China Hosts 8th UNESCO-APEID Meeting on Entrepreneurship Education for the 4th Industrial Revolution

10/17/2019 - 17:45 PM

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By: Mohamad Zreik[1]

Over time, China has become an international center for dialogue among civilizations and cultures, and it turned out to be one of the leading nations that promote a culture of peace and human understanding.

The 8th UNESCO-APEID meeting on entrepreneurship education for the 4th industrial revolution was held from the 9th to the 11th of October in Hangzhou city. This year's meeting is so unique that it is timed to coincide with the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China and the tenth year of China's UNESCO chair in entrepreneurial education.

China has proven itself to be a global, developed and open country through its foreign policy of “open-door policy.” This helps China become more integrated into international organizations and regional projects, making it a peaceful country that promotes a culture of peace and non-violence in resolving crises.

The conference was held in Hangzhou, which is an international center for innovation and advanced projects. The choice of this city fits into the theme of the conference, which focuses on entrepreneurship education and the 4th industrial revolution.

During the meeting, Mr. Xiaozhou Xu (chair-holder, UNESCO chairs in entrepreneurial education at Zhejiang University) talked about the great role that Zhejiang University plays in promoting entrepreneurship education. Ms. Marielza Oliveira (Director, UNESCO Beijing office) addressed the work of UNESCO as well as China's important role in regional cooperation in entrepreneurship.

In addition to China's important role in this field, Mr. Jiagui Zhou (deputy secretary-general, a national commission of the people's republic of China for UNESCO) spoke about China's involvement in cultural projects and its focus on entrepreneurship education through cooperation with UNESCO. Mr. Qiming Wang (deputy director-general, department of higher education) spoke about the Chinese education system and the Chinese State's efforts to introduce entrepreneurial education as an integral part of the Chinese curriculum. In conclusion, Zhejiang University President Mr. Zhaohui Wu expressed his happiness to hold this meeting under the auspices of the university.

This meeting is considered one of the most important international gatherings. It brought together more than 200 specialized people from more than 30 Asian and European countries, and I was honored to be one of the attendees. The meeting was an opportunity to exchange experiences and talk about the latest developments in the world of entrepreneurship and how to develop it. A representative from Alibaba Group talked about the development of creativity and innovation for talents in the age of digital intelligence, as well as representatives of government institutions, private associations, and university centers. They discussed the work carried out by their institutions and how they contribute to the service of entrepreneurship and touched on the possibility of international cooperation between institutions and associations.

An important part of the meeting was a field visit to the dream town (internet entrepreneurial park) and Hangzhou future technology city, and other cultural and tourist attractions of the beautiful city of Hangzhou were visited. It is an important step towards progress, science, and service to humanity. This meeting elevates China's international standing and indicates its great technological, scientific and cultural progress by hosting this meeting. This indicates that the Chinese administration is on the right track; the path of cooperation, common interest, and human progress.

[1] Mohamad Zreik is a PhD candidate at the School of Politics and International Studies (SPIS), Central China Normal University, Wuhan, Hubei, China. His research focuses on the One Belt One Road initiative and the Chinese presence in the Middle East, especially in Lebanon.




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