Tropical universities join forces to form ‘powerhouse’

Eight tropical institutions are preparing for the establishment of the League of Tropical Universities, a pioneering organisation bringing together leading research institutes and universities from tropical and related regions across Asia, Africa and South America to advance higher education and socio-economic development in tropical regions – home to 40% of the world’s population – writes Chen Bowen for China Daily.

Initiated by Hainan University and the Chinese Academy of Tropical Agricultural Sciences, the other six founding members include Cairo University in Egypt; Chulalongkorn University in Thailand; Bandung Institute of Technology in Indonesia; the University of São Paulo, Brazil; and the University of Malaya and the Universiti Teknologi Petronas in Malaysia.

The League of Tropical Universities aims for the world’s sustainability and empowering the tropics through science-driven transformation pivotal to the United Nations 2030 Sustainable Development Goals acceleration. The founding members have expressed their common commitment to developing the alliance into a powerhouse of education and innovation globally, contributing to the formation of the community of tropical regions.
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