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First Annual China-South Africa Student Dialogue
2017/09/04

Cape Town — The first annual "From University to the World" Student Dialogue was held on 1st September in Cape Town, South Africa. The event was hosted by China Radio International (CRI), China Plus and Global Max Media Group (GMMG). It attracted the support from numerous renowned local and international organizations including the likes of the Confucius Institute at Stellenbosch University, Bush Radio, United Nations Development Program (UNDP), South African Embassy in China, University of Cape Town's Faculty of Humanities, and Brand South Africa.

The Student Dialogue was attended by the Chief Director for International Relations of the Department of Higher Education and Training of South Africa Mr Ghaleeb Jeppie as well as the Education Attache at the Education Section of the Chinese Embassy in South Africa Mr Song Bo. Both of whom gave gave their highest compliments to the success of the event.

According to Mr Jeppie, "The topic of today's event is specifically relevant, because what binds us, what connects us is an important issue. Especially when the BRICS nations are meeting in Xiamen during the first week of September for the summit. The manner our leaders will be discussing these issues is indeed in this kind of dialogue form."

The aim of the event is to promote cultural and social exchange between the young adults from China and South Africa. With the steady trend of globalization, it is important for the future leaders of the two nations to build a relationship and have a better understanding of each others' cultures. As BRICS members, the establishment of friendship should not only be between the two governments, but also between the citizens as well.

In light of the topics discussed during the dialogue, Mr Song emphasized the importance of the relationship between China and South Africa. He said, "In April this year, Madam Liu Yandong, the Chinese Vice Premier visited South Africa to launch the China-South Africa High-Level People to people exchange Mechanism. This is the first of its kind between China and an African country. It will play an important role in bringing more benefits to our two peoples and build stronger support for China and South Africa."

The participants of the dialogue were selected through online applications. After two rounds of preliminary judgments, the top 10 students will receive an invitation to attend the final event; of which 2 came directly from China, 3 are Chinese students studying in South Africa, and 5 are local students.

The students showed enthusiasm during the entire process and showcased their knowledge and opinions. Through the eyes of the camera, they showed the world their ambitions to make it a better place.

The event came to a successful end with thunderous applause from the audience.

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