8th Ningbo International University Students Festival Opens

Category: On The Campus
Published: Wednesday, 10 July 2019 08:11

The 8th Ningbo International University Students Festival themed “Friendship, Exchange and Progress” opened on June 25, attracting about 200 foreign students and some international students in Ningbo.

Certificates of scholarship were awarded to 10 international student representatives by organizers of this event in the opening. In order to attract more international students, scholarship programs funded by the government for international students were initiated in 2011, providing scholarships ranging from 6000 yuan to 30,000 yuan. So far, as many as 1914 international students studying in Ningbo have won scholarships which boost the development of education for international students in Ningbo.

This year’s Ningbo International University Students Festival will last 4 days. During this event, foreign students will not only experience traditional Chinese culture but will also visit places including furniture manufacturer FOTILE in Ningbo-Hangzhou Bay New Zone and exhibition hall of urban planning in Hangzhou Bay New Area. Such friendly exchanges will enable them to have a better idea of Ningbo and broader China. Meanwhile, they will, at the invitation of some Ningbo universities and colleges, participate in various activities of cultural exchange. The closing ceremony of this festival will be held in Ningbo

University of Finance & Economics on the evening of June 28 where a show prepared by students from China and foreign countries will be hosted.

As an international port city, Ningbo is not only one of the first pilot cities in China for reforms of international education cooperation and exchange, but is also home to China’s very first Sino-foreign university –The University of Nottingham Ningbo and the only training base approved by the Ministry of Commerce for occupational education designed for foreign aid. In February this year, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed by Ningbo and the Ministry of Education to jointly promote international education among BRI countries. Recent two years have witnessed increasing openness in Ningbo education, with 6 overseas educational institutions established and a total of 44 Sino-foreign educational institutions and programs. Ningbo now has established cooperative relationships with over 1200 overseas universities and colleges, attracted 5369 international students, 60% of whom are from BRI countries, and over 1300 foreign experts and teachers