The Consulate General of the People's Republic of China, along with The School of Chinese Language in Kolkata, held successfully the Chinese Higher Education Expo at Milan Mela from 25 to 26 November 2016. Thirty universities from across China such as Tsinghua University, China Communication University and East China Normal University and 2 relevant institutions participated in the exhibition.
Acting Consul General Cai Zhifeng and Mr. Subrata Mukherjee, Minister of Public Health Engineering and Minister of Panchayat and Rural Development of the State Government of West Bengal, Professor Zou Ping, Deputy Director General of Yunnan Provincial Department of Education, Mr. Rong Xihai, Assistant Director General of Henan Provincial Education Department, and Mr. Madan Saraff, President of The School of Chinese Language and more than 1000 teachers and students from Indian universities and high schools were present at the inauguration.
Consul General Ma Zhanwu, who was on official leave in China, sent his message via video to welcome everyone present to the Expo. He emphasized that the participating universities were very representative and had been invited to the expo so that the Indian students and teachers as well as the parents could get to know the respective specialties and majors interesting to them. Mr. Ma also listed the four advantages of studying in Chinese universities. Firstly, affordability - excellent infrastructure and facilities in the Chinese universities are easily accessible and the tuition is about one-third of that in developed countries; Secondly, proximity - it takes about two hours to travel from Kolkata to Kunming, China, and students can come and go conveniently. Thirdly, similarity - Indians have a lot in common with Chinese, like food, habits and culture, and Indians students can adapt to their life and study more quickly; Last but not the least, the prospects - with the rapidly growing China-India relations, studying in China can bring more opportunities for the students in the years to come.
Acting Consul General Cai Zhifeng said at the inauguration that the exhibition was aimed at creating a platform where the Indian students could get to know about China's high education and acquire the information of studying in China, and learn more about the Chinese culture and society, thus allowing them to explore the possibility of pursuing their higher education in China. It would also provide an opportunity for the Chinese universities to conduct exchanges with their Indian counterparts, which will contribute further to friendly relations between the two peoples.
Minister Mukherjee congratulated the Chinese Consulate and The School of Chinese language on launching the Chinese Higher Education Expo 2016. He said that it was a great opportunity for Indian students to learn the skills and techniques from China, and the renowned universities of China could offer Indian students the courses not only in engineering, architecture, medicine, science and technology, but also in arts, culture and performing, which will assist them in acquiring better employment opportunities. He also urged Indian and Chinese universities to explore mutually beneficial cooperation in the areas of public health engineering, water and sanitation.
The two-day Expo, featuring abundant themes, large volumes of visitors and vibrant interactions, received positive recognition from both the Chinese exhibitors and Indian visitors. The teachers and students from Jadapur University, University of Clacutta, West Bengal Government Art College, Techno India University, Seacom Skills University and Sushila Birla Girls High School, St Xavier's High School and St. Lawrence High School, as well as the parents, totaling about 5000, visited the expo. The representatives of the Chinese universities had active communications with the Indian friends. Quite a good number of Indian students showed their strong desire in studying in China and signed letters of intent with the relevant universities.
On the evening of 26 November 2016, Acting Consul General Cai hosted a reception at Marriott Hotel for the Expo, and over 150 people from both China and India attended it.
Pending and during the Expo, The School of Chinese Language in Kolkata advertised the event significantly in the mainstream newspapers and radios in East India and had large billboards put up along main roads and places in Kolkata to increase awareness of the exhibition. It also set up a website dedicated to the Expo. During the event, Times of India, PTI and other news agencies sent their reporters to Milan Mela to cover it.
Consuls Li Shuyun and Zhang Jing, Deputy Consul He Wenjing and Consular Attache Chen Ankai were present at the above functions.
List of Chinese Universities and Institutions (by the alphabetical order)
China Communication University
China Pharmaceutical University
China University of Geo Sciences
China West Normal University
Chengdu Normal University
East China Normal University
Henan Polytechnic University
Henan Provincial Education Department (HPED)
Kunming Medical University
Sichuan Conservatory of Music
Southwest Forestry University
Southwest Jiatong University
Southwestern University of Finance & Economics
Southern University of Science & Technology
University of Electronic Science & Technology of China
University of Science and Technology of China
Xinxiang Medical University
Yunnan Agricultural University
Yunnan Art University
Yunnan Nationalities University
Yunnan Normal University
Yunnan Provincial Education Department. (YPED)