On October 18, the 20th China Annual Conference for International Education & Expo (CACIE) was held in Beijing. The overarching theme of the event was “Education 2035: A Dialogue with the Future of the World” and was divided into three sections, namely “The China International Forum on Education”, “Education B2B” and “China Education Expo”.
The opening ceremony was hosted by Liu Limin, President of China Education Association for International Exchange, and addressed by Minister of Education Chen Baosheng and Yutaka Yokoi, Japan's ambassador to China.
Chen said that this year marked the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China, and the past seven decades had seen remarkable advances in education in China, which in turn had laid a solid foundation for the social and economic development of the country as a whole. The success of China’s education would not have been possible without the support of the international community, so the Chinese government would further open its education sector to the world, learning from best practices found in other countries and encouraging international cooperation.
Chen also mentioned the China's Education Modernization 2035 plan published by the Chinese government at the beginning of 2019. He said the plan was not only a blueprint for the future development of China’s education, but would also become significant a force influencing education elsewhere around the world. He advocated cooperation to build a community with a shared future for mankind, keeping track of broad global trends in education and establishment of various platforms to facilitate international cooperation.
Running into its 20th year, CACIE has become China’s biggest event for international education exchange and an important bridge for education between China and the rest of the world.