The 49th IKCEST Training Programme for Silk Road Engineering Science and Technology Development & Huaqiao University’s 2nd Special Training Programme on “Silk Road Strategies” was held in Huaqiao University from Mar. 30th to Mar. 31st, 2019. It was co-hosted by International Knowledge Centre for Engineering Sciences and Technology (IKCEST), Xi’an Jiaotong University and Huaqiao University, and organized by IKCEST Silk Road Training Base. About 70 foreign students participated in the programme. They were from Belt-road countries such as Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar Angola, etc.
On the morning of Mar. 30th, Di Dehai, dean of Continuing Education College of Xi'an Jiaotong University, Liu Chang, Director of Division of International Cooperation of the IKCEST, Chen Jie, director of Students Affairs Office of Huaqiao University, and Cai Liqiang, Vice Director of Students Affairs Office of Huaqiao University attended the opening ceremony.
Chen Jie, on behalf of Huaqiao University, extended a warm welcome to the delegates of IKCEST and training team of Xi'an Jiaotong University. He put forward some suggestions to the trainees that to seize the opportunity, study hard, respect knowledge, and look into the future, so as to become a cultural messenger to promote the construction of "the Belt and Road".
Liu Chang introduced IKCEST, and elaborated on its background, main tasks and international influence. She pointed out that IKCEST has been devoted to 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. One of the most important tasks is to build IKCEST Silk Road Training Base. By the end of 2018, IKCEST has organized 60 off-line training sessions in various forms, themes and fields for 3100 students from 100 countries. By organizing international scientific and technological training, the data processing and application capacity of institutions and trainees in developing countries was improved, the economy of the developing countries was enhanced, and the people-to-people bond along Belt-road countries was promoted.
Di Dehai, Dean of the schoole of Continuing Education of Xi'an Jiaotong University, briefly reviewed the establishment, development and significance of IKCEST Silk Road Training Base. He also expressed his gratitude to the cooperation and support of Huaqiao University. He hoped that the overseas students could broaden their horizons and serve their country better when they finish their studies in China, and would contribute their strength to promoting friendship and cooperation among the countries along the Belt-road countries.
Yang Zurong, a Grade 2016 undergraduate and Burmese student from the Architecture College of the Huaqiao University, spoke as a student representative. She talked about the story of "five fingers" and said that as the beneficiaries of the Belt and Road initiative, she hoped that when she return to China, she would be able to bring more people to China to learn Chinese and learn Chinese culture, spirit and contribute to China-Myanmar Friendship.
The training programme lasted for 2 days, and the following lectures such as The Internet of Things and Smarter Life, Beijing Opera: Artistry of Performers, Introduction to Artificial Intelligence, Tai Chi Culture and Cultivation, Brief Introduction to Big Data and China’s Opening: A Historical Review, How Foreigners Are Protected in China’s Copyright Industry, The Basic Operation Method of Tuina and Application to Health Care and Treatment of Common Diseases were given by the experienced professors. 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.
This training is a renewed cooperation between Huaqiao University and IKCEST Silk Road Training Base to contribute to the Belt and Road initiative. It aims at jointly cultivating the Belt and Road countries’ personnel to promote the culture, science and technology and education communication and to make 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.