University to strengthen Sino-African relations through education

Professor Chen Wenshen, the University Council Chair of the Communication University of China (CUC), has pledged more robust efforts by the University to support its African counterparts to develop quality education through mutual co-operation.

“There cannot be any meaningful development without quality education, and CUC will not relent to assist in raising the educational standards of African countries in the field of media and communication education,” he said.

The Council was welcoming two African university top officials, Professor Idris A. Rai, Vice-Chancellor, State University of Zanzibar in Tanzania and Mr Perry K. Ofosu, the Registrar of the Ghana Institute of Journalism (GIJ), who paid a courtesy call to CUC.

They are participating in a three-week, seminar organised by the Zhejiang Normal University in China, for 40 heads of Anglophone and Francophone African countries.

The high level pedagogical event is to forge collaboration among participating countries by way of exchanging operational ideas and on how these could be leveraged to improve the educational standards of their respective countries.

Prof Chen said China had a passion for Africa and would always work to enhance the professional levels of Africans to make them sell on the competitive global job environment.

“I am happy that CUC is in the process of partnering some African universities and the CUC is ready to collaborate with African universities in co-research, teaching programme development and faculty training,” he explained.

The CUC would extend its hands to the beneficiary universities as soon as negotiations are completed.

Mr. Ofosu expressed optimistism that the bilateral relations with CUC coming at a time when GIJ had just mounted a Masters in Communications Programme would be fruitful.

The two would later visit other universities in the bid to initiate the process for exchange programmes with some universities in China.

The CUC is one of China’s key public universities in the field of communication. Named as the cradle of China’s radio and television talents, it has a total student population 15,000 pursuing first degrees to doctorate programmes. GNA

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