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The 20th “Training Programme for Silk Road Engineering Science and Technology Development” on Frontier Technology of Aerospace Engineering
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The 20th IKCEST Training Programme for Silk Road Engineering Science and Technology Development themed on Frontier Technology of Aerospace Engineering was held in Xingqing Campus of Xi’an Jiaotong University from November 23rd to November 27th. 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. A total of 69 foreign students from Xi’an Jiaotong University, Northwestern Polytechnical University, Xidian University, and Chang’an University registered for the workshop. They are from 35 countries along the Silk Road including Ethiopia, Angola, Pakistan, Nepal, Ukraine, Yemen, etc. 


This workshop focused on the topic of Frontier Technology of Aerospace Engineering. The workshop included lectures such as Application of Lightweight and Ultralight Materials and Structures in Aerospace Engineering, Ruler of the Future Sky -Unmanned Air Vehicle, Elements of Aerospace Propulsion System, High-Temperature Mechanical Behavior of Gas turbine, A Brief Introduction to the Mechanics of Smart Materials: Theories and Applications, An Overview of Chinese Culture and other historical and cultural lectures related to the Belt and Road, etc. The trainees also visited the 3D molding technology live demonstration.


Till now, there have been 20 IKCEST Training Programmes for Silk Road Engineering Science and Technology Development, which have cultivated 1458 foreign students from 90 countries. 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. In the meantime, it is also the exploring for the development direction for projects initiated by XJTU, such as University Alliance of the New Silk Road and Silk Road Academy.


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.