Last week we had the opportunity to welcome Liana Tang, Second Director of the Digital Strategy Office of the Ministry of Communications and Information (MCI) of Singapore, who attended the summit of young European and Asian leaders at the BISITE Research Group laboratories. During her visit we have been able to explore different possibilities of collaboration in education between Singapore and the University of Salamanca. 

Juan Manuel Corchado, Professor at the University of Salamanca and Director of the BISITE Group, welcomed Liana Tang, with whom he explored the possibility of Singapore, through the Ministry of Communication or one of its universities, joining the Cybersecurity Chair coordinated by the BISITE Research Group and participating in the development of the Cyberchain project, which aims to create a secure European blockchain network of which, in addition to the University of Salamanca, a dozen universities in Asia are already a part.

The CyberChain Chair, funded by INCIBE, has an international orientation and is made up of eight prestigious foreign universities, positioned at the top of international rankings and with great projection in Asia, which have groups closely related to Blockchain for Cybersecurity, the central theme of the chair.

During Liana Tang's visit, the impact of generative Artificial Intelligence was also discussed, especially in terms of the optimisation of urban infrastructures, traffic management, sustainability, and other crucial aspects for improving the quality of life of citizens, through more efficient cities. Likewise, the transformative role of AI in the educational field was discussed, as well as its capacity to contribute to the training of young talent and, especially, to the attraction of women to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) careers.

Education and internationalisation 

Last week, the University of Salamanca hosted the 5th ASEF Young Leaders Summit (ASEFYLS5), under the theme "Leadership in Society 5.0", a programme aimed at young Asians and Europeans that brings together students and young professionals from both continents with the aim of learning, networking and exchanging experiences, and also connecting them with public officials and leaders from Asia and Europe. The Asia Europe Foundation (ASEF) programme, in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation, Casa Asia and the University of Salamanca, has brought together 120 European and Asian participants, the future leaders, aged between 18 and 30.

These types of meetings and activities are of great impact for the university community, because of the possibility of exploring new ideas, making alliances and looking ahead in the field of professional development.


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