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The South and Southeast Asian University Network -- also known as SSE ASIAN UN -- was established on Dec 10, 2018, at Yunnan University in Kunming, Yunnan's provincial capital.
It had 103 universities from South and Southeast Asia as initial members, from countries including Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Myanmar, Malaysia, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Indonesia and Singapore.
At the founding ceremony, Yunnan University was selected as the network's secretariat, YNU president Lin Wenxun as the first secretary general and YNU vice-president Zhang Li the deputy secretary general.
According to a declaration released during the ceremony, the network aims to broaden exchanges and cooperation between universities in China and South and Southeast Asia, promoting the development of a regional higher education community.
It also aims to help China and South and Southeast Asian countries to develop in a more open, inclusive, balanced and win-win direction -- and is committed to promoting regional economic and social development and building a community of a shared future for mankind.
The South and Southeast Asian University Network, also known as SSE ASIAN UN, was established on Dec 10, 2018, at Yunnan University. [Photo/ynu.edu.cn]