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Knowledge Builds a Friendship Bridge Between Hunan and Africa

Updated: 2019-06-26

In recent years, with the deepening of China-Africa exchanges, more and more African students have come to study in Hunan, majoring in agriculture, medicine, business administration, civil engineering, machinery, and others. At present, there are more than 1,100 African students in 14 Hunan universities including the Central South University, Hunan University, and Hunan Normal University, accounting for more than 50% of international students in the province.

They strive hard to learn professional knowledge, traditional Chinese culture, and Hunan culture. They look forward to using the knowledge they have learned in China to build their own country.

They have forged a deep friendship with Chinese teachers and students, and built a friendship bridge for Hunan-Africa exchanges and cooperation.

Chen Xing (Chinese name, 2nd L) and her classmates learn the health-promoting traditional Chinese Five-animal Exercises (or Wu Qin Xi, a set of exercises created by the renowned physician Hua Tuo in the Eastern Han Dynasty (25-220) that imitates the movements of five animals) at the Hunan University of Chinese Medicine on June 21. They are from Ghana and Zambia in Africa. Before they came to China, they knew about China and Hunan only through movies and the Internet. Now, they fell in love with Chinese culture and Hunan cuisine. “Hotter than Africa,” they said. What they find hard to accept is the sweltering summer in Changsha.

African students learn how to make traditional Chinese medicine cuisines and experience Chinese health-preserving culture at the Hunan University of Chinese Medicine on June 21. The university now has 30 international students from 10 African countries.

Feng Yong (1st R), a Chinese calligraphy teacher, instructs African students to practice calligraphy at the Hunan University of Technology and Business on June 20. The university has 80 international students, 30 of whom are from African countries. Chinese calligraphy classes are offered to those who are interested in Chinese culture.

African students play football at the Hunan Agricultural University on June 20. Currently, the university has 46 African students.

Han Ma (Chinