CEBU CITY (PIA) – Student-leaders from two universities in Davao City are representing Mindanao in the first China-Philippines Friendly Exchange Program that aims to further strengthen relationship, exchanges and cooperation between the two countries.
The nine students from the Ateneo de Davao University and University of Mindanao form part of the 30 young leader-delegation from Cebu and China in the friendship tour which kicked off on October 19 in Manila.
The delegates from China are students and young professionals from six universities in Fujian Province, namely, Fujian Medical University, Fujian University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Fujian University of Technology, Minjiang University, Huaquiao University and Quanzhou University.
The young leaders are given the opportunity to tour and visit historical landmarks and institutions in Manila, Davao, Cebu and Fujian Province in China from October 19 to November 1.
The Chinese Government through Fujian Provincial Peoples Government and the China-Philippines Friendship Association have organized the all-expense paid exchange program.
The other members of the delegation include Fujian Province officials and Philippine government employees from the Commission on Higher Education, Davao City Mayor’s Office, Philippine News Agency and Philippine Information Agency Region XI.
The head of the Chinese delegation, Director Xie Qinliang of the Research Office of Fujian Provincial Peoples Government, says he hopes that the friendship tour gains more exchanges and cooperations in the future especially in higher education.
Deputy Consul General Tang Duokon of the Chinese Consulate of Davao City says that the intention of the tour is “to let some young men and women make good friends, get some knowledge about each other’s country, including land and river, people, culture and environment, facilities and development.”
During the tour in Manila, the delegates have visited the University of the Philippines and Ateneo de Manila where they were oriented of each school’s system and policies.
The group was also able to tour the Bahay Tsinoy Chinese Museum and Fort Santiago on October 20.
After the tour around the campus of the Ateneo de Davao University on Oct. 21, the young leaders were treated to native delicacies (kakanin) and Davao fruits such as durian, mangosteen and pomelo.
AdDU President Fr. Joel Tabora, who personally welcomed the delegates, shared the history and the continuing trading and friendly relationship between China and the Philippines.
The delegates also paid a courtesy call on Davao city government officials.
“We share your enthusiasm in promoting people to people exchange, particularly with this tour’s agenda focusing on the young leaders, and pragmatic cooperation between the Republic of China and the Philippines,” Davao City Vice Mayor Bernie Al-ag told the visiting delegates.
After Davao, the friendship tour brought the delegates to Cebu from October 23-24, and will head for Fujian from October 24 November 1. (PIA-XI)
Source: PIA Feed