Forum promotes education along Belt and Road
Updated: 2016-05-11 14:55
By Yang Feiyue(chinadaily.com.cn)
A forum to boost education cooperation between China and countries and regions along the Belt and Road was held in Beijing in early May. [Photo provided to China Daily]
A forum to boost education cooperation between China and countries and regions along the Belt and Road was held in Beijing in early May.
The Belt and Road Initiative, first brought forward by Chinese President Xi Jinping in 2013, refers to the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road.
Hosted by the China Overseas Investment Union, the forum brought together education officials from many nations to discuss possibilities in education exchanges, investment and talent development.
The goal is to help Chinese education go global and meet development standards, the organizer says.
More than 200 people from education institutes and foreign embassies in China participated.
"We will use our connections with education institutes along the Belt and Road and establish communication between them and Chinese academies to develop technical talent, people who are familiar with overseas projects and standards," says Zheng Shuai, executive president of the investment union.
Foreign officials will be invited to offer promising Chinese legal, policy and finance training.
The union will also pay special attention to the development of talent among those who speak ethnic languages and understand foreign culture, Zheng adds.
Officials from Bulgaria, Malaysia, Lithuania, Poland and Pakistan expressed willingness to push for education exchanges and work on joint educational programs with China.
The Pakistani side reveals that two new Confucius institutes will soon open in the country, which currently has four.
Charles Sun, head of the Belt and Road Education and Training Council, says that those on the Belt and Road are seeking education programs from China and need talented people who understand China.