In­creased ex­changes, schol­ar­ships pri­or­i­tized

China Daily (USA) - - CHINA - By TANYINGZI in Chongqing tanyingzi@chi­nadaily.com.cn

South­west Univer­sity in Chongqing plans to in­crease ex­changes and de­velop schol­ar­ships with ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tions in coun­tries in­cluded in the Belt and Road Ini­tia­tive.

The ini­tia­tive, pro­posed by Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping in 2013, is ex­pected to en­hance co­op­er­a­tion be­tweenChi­naandCen­tral Asia, the Mid­dle East, Europe and South­east­Asia.

“Cur­rently most of our over­seas stu­dents come from the Belt and Road re­gions, such as Kaza­khstan, Thai­land and Viet­nam,” said Li­uMeng, deputy di­rec­tor ofSWUIn­ter­na­tional Col­lege. “In the fu­ture, the school will make more ef­forts to at­tract stu­dents from those ar­eas with bet­ter schol­ar­ship pro­grams.”

Chongqing, the fourth mu­nic­i­pal­ity un­der the di­rect lead­er­ship of the cen­tral gov­ern­ment, af­ter Bei­jing, Shang­hai and Tian­jin, stands at a crit­i­cal junc­ture link­ing the hin­ter­lands with neigh­bor­ing coun­tries, thanks to the Chongqing-Xin­jiang-Europe In­ter­na­tional Rail­way.

from 60 coun­tries and re­gions study at South­west Univer­sity in Chongqing

The nearly 11,180-kilo­me­ter link be­gins in­Chongqing, crosses the bor­der into Kaza­khstan, and passes through Rus­sia, Be­larus and Poland be­fore reach­ing its ter­mi­nus in Duis­burg, Ger­many.

Aso­ne­ofthe“211Pro­ject”univer­si­ties— the top 100 univer­si­ties in the 21st cen­tury sup­port­ed­bythe cen­tral gov­ern­ment — SWU ex­cels in ped­a­gogy, psy­chol­ogy and agri­cul­ture re­search.

Since the 1950s, the univer­sity has been en­rolling in­ter­na­tional stu­dents. Now there are more than 800 stu­dents from 60 coun­tries and re­gions study­ing at SWU for their bach­e­lor’s, master’s and doc­toral de­grees, or for Chi­nese lan­guage stud­ies.

“By 2020, the num­ber of in­ter­na­tional stu­dents on cam­pus ev­ery year will reach 2,000, with 55 per­cent of them un­der­tak­ing de­gree pro­grams,” Liu said.

The school of­fers a wide range of schol­ar­ships for in­ter­na­tion­al­stu­dents, in­clud­ingthe Chi­nese Gov­ern­ment Schol­ar­ship, Con­fu­cius In­sti­tute Schol­ar­ship, Chongqing Mu­nic­i­pal Gov­ern­ment Mayor Schol­ar­ship and South­west Univer­sity Pres­i­dent Schol­ar­ship.

Lo­cal mo­tor gi­ant Zong­shen In­dus­trial Group also set up a spe­cial pro­gram to of­fer full schol­ar­ships to stu­dents from Be­larus or Rus­sian-speak­ing coun­tries who pur­sue master de­grees atSWU.

As a mem­ber of the Si­noRus­sian Al­liance ofPed­a­gog­i­cal Univer­si­ties, a SWU del­e­ga­tion vis­ited Rus­sia in early June to en­hance ex­changes with coun­ter­parts there, in­clud­ing Yaroslavl State Ped­a­gog­i­cal Univer­sity and Moscow City Teacher Train­ingUniver­sity.

SWU has also de­vel­oped in­no­va­tive joint pro­grams with Thai univer­si­ties. Since 2014, stu­dents at Panyapi­wat In­sti­tute of Man­age­ment can earn cred­its for study­ing Chi­nese at SWU. Khon Kaen Univer­sity and SWU set up a dual de­gree pro­gram.

“In ad­di­tion to its aca­demic ad­van­tages, SWU boasts first­class teach­ing and liv­ing fa­cil­i­ties for in­ter­na­tional stu­dents,” Liu said.

The gar­den-style cam­pus at the foot of Jinyun Mountain of­fer­san­ices­tudyen­vi­ron­ment, said Ly Gia Yen from Viet­nam.

“I will miss the cam­pus very much af­ter I re­turn to my home­town,” said Ly, a doc­toral can­di­date in ped­a­gogy.

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