本次會議特邀佛光山開山寮特助同時為佛光大學董事長暨南華大學副董事長慈惠法師以及佛光山系統大學總校長-楊朝祥校長共同主持。會議出席代表有美國西來大學-謝明華校長、台灣南華大學-林聰明校長、澳洲南天大學- Denise Kirkpatrick校長、菲律賓光明大學Michael Lim Tan校長、香港中文大學人間佛教研究中心主任-陳劍鍠主任，以及佛光山叢林學院-妙南院長，透過此次會議對話擴大了佛光山教團系統大學能量。
系統大學總校長暨佛光大學校長楊朝祥校長致詞表示，全體聯盟學校在創辦人星雲大師的理念下，上下一心，一起資源共享，秉持教育機會應是平等對每個人開放的態度，希望在疫情下，能持續把教育的力量與培育未來學子的能量持續傳播下去。楊朝祥總校長也於本次會議正式介紹即將於新學年度接任佛光大學校長的何卓飛校長，以及首次與會的澳洲南天大學- Denise Kirkpatrick校長，鄭重的歡迎他們加入這個大家庭。
The Online meeting of Fo Guang Shang University Consortium discussed the future development in education.
Fo Guang Shang University Consortium
The higher education institutions are facing challenges in the post-pandemic era, the members of Fo Guang Shan University Consortium decided to go for online meeting to discuss the education blueprint for future development at 9:30 AM on 23 Jun local time in Taiwan.
In order to reinforce the power of Fo Guang Shan University Consortium through this online meeting, we especially invited Venerable Tzu Hui, who is the Special Assistant to Founder’s Hall of Fo Guang Shan, the Chairperson of the FGU Board of Directors and Vice -Chairperson of the NHU Board of Directors and Chancellor Chaur-Shin Yung both as the co-host in this meeting. The delegates of attending including Dr. Minh-Hoa Ta, president of University of the West, Dr. Tsong-Ming Lin, president of Nanhua University, Dr. Denise Kirkpatrick, president of Nan Tian Institute, Dr. Michael Lim Tan, president of Guang Ming College, Dr. Chien-Huang Chen, Director of Centre for the Study of Humanistic Buddhism and Ven. Miao Nan, Chancellor of FGS Tsunglin University to join in this meeting
The meeting first began on the compliments from Venerable Tzu Hui, on behalf of the funder of Fo Guang Shan University Consortium, Venerable Master Hsing Yun. Venerable Tzu Hui thanked all presidents and the respective teams for all the hard work and efforts they made in this difficult time. Ven. Tzu Hui also expected to expand the idea of education of Venerable Master Hsing Yun to integrate the academic exchanges, cooperation, learning from each other within the members of Fo Guang Shan University Consortium.
On behalf of Venerable Master Hsing Yun, the funder of Fo Guang Shan University Consortium, Venerable Tzu Hui officially awarded the certificate of appointment to Chancellor Chaur-Shin Yung. Ven. Tzu Hui also complimented him for his dedication as the chancellor since the begin of the university consortium and expected Chancellor will dedicate more time to lead Fo Guan Shan University Consortium to achieve another level.
Chancellor Chaur-Shin Yung addressed that under the idea of Venerable Master Hsing Yun, all alliance schools will work together, share resources, and uphold the attitude that educational opportunities should be equal and open to everyone. He hopes that all parties could continue to expand the power of education and the energy to nurture students under the pandemic.
At the same time, Chancellor Chaur-Shin Yung also officially introduced President Jow-Fei Ho, the presidential candidate of Fo Guang University, and President Denise Kirkpatrick of Nan Tien Institute who is her first time join the meeting. He solemnly welcomes them to join this big family.
This meeting is one of the focal points of the annual meeting of the Fo Guang Shan University Consortium. In addition to reporting the development status of administrative affairs, teaching and recruitment strategies in response to the impact of the epidemic in the past six months, members also presented the efforts for higher education they made along with the global education environment from face-to-face to online and accelerated the online and cloud-based courses launched by university consortium.
Through the discussion of the meeting and new members joined in, the meeting officially announced at the meeting that the name of consortium's will be "Fo Guang Shan University Consortium", and there are nearly 200 online courses on the Fo Guang Shang Education Cloud, which is the online learning platform on the university consortium website structured by Nanhua university. Therefore, chancellor Chaur-Shin Yung also hopes that all parties can concentrate their learning resources on this platform, provide more transnational educational resources to students, promote the university without borders, and is consistent with the idea of Venerable Master Hsing Yun of funding the school by education-oriented and student-centered.
In this online meeting, the enthusiastic discussions run for more than 3 hours. The respective university reached the idea of collaboration to work together and brought those resources to students who are from Fo Guan Shan University Consortium, so they are able to enjoy the premium service from more than one university.