Home > Cooperation > International Academic Exchanges
Dean Tu Weiming signing cooperation agreement with Global Movement of Moderates Foundation (GMM) in Malaysia

Professor Tu Weiming, Dean of the Institute for Advanced Humanistic Studies at Peking University, was invited by GMM for speech in Kuala Lumpur of Malaysia and signing long-term cooperation agreement with GMM January 10-11, 2014. In the morning of January 10, Dean Tu Weiming delivered a speech "China: Doctrine of the Mean and Moderation in the Context of Regional Multiculturalism" at Technological University of Malaysia.

In the speech, Dean Tu Weiming defined the doctrine of the mean and moderation as a motivation to find the central point or balancing point. In other words, moderation is a dynamic process of optimizing. Unlike the "balance" in Hellenism, the doctrine of the mean and moderation is a process of "creativity". Specifically, "we need dialogues among different races, backgrounds and religions, but also a dialogue between the past and the present as we seek for the doctrine of the mean and moderation".

After the speech, Dean Tu Weiming and GMM CEO Dato Saifuddin Abdullah signed Memorandum of Understanding. Peking University and GMM will initiate sincere cooperation and a number of actions to enhance China-Malaysia cultural communication and bring positive impact on culture and ethics in China and Malaysia.

As part of the first cooperation between GMM and local Chinese community in Malaysia, Professor Tu Weiming presented a keynote speech at the Chinese Primary School of Kuala Lumpur on January 11, themed by "Doctrine of the Mean and Moderation: Theory and Practice in the Context of Multiculturalism".

In the past over 100 years, Chinese culture has been humiliated and challenged, "but we should move forward. Chinese people should figure out how to inherit past traditions, and put aside this historical pessimism and face the world with kind and generous attitude. Also, inter-ethnic help, coordination and understanding are a focus", said Dean Tu Weiming. China needs to be open and diverse in the future, and "the human kind is now experiencing a key stage. What we do in a special region has far-reaching nationwide, or even worldwide impact". In this light, the value of Chinese culture should be global, and we should develop spiritual humanism, thus creating positive significance for people's life in the 21st century. The new humanism respects all religions and understands civilizations across the globe. "We should have a new cultural identity, which should be open, rather than closed in the first place. Also, it should be diverse, reflecting various opinions. Last, it should be able of self-reflection, rather than wishful thinking and forcing others to accept our opinions".

The speech attracted the presence of over 300 people interested in Confucian culture. Chen Kaixi, Secretary-General of Malaysia-China Friendship Association, concluded that the speech by Professor Tu Weiming was meaningful for Malaysian Chinese to learn and inherit Confucian culture, and reflected the 40-year friendship between China and Malaysia. Other guests at the lecture: Datuk Magid, Chairman of Malaysia-China Friendship Association, and Tan Sri Dr. Koh Tsu Koon, former president of Parti Gerakan Rakyat Malaysia. In his stay in Malaysia, Dean Tu Weiming also attended the 27 conference of the academy of latinity at the University of Malaysia in the afternoon of January 10, and made a speech "Spiritual Humanism in the Age of Cultural Diversity and Religious Pluralism".


Copyright@2014Institute for Advanced Humanistic Studies,PKU 京ICP备案1253235 Address: 4 Bldg,Lee Shau-kee Humanities,PKU,5 Yiheyuan Rd.,Haidian District,Beijing.