The Guangzhou-Belarus Rail transit education program has been approved by the Education Department of Guangdong Province on November 21 and will start enrolling students from 2020, according to Zhang Zhujun, Secretary of the Communist Party Committee of Guangzhou Railway Polytechnic.

The Program was launched jointly by the Guangdong-Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) International Alliance for Scientific and Technological Cooperation, Guangzhou Railway Polytechnic, and Belarusian State University of Transport. The cooperative program will offer 41 courses with 2,658 credit hours, including 14 courses with 1,068 credit hours given by the Belarusian university.

Nearly 40 percent of the bilingual courses will be taught by 10 Belarusian teachers, who are foreign experts officially recognised by the Guangdong Provincial Department of Science and Technology. After graduation, students can obtain diplomas of transport management issued by both colleges. They also can choose to go to the Belarusian university for further studies.

Andrei Popov, Consul General of the Belarus in Guangzhou, stressed in his speech on November 21 that; Belarus is one of the first countries to engage in the Belt & Road construction projects. He also said his country is an important partner in the process of implementing the Belt & Road Initiative (BRI).

“Guangdong is one of the major investors in China-Belarus industrial park Great Stone in 2019,” Popov said. “We hope to further expand educational and cultural cooperation between Belarus and the province within the framework of Chinese BRI.”

This year also marks the 10th anniversary of the establishment of the Guangdong-CIS International Alliance for Scientific and Technological Cooperation, which is the initiator of the program.

Guo Fengzhi, Secretary General of the alliance, said the alliance has been serving as a bridge bonding China with CIS member nations in science and technology, and will seize the opportunities of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area and the Belt & Road Initiative to achieve better development.

“The organisation was founded in Guangdong, and has established 12 branches across China,” Guo said.

“Over the past ten years, we have introduced more than 1,000 technical talents and 2,000 technological projects in fields like biomedical engineering and new energy to Guangdong province.”