Minister of Education Huai Jinpeng met separately with foreign guests attending the 2024 World Digital Education Conference (WDEC) in Shanghai Jan. 30–31. These included Andjela Jaksic-Stojanovic, Minister of Education, Science, and Innovation of Montenegro, Luvsantseren Enkh-Amgalan, Minister of Education and Science of Mongolia, and Dogdurkul Kendirbaeva, Minister of Education and Science of Kyrgyzstan. Simultaneously, Chinese Vice Minister of Education Chen Jie, who is also Director of the National Committee of China for UNESCO, met with Simona-Mirela Miculescu, President of the 42nd session of UNESCO General Conference, who also attended the WDEC. Ministers Huai and Chen exchanged views with the visitors on further cooperation between China and their respective countries/organization.
During the meeting with Minister Jaksic-Stojanovic, Minister Huai expressed China’s willingness to deepen cooperation with Montenegro in higher education, vocational education, language and culture, digital education, and youth exchange, in order to contribute to the long-term development of Sino-Montenegrin relations and better benefit the two peoples. During the meeting with Minister Enkh-Amgalan, Minister Huai noted that this year marks the 75th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between China and Mongolia, as well as the 10th anniversary of President Xi Jinping’s visit to Mongolia and the establishment of a comprehensive strategic partnership between the two countries. Minister Huai expressed hope for enhanced cooperation in the development of high-quality education in order to help stabilize and improve the friendly Sino-Mongolian relationship. During his meeting with Minister Kendirbaeva, Minister Huai said that China hopes to work with Kyrgyzstan to strengthen mutual learning, deepen educational exchange and cooperation, and improve comprehensive cooperation between the two nations. Following the meetings, Minister Huai signed a new educational cooperation agreement with Minister Jaksic-Stojanovic, as well as renewed the agreement on mutual recognition of academic degrees with Minister Enkh-Amgalan.
During the meeting with UNESCO General Conference President Miculescu, Vice Minister Chen spoke highly of the pragmatic educational cooperation between the two sides, especially in the field of educational digitalization in recent years. He commended her leadership of the successful 42nd General Conference of UNESCO and pledged to continue close collaboration with UNESCO and support UNESCO in its important roles.
The foreign guests showed appreciation for China’s warm reception and the fruitful results achieved at this year’s WDEC. They also said they looked forward to enhancing educational cooperation, exchange, and mutual learning with China in the future.