STRENGTH­EN­ING TIES

China-Ser­bia ed­u­ca­tion sem­i­nar fo­cuses on stu­dent mo­bil­ity, in­ter­na­tion­al­iza­tion

Global Times - - Life -

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from uni­ver­si­ties in China, Ser­bia and other coun­tries in Cen­tral and East­ern Europe gath­ered at the “Chi­naSer­bia Higher Ed­u­ca­tion Sem­i­nar and Ex­hi­bi­tion” in Ser­bia on Wed­nes­day in or­der to dis­cuss ways to pro­mote stu­dent mo­bil­ity and the de­vel­op­ment of in­ter­na­tion­al­iza­tion.

A sem­i­nar en­ti­tled “Pro­mot­ing stu­dent mo­bil­ity be­tween Ser­bia and China with In­ter­na­tion­al­iza­tion De­vel­op­ment” and the ex­hi­bi­tion Study in China, which in­cluded pre­sen­ta­tions of 35 Chi­nese uni­ver­si­ties, were opened at the rec­torate of the Univer­sity of Novi Sad by its rec­tor De­jan Jak­sic, Li Chun­sheng, deputy sec­re­tary gen­eral of the China Ed­u­ca­tion As­so­ci­a­tion for In­ter­na­tional Ex­change (CEAIE); Yuan Ji­gang, head of ed­u­ca­tion at the Chi­nese em­bassy in Ser­bia; and Zo­ran Milo­se­vic, pro­vin­cial sec­re­tar­iat for higher ed­u­ca­tion and sci­en­tific re­search for Ser­bia’s Au­ton­o­mous Prov­ince of Vo­jvo­d­ina.

Ac­cord­ing to Li, the aim of the event is to con­nect rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Chi­nese uni­ver­si­ties with their coun­ter­parts from Ser­bia, as well as Slo­vakia, Mace­do­nia and Croa­tia in or­der to dis­cuss their pro­grams and projects.

Aca­demic co­op­er­a­tion be­tween the two coun­tries has been de­vel­op­ing quickly, “to­day the level of stu­dent ex­changes and lan­guage learn­ing de­serves re­spect. The num­ber of Ser­bian stu­dents in China in 2017 was 446, while 14 Chi­nese stu­dents stud­ied in Ser­bia,” Li said, adding that Ser­bia now has two Con­fu­cius In­sti­tutes and two Con­fu­cius class­rooms, while four uni­ver­si­ties in China of­fer Ser­bian lan­guage ma­jors.

“More­over, Ser­bia is a very im­por­tant mem­ber of the 16+1 plat­form for co­op­er­a­tion be­tween China and Cen­tral and East­ern Euro­pean coun­tries (CEEC), which con­trib­utes greatly to the de­vel­op­ment of aca­demic co­op­er­a­tion and ex­change in the area of higher ed­u­ca­tion be­tween China and these coun­tries,” he said, not­ing that since last year the Univer­sity of Novi Sad has been the home of the head­quar­ters of the Sec­re­tar­iat of the China-CEEC Higher Ed­u­ca­tion In­sti­tu­tions Con­sor­tium.

Talk­ing about China’s pres­ence in Ser­bia, Jak­sic hoped “that the next wave will con­sist of stu­dents in­ter­ested in learn­ing about our cul­ture, his­tory, her­itage be­sides dif­fer­ent ar­eas of nat­u­ral and so­cial sciences.”

“Chi­nese uni­ver­si­ties are mak­ing progress by var­i­ous pa­ram­e­ters and I am sure that our stu­dents have a lot to learn from the Chi­nese part­ners,” Jak­sic said, not­ing that the Univer­sity of Novi Sad has so far signed agree­ments with 15 Chi­nese uni­ver­si­ties.

“In re­cent years, the Univer­sity of Novi Sad has in­vested sig­nif­i­cant ef­forts to con­trib­ute to the co­op­er­a­tion of Cen­tral and East­ern Europe with China in the area of ed­u­ca­tion,” he said.

Jak­sic also em­pha­sized that CEAIE had de­scribed the univer­sity was the best part­ner to work with, which ac­cord­ing to him is a “great honor and a recog­ni­tion of past work, as well as an obli­ga­tion to ac­tively ad­vance co­op­er­a­tion in the fu­ture.”

Yuan said that the event is sure to pro­mote ed­u­ca­tional co­op­er­a­tion be­tween China and Ser­bia, es­ti­mat­ing that “cul­tural and ed­u­ca­tional ex­change are a booster for de­vel­op­ing the re­la­tions be­tween coun­tries and a lu­bri­cant for in­creas­ing mu­tual trust and dis­pelling doubts.”

He es­ti­mated that through the re­cently-es­tab­lished 16+1 Higher Ed­u­ca­tion In­sti­tu­tions Con­sor­tium, “coun­tries can make good use of their com­pli­men­tary ad­van­tages, in­crease stu­dent and scholar ex­changes, im­ple­ment youth ex­change pro­grams, es­tab­lish joint lab­o­ra­to­ries and cen­ters for re­gional stud­ies, co­op­er­ate in run­ning schools and jointly cul­ti­vat­ing high-qual­ity pro­fes­sion­als.”

“In the new stage of his­tor­i­cal de­vel­op­ment, we look for­ward to closer co­op­er­a­tion with Ser­bia as well as other CEE coun­tries. By strength­en­ing our ties in the field of ed­u­ca­tion, we will con­trib­ute to create a new gen­er­a­tion of Chi­nese and Ser­bian peo­ple who have even bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of each other,” Yuan con­cluded.

After the sem­i­nar, dozens of in­ter­ested stu­dents and schol­ars toured the ex­hi­bi­tion in­quir­ing about re­quire­ments to en­roll at Chi­nese uni­ver­si­ties and their course of stud­ies.

Photo: VCG

Two stu­dents at­tend the an­nual In­ter­na­tional Ed­u­ca­tion Expo in Bei­jing on Oc­to­ber 24, 2015.

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