On May 29-30th, the international academic seminar called “Universal and national values on the great Silk Road: language, education and culture” was held in the Samarkand State Institute of Foreign Languages. The conference centered on the topic: universal and national values on the great Silk Road: language, education and culture, and invited scholars from SISU, Tashkent State Institute of Oriental Studies Kazakhstan and South Korea to discuss about reviving the Silk Road and promoting linguistic and educational corporation. The conference is a cooperation program of SISU and Samarkand State Institute of Foreign Languages (SSIFL) and the Confucius Institute is the co-host.
“The Silk Road contacts dozens of countries and has boosted the exchange of different cultures, languages and national values and further formed the universal values along the road. Now, it’s time to revive it,” said Rakhimov, the president of SSIFL.SSIFL and SISU have already worked together to facilitate Sino-Uzbekistan cooperations, such as establishing the Confucius Institute at SSIFL, expanding educational exchange programs and many other research projects, according to Rakhimov. He added that this conference is a platform for academic communication that provided more opportunities to linguistic, historical and other cultural studies.
Jiang Feng，Chair of the University Council of Shanghai International Studies University (SISU),said that the Silk Road was once an economic artery between the Eastern and Western world, and Samarkand, like the pearl on this road, witnessed the emergence of different cultures. The Silk Road introduced Chinese civilization to the central and western parts of Eurasia, while brought Islamic and Christian civilization to China.SISU will offer Uzbek courses this year and further enhance Sino-Uzbekistan educational and cultural communication through the Confucius Institute in Samarkand, according to Jiang Feng, Chairman of the University Council of Shanghai International Studies University (SISU).As one of the most developed cities in China, Shanghai highly values inter-university communications. According to Jiang, SISU fully supports any kind of academic corporations, scholar exchange programs and research projects with SSIFL.
The scholars at the conference also gave reports on the academic relations between China and Uzbekistan as well as the Silk Road Economic Belt. And the“One Belt and One Road”is crafted to advance corporations along the Silk Road Economic Belt and 21st Century Maritime Silk Road.