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BFSU President Yang Dan leads delegation on official visit to Ethiopia, Madagascar, Tanzania

Updated: December 20, 2023

Yang Dan, president of Beijing Foreign Studies University (BFSU) and deputy secretary of the CPC BFSU committee, led a delegation to Ethiopia, Madagascar and Tanzania from Dec 1 to 10. 

During the visit, the delegation explored collaboration opportunities with Chinese enterprises, renowned African universities and international organizations, including the China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC) Ethiopia Construction Plc, Addis Ababa University (AAU), the African Union Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC), the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia, the National Archives and Library of Ethiopia, the Education Division of the African Union, Ecole Normale Supérieure d'Antananarivo, the University of Antananarivo, the Madagascar Chinese Association, the University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM) and its Centre for Chinese Studies, the Confucius Institute at UDSM, StarTimes Tanzania, CCECC East Africa Limited, and China Harbour Engineering Company Ltd Tanzania Branch. 

The trip aimed to establish new channels of cooperation, create innovative models for talent cultivation, and expand internship and employment opportunities for BFSU students. 

Meetings were also held with the Mission of China to the African Union, the Chinese embassy in Ethiopia, the Chinese embassy in Madagascar and the Chinese embassy in Tanzania, during which exchanges with embassy staff members provided valuable insight. 

In addition, the delegation met with BFSU alumni and students in Ethiopia and Madagascar to gather suggestions and strengthen connections.

This official visit further reinforced the commitment of BFSU to international collaboration and educational exchanges. 


Yang (R) discusses collaboration between universities and central SOEs, the China-Africa Youth Journey project, and cooperation and exchanges between BFSU and African countries with Guo Chongfeng, secretary of the CPC CCECC Ethiopia Construction Plc committee, executive director and general manager of the company, on Dec 1. [Photo/bfsu.edu.cn] 


Yang (2nd L) and Samuel Kifle (2nd R), interim president of AAU, renew the memorandum of cooperation and sign side agreements on student and faculty exchanges on Dec 1. [Photo/bfsu.edu.cn] 


On Dec 1, Yang (L) and ambassador Hu Changchun from the Mission of China to the African Union hold talks on advancing cooperation between BFSU, the African Union and the Pan-African University, as well as on promoting educational exchanges, overseas internships and joint research projects with various African countries. [Photo/bfsu.edu.cn] 


The delegation visits Africa CDC on Dec 3 and exchanges views with officials on BFSU’s international organization talent development. [Photo/bfsu.edu.cn]


The delegation meets with BFSU alumni in Ethiopia on Dec 3. Yang expresses gratitude for the alumni's support and encourages them to continue building connections between BFSU and Africa. [Photo/bfsu.edu.cn]


On Dec 4, Yang (R) and Ethiopian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Demeke Mekonnen express their hope to strengthen cultural exchanges, economic cooperation and political trust between China and Ethiopia under the framework of the comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership, and to exchange views on the establishment of the Centre for Ethiopian Studies at BFSU, as well as deepen collaboration in Amharic language talent cultivation and educational and cultural exchanges. [Photo/bfsu.edu.cn] 


Yang (L) visits the National Archives and Library of Ethiopia on Dec 4, where he talks with Director Yukunoamlak Mezegbu on information sharing, collaborative book writing and publishing and overseas internships for students. [Photo/bfsu.edu.cn] 


The delegation visits the African Union headquarters, where Yang introduces BFSU's Global Language Service Platform, Global Volunteer Service Alliance, and global leadership training initiative, expressing the desire to strengthen educational exchanges and cooperation with the African Union. [Photo/bfsu.edu.cn] 


Yang (L) and Zhao Zhiyuan, the Chinese ambassador to Ethiopia, exchange ideas on promoting educational exchanges and cooperation between China and Ethiopia on Dec 4. [Photo/bfsu.edu.cn] 


The delegation holds a dialogue meeting with Zhang Haidi (4th L), president of Rehabilitation International, who is visiting Ethiopia, inviting her to visit BFSU and share her life experiences. [Photo/bfsu.edu.cn] 


On Dec 5, Yang (R) and Vonjy Rasendrahasina, director of Ecole Normale Supérieure d'Antananarivo, discuss deepening cooperation on research on Malagasy and Chinese language teaching. [Photo/bfsu.edu.cn]


Zhang Wei (R), charge d'Affaires ad interim and minister-counselor at the Chinese embassy in Madagascar, meets with the delegation on Dec 5. Yang thanks the embassy for its contributions to Sino-Malagasy cultural and educational cooperation and introduces BFSU's active role in serving national strategies and engaging in international exchanges and cooperation. [Photo/bfsu.edu.cn] 


The delegation meets with BFSU exchange students in Madagascar. [Photo/bfsu.edu.cn] 


In an interview with Malagasy National Radio on Dec 6, Yang (C) explains the development process of African language education at BFSU, the achievements made in the university’s international exchanges and cooperation, and new concepts of global development. [Photo/bfsu.edu.cn] 


The delegation and representatives from the University of Antananarivo engage in a dialogue on research collaboration, resource sharing, textbook writing and talent cultivation. [Photo/bfsu.edu.cn] 


The delegation tours the Confucius Institute at the University of Antananarivo, where students sing Chinese songs to welcome the delegation. [Photo/bfsu.edu.cn] 


On Dec 6, the delegation meets with representatives from the Madagascar Chinese Association. They hold talks on fulfilling the employment needs of Chinese enterprises in Madagascar and promoting the construction of BFSU’s Madagascar Center for Overseas Internship. [Photo/bfsu.edu.cn]


At UDSM on Dec 7, the delegation and teachers at the university exchange ideas on strengthening cooperation in language, law, history, business, and other fields, as well as sharing teaching resources, developing Swahili language textbooks, enhancing library exchanges, and promoting BFSU summer programs and global internship projects. They also renew the memorandum of cooperation. [Photo/bfsu.edu.cn]


Yang (L) visits the Centre for Chinese Studies at UDSM. [Photo/bfsu.edu.cn] 


The delegation briefs on the development of the Swahili language program at BFSU, the university's involvement in cooperation with Africa and its plan to strengthen cooperation in higher education with Tanzania, at the Chinese embassy in Tanzania on Dec 7. [Photo/bfsu.edu.cn] 


Yang (R) and director of StarTimes Tanzania unveil the plaque for the Tanzania Center for Overseas Internship. [Photo/bfsu.edu.cn] 


The delegation expresses the hope for enhanced coordination and cooperation in student internships and employment at CCECC East Africa Limited. [Photo/bfsu.edu.cn]


Yang (6th L) and director of the China Harbor Eastern Africa Division unveil the plaque for the Tanzania Center for Overseas Internship. [Photo/bfsu.edu.cn]


Yang (R) shares his views during an interview with Channel 10 Television. [Photo/bfsu.edu.cn]