School helps de­vel­op­ing coun­tries

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - YOUTH | CAMPUS -

lead­er­ship skills and glob­al­iza­tion.

Awan An­drew Riak, an of­fi­cial from South Su­dan who stud­ied for a year at the in­sti­tute, says: “When you look back at African his­tory, we haven’t gone any­where since our in­de­pen­dence in the 1960s. But the South-South in­sti­tute has now pro­vided us with a chance to es­tab­lish the North-South di­a­logue, and our in­spi­ra­tions will move our peo­ple.

“With South-South, we be­lieve that we are look­ing crit­i­cally into the chal­lenges that we face, and we are look­ing into the rel­e­vant so­lu­tions.

“I wish South-South would take more stu­dents in­stead of mak­ing it very limited, be­cause we have more peo­ple who re­quire this ed­u­ca­tion, and it might change the coun­try.”

An­other stu­dent, Doroteia Al­berto Chipande from Mozam­bique, says the ed­u­ca­tion mod­ules at South-South are prag­matic.

“South-South wants stu­dents not just to learn things in class, they want us to see what hap­pened and how it hap­pened for us to have the feel­ing,” Chipande says.

She cites a field trip to Shen­zhen in the coun­try’s south, as an ex­am­ple.

“We all know about Shen­zhen, and we heard about Shen­zhen, but be­ing in the place and talk­ing with peo­ple and to feel the at­mos­phere of the city is to­tally dif­fer­ent. Even­tu­ally, we got dif­fer­ent ideas about its de­vel­op­ment and in­no­va­tion.”

Chipande says the ex­pe­ri­ence at the in­sti­tute made her not only know China bet­ter, but also other coun­tries in Africa.

“Be­ing in China, and hav­ing more than 20 class­mates from dif­fer­ent coun­tries, that was one of the big­gest lessons,” she says. “I re­al­ized I didn’t know enough about my own coun­try.”

Chipande says she wants to see more women join­ing the in­sti­tute for such cour­ses. There were just 10 fe­males in her class.

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Justin Yifu Lin (left), dean of South-South In­sti­tute Co­op­er­a­tion and De­vel­op­ment In­sti­tute at Pek­ing Univer­sity, awards diplo­mas to grad­u­ates in July in Bei­jing.

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