SHU rounds off training program on urban planning
Updated: 2017-08-28

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A training program on urban planning for scholars from countries involved in China's Belt and Road Initiative comes to an end at Shanghai University on Aug 4. [Photo provided to study-shanghai.org]

A study program on urban planning for scholars from countries involved in China's Belt and Road Initiative concluded at Shanghai University on Aug 4.

Academics from countries including Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Thailand and Bahrain took part in the program, which was organized by the Shanghai municipal education commission.

The scholars were treated to various lectures and discussions during the course, with topics ranging from cross-cultural exchanges between Belt and Road countries to Shanghai's development as a smart city.

The attendees spoke highly of the field trips arranged during the program, such as their visit to the Shanghai Free Trade Zone on Aug 1, where they got a better understanding of how businesses, enterprises and technology join hands to propel the region's development.

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Yao Ximing (R), president of the College of International Exchange at Shanghai University, issues a graduating certificate to a scholar for completing the program. [Photo provided to study-shanghai.org]

The scholars were also impressed by the Yangshan Deep-water Port, China's largest container terminal. They were briefed about its history and significance, and visited the sightseeing platform to get a sense of the scale of the engineering project.

At the closing ceremony on Aug 4, the scholars shared their feelings about the last three weeks, with several commenting that the program had given them a renewed understanding of the Belt and Road Initiative and Chinese society, economy and culture, and had inspired them to learn more about China.

Yao Ximing, president of the College of International Exchange at Shanghai University, extended his congratulation to the scholars on completing the course. He shared some stories from his visits to several Belt and Road countries with them, as well as expressing his hope that they would return to China again in the future.

The scholars were then issued certificates. Volunteers also received awards in recognition of their dedication and hard work in organizing the event over the previous weeks.

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Scholars pose during their visit to Yangshan Deep-water Port, China's largest container terminal, in Shanghai on Aug 2. [Photo from WeChat account SHU-ISU]

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