Over 6,000 Chinese locals, international students and expats attended the 9th Tsinghua International Students’ Cultural Festival that took place at Tsinghua University’s Zijing Sports field on Saturday May 12, 2018. Some members of the diplomatic corps that included South Sudan Ambassador Monday Semaya and the Ghanaian ambassador to the People’s Republic of China Ambassador Edward Boeteng were also in attendance. It was the first time South Sudanese students had been invited to participate in this cultural spectacle.
performed to Acholi, Zande and Emmanuel Kembe songs (Salam Ja) on the main stage.
The South Sudanese students’ Cultural team in Beijing seemed in high spirits, displaying their support for one another. South Sudanese students attending Tsinghua’s culture festival came from more than 10 different universities within Beijing including the Foreign Affairs University (FAU), the University of International Business and Economics (UIBE), Peking University, Renmin University, the Communication University of China (CUC), China Women’s University, and others. Over 60 countries were represented in the exhibition including Brazil, Romania, France, China and Pakistan. In recent weeks, South Sudanese students have gathered at UIBE, Tsinghua University, Beihang University and China Normal University for similar culture festivals.
The 9th International Students’ Culture Festival was run by the Tsinghua International Students and Scholar Centre (ISSC) and organised jointly by Global Village, Tsinghua University Students’ Association of Culture Exchange (AICE), and Tsinghua Shuo Students Society of World Culture and Language Communication.
South Sudan Presidential Advisor of Education Affairs Hon. Dr. John Gai Yoh visited Tsinghua University's School of Public Policy and Management (SPPM) on Wednesday May 23, 2018. Hon. Gai and his delegation were welcomed by the Dean of SSPM Prof. Xue Lan, Deputy Dean Prof. Zhu Xufeng, and the Deputy Director of International Cooperation and Exchange Ms. Qin Qin. Hon. Gai was accompanied by the South Sudan Embassy in China's Deputy Head of Missions Ambassador Monday Kumba, the First Secretary of the South Sudan Embassy in China Peter Cafenol Oryomo, and the Executive Director in the Office of the Presidential Adviser Stephen Wiw Bichiok. South Sudanese students from MOFCOM's Masters program in SPPM and neighbouring Peking University were also in attendance.
The meeting began with a warm word of welcome by the Dean of the School of Public Policy and Management (SPPM) Prof. Xue Lan who also gave a brief introduction of the department. Hon. Gai Yoh was appreciative of the welcoming words and in turn eloquently outlined the purpose of his visit. His mission was to exchange views and discuss possible avenues of cooperation in capacity building for South Sudan through the Education system. There were 4 main points discussed at the table during this think-tank and brainstorming session.
The first topic of discussion was how the School of Public Policy and Management (SPPM) could help reshape Juba University's School of Public Administration. There has been a need to incorporate a public policy discipline into the the School of Public Administration; yet it is no easy task. To succeed in creating the most up-to-date and relevant public policy course would take considerable cooperation with South Sudan's international academic friends and partners. Secondly, Hon. Gai Yoh requested the SPPM to help the top 5 South Sudanese graduates to further educate themselves by attending PhD programme in the SPPM. In response, the Dean Prof. Xue stated that as SPPM does not offer PhD programs in English this provides a considerable obstacle for South Sudanese students wishing to study in Tsinghua's SPPM. However, the professor agreed to facilitate admission to other universities.
Thirdly, Hon. Gai Yoh emphasised joint research cooperation between South Sudanese and Chinese scholars and students. It was proposed joint research collaborations could work with Juba University and other think-tanks such as Ebony, Sudd Institute and others. Similarly, it was proposed to establish an NGOs research centre in Juba University. As there is not enough information in South Sudan relating to the work of non-governmental entities, how exactly they operate and aid South Sudan on her path to development. Lastly, the issue of establishing a Confucius Institute in Juba University was raised by Hon. Gai as he expressed hope that both South Sudan and China would carry out deep-level cooperation in scientific research and training so as to improve in the capacity of South Sudanese scholars in the future.
The visit of Hon. Dr. John Gai Yoh and his delegation signalled a positive step in the way of South Sudan-China cooperation. As South Sudan and China continue to take proactive measures to improve relations and However, this was a second visit of high level South Sudanese Government official to Tsinghua University, the first being by HE Dr. James Wani Igga, the Vice President of South Sudan. Hon. Dr. John Gai Yoh visit visit took place on 23 April, 2018.
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