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Consul General Ma Zhanwu Briefed Indian Media on Higher Education Expo

Mr. Ma Zhanwu, Consul General of the People's Republic of China in Kolkata, held a press briefing at Hotel Oberoi Grand on 7 May 2018, during which he announced that the Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China in Kolkata, in cooperation with the School of Chinese Language in Kolkata, will hold Chinese Higher Education Expo 2018 at Biswa Bangla Convention Centre in Kolkata from 9:00 AM to 6:30 PM on the two days of the 10th and 11th of May 2018. Over 60 reporters from mainstream media houses were present, including PTI, Times of India, The Telegraph, Statesman, The Indian Express, NDTV, UNI, Ei Samay, Sanmarg, Salam Duniya, Aaj Tak, ABP Ananda, Anadabazar Patrika, Northeast Now, and Millennium Post.

Mr. Ma said the consulate is grateful that Madam Mamata Banerjee, the Honorable Chief Minister with the State Government of West Bengal, has given the quote which reads as follows:“We are happy that the Chinese universities see Bengal as the hub of education in this region.” The consulate is also highly appreciative of the promised attendance by MPs, ministers with the state government of West Bengal, the State Legislative Assembly, and many Vice Chancellors, Directors, Principals, and Secretaries who are in charge of universities, institutes and schools. Thousands of friends from the educational, cultural and business communities, and young students have confirmed their participation.

Mr. Ma said that ‘Chinese Higher Education Expo 2018’ would have participation of over 60 universities from eleven provinces and municipalities of China. This is the first time that so many Chinese universities are here together in an Indian city to exhibit themselves. And they are here to publicize their achievements, to find Indian partners of cooperation, and to invite Indian students to go and study in China. Students will have the option of over 100 majors to choose from. The Expo is open to all, and entry is free.

He also said that the Expo is held against a favorable backdrop of the relationship between China and India, when President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Modi reached very important consensus on developing further the partnership and cooperation between the two great nations in their meeting in Wuhan, China from 27 to 28 April 2018, which has turned a new chapter in the bilateral ties, and the bilateral relationship has been thus ushered into a new era of growth. It is also held in the context that China has decided to open wider to other countries, and will realize its modernization step by step and achieve full modernization by 2050, which would turn the huge potentials for the bilateral cooperation into concrete outcomes. And many Chinese companies are coming to do business in India. Chinese and Indian economies are highly complementary, and economic and trade ties and investment cooperation will grow fast with joint efforts. Exchanges and cooperation between China and India will see new progress in the coming years, especially when the construction of BCIM economic corridor starts.

He also stated that by May 2017, there were 2,914 colleges and universities, with over 20 million students enrolled in China. The huge progress of the Chinese universities would make anyone associated with them increasingly proud.

Mr. Ma also mentioned that it makes sense for an Indian student to study at a Chinese university, as it is: affordable, secure, closer to home; and has quality education, English medium, great infrastructure, great prospects for career development. A total of 252 Chinese universities are designated by MOE to accept Chinese Government Scholarship students. And the Consulate will provide help as to visa, the expo, and the scholarships. Over 18,000 Indians are already studying in China, and many have completed their education to return to work in India, or stay in China to get work experience. Many places in China welcome well-educated graduates, from abroad and Hainan Province has specifically said it allows foreigners who have obtained Master’s degree in China to work.

He concluded by saying that the Expo is part of the on-going effort of the Chinese Consulate to promote cultural and educational exchanges between China and the five states in Eastern India, namely, West Bengal, Bihar, Jharkhand, Odisha, and Chhattisgarh. In November 2016, the Chinese Consulate held the first such EXPO successfully in Kolkata, and 32 Chinese universities were represented at it. He said the consulate sincerely invites all friends from the media to visit the ‘Chinese Higher Education Expo 2018’.

Mr. Ma also answered questions from the media on China-India educational exchanges, courses offered by Chinese universities, Chinese investment in Eastern India, Chinese policy for foreign students to work in China, etc.

Consul Li Suyun, Consul Zhang Jing, and Vice Consul Xie Chao were present.

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