The third to seventh Training Program for Silk Road Engineering Science and Technology Development co-organised by the International Knowledge Centre for Engineering Sciences and Technology under the Auspices of UNESCO (shortened as “IKCEST”) and Xi’an Jiaotong University, on the themes of “The Theory and Innovative Applications of Big Data”, “Advanced Medical Science and Technology Development” and “Innovative Training on Theoretical and Practical Application of Internet of Things”, were held at Xi’an Jiaotong University on September 17, September 25, October 29, December 9 and December 13. Over 200 overseas and exchange students from more than 20 countries along the Belt and Road, including Pakistan, Nepal, Kenya, Rwanda, Cameroon, Nigeria, Thailand, Sri Lanka and Uganda, as well as Hong Kong and Taiwan of China who are currently studying at Xi’an Jiaotong University, Northwestern Polytechnical University, Xidian University, Chang’an University and China University of Petroleum, took part in the training.
The third training program on “The Theory and Innovative Applications of Big Data” used the model of group teaching plus technical visit. The group teaching part included nine subjects, i.e. management and marketing, Chinese perspective, managing data as a product, China’s opening: a historical review, business analytics for big data, cloud computing and scalable data analysis, cultural difference between China and the West, the management and business innovation driven by the development of information technology, the past and future of One Belt and One Road. The trainees also visited a 3D molding laboratory of engineering technologies.
The fourth and sixth training program on “Advanced Medical Science and Technology Development” included three modules, i.e. frontier technologies in basic medical science, frontier technologies in clinical medical science and experience of traditional Chinese culture. The training mainly took place in the form of thematic lectures on the latest development of key medical disciplines, including the opportunities and challenges of molecular medicine era, and the advancement of the diagnosis and treatment of endocrine diseases; the integration of latest engineering technologies and medical science, such as the application of 3D printing in orthopaedic surgery; as well as some other special topics, such as the trend of infectious diseases control and prevention along the Silk Road. Based on the feedbacks given by the trainees of the second training program on the same theme, the fourth and sixth training program also included courses on the latest development of clinical medical science.
The fifth and seventh training program on “Innovative Training on Theoretical and Practical Application of Internet of Things” included three modules, i.e. Internet of things theories, frontier knowledge of Internet of things and traditional Chinese culture. The training mainly took place in the form of lectures, covering such topics as 5G in a nutshell, security challenges for the Internet of things, software defined networking (shortened as “SDN”), Internet of things and big data, smart device and system for Internet of things, Internet of things: concepts, techniques, and challenges, Internet of things and smarter life, and a brief introduction to Chinese culture. The trainees also visited the terminal test laboratory of the R&D Centre of ZTE Corporation.
At the end of the training, the organisers of the program issued certificates to the trainees who have completed all the studies and passed the exam.