Chinese Ambassador Sun Weidong, attended the opening ceremony of "China Week" at JGU and the 5th Anniversary Celebration of India-China Studies Center

On October 23, Ambassador Sun Weidong and his wife Dr. Bao Jiqing attended the opening ceremony of the "China Week" and the 5th anniversary ceremony of the India-China Studies Center at Jindal Global University.Professor Raj Kumar, VC of JGU, former Ambassador to France Mr.Mohan Kumar, diplomats of the Chinese Embassy in India, representatives from Chinse industries in India, the All India Women's Federation, the All-China Federation of Returned Overseas Chinese and Chinese students attended the event.

Ambassador Sun Weidong thanked JGU for hosting the event on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the founding of People's Republic of China, and congratulated the India-China Studies Center of JGU its 5th anniversary. He said that since the founding of New China, China has created a world-famous development and construction achievement. The Chinese government attaches great importance to the development of education.There are 2,956 universities or colleges in China, and the international rankings have significantly improved.The gross enrollment rate of higher education is 50%, the number of students studying abroad is 662,000, the number of returnees is 519,000, and the rate of returning back to China is over 80%.

Ambassador Sun said that the Chinese government attaches importance to international education cooperation and actively promotes the common development of Chinese universities and overseas universities.A mutual recognition agreement for academic degrees has been signed with more than 50 countries or regions.About 550 Confucius Institutes and 1,200 Confucius Classrooms have been established in 154 countries and regions.Promote vocational education cooperation, build Luban workshops with partner countries, provide skills training for local students, and create employment opportunities.

Ambassador Sun said that the leaders of the two countries held a second informal meeting in Chennai a few days ago and exchanged views on overall, long-term and strategic international and regional issues in a friendly atmosphere.We should be guided by the important consensus reached by the leaders of the two countries, strive to expand consensus, properly handle differences, and expand the cooperation cake.

Ambassador Sun made initiatives to further strengthen China-Indian education cooperation.First, the two governments should support academic cooperation and exchanges between the two universities, create opportunities, build platforms, and provide convenience.Second, universities in the two countries should consider establishing a China-Indian University Alliance, sharing superior resources, optimizing educational output, and working together for common development.The third is to continue to promote the Luban workshop cooperation model. China is willing to help young Indians master the skills and find ideal jobs, while encouraging Chinese companies to recruit qualified local employees.The fourth is to encourage young people in China and India to learn each other's language and understand the history and culture of the country through language.Fifth, more Indian students are welcome to study in China, and Chinese students are encouraged to participate in the Indian government's "Study in India" program.

Ambassador Sun finally said that the Chinese believe that heroes have emerged from younger age since ancient times.The outstanding young people of China and India learned from each other along the ancient Silk Road and set an example for us.The future of China-Indian relations is in the hands of young people from both countries.Every student present has the mission of promoting the development of China-Indian relations, the hope of today and the future, and the hope of the friendship between China and India from generation to generation.

Prof. Kumar thanked Ambassador Sun for attending the celebration. He was the first Chinese ambassador to visit JGU.He said that China's 70 years of development and achievements have attracted worldwide attention and brought about earth-shaking changes.Young people in China and India should have close contacts, learn from each other and become close friends.JGU and the India-China Studies Center are willing to provide more exchange platforms for Chinese and Indian youths, and hold more international conferences, think tank discussions and cooperation opportunities.The youth exchanges and cultural exchanges between China and India are the will of the people and are unstoppable.

On the same day, Ambassador Sun also visited the Chinese Folklore Exhibition, the China-Indian Art Exhibition and other supporting activities, and planted a "friendship tree" on campus, and wish the friendship between China and India, such as this sapling, to continue to thrive.

The University of JGU was established in 2009, and was selected by the Indian government as one of the 20 universities for "Institute of Eminence". It is one of only two private universities with full A-level autonomy in All India. It has a high level of internationalized private universities. JGU has signed cooperation agreements with more than 20 Chinese universities.

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