The opening ceremony of the 59th IKCEST Training Programme for Silk Road Engineering Science and Technology Development was held in Kyrgyz National University on the morning of September 17th, 2019. It was co-hosted by the International Knowledge Centre for Engineering Sciences and Technology (shortened as “IKCEST”) under the Auspices of UNESCO, Xi’an Jiaotong University and Kyrgyz National University, and was organized by IKCEST Silk Road Training Base. Sadykov Kanat, President of Kyrgyz National University, Su Bai Anabek, President Assistant of Kyrgyz National University, Alebek Shamshev, Dean of Directional Training College of Kyrgyz National University, Rashid Yusupov, Director of the Belt and Road Kyrgyzstan-China Research Center, Di Dehai, Dean of the School of Continuing Education of Xi’an Jiaotong University, and teachers from the School of Foreign Studies and the School of Mathematics and Statistics of Xi’an Jiaotong University attended the opening ceremony. President Assistant Su Bai Anabek hosted the opening ceremony. Over 190 trainees from Kyrgyz National University participated this training programme.
On behalf of Xi’an Jiaotong University, Dean Di Dehai made a speech at the opening ceremony. He said that with the support of Chinese Academy of Engineering and IKCEST, IKCEST Silk Road Training Base has always been committed to sharing the advanced knowledge and technology in the field of engineering sciences and techonology on a global scaleso as to achieve the common progress of society by organizing training programmes under the framework of the Belt and Road Initiative. As Xi’an is the starting point of the ancient Silk Road and Bishkek is a key regional centric node of it, Dean Di believed that Xi’an Jiaotong University and Kyrgyz National University will take this training programme as an opportunity to establish a closer tie and jointly contribute to the development of China and Kyrgyzstan.
President Sadykov Kanat conducted in-depth exchanges with the delegation of IKCEST Silk Road Training Base. He hoped that an in-depth cooperation with IKCEST Silk Road Training Base be established to jointly cultivate outstanding students, share high-quality educational resources and jointly develop training programs. The members of the delegation are also full of confidence in the cooperation between the two sides. Dean Di Dehai suggested that IKCEST Silk Road Training Base spare no effort to promote the cooperation.
This training is the fourth time that Xi’an Jiaotong University and IKCEST Silk Road Training Base conducted their talents cultivation programme outside China, with earlier ones held in Thailand, Russia and Uzbekistan. IKCEST Silk Road Training Base has taken a solid step for the professionalization and socialization of foreign student training, and this training programme will also open up a new situation for inter-school cooperation between Kyrgyz National University and Xi’an Jiaotong University. Media such as Kabar - Kyrgyz National News Agency conducted multi- form, multi-angle and all-round report of this programme.
Up till recently, 59 sessions of IKCEST Training Programmes for Silk Road Engineering Science and Technology Development have been held by Silk Road Training Base, training more than 4,000 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 European, Asian and African Belt-road countries and regions.
IKCEST is a category II centre under the auspices of UNESCO and was established in June 2014 in Beijing. Chinese Academy of Engineering is responsible for the operation and management of the IKCEST. IKCEST aims to provide 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 science and technology talents for Belt-Road countries.