Students from BRICS countries explore cultural ties at Shanghai summer school
Updated: 2017-08-01

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The 2017 Shanghai Summer School BRICS program opens at Fudan University on July 6. This year's edition attracted 36 students from Russia, Brazil, South Africa and India. [Photo provided to study-shanghai.org]

The 2017 edition of the Shanghai Summer School for students from BRICS countries got underway at Fudan University on July 6.

Thirty-six students from other BRICS member countries were given an opportunity to boost mutual exchanges and explore cultural ties with Chinese students, to increase their understandings about China and Chinese culture.

Saul Moross, a South African student who participated in last year's edition, praised the event and expressed his determination to continue furthering his postgraduate studies in Shanghai.

He commended the organizers of the event for creating the environment for young scholars to openly share ideas and promote friendly relations among BRICS countries.

"I'm particularly interested in the topics concerning connections between China and South Africa, especially the easy atmosphere to freely share our views," Moross said.

Another highlight of the occasion is the introduction of renowned professors from both Chinese and foreign universities to deliver academic lectures on China's politics and diplomacy, global governance and cooperation among BRICS countries.

Eduardo Cavaliere from Brazil said the courses, particularly those focused on social development challenges in BRICS countries, aroused enthusiasm among the students, as they were introduced to the significance of empathy, and the capacity to understand others' feelings.

The students also immersed themselves in local culture during an activity labeled as "Happy in Shanghai". It provided them a historical and modern overview of Shanghai, and introduced them to the unique elegance of the Yangtze River Delta..

The BRICS program was launched by the Shanghai Municipal Education Commission in 2014 with the support from the Center for BRICS Studies at Fudan University. The program has over the years attracted hundreds of students from BRICS member countries to deepen mutual exchanges and enhance their understandings of Shanghai and its development of international education.

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