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From May 10 to May 19, 2017, Zhang Jian – Vice Chairman of Academy Council of BFA, and Zuo Yan – Director of Foreign Affairs Office of the International School of BFA participated in the education promotion activity “Presentation of Beijing Education 2017” hosted by Beijing Municipal Education Commission in Greece and the UK.


From May 10 to May 12, the representatives of BFA, together with the delegation, went toAthens,Greece, where they visited the government ofAthens, Independent University of Science and Technology Studies of Athens, and Technological Educational Institute of Athens successively.

 

The delegation of the Presentation of Beijing Education visited the government of Athens.

 

Mr. George Kaminis – Mayor of Athens communicated with the delegation.

 

The delegation of the Presentation of Beijing Education had an informal discussion with the representatives of the government ofAthens.


During the visit to the government of Athens on May 10, Mr. George Kaminis – Mayor of Athens, Ms. Maria Eleoblu – Deputy Mayor of Athens, Mr. Alessandros Modiano - Deputy Mayor of Athens and Ms. Emmy Papazoglou – Director General of Education Bureau of Athens received the delegation, and had an extensive exchange with the delegation about the cooperation between Beijing and Athens in the college education and secondary education fields. Mr. George Kaminis wished the Presentation of Beijing Education a success in Athens.

 

Vice Chairman Zhang Jian gave a speech in the activity held in the Independent University of Science and Technology Studies of Athens.

 

Exhibition arrangement scene of the Presentation of Beijing Education


On May 11, the delegation of the Presentation of Beijing Education went to the Independent University of Science and Technology Studies of Athens and carried out the education promotion activity “Presentation of Beijing Education 2017”. Vice Chairman Zhang Jian of Academy Council of BFA, as the head of the delegation of this Presentation of Beijing Education, gave a speech. He said, “Both China and Greece are countries with ancient civilizations and had great thinkers and philosophers such as Plato and Confucius. Based on these great intellectual property and cultural deposits, two countries realize the cooperation across time and space. This visit happens in the period of China Belt and Road Summit, and the delegation of the Presentation of Beijing Education is willing to actively set up a foundation for the cooperation with colleges and universities of Greece and seek open and inclusive, mutually beneficial and win-win cooperation opportunities for learning from each other in the education field.”


In the subsequent exchange, Zuo Yan – Director of Foreign Affairs Office of the International School of BFA introduced BFA’s excellent international programs to the Greek teachers and students who inquired. This activity was greatly supported by the Greece-China Friendship Association, the Chinese embassy in Greece, the Greek embassy in China, the government of Athens and the Independent University of Science and Technology Studies of Athens.

 

BFA and the Technological Educational Institute of Athens signed the MOU.

 

BFA and the Technological Educational Institute of Athens exchanged gifts.


On May 12, the representatives of BFA, together with the delegation, went to the Technological Educational Institute of Athens, and visited its lecture hall, library, specialized classrooms and film studio and so on. During this period, BFA and the Technological Educational Institute of Athens decided to sign the MOU after fully exchanging each other’s superior educational resources, and reached a preliminary agreement on the cooperation in the picture photography major between BFA and the Technological Educational Institute of Athens. Vice Chairman Zhang Jian of Academy Council of BFA and Mr. Michael Bratax – President of the Technological Educational Institute of Athens held the signing ceremony, witnessed by the delegation members. In the future, the two universities will set up exchange platforms of relevant majors about student and teacher exchange program, cooperative research program and documental information sharing and so on.

Afterwards, the representatives of BFA, together with the delegation, left Greece and headed for the UK. And from May 15 to May 17, they visited the University of Greenwich,University of Gloucestershire and Oxford Brookes University, and carried out the promotion activity of Beijing’s superior educational resources.

On May 15, the delegation of the Presentation of Beijing Education paid a visit to the University of Greenwich, a beautiful university with profound background, and recommended Beijing’s superior education resources to the local teachers and students and communicating with them. Mr. Robert Meir – Director of General Office of the University of Greenwich, Mr. Nick Hand – Director of Office of International Affairs of the University of Greenwich and Mr. Peng Daming – Director of College Chaplain Office warmly received the delegation. Mr. Li Guoqiang of the Education Department of the Chinese embassy in the UK was invited to attend this Presentation and gave a speech.

 

Vice Chairman Zhang Jian of Academy Council of BFA gave a speech in the activity held in the University of Greenwich.

 

The representatives of BFA communicated with Mr. Nick Hand – Director of Office of International Affairs of the University of Greenwich.

Vice Chairman Zhang Jian of Academy Council of BFA, on behalf of the delegation of the Presentation of Beijing Education, gave a speech. He said, “The delegation of the Presentation of Beijing Education comes here with sincerity and friendship from China, and we really feel the warmth of local people. The educational exchange between China and the UK has a history of over 160 years, and the UK is one of the European countries that early carried out educational exchanges with new China. The Chinese students studying in th UK are the largest international student group of the UK. From this, we can see that education is an important platform to promote the international cooperation and exchanges, and that education is also a foundation stone of promoting the national development and national rejuvenation. The development of education injects powerful vitality to enhance the quality of citizens, promote the scientific and technological innovation and promote the economic and social development. Education is an important part of international exchange and cooperation. I hope this Presentation can further strengthen the educational exchange between Beijing and London.”

During this period, Mr. Robert - Director of General Office of the University of Greenwich, who is responsible for enrollment, delivered a welcome speech to the delegation of the Presentation of Beijing Education. He also introduced the forms of cooperation between the University of Greenwich and colleges and universities in China and the achievements, and answered the questions the teachers and students present were concerned about, such as enrollment scale of international students, major docking and subject setting. At the end of the activity, Mr. Nick Hand – Director of Office of International Affairs of the University of Greenwich and Mr. Peng Daming – Director of College Chaplain Office explained the international development and current situation of overseas business development of the University of Greenwich, respectively.

On May 16, the delegation arrived at the University of Gloucestershire and carried out exchanges with the teachers and students of Gloucestershire. This Presentation attracted much attention of the local government. Mr. Richard Graham – a member of Parliament of the UK and Mr. Neil Hampson – Mayor of Gloucester City attended the activity and gave speeches.

 

Group photo with Mr. Richard Graham – a member of Parliament of the UK at the site of the activity

Mr. Richard Graham first expressed his warm welcome to the visiting delegation in both Chinese and English, and then shared his years’ experience of learning and living in China and the positive influence on his future development. Then, Mr. Neil Hampson gave a speech. He said he was very happy to have the opportunity to receive the educational delegation from Beijing and he hoped to establish a long-term cooperative relationship with the educational institutions and colleges and universities in Beijing through this opportunity.

 

Vice Chairman Zhang Jian of Academy Council of BFA gave a speech in the activity held in the University of Gloucestershire.

 

Zuo Yan – Director of Foreign Affairs Office of the International School of BFA communicated with Mr. Neil Hampson – Mayor of Gloucester City.

 

Zuo Yan – Director of Foreign Affairs Office of the International School of BFA communicated with a teacher of Overseas Educational Resources Promotion Office the University of Gloucestershire.


Afterwards, Vice Chairman Zhang Jian of Academy Council of BFA, on behalf of the delegation of the Presentation of Beijing Education, gave a speech. He said, “The exchanges between China and the UK in the education field have a long history. Based on the good cooperation foundation set up by the predecessors, we believe that as the exchanges between people of two countries are constantly deepened, the heart-to-heart communication will become closer and the Chinese culture will be gradually spread to the British people and integrate into their life. Hanban provides great supports to promote the teacher and student exchange in the UK, and in 2013, it selected nearly 100 teachers and volunteers to help build more mature Chinese teaching in the UK. At the same time, according to a series of data, we can see that behind the big data is the foundation of supporting the cooperation between China and the UK in the education field.Beijing has the ability to provide high-quality educational services and resources for the teachers and students of the UK.” Then, the representatives of BFA introduced the majors and teaching characteristics of BFA to the local teachers and students, and the exchanges at the site were made in a warm atmosphere.

On May 17, the delegation drove to Oxford Brookes University for a visit and exchange. Mr. Paul Inman – Vice President of Oxford Brookes University, who is responsible for the international affairs, and Mr. Richard Sede – Director of International Affairs Office of Oxford Brookes University, and Zhao Xiaochen – President of Confucius Institute warmly received the delegation of the Presentation of Beijing Education.

 

The delegation of the Presentation of Beijing Education had an informal discussion at Oxford Brookes University

Mr. Paul Inman introduced the development history of Oxford Brookes University in detail, and stressed the key role of the current internationalization strategy in the development of first-class universities. He said that international exchange and cooperation and international student work are a key link for the university to publicize itself in the international market, and also a card to present the university brand and core value to the overseas teachers and students. He told the delegation that the university encouraged the teachers and students to build high self-confidence and entrepreneurial innovation spirit, establish global partnership based on the international development strategy and also encouraged the teachers and students to connect with the world through the global project promotion.

 

Vice Chairman Zhang Jian of Academy Council of BFA gave a speech at the informal discussion.

In his subsequent speech, Vice Chairman Zhang Jian of Academy Council of BFA affirmed the speech of Mr. Paul Inman, and said, “The respect for teachers and attention to education is the idea and mission that China and the UK has commonly recognized in the years’ cooperation and exchanges. The development of education mainly lies in communication. Along with the constant exploration of cooperation model by the two countries, I believe more global and international project-based learning opportunities will be provided for the teachers and students of various colleges and universities in two countries in the future.

 

Vice Chairman Zhang Jian of Academy Council of BFA, on behalf of the delegation, gave a gift to Vice President Paul Inman.

 

Vice Chairman Zhang Jian of Academy Council of BFA, on behalf of the delegation, gave a gift to Director Richard Sede.


Afterwards, the representatives of BFA actively communicated with the teacher representatives of Oxford Brookes University, and shared BFA’s international development strategy, setting of scholarship for international students and short-term and long-term domestic and foreign joint cultivation programs and so on.

This Presentation of Beijing Education was hosted by Beijing Municipal Education Commission and organized by Beijing International Education Exchange Center, and 14 colleges and universities in Beijing participated. It is aimed to publicize and present the high-quality educational resources of Beijing,China, make the young students of Greece and the UK know more about Beijing education, promote the people-to-people bond with the two countries, strengthen the friendship through communication, learn each other’s advanced educational experience and cooperate for a brighter future!