From University to the World 2017—A dialogue between Chinese and South African Students

On 1st of September 2017, organised by Chinese Radio International (CRI), NEW Plus, Global Max Media Group(GMMG), supported by Confucius Institute at Stellenbosch University and other organisations, 'From University to the World 2017—A dialogue between Chinese and South African Students' was held in Cape Town. The theme of the conversation was ‘China and South Africa: What keep us connected’. Held just before the BRICS Summit in China, this discussion focused on the cooperation between China and South Africa. The Chief Director for International Relations of the Department of Higher Education and Training of South Africa Mr Ghaleeb Jeppie and the Education Attaché at the Education Section of the Chinese Embassy in South Africa Mr. Song Bo attended this event.

The Chief Director for International Relations of the Department of Higher Education and Training of South Africa Mr Ghaleeb Jeppie addressing opening speech

The Education Attaché at the Education Section of the Chinese Embassy in South Africa Mr. Song Bo addressing opening speech

In the opening speech, Mr. Jeppie emphasised the cooperation between China and South Africa and said it shows a great relationship. "Dialogue is a great way for us to know what binds and connects us, especially during the BRICS summit." He also acknowledged the importance of the Confucius Institute in enhancing the educational and cultural communication between South Africa and China. Mr. Song Bo higlighted fruitful developing relationship between South Africa and China. He believes that relationship between China and South Africa will develop closer, especially in terms of the economic and diplomatic ties.

Participants from Stellenbosch University

A teacher at the Confucius Institute at Stellenbosch University (CISU) playing the Chinese traditional instrument Erhu during the Interval

The dialogue took place over two rounds, starting from the differences in cuisine, moved on to social differences and ended with the economic collaboration between the two countries. Five Chinese students and five South African students were selected participants to convey their thoughts. Among the five South African students, three of them were recommended by Confucius Institute at Stellenbosch University. Not only the participants, but also the audience joined in the lively dialogue to express their understanding on relationship between China and South Africa.

This event was live streaming on multiple medias, including CRI, GMMG, Facebook, Weibo and Bush Radio. Over 200 scholars and students from local universities participated this dialogue. This dialogue improved the mutual understanding between China and South Africa. The communication of the future generation was enhanced.

 

 

                                                                                                                                                                                         Written by Ruibo Wang