The 62nd IKCEST Training Programme for Silk Road Engineering Science and Technology Development was held in Xi’an Jiaotong University from Oct. 26th to Oct. 29th, 2019. It was co-hosted by the International Knowledge Centre for Engineering Sciences and Technology (shortened as “International Knowledge Centre”, “IKCEST”) under the Auspices of UNESCO, Xi’an Jiaotong University and Huaqiao Universities, and organized by IKCEST Silk Road Training Base. Over 40 government officials from Southeast Asian countries studying in Huaqiao University participated in this training programme.
The opening ceremony of the training programme was held in Xingkong lecture hall of Xi’an Jiaotong University Library on the morning of October 26th. Du Haipeng, Project Manager of the School of Continuing Education of Xi’an Jiaotong University, chaired the opening ceremony. Zhang Aiping, CPC Secretary of the School of Continuing Education of Xi’an Jiaotong University Committee, Yuanyuan, CPC Deputy Secretary of the Chinese Language and Culture College of Huaqiao University, and all the trainees attended the opening ceremony.
On behalf of Xi’an Jiaotong University, Secretary Zhang Aiping extended a warm welcome to Yuanyuan and the government officials from Southeast Asia countries studying in Huaqiao University. He said that located in Xi’an city, which is the starting point of ancient Silk Road, Xi’an Jiaotong University is one of the oldest universities in China and also a city card of Western China. In the past two years, IKCEST Silk Road Training Base has successfully held two training programs in Huaqiao University by sending some of the best teachers over, which have enjoyed great popularity among the foreign students. By holding this training program, Xi’an Jiaotong University aims to offer attendees from various countries an experience to feel the education with Xi’an characteristics. This training program also aims to let the attendees learn about the new trends of science and technology and economic development in China, therefore giving full play to the social function of universities, and strengthening the exchanges between young people in China and Southeast Asian countries in science and technology, education, culture, economy and other fields. Zhang Aiping also hoped that attendees learn and earn from this training, continue to inherit and develop the spirit of Silk Road, and contribute their talents to the development of China and Southeast Asian countries.
In here speeach, Yuan Yuan expressed her gratitude to Secretary Zhang and the staff who organized this training programme. She commented that it was quite an honor for all the trainees from Huaqiao University to take this training in Xi’an Jiaotong University, which is one of the few prestigious universities in China. She said that the city of Xi’an not only enjoys a long history, but also owns strong comprehensive strength that takes the lead in science and technology, culture, economy and transportation in China. She hoped that students cherish the learning and visiting opportunity in the following four days, learn all the courses with full attention, master and apply what they learn here to their life and work so that they can better serve their own countries.
This training programme covers topics of culture and science and technology with lectures given by Professor Han Pengjie, a senior professor from Xi’an Jiaotong University, and Li Xuefei’s team. Students learn about Tao Te Ching and Appreciation of Chinese Traditional Culture and Experience of Paper-cutting, and visited the Westward Migration Historical Memorial Hall of Xi’an Jiaotong University and Emperor Qinshihuang’s Mausoleum Site Park to learn about and experience traditional Chinese culture. In addition, in order to further enhance students’ understanding of the management and operation of Chinese enterprises, cultivate localized talents for countries along the Silk Road, and promote international exchanges between China and Silk-road countries in talents, technologies, products and resources, this training combined theory together with practice, and arranged on-the-spot learning in Chinese famous industrial bases, including Xi’an National Civil Aerospace Industry Base, Xi’an Technology Resources Market, etc. Through enterprise experts’ explanation, the students got a deep understanding of China’s current level of technological development and the status quo of cross-border e-commerce development, and accumulated valuable experiences for the development of their own countries and enterprises.
Up till recently, 62 Sessions of IKCEST Training Programmes for Silk Road Engineering Science and Technology Development have been held by Silk Road Training Base, training more than 6,000 foreign students from over 100 countries and staff from some export-oriented Chinese companies. 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 Meanwhile, it also made important contributions to the economic and social development of Southeast Asian countries and regions.
IKCEST is a category II centre under the auspices of UNESCO and was established in June 2014 in Beijing. The Chinese Academy of Engineering is responsible for the operation and management of the IKCEST. IKCEST aims to provide knowledge-based services at 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.