Creating strong people-to-people ties through international education exchange programs

Deputy Director-General of International Cooperation and Exchanges of the Ministry of Education, Fang Jun, addresses the Yenching Global Symposium

The Yenching Global Symposium welcomed the Deputy Director-General of International Cooperation and Exchanges of the Ministry of Education, Fang Jun, to be keynote speaker at the opening ceremony of the Symposium. Mr. Fang spoke highly of the Ministry initiatives taken towards increasing the number of foreign students living on exchange in China. He emphasised that China has developed strong political, diplomatic and economic connections and now is shifting to focus on developing a “strong people-to-people mechanism”. The increasing number of international students coming to China is an indicator of this shift in focus.

Mr. Fang spoke highly of his previous encounter with Yenching scholars in which they discussed issues concerning Chinese education as they demonstrated a “mature and complex interest” in the issues China is facing with in this regard. When questioned on the possible obstacles that the development of people-to-people relations could face, Mr. Fang’s answer was quite optimistic: “There aren’t any”. The number of countries that China develops this kind of relationship with will increase in the coming years.