The 47th IKCEST Training Programme for Silk Road Engineering Science and Technology Development was held in Xi’an Jiaotong University from Feb. 25th to March 6th. 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 200 foreign students from Xi’an Jiaotong University, Northwestern Polytechnical University, Chang’an University and Xidian University registered for the workshop. They are from over 40 countries along the Silk Road, including Pakistan, Ethiopia, and Kazakhstan, etc.
The training programme lasted for about 8 days, and the following lectures such as The Role of Health in Economic Growth and Development, Financial Decision Making: From Risk Measure to Portfolio Selection Problems, Technical Analysis On Financial Problems Using R, An Introduction to Causal Inference using Propensity Score Matching and Difference-in-Differences Approaches, Financial Engineering, Let Machine Learn By Itself, and Historical and Economic Background of Silk Road Economic Belt, and Spring Festival and Chinese Paper-cut Experience were given by the experienced professors in Xi’an Jiaotong University. The teachers gave clear, vivid examples to make the topic deep-going but easy to understand. The students benefited a lot from it and discussed with the teacher after the lectures.
In addition, in order to deepen the students'’understanding of China’s economic development, the training set up special visits that closely related to the courses. On the afternoon of Feb. 27th, over 50 foreign students were led to visit Land Port Group. The visit focused on the four aspects of “eating, living, riding, and working"”in the Xi’an Land Port Group. The staff of the Xi’an Land Port Group gave a full introduction to the industrial development, staff employment, accommodation, dining, recreation and sports so that the students can have a better understanding of the Xi’an Land Port Group. Meanwhile, this visit laid a good foundation for the oversea students who would like to start their own business in Land Port Group after graduation.
Till now, the IKCEST Silk Road Training Base has successfully held 47 training programmes. 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，making important contributions to the economic and social development of Europe, Asia and Africa along Belt-road countries.
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.