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Seminars on ICT Application in Higher Education for Asian and European Countries and African Countries Opened

September 12, 2019
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September in Shenzhen is still covered by lush greeneries, with everything full of energy and vitality.

On the morning of September 12th, 2019, “Seminar on ICT Application in Higher Education for Asian and European Countries”, and “Seminar on ICT Application in Higher Education for African Countries” opened at the MOOC Center, Southern University of Technology and Science (SUSTech). Sponsored by the Ministry of Commerce of People’s Republic of China, and hosted by Shenzhen Association for Promoting International Economic & Technological Cooperation (APIETC), these two seminars are organized by Center for Higher Education Research (CHER).

Prof. Andrew ZHAO, Deputy Director of CHER, hosted the opening ceremony. Ms. Zhimei HE, Head of the Foreign Cooperation Division of Shenzhen Municipal Commerce Bureau, Mr. Xiangdong FAN, Vice President of APIETC, Prof. Ming LI, Director of CHER, delivered welcoming addresses respectively at the opening ceremony. Prof. Wei HAN, Professor of CHER, Prof. Hong SHEN, Professor of CHER, as well as representatives from enterprises attended the ceremony.

At the Opening Ceremony of Seminar on ICT Application in Higher Education for Asian and European Countries and African Countries

Ms. HE introduced the development of the energetic and young city of Shenzhen and its accomplishment in many aspects. Mr. FAN extended his warmest welcome to the participants, and stressed that participants should take good care of themselves in China. Prof. LI expressed his expectation for both seminars, hoping that they would serve as a great platform for participants to learn more about Shenzhen, China, and its higher education development. Representatives from the two seminars also took to the stage to give a few words. They both pointed out that the seminar would provide a good opportunity for them to know more about China and the ICT application in higher education in China.

Over the past three years, CHER has successfully co-organized a total of six seminars on ICT application in higher education. Taking advantages of Shenzhen’s industrial strength and SUSTech’s disciplinary development, these capacity building seminars have proved to be effective in improving the ICT development in higher education in developing countries across Asia, Africa and Europe.

Both seminars will take place in Shenzhen, Beijing and Wuhan in the coming three weeks. Specifically, the Seminar for Asian and European Countries focuses on Big Data and Cloud Computing, with participants from Myanmar, Palestine, Uzbekistan, and Pakistan; the Seminar for African countries concentrates on “ICT-enabled Administrative System”, with members from Djibouti, Uganda, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Kenya, Ghana, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Egypt, and Gambia.

The Seminars have also invited experts from top universities in China such as Tsinghua University and Huazhong University of Science and Technology, strategic enterprise partners such as Huawei to deliver lectures on the two topics. At the same time, a wide range of cultural activities will be arranged for the participants to get to know China better and create a lasting memory of China.

Group photo of participants on SUSTech campus