On Aug 9, 2023, Zhao Fengtao, vice-chairman of the China International Development Cooperation Agency (CIDCA), chaired a symposium on China's foreign aid work in degree and diploma education, in a bid to propel its high-quality development. Du Wei, deputy director-general of the CIDCA's Department of International Cooperation, Chen Runyun, vice-president of the Academy for International Business Officials (AIBO) under the Ministry of Commerce, and representatives of institutions undertaking such education projects attended the meeting.
Chen introduced in detail the overall situation, main characteristics, outcomes and shortcomings of the foreign aid education program, and said that the scale and scope of the program have been expanding in recent years, under the support and guidance of the CIDCA, bringing benefits to a wide range of countries and attracting more high-level students, which has developed into a brand with wide recognition.
Representatives from the China Scholarship Council, China Agricultural University, Beijing Normal University, the University of International Business and Economics, Beijing Forestry University, China Women's University, and the Shanghai National Accounting Institute introduced their projects respectively, shared their experiences and offered suggestions.
Affirming degree and diploma education as a major form of China's foreign aid training, Zhao said that it has played an important role in consolidating and developing friendly relations with related countries and enhancing China's soft power and influence. He urged all institutions to further strengthen the overall design of projects, deliver quality teaching, attract more outstanding students, and improve the level of China's foreign aid education, in a bid to make new contributions to the building of a community with a shared future for mankind.