Scholars: Gaining contacts, wisdom
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.