University Alliance of the Silk Road

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Logo of the University Alliance of the Silk Road

The University Alliance of the Silk Road (Chinese: 丝绸之路大学联盟, also translated as the Universities Alliance of the Silk Road and abbreviated UASR) is an academic arm to the People's Republic of China's One Belt, One Road foreign policy initiative.[1] The UASR is a non-profit university alliance based at Xi'an Jiaotong University, a C9 League university in western China.[2] The mission of the UASR is to build educational collaboration and promote economic growth in countries along the Silk Road Economic Belt.[3][4][5]


Xi'an Jiaotong University President Shuguo Wang exchanges a pai bian signboard with Washington University in St. Louis Chancellor Mark S. Wrighton after signing an agreement.

The UASR was founded in 2015 with approximately 100 universities from 22 countries.[6] It currently includes 132 universities across 32 countries and regions on 5 continents.[7] The program has become a central part of the 2016 plan of the Ministry of Education (中华人民共和国教育部) of the People's Republic of China for educational development along the Belt and Road region via student exchange and joint research.[8][9]


The UASR was charged with supporting training, research, policy, cross-cultural understanding, and medical service.[6] The UASR includes an international alliance of law schools, which Xi'an Jiaotong president Shuguo Wang notes aims ``to promote the exchanges of law among the alliance member countries and focus on legal consensus, in order to serve the Belt and Road development with legal spirit and legal culture."[10][11] In addition, the UASR sponsors international cultural events including the UASR Educational Exhibition and Cultural Festival.[12]



Member universities include the following:


Banha University, Egypt


Harbin Institute of Technology, China[13]

Xi’an Jiaotong University, China

The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR of China

Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR of China[14]

City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR of China

Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong SAR of China[15]

University of Macau, Macau SAR of China

Nazarbayev University, Kazakhstan

Al-Farabi Kazakh National University, Kazakhstan[15]

Kazakh Academy of Transport and Communications, Kazakhstan

International University of Central Asia, Kazakhstan

Ishenaly Arabaev Kyrgyz State University, Kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyz State University of Construction, Transport and Architecture, Kyrgyzstan

International University of Innovation Technologies, Kyrgyzstan

Waikato Institute of Technology, New Zealand

National University of Sciences and Technology, Pakistan[16]

Far Eastern Federal University, Russia

National University of Singapore, Singapore[15]

Pusan National University, South Korea[17]

Hanyang University, South Korea

Tajik National University for Research and Sciences, Tajikistan

Chiang Mai University, Thailand

Hacettepe University, Turkey


University of New South Wales, Australia[11]

Charles Darwin University, Australia

The University of Newcastle, Australia.


University of Liverpool, United Kingdom[18][15]

Vistula University, Poland

Peoples' Friendship University of Russia, Russia

Bauman Moscow State Technical University, Russia

Moscow Power Engineering Institute, Russia[15]

Moscow Aviation Institute, Russia

Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University, Russia

Tampere University of Technology, Finland[15]

Ecole des Ponts ParisTech, France

Centrale-Supélec, France

SKEMA Business School, France

Politecnico di Milano, Italy[15]

University of Torino, Italy

University of Pavia, Italy

University of Aberdeen, United Kingdom[2]

University of Zagreb, Croatia

North America[edit]

Washington University in St. Louis, USA[7]

Physical location[edit]

The UASR is headquartered in the Western China Science and Technology Innovation Harbor, with space designed to promote collaborations with partner universities in university-level exchanges, talent education, and scientific research, and of building international think-tanks.[19]


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  4. ^ "联盟简介". 9 April 2016. Retrieved 20 September 2016. 
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  11. ^ a b "Chinese and foreign law schools launch New Silk Road alliance". 13 January 2016. Retrieved 18 September 2016. 
  12. ^ "Inside View: Xi'an Jiaotong University" (PDF). 31 March 2016. Retrieved 20 September 2016. 
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