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Strengthening education ties with China

09 May 2011

PROMOTING RELATIONS: (From left) Deputy Secretary General of the China Scholarship Council Mr Li Jianmin, Ambassador of the People's Republic of China H.E. Wei Wei and NUS President Prof Tan Chorh Chuan at the ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the start of the exhibition

EDUCATION SHOWCASE: Checking out education opportunities available in China
NUS hosted the inaugural China Education Exhibition with the participation of more than 20 Chinese universities on 6 May 2011. Organised by the Ministry of Education from the People's Republic of China, the exhibition which includes participating universities such as Peking University, Tsinghua University and Fudan University, showcases China as a destination of choice for tertiary studies.

"There are currently more than 260,000 foreign students from 180 countries studying in China. With the 'Study in China' programme, we plan to increase this figure to 500,000 by the year 2020," said Deputy Secretary General of the China Scholarship Council Mr Li Jianmin.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, His Excellency Wei Wei, Ambassador of the People's Republic of China to Singapore, noted that relations between Singapore and China have deepened immensely over the past 20 years, especially in the area of education. He hopes that through the exhibition, Singapore youth will better understand the various education opportunities available at Chinese universities.

NUS, particularly, has forged important educational and research collaborations with China. NUS President Prof Tan Chorh Chuan cited the launch of the Master's in Public Administration and Management programme for senior officials from China, jointly offered by the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy and NUS Business School and the setting up of the NUS Research Institute at Suzhou Industrial Park to promote research and entrepreneurship. He also noted that there is a growing interest among NUS students to pursue studies in China and each year, many students embark on student exchanges and other innovative programmes at selected Chinese universities.

There were more than 3,000 Singaporeans studying in China last year and this number is set to increase over the years.