Themed with “Dreams of Youth, Jiangsu-St. Petersburg Friendship Exchanges”, the Jiangsu Tour of China-Russia Youth Year of Friendship Exchanges was launched on February 26th. 31 teachers and students from Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University and student representatives from Sino-Russian School of Jiangsu Normal University attended the launching ceremony.
“China-Russia Youth Year of Friendship Exchanges” contains a series of activities co-organized by China's Ministry of Education and Russia’s Ministry of Education and Science. From February 26th to March 3rd, the 25 students from Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University will attend activities in relation to the Han Culture of Xuzhou, Chinese Calligraphy, martial arts, Chinese Five-animal Gymnastics, visiting Xuzhou Construction Machinery Group Co., Ltd. (XCMG) and sightseeing the city of Xuzhou; then, they are going to Nanjing, Suzhou to visit Sun Yat-sen Mausoleum, Confucius Temple (Fuzimiao)and Ancient Town of Tongli from March 3rd to 5th.
Ivanova, One of the Russian students told the journalist that she is surprised all the time since her arrival in China. She says that before she comes here, she used to think that China must have an ancient look and everyone was martial art practitioner. However, upon her arrival she began to find that China is quite modernized and there are high buildings and large mansions everywhere, and that not all Chinese can play martial arts. “What attracts me most here is the Chinese food, all the dishes are so beautiful that I don’t have a heart to eat them. I can’t use chopsticks at represent, and once I used a spoon to have noodles, and I failed to have any noodle but drank up the soup.”
Students from China and Russia both showed their performances at the launching ceremony. Ivanova, particularly favoring those performances with the traditional Chinese musical instruments, she lavished her praises on Chinese ancient costumes and music. “The ancient costumes are beautiful and the Chinese zither defies any description. I want to buy such a costume and take a Chinese zither to St. Petersburg to practice every day.”
Jiangsu Normal University hassince 2007developed a close co-operation with Russian universities, including the Herzen State Pedagogical University of Russia (Herzen University), Emperor Alexander I St. Petersburg State Transport University, and others It founded Sino-Russian School in June 2013, which has 524 full-time undergraduate students and 19 postgraduates. Now, Jiangsu Normal University is on the way to establish a joint polytechnic institute with Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University.