USSUN (United Students of Silk-Road Universities Network)

USSUN (United Students of Silk-Road Universities Network)

USSUN is the association consisting of student representatives of member universities of SUN. It serves as a generator of new dreams and ambitions, keeping SUN young and lively. Recognizing and acknowledging the beauty of diversity as the reason to celebrate, students aim to pursue peace and prosperity through mutual understanding, spreading the harmony to the future, and exchanging the intellectual, religious and cultural ideas.

They are engaged in various types of projects (either individual or group) for restoring the historical and cultural values of the Silk-Roads and their own countries. Students are also involved in volunteer work such as providing assistance and relief work in disaster affected regions, using their individual knowledge, talents, and skills.

If your university is still not a member of USSUN, this is the time to join it. It’s not only just a student’s organization but a team of students who are working together to spread the beauty of cultural diversity and to achieve the future goals of peace and prosperity in the Silk Roads.

There are also many upcoming events under the SUN sectary general guidance such as WRICOS 2019(Writing contest), PHOCOS 2019 (Photo contest), and so on. If you have anything that you want to know about USSUN, please don’t hesitate to contact us via email (

For your reference here is the information about the presidents of USSUN. Yes, there’s no doubt you and your university also can be the next president of USSUN in coming years.

USSUN President of 2020

Mohamad Rasooli, Allameh Tabataba'i University, Iran 

Vice President of Asia

Omid Mehryar, Kabul University, Istanbul

Vice President of Europe

Rarees Cristea, University of Bucharest, Romania 

Former Presidents of USSUN
  • Marzien Maddahi, Allameh Tabataba'i University, Iran (2019)
  • Acilan Onur, Ankara University, Turkey (2018)
  • Ahro Choi, Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, Korea (2017)
  • Nurzhamal Shabazova,KazakhInstituteofManagement,KIMEP University,Kazakhstan (2016)

Students’ meetings of USSUN

Each year USSUN have the students meetings with member universities’ presidents of USSUN. There students are having various cultural activities that represent the each cultures. These meetings are not only about just discussion but also exploring the new cultural values through student’s performances. Here we sharing some memories of students’ meetings of USSUN for your acknowledge.

USSUN 2018
Sun booth at Culture Festival of Center for Korean Language and Culture
Friday, April 27, 2018 09:00 ~ 14:00
Schoolyard of HUFS (Seoul Campus)
Publicity activities of SUN and USSUN and recruiting of members of USSUN
Presentation of USSUN
Tuesday, May 8, 2018 13:00
Seminar Room, Faculty Office Building, Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, Seoul Campus
USSUN 2017
Making promotion material for Photo Contest (PHOCOS)
SNS promotion using blog, Facebook
Promoting SUN & USSUN during PHOCOS exhibition period
2017 Central Asian Expedition
15 June, 2017 ~ 26 June, 2017
Central Asia (Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan)
24 Professors, Researchers, Photographers, and Entrepreneurs in diverse fields
2017 Voyage of Asian Maritime Silk Road
10 October, 2017 ~ 8 November, 2017
Traveling Passage
Pohang, Korea → Kaohsiung, Taiwan → Manila, Philippines → Malacca, Malaysia → Bangkok, Thailand → Sihanoukville, Cambodia → Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam
87 Professors, Researchers, Policy-makers, Practitioners, and Opinion Leaders in diverse fields of Silk Road related studies from 23 countries (Korea, Japan, China, UK, Kazakhstan, Vietnam, Malaysia, USA, India, Russia, Greece, Kyrgyz Republic, Uzbekistan, Turkey, Portugal, Tajikistan, Italy, Iran, Mongolia, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Australia, Jordan)
Workshop at the 3rd General Assembly of SUN
“Respecting Beauty of Diversities in Harmony along the Land and Maritime Silk Roads”
November 8, 2017 (Wednesday) ~ August 12, 2017 (Sunday)
Vietnam National University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Student Festival (Friday, November 10)
USSUN 2016
2016 Mongolian Silk Road Expedition
9 June, 2016 ~ 11 June, 2016
14 Professors, Researchers, and Mongolian National University Administrators
Workshop at the Inaugural General Assembly of SUN
“Mutual Understanding & Respect Along the Silk Road”
8 August, 2016 (Monday) ~ 12 August, 2016 (Friday)
Seoul Campus of Hankuk University of Foreign Studies & Gyeongsangbuk-do, Republic of Korea
A total of 31 participants
Cultural Tour
Wednesday, August 10 ~ Thursday, August 11
Seoul and Gyeongsangbuk-do
Cultural Tour of Seoul
Gyeongbokhung Palace, National Museum of Korea
Visit to Gyeongsangbuk-do Office & Cultural Tour of Gyeongsangbuk-do area (Andong Hahoe folk village, Byungsan Seowon)
A total of 60 participants (37 presidents, 23 student representatives)
USSUN Chuseok POP PHOTO CONTEST: “Take a photo that best describes image of Chuseok”
USSUN 2015
Periodical meeting & Study meeting of Silkroad
Workshop at the Inaugural General Assembly of SUN
August 21, 2015 (Friday) ~ August 23, 2015 (Sunday)
Hyundai Hotel, Gyeongju, Republic of Korea
Total of 47 participants from 15 countries, 21 universities
Inaugural general assembly
Adoption of Articles of Association, election of chairman and executives
  • Nurzhamal Shabazova (Kazakhstan, Kazakh Institute of Management Economics and Strategics Research under the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan) (KIMEP)
  • Vice-Chairs : One vice-chairperson for each of the four participating regions
  • Europe Region Vice-Chair : Roger Jesus (Coimbra University, Portugal) - Chief Vice-Chair
  • Middle East Region Vice-Chair : Masood Mahboob (Allameh Tabataba’l University, Iran)
  • Central Asia and Russia Region Vice-Chair : Seregei Sergeevich Anosov (Irkutsk National Research University, Russia)
  • Northeast Asia Region Vice-Chair : Han Seo-hee(HUFS, Republic of Korea)

※ A Chief Vice-Chair was appointed from among the four vice-chairs to serve as acting chairperson when the chairperson is incapacitated.

Secretary General
Kim Yun-hee (HUFS, Republic of Korea)
Kim Hae-ju (HUFS, Republic of Korea)
Cultural and Sports Festival
The students of member universities and Korean students gathered in 20 booths to engage in cultural exchange and inform other participants about their respective cultures, ending with a performance of Silk Road nations’ traditional dances and modern arts.
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