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The 7th China-ASEAN Education Cooperation Week Opens in Guiyang
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                                                                      The opening ceremony 


                                                        Performances at the opening ceremony 


On Sept. 1st, the 7th China-ASEAN Education Cooperation Week (CAECW), with the theme “Hand in Hand, Education for the People”, opened in Guiyang, the capital of Guizhou Province. China-ASEAN Ministers Forum was also held after the opening ceremony.


The opening ceremony was presided over by Meng Qiliang,  Vice-Governor of Guizhou Province. Ma Peihua, Vice-Chairman of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CCPPCC), declared CAECW open. Officials who addressed the opening ceremony included Zhao Kezhi, Secretary of CPC Guizhou Provincial Committee, H.E. Mr. Tin Oo, Ambassador of Myanmar, Rotating Chairmanship of ASEAN in 2014, Liu Zhenmin, Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Cao Weizhou, Vice Secretary-General of the Standing Committee of National People’s Congress.  Chinese Officials present also included Chen Min’er, Governor of Guizhou Province, Wang Fuyu, Chairman of the Provincial Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, Hao Ping, China’s Vice Minister of Education, Ning FukuiChinese Ambassador to Thailand,  Zhang XinshengFormer President of China Education Association of International Exchange, Long Yongtu, Former Vice Minister of Foreign Trade and Economic Cooperation, Ma Mingqiang, the Secretary-general of ASEAN-China Center, etc.


ASEAN officials attending the opening ceremony included Zaw Min Aung, Burma’s Vice-minister of Education, Pit Chamnan, Secretary of State of Cambodia’s Ministry of Education, Nasir bin Mat Dam, Deputy Secretary-general of Malaysia’s Ministry of Education, Witaya Jeradechakul, Secretary-general of the Southeast Asian Education Ministers Organization, an Indonesian envoy and a member of the Parliament of Thailand.


Zhao Kezhi, on behalf the CPC Guizhou Provincial Committee and Guizhou Provincial Government, extended his welcome to all officials, guests and friends present at the meeting. He said that education was a fundamental task crucial for generations to come. Governments and peoples of countries across the world all recognized the significance of educational development and cooperation. In the past 6 years since the first CAECW, China and ASEAN had pragmatically cooperated in many aspects. CAECW had become a platform for exchanges in ideas and wisdom, as well as mutual learning and benefits. It has pushed forward a more open educational development in Guizhou, and promoted China-ASEAN strategic partnership with mutual trust.


China’s initiatives on building Silk Road Economic Belt and 21st-century Maritime Silk Road would bring China and ASEAN more opportunities for opening-up, cooperation and common development. Guizhou would, with the guidance of and supports from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Education, lift the quality and scale of CAECW. Guizhou would expand exchanges with ASEAN in talents and culture to develop CAECW as an important platform for win-win cooperation. Through joint efforts, there would be a more influential, distinctive, quality and effective CAECW which would make its contribution to a future China-ASEAN “diamond decade”. Guizhou would learn advanced educational ideas from both home and abroad as well as research results and working experience from experts and scholars. Guizhou, as the host, would provide quality services to ensure a successful CAECW.


H.E. Mr. Tin Oo said that, CAECW had significantly enhanced a friendly cooperation which was important for future generations. As the Rotating Chairmanship of ASEAN in 2014, Myanmar would make all efforts to propel a more pragmatic and fruitful China-ASEAN cooperation in culture and education.


Liu Zhenmin pointed out that, cultural exchanges are an important part of China-ASEAN cooperation. CAECW has great developmental potential and prospect. To successfully hold CAECW, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs would, together with the Ministry of Education and Guizhou Province, strengthen top-level design, focus on characteristic cooperation, enrich cooperation areas and improve mechanism construction. Liu believed that joint efforts would drive CAECW forward with its own advantages, and make it an important and influential platform for China-ASEAN cooperation.


Cao Weizhou described CAECW as a grand gathering for education of China and ASEAN countries. Educators from China and ASEAN came here every year to exchange ideas, enhance mutual understandings and seek ways for common development. He hoped that this year’s CAECW would further strengthen the cooperation so as to benefit the people of both sides from its achievements and to devote to the establishment of China-ASEAN community of common destiny.


