Scholar exchange program helping Sino-Canada ties
Thirteen Chinese scholars will start their research at various universities in Canada this year, as part of the 20142015 China- Canada Scholars Exchange Program (CCSEP).
As visiting scholars, the recipients will spend four to 12 months at prestigious Canadian universities to conduct their respective research programs.
According to the Canadian Embassy in China, the Chinese scholars, from universities and research institutions such as the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, will carry out field research ranging from cultural comparison to food risk management.
25 scholars from Canada under the program will come to China and start their research in Chinese universities this year.
In an event on December 9, Guy Saint-Jacques, the Canadian ambassador to China, met the Chinese recipients and encouraged them to enjoy the critical thinking, innovation and spirit of entrepreneurship that distinguishes Canada’s education system.
The Public Diplomacy Section of the Embassy of Canada and the China Scholarship Council (CSC) jointly organized the event last month to introduce the new recipients to the CCSEP alumni.
Fifty-five participants from the post-secondary institutions and government agencies were present at the event, including 11 recipients under the 2014-2015 CCSEP (two had already arrived in Canada).
Representatives from the Embassy, Ministry of Education, CSC and other CCSEP alumni joined the event and exchanged information and share ideas on common issues.
Fan Di’an, former curator of the National Gallery of China, and the newly appointed president of the Central Academy of Fine Arts, shared his research experience at Victoria University as a CCSEP scholar and how this award benefited him greatly in his career development.
It was through the CCSEP, Fan said, that he obtained the firsthand information on Western art history and visited as many Canadian museums as possible while he studied in Canada in 1992-1993.
As the curator, Fan initiated and took the lead on organizing quite a few art exhibitions between China and foreign countries in the past years.
Fan expressed that he would be happy to contribute his expertise and experience in the Year of People-to-People and Cultural Exchanges between Canada and China in 2015-2016. He wished to promote the art exchange and cooperation between CAFA and Canadian institutions in the areas of design, animation and art education areas.
Established in 1973, the Canada-China Scholars’ Exchange Program was the result of an undertaking by then Chinese Premier Zhou Enlai and Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau.
Since its inception, some 1,200 CCSEP recipients from both countries have traveled to each other’s countries, to bring new perspectives and to acquire enhanced mutual knowledge and appreciation.
“After the investigation is complete, and if we discover some criminal clues such as abuse of power or accepting bribes, suspects will be transferred to the judicial bodies to face trial,” he said.
The 29 other alleged corrupt officials transferred to prosecutors include Jiang Jiemin, former minister of the State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission; Li Dongsheng, former deputy minister at the Ministry of Public Security; Li Chongxi, former chairman of the Sichuan Provincial Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference; and Shen Weichen, former Party chief and executive vice-president of the China Association for Science and Technology.
Since November 2012, when the new leadership was elected, the anti-graft campaign has become a top priority for the CPC Central Committee.
President Xi Jinping has vowed to take a series of strong and effective measures to combat corrupt officials, both the “tigers” (senior officials) and “flies” (low-level officials).
The central government has tightened supervision of “naked officials” — those who have sent their spouses and children abroad to invest in businesses.
Huang said that since November 2012, five rounds of inspections have been conducted in the country’s 31 provinces and regions, 39 central government ministries and authorities, large State-owned companies and leading universities to collect tipoffs about alleged corruption.
A number of suspected graft cases involving senior officials and directors of State- owned enterprises have been uncovered based on tipoffs.
The cases include those of Bai Enpei, former Party chief of Yunnan province; Wan Qingliang, former Party chief of Guangzhou, Guangdong province; and Xue Wandong, former manager of a petroleum engineering technology subsidiary of Sinopec, according to the Commission for Discipline Inspection.
Huang said supervisory offices will cover all 140 central Party and State bodies, including the CPC Central Committee’s General Office, the General Office of the State Council and the Organization Department, to prevent corruption.
Cheng Gang, a law professor at Renmin University of China said: “The anti-graft fight will be more standardized. After completing the investigation within the Party, disciplinary officers will transfer suspected corrupt officials to prosecuting authorities to stand trial.”
According to the commission, more than 70,000 government officials were punished by disciplinary authorities last year for violating Party rules to build a clean government.
The number of cases involved was more than 50,000.
Canadian Ambassador to China Guy Saint-Jacques with scholars Fang Jun (second from left) and Fan Di’an at CCSEP event.