The 68th “Training Programme for Silk Road Engineering, Science and Technology Development” & the 3rd Ningxia Medical University “Silk Road Convergence” Training Programme for international students was held in the School of International Education of Ningxia Medical University from Nov. 30th to Dec. 1st, 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 Ningxia Medical University, and was organized by IKCEST Silk Road Training Base. 50 foreign students from Ningxia Medical University registered for the workshop.
Hosted by Song Yu, Vice Chief of Teaching Management Office of the School of International Education of Ningxia Medical University, the opening ceremony was held on the morning of Nov. 30th. Wu Chuan, Directly Affiliated Party Branch Secretary of the School of International Education of Ningxia Medical University, Zhang Aiping, Secretary of the School of Continuing Education of Xi’an Jiaotong University Committee, Jin Rong, Associate Professor of the School of Foreign Studies of Xi’an Jiaotong University, and all the trainees attended the opening ceremony.
Wu Chuan made a welcome speech on behalf of Ningxia Medical University and extended a warm welcome to the leaders and teachers of Xi’an Jiaotong University. He expressed his appreciation as Ningxia Medical University was chosen to host Training Programme for Silk Road Engineering Science and Technology Development once again. He hoped that trainees listen carefully in class and have more interactions and practices to enrich their specialized knowledge, improve application skills and expand research horizons so as to expand cultural, educational, and scientific exchanges between China and foreign countries under the Belt and Road Initiative. He also hoped that further cooperation and exchanges be carried out among Ningxia Medical University and Xi’an jiaotong University as well as IKCEST, so as to train more foreign students who know China well, are close to China and love China.
Zhang Aiping, Secretary of the School of Continuing Education of Xi’an Jiaotong University Committee, made a speech at the opening ceremony. On behalf of all the members of Xi’an Jiaotong University and the Silk Road Training Base, he extended his gratitude to Ningxia Medical University for their strong support. He introduced the background, development goals and significance of IKCEST Silk Road Training Base as well as the lectures in this training programme. Secretary Zhang said that as an important link between China and the west, Ningxia is a place populated by many different peoples and different life styles. The successful holding of IKCEST Silk Road Training Programme in Ningxia Medical University shows that the Belt and Road Initiative has taken a giant step in its development. And it also indicates a closer and more lasting tie between China and Belt and Road countries. He hoped that all the foreign students participating in this training programme make great achievements in their study and become excellent talents who are ready to take on important responsibilities. He also hoped that these foreign students carry forward the spirit of the Silk Road and contribute their talents to the development of Belt-road countries.
Senior professors from Xi’an Jiaotong University gave lectures on the topics of Culinary Delights in China, Auspicous Mascots in Chinese Myths and Legends, 3D Printing in Orthopaedic Surgery, The Advancement on the Diagnosis and Treatment of Renal Cell Carcinoma (RCC), The Fetus Malformation in Some Countries Along the One Belt and One Road Area, Chinese Traditional Etiquette Culture, Dietary and Policy Priorities for Cardiovascular Disease, Diabetes, and Obesity, The Trend of Infectious Diseases Control Prevention Along the Silk Road Countries. Focusing on medical science and also covering Chinese culture courses, this programme aimed to help broaden foreign students’ horizon and make them have an in-depth understanding of Chinese culture and the frontier medical science and technology knowledge in China.
Up till recently, 68 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 and staff from export-oriented Chinese Companies from over 100 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 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.