AUM inaugurates China office
The American University of Malta is very proud to announce the opening of its China office in Shanghai. The event, which took place on January 19, 2019, marks the first time AUM has established an overseas presence.
Attending the ceremony were Mr. John Aqulina, Ambassador of Malta to China, Mr. Aldo Cutajar, Consul General of Malta in Shanghai, Dr. Lewis Walker, President of the University of Malta, Ms. Sadeen Hani Hasan Salah, Board Member of the Sadeen Group, and Mr. Sun Jiangang, Chairman of the Shanghai ECHO Education Group. Also in attendance were leading figures from universities, middle schools, and educational institutions across the country, members of the Jiaxing Chamber of Commerce, and representatives of various entrepreneurial enterprises.
“The choice of Shanghai for the establishment of our first overseas office signifies AUM’s desire to cultivate a deep and long-lasting relationship with China, an objective shared by the government of Malta,” said Sadeen Group board member Ms. Sadeen Salah. The Sadeen Group is the principal investor behind AUM.
As part of the ceremony, AUM signed an agreement of cooperation with Shanghai ECHO Education Group. This was no coincidence; the China office (located at No.583 Linling Road, Shanghai) was co-established by AUM and the Chinese educational and financial training institution in question. The Shanghai ECHO Education Group focuses on international education, strives to cultivate talent with an international perspective, and has contributed much to the Chinese finance industry. The agreement of cooperation it has entered into with AUM constitutes a first step in its bid to establish a presence in the international education arena.
Also during the ceremony, AUM signed an agreement of cooperation with East China Normal University, a prestigious higher education institution. According to the agreement, a dual degree program of Chinese Language and Culture is to be offered at both universities; students of this program will have a chance to study in both China and Malta, and to obtain dual degrees from AUM and ECNU.
“We are very pleased to see East China Normal University extend its international cooperation and exchanges with Malta, a pearl of the Mediterranean,” said Mr. Huang Meixu, Director of the International Education Center of East China Normal University.
The establishment of AUM’s China office and the signing of the aforementioned agreements would not have materialized without the wise counsel and staunch support of senior government officials from both countries. As Mr. Aquilina, Malta’s ambassador to China, pointed out, “The establishment of the American University of Malta was strongly supported by the Maltese government.” Indeed, from the outset, Prime Minister Joseph Muscat has taken a keen interest in the project.
“The American University of Malta is a new but vigorous university. We are focused on Entrepreneurship, Scientific Thinking, and New Technologies. We welcome students from all parts of the world who seek an education for the 21st century,” said Dr. Walker, President of AUM, in his speech before the assembled crowd.
Dr. Walker added: “The AUM office will serve to increase our visibility in China, and hopefully facilitate exchange and collaboration with Chinese educational institutions. It is a good beginning. We are confident that with our joint efforts, AUM will become more successful and gain trust among Chinese people.”