The 44th IKCEST Training Programme for Silk Road Engineering Science and Technology Development was held in Xi’an Jiaotong University from Oct. 29th to Nov. 2nd. It was co-hosted by the International Knowledge Centre for Engineering Sciences and Technology (IKCEST) under the Auspices of UNESCO and Xi’an Jiaotong University, and organized by IKCEST Silk Road Training Base. More than 50 foreign students from Xi’an Jiaotong University, Northwestern Polytechnical University, Chang’an University, and Xidian University participated in this training programme. They were from over 10 Belt-road countries, such as Pakistan, Kazakhstan, Nigeria, etc.
The training programme lasted for five days, and the following lectures such as Innovative Through Interdisciplinary Research, Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine, Polyhydroxyalkanoate Nanoparticles and the Applications in Biotechnology and Biomedicine, The Chinese Culture and the Belt and Road were given by experienced professors in Xi’an Jiaotong University. The teachers gave clear, vivid examples to make the topics deep-going but easy to understand. The students benefited a lot from it and discussed with the teacher after the lectures.
Besides, in order to deepen the students’ understanding of Chinese culture and history, the training set up two outdoor activities, which are the visit to the Shaanxi History Museum and the attendance to the commemoration ceremony of 1000th China-Euro Express Train. On the afternoon of Oct. 30th, 35 foreign students attended the commemoration ceremony of 1000th China-Euro Express Train. Such event had a great social significance since it strengthened the cooperation between School of Continuing Education and International Trade & Logistic Park, deepened the Strategic Cooperation Framework Agreement on the Belt and Road, expanded the training base, and promoted the construction of the Belt and Road. On Nov. 1st, under the guidance of our staff, more than 40 foreign students visited the Shaanxi History Museum. Professor Wanxiang, Institute of Modern and Contemporary History of China, gave a full explanation on three exhibition halls, namely, the gestation, emergence and development of ancient civilization in Shaanxi Province. Foreign students showed great interests in exquisite bronzes, terra-cotta wares, and tricolor-glazed pottery of the Tang Dynasty. They spoke glowingly about the advanced handicraft of ancient China and the wisdom of Chinese ancestors when they saw exquisite gold and silver wares of the Tang Dynasty.
Till now, there have been 44 IKCEST Training Programmes for Silk Road Engineering Science and Technology Development. As an important mission of the IKCEST Silk Road Training Base, this training programme plays an important role in cultivating talents and promoting the Belt and Road Initiative. Meanwhile, it is also exploring the development direction for projects initiated by XJTU, such as University Alliance of the New Silk Road and Silk Road Academy and making important contributions to the economic and social development of European, Asian and African Belt-road countries and regions.
The International Knowledge Centre for Engineering Sciences and Technology (shortened as “IKCEST”) is a category II centre under the auspices of UNESCO. IKCEST was established on June 2, 2014. The Chinese Academy of Engineering is responsible for the operation and management of the IKCEST. IKCEST aims at providing knowledge-based services at a global scale in the form of consultancies, scientific research and education for policy-makers and engineering science and technology professionals in the world, with particular reference to the developing countries. In February 2017, based in Xi'an Jiaotong University, IKCEST Silk Road Training Base was established, which aims to train more engineering and technological talents for Belt-Road countries.