The following Minister Forum was presided over by Chen Mingming, a vice-governor of Guizhou Province. Chen Min'er, Pit Chamnan, Hao Ping, Nasir bin Mat Dam, Ma Mingqiang, Zaw Min Aung and Witaya Jeradechakul delivered keynote speeches at the forum.


Chen Min'er said that, the theme of this CAECW—Hand in Hand, Education for People—indicated peace, cooperation and mutual understanding and benefits. It was in line with the initiatives on building 21st-century Maritime Silk Road and would enrich the implication of educational cooperation and propel cultural exchanges.


Chen also stress Guizhou’s important position. Guizhou, standing at the entrance to the South China Sea, is also at an important position to link the Maritime Silk Road and for ASEAN to enter China. Guizhou develops itself, with a balance between development and ecology, through industrialization and urbanization, and focuses on developing ecological and environmental friendly industries. Guizhou’s economic growth rate has ranked at the forefront of the whole country and all indicators of ecological civilization construction were in good condition.


To achieve common prosperity for all the people in Guizhou, the key is talents, the foundation, education, and the way, opening up. Guizhou will work with the ASEAN to push forward education cooperation in a more open way and to lift its internationalization in education. Guizhou would be more open to diverse cultures and cultural exchanges. Guizhou would launch joint scientific research and co-explore new fields of scientific research. Guizhou would be more far-sighted in talents training and seek new channels of communication between youth.


Hao Ping also acknowledged the significance and prospect of CAECW in propelling China-ASEAN education cooperation. Prioritizing educational development is China’s basic policy and China emphasizes the opening-up of education. Hao Ping believed that China-ASEAN education cooperation would enter a new stage.


Pit Chamnan said that Cambodia, as one of the ASEAN countries, has benefited a lot from the CAECW and has significantly strengthened its friendship with China and other ASEAN countries. He looked forward to sharing experience during this CAECW, through which to facilitate each country’s development under regionalization and globalization.


Nasir bin Mat Dam saw this CAECW as a historic and fruitful gathering. He also extended his welcome to educational experts and scholars from China and the other ASEAN countries to Malaysia for academic visits.


Ma Mingqiang said that China-ASEAN Centre focused on pushing educational cooperation. He hoped that the growing CAECW would move forward based on related systems, and become a platform for policy dialogues between education authorities of China and ASEAN countries, for exchanges between institutes of higher learning, and for China-ASEAN cultural exchanges.


Zaw Min Aung mentioned that the friendship between ASEAN countries and China had a long history. Both sides valued each other very much and had noticed the increasing influence of cooperation. He said this year’s CAECW convinced everyone that pragmatic cooperation between ASEAN and China could dramatically fuel each country’s development.


Witaya Jeradechakul said that, cooperation has played an important role in educational development and the future of education relies on our present generation. As a basic human right, education deserves to be the subject of further cooperation and deserves the support of people from all walks of life. Witaya Jeradechakul expressed his wish to build CAECW into a permanent platform for experience sharing and mutual understanding.  


At the opening ceremony, China (Guizhou) ASEAN Students Service Centre was inaugurated by Chen Min’er and Zhang Xinsheng, and China (Guizhou) Malaysia Education Service Centre, by Wang Fuyu and Nasir bin Mat Dam. Li Zhengdao, a Nobel laureate in physics, sent his good wishes for CAECW. And an ASEAN student on ASEAN Scholarship Program at Guizhou University made a speech at the ceremony.


At the China-ASEAN Youth Culture Exhibition during the opening ceremony, a dance and a songwith Guizhou’s characteristics were showed respectively by students (including some ASEAN students) from Zunyi Normal University and Guizhou University. 


Participants also included other officials of international organizations, ambassadors, university presidents, experts, scholars and student representatives from both ASEAN and China.



Related news:   


China-ASEAN Vocational Education Achievement Exhibition, an important part of CAECW, was held in Guiyang on Sept. 1st. Teachers and Students from dozens of vocational-technical colleges of Guizhou presented their vocational skills related to medical treatment, mechanical manufacturing, catering, tea industry, food safety, and the application of big data, among which achievements in Chinese traditional physiotherapy, robot building, big data and food safety got most of appreciation. Universities and education authorities of both China and ASEAN would take CAECW as a platform to deepen cooperation in language, culture and history so as to enhance the youth’s understanding of the other countries.


 ( Source: Guiyang Daily, Sept. 2nd, 2014)  



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