Schol­ars: Gain­ing con­tacts, wis­dom

China Daily (Canada) - - FRONT PAGE -

It has be­come a key of­fi­cial ex­change pro­gram be­tween the two coun­tries de­signed to en­hance knowl­edge and un­der­stand­ing. Eli­gi­ble Chi­nese CC­SEP ap­pli­cants in­clude aca­demics at post-sec­ondary in­sti­tu­tions, gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials as well as pro­fes­sion­als from cul­tural and me­dia or­ga­ni­za­tions.

“We be­lieve that the knowl­edge you will gain and the new con­tacts you will make dur­ing your study in Canada will of­fer you a greater un­der­stand­ing of Canada, our peo­ple, our cul­ture and our val­ues,” said Saint-Jac­ques to the Chi­nese re­cip­i­ents dur­ing the event last month.

“I hope all the Chi­nese re­cip­i­ents will use this ex­change op­por­tu­nity to strengthen the ties which al­ready ex­ist be­tween our re­spec­tive in­sti­tu­tions of higher-learn­ing,” said the am­bas­sador.

“Quite a few out­stand­ing re­cip­i­ents have made great con­tri­bu­tions to the bi­lat­eral re­la­tion­ship, in­clud­ing for­mer Chi­nese am­bas­sadors to Canada, and lead­ing schol­ars, in­clud­ing Pro­fes­sor Fan,” in­tro­duced by the Cana­dian am­bas­sador.

“In re­cent years, our ties with China have grown ex­po­nen­tially and in ev­ery re­spect, from trade and in­vest­ment, to the num­ber of stu­dents study­ing in each other’s coun­tries, to the fre­quency of high-level vis­its, to two-way tourism, and the num­ber of peo­pleto-peo­ple ex­changes.”

“As you know, Prime Min­is­ter Stephen Harper re­cently paid an of­fi­cial visit to China just prior to the APEC Lead­ers Meet­ing. Dur­ing the visit he held suc­cess­ful meet­ings with China’s lead­ers that, I be­lieve, have strength­ened the foun­da­tion for fu­ture col­lab­o­ra­tions that will bol­ster two-way ties,” he said.

The two coun­tries an­nounced that 2015 and 2016 would be Years of Peo­ple-toPeo­ple and Cul­tural Ex­changes.

In ad­di­tion to the speech by the am­bas­sador, Fang Jun, deputy di­rec­tor of the Depart­ment of In­ter­na­tional Co­op­er­a­tion and Ex­changes of the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion, pointed out that CC­SEP has played an im­por­tant role in the bi­lat­eral peo­ple-to-peo­ple ties.

He men­tioned that the two coun­tries have reached the goal made in 2012 when Cana­dian Prime Min­is­ter Stephen Harper, set a goal of 100,000 stu­dents study­ing in each other’s coun­tries by 2017.

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