On the afternoon of February 2, Cao Saixian, Director General of Shenzhen Foreign Affairs Office led a delegation to visit Guangdong University of Foreign Studies. Shi Youqi, Secretary of the CPC Committee and President of the university and colleagues fromits International Exchange and Cooperation Department met and exchanged views with Director General Cao and her team.
Director General Cao introduced the latest social-economic development of Shenzhen and the key foreign affairs work of Shenzhen. She said that Shenzhen was born and developed because of the reform and opening up, and it served as an important window to show the great achievements of reform and opening up. The city also shoulders the glorious mission of building a pioneer demonstration area of socialism with Chinese characteristics. In recent years, Shenzhen Foreign Affairs has taken up the role and done a good job in building platformsfor international exchanges and cooperation, which has strongly served and supported the overall diplomacy of the country and high-quality economic and social development of the city.She hoped that GDUFS would give full play to its advantages of a wide range and high level of language disciplines, cooperate on building a foreign affairs talent pool, share and exchange foreign language talents. She also welcomed GDUFS to strengthen cooperation with SZFAO by mobilizing think-tank resources such as country specific studies and communication resources such as famous professors at home and abroad to help improve the level and quality of work of foreign affairs staff.
Secretary Shi expressed his warm welcome to the visit of Director General Cao and her colleagues, and shared the history, discipline development and talent cultivation of GDUFS. He said that GDUFS is a key university in the province, with distinctive international characteristics, and has become an important base for international talent training, foreign language and literature, global economic governance, foreign-related rule of law and international dissemination of Chinese culture in South China. The university has established cooperation and exchange relations with 486 universities and academic institutions in 60 countries and regions, continuously innovating the international talent training mode and expanding the influence of international Chinese education. The university actively align with the major strategic needs of the country and Guangdong, cultivates a large number of high-quality comprehensive international talents for the society, focuses on the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road, global economic governance, peripheral diplomatic strategy, foreign-related rule of law and other related research, and builds new types of high-end think tanks. He said that he would continue to deepen the close cooperation with SZFAO in talent sharing, country specific studies and internship exchanges.