From December 11 to 12, 2020, the 2020 Silk Road International Symposium on the Cooperation and Integration of Industry, Education, Research and Application of Aeronautics & Astronautics was held in Xi’an.

The Conference attracted academicians, top experts, scholars and business representatives from 19 Countries, 56 Universities, enterprises and research institutes from China, Russia, Ukraine and 19 Other Countries.

They participated in the conference both online and offline, and focused on the international aerospace industry, integrated development and cooperation in study, research and application.

On the morning of December 11, the Seminar held its opening ceremony. It was attended by Guan He, the second-level inspector of the Shaanxi Provincial Education Working Committee and the Shaanxi Provincial Department of Education, Zhang Weihong, Vice President of NPU, and Zhang Fuli, Director of the International Cooperation Office and functional departments of the school. Zhang Fuli presided over the opening ceremony.

Guan He gave a speech to thank the experts and scholars participating in the forum and said that the COVID-19 pandemic could not stop their determination and pace of opening up exchanges and cooperation.

The aerospace industry is a unique and high-quality resource for the development of Shaanxi and an important pillar of support for Xi’an to become a “hard technology capital.” She hopes universities and research institutes take this forum as an opportunity to achieve complementary advantages and resource sharing, and make greater contributions to China and other countries or regions along the “Belt & Road” in international aerospace industry-university research cooperation.

Zhang Weihong outlined the many achievements made by the NPU by insisting on expanding opening up and cooperation in the fields of talent cultivation, scientific research and serving the country’s innovation-driven development strategy.

He said that the NPU will rely on the Belt & Road Aerospace Innovation Alliance (BRAIA), work hand in hand with member units, more actively and effectively integrate superior international aerospace resources, provide support for the development of the industry, university, research and application, and promote the joint construction of the “Belt & Road,” allowing international cooperation to play its due role.

The appointment ceremony of foreign part-time cooperative tutors and the signing ceremony of the cooperation agreement between the School of Aeronautics NPU and Chang’an Aviation was also held at the opening ceremony.

The “Belt & Road” Space Innovation Alliance is a non-profit organization voluntarily formed by universities, scientific research institutions, academic organizations and enterprises in the international aerospace field. As the initiator of the alliance, NPU’s initiative to establish the “Belt & Road” aerospace innovation alliance is an important part of promoting open education.

The school will maintain close contact with the alliance units, coordinate and cooperate, seize strategic opportunities, gather superior resources, and jointly promote the development of the aerospace industries of the countries where the alliance units are located.

Today’s international environment is becoming increasingly complex, but “openness and cooperation” is a historical trend, and “unity and win-win” is a common aspiration. In this context, convening the 2020 Silk Road International Industry-University-Research-Utilization Cooperation Seminar is a beneficial practice that adheres to the high-quality development of the “Belt & Road” to promote the construction of a community with a shared future for mankind, and has special practical significance.

During the two-day workshop, in addition to academic frontier reports and subject development trends brought by academicians and scholars, industry development prospects and industry development prospects were also shared by business leaders and industry experts, as well as the latest industry exploration practices.

Through full and in-depth discussions and exchanges, the participants expressed a desire to deepen exchanges and cooperation in the aerospace field, promote personal training, scientific research, and the transformation of scientific research results and work together to deal with challenges so as to be more open and cooperative, and plan for the development of the aerospace industry and the construction of an innovation system with a win-win mindset.

This forum is guided by the Ministry of Education of China and the People’s Government of Shaanxi Province, and hosted by the School Planning and Construction Development Centre of the Ministry of Education of China. The Northwestern Polytechnical University (“Belt & Road” Space Innovation Alliance) and other organizations offered support.