Cana­dian alums of China get to­gether

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20 at the of­fi­cial man­sion of the con­sul gen­eral of China in Toronto.

“As you can see, there are so many alumni from China,” said Xu Yawei, China’s ed­u­ca­tion con­sul in Toronto. “This is a great op­por­tu­nity to set up an as­so­ci­a­tion to track and en­gage them all.”

The gath­er­ing marked the launch of the Cana­dian Chi­nese Alumni As­so­ci­a­tion (CCAA). David Wood, aca­demic di­rec­tor of OJS, Chris­tine Keene of OCAD Univer­sity, Wil­liam Can­tan­gui of York Univer­sity and Shan­non Power of Ry­er­son Univer­sity have all vol­un­teered to help in the for­ma­tion of CCAA.

“Through the CCAA, we want to pro­vide a plat­form for peo­ple to share their ex­pe­ri­ences and in­for­ma­tion,” said Wood. “We are look­ing to build and strengthen the re­la­tion­ship be­tween Canada and China in the field of ed­u­ca­tion.”

Power said: “I will stay in­volved with peo­ple who might be in China or hope to go there, to help them learn about fu­ture op­por­tu­ni­ties. I my­self am in­ter­ested in go­ing back to China to work on my mas­ter’s.”

Ac­cord­ing to Xue Bing, the Chi­nese con­sul gen­eral in Toronto, there are cur­rently nearly 3,000 Cana­dian stu­dents on Chi­nese cam­puses. By 2020, China will be host­ing the most for­eign stu­dents of any coun­try in Asia.

At the gath­er­ing, Xue shared three anec­dotes about Cana­di­ans and ed­u­ca­tion in China.

In 1962, prior to the es­tab­lish­ment of for­mal diplo­matic ties be­tween Canada and China, Chair­man Mao Ze­dong and Premier Zhou En­lai hosted pro­fes­sor Claude Bis­sell, former pres­i­dent of the Univer­sity of Toronto, who later praised the po­ten­tial of China’s ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem in Western media.

Xue also talked about Cana­dian Mark Rowswell, whose Chi­nese name is Dashan. Called “the most fa­mous for­eigner in China”, Roswell has been a China media per­son­al­ity and cul­tural am­bas­sador for more than 25 years.

Last but not least, Xue men­tioned pro­fes­sor Pi­etro Gior­dan of York Univer­sity, a grad­u­ate of Peking Univer­sity, where he found not only aca­demic suc­cess but his beau­ti­ful wife.

“I hope you all have fruit­ful ex­pe­ri­ences and ful­fill your dreams as well,” Xue said.

NA LI / CHINA DAILY

Mem­bers of the newly es­tab­lished Cana­dian Chi­nese Alumni As­so­ci­a­tion gather at the of­fi­cial res­i­dence of the con­sul gen­eral of China in Toronto on Aug 20. James Hig­gin­son, grad­u­ate stu­dent who has stud­ied in China

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