Special Report: Chinese President Hu visits 8 African
NAIROBI, Feb. 4 (Xinhua) -- Chinese President Hu Jintao, who is on an eight-country African tour, has said that
cooperation between China and Cameroon and Liberia in education has been
fruitful during his meetings with the leaders of the two African countries.
The two are not the only African countries that have
seen fruitful cooperation with China in education.
In 50 years, China has forged cooperative relations
in education with 50 African countries. This cooperation has expanded from an
initial simple exchange of students to the current multi-level educational
cooperation, covering various fields and taking many different forms, according
to Li Baoping, secretary-general of China's African History Academy.
Li said in an academic article that from 1956 to
2006, 18,000 African youths got the Chinese government's sponsorship to study in
From 1956 to the end of 2003, China sent 523 teachers
to 35 African countries, who gave courses in more than 10 subjects and
specialized fields, which included science, engineering, agriculture, arts and
physical training, in order to help African countries develop the weaker
disciplines, train technological talents, and develop middle school and
From 1995 to 2003, China administered 43 sessions of
the "Advanced Education and Scientific Research Program" in 21 African
countries, and under the program, 21 comparatively advanced laboratories in
biology, micro-biology, computer science, physics, analytical chemistry, food
refreshment and processing were set up in universities in those countries.
China's Zhejiang Agricultural University, which has
been merged into Zhejiang University, has sent 12 teachers to work in Cameroon.
After eight years of hard work, an advanced microbiology laboratory was set up
in the No. 1 University of Yaounde, in which China invested 2 million yuan
(about 286,000 U.S. dollars).
Besides, microbiology courses have been offered, and
a good many graduate students are being enrolled and trained. Up to now, a total
of 39 candidates have completed their Masters dissertations or doctoral theses,
and have started working in relevant fields.
Holding specialized seminars and training programs
have also been an important part of the China-Africa educational cooperation. By
the end of 2003, 18 specialized seminars were held in 14 colleges, universities
and scientific research institutions, entrusted by the Chinese Ministry of
The educational cooperation between China and African
countries were brought to a new high at the Beijing Summit of the Forum on
China-Africa Cooperation held last November.
"China will train 15,000 African professionals, send
100 senior agricultural experts to Africa, and set up 10 special agricultural
technology demonstration centers in Africa over the next three years," Hu said
at the summit.
He also said that China will dispatch 300 youth
volunteers to Africa, build 100 rural schools there, and increase the number of
Chinese government scholarships to African students from the current 2,000 per
year to 4,000 per year by 2009.
China will honor the pledges it made at the
Sino-African Forum, the Ministry of Commerce said a day before President Hu set
off on the African tour to Cameroon, Liberia, Sudan, Zambia, Namibia, South
Africa, Mozambique and the Seychelles.
China, Zambia vow to strengthen
Chinese President Hu Jintao shakes hands
with Zambian President Levy Patrick Mwanawasa in Lusaka, capital of Zambia
on Feb. 3, 2007. Hu Jintao held talks with Mwanawasa Saturday and attended
a signing ceremony of the cooperative documents of the two countries.
(Xinhua Photo/Ju Peng)