universities representing higher education in Asia, as part of the Asian Universities Alliance (AUA), SNU is the representative for Korea.
President Sung expressed the hope that SNU would contribute to Korea’s social integration through active lifelong education provided by free online courses available on edX and Korea-Massive Open Online Courses (K-MOOC) and embodied by SNU’s forthcoming Siheung Smart Campus. He stated the importance of these efforts in Korea’s current socioeconomic situation as an aging country facing the emergence of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
Written by Jeeye Hong, SNU English Editor, firstname.lastname@example.org
Reviewed by Professor Travis Smith, Department of Asian Languages and Civilizations, email@example.com