Shanghai Jiao Tong University and The University of Tokyo Jointly Hold the Second China-Japan Youth Elite Program
From August 23 to 29, Shanghai Jiao Tong University and University of Tokyo jointly held the second China-Japan Youth Elite program successfully online. 20 students from each university participated and received the graduation certificates jointly issued by the two universities. Yuto Yaguchi, Director of International Education Support Office of University of Tokyo, Luo Peng, Director of International Affairs Division of Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Chen Ke, Deputy Director of International Affairs Division of Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Ji Weidong, Director of Japanese Studies Center and senior professor of liberal arts of Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Ding Jian, Secretary of CPC School of Foreign Languages Committee, and Tao Qing, Associate Dean of School of Foreign Languages, attended relevant activities.
Director Luo Peng attended the opening ceremony on the 23rd and gave a speech. Luo Peng said that he was very pleased to witness the grand opening of the second China-Japan Youth Elite Program online, which showed that the two universities were willing to continue to cooperate to further deepen the understanding between young generations. He believed that this project will provide a valuable exchange platform for outstanding youth from China and Japan.
The first China-Japan Youth Elite program was successfully held in Shanghai Jiao Tong University in September 2019. At that time, 28 students from the University of Tokyo came to Shanghai Jiao Tong University to participate in the two-week elite program, which was widely praised by the school authorities and students in China and Japan.
Due to the impact of COVID-19, the two universities have discussed and decided to hold the second China-Japan Youth Elite program online. In order to improve the experience of online elite program, the two universities held several video working meetings and negotiated repeatedly. Based on the project of 2019 and the characteristics of online activities, students’ cooperative research was added. Professor Zhang Yan (Shanghai Center for Systems Biomedicine), Professor Zou Weiwen (School of Electronic Information and Electrical Engineering), Professor Zhu Juichu (Japanese Studies Center) and two teachers from University of Tokyo were invited to serve as instructors respectively to guide students from the two universities to conduct cooperative research.
The official schedule of the elite program lasted for seven days. Every morning was offered Chinese language courses. Twenty students from The University of Tokyo were divided into three classes based on their Chinese proficiency, namely, elementary, intermediate and advanced. Twenty students from Shanghai Jiao Tong University were assigned to classes as teaching assistants. Lectures were given in the afternoon, including having dialogues with Japanese executives on the topic of the development of enterprises in the post-pandemic age, inviting Associate Professor Jin Wenfeng, a member of SJTU Choir, to sing the song Auld Lang Syne bilingually, inviting Professor Wang Huiru from the Department of Sports to teach “Five Beasts Exercise”, a traditional health care sports.
Chen Ke, deputy director of International Affairs Division of Shanghai Jiao Tong University attended the closing ceremony on 29th and delivered a speech.
At the closing ceremony, 40 students were awarded the China-Japan Youth Elite Program graduation certificates, which were jointly issued by the two universities for the first time. Subsequently, members from the two universities actively gave speeches. With the bilingual Japanese song "Auld Lang Syne" sung by the teachers and students of the two universities and the warm VLOG reviewing the last week, the second China-Japan Youth Elite program was successfully concluded.
This cooperative project is listed as the "Undergraduate International Comprehensive Ability" Project of The University of Tokyo. The China-Japan Youth Elite program held by Shanghai Jiao Tong university in cooperation with The University of Tokyo helps further deepen the cooperation with world-class universities and promote the implementation of the "Global Jiao Tong University" strategy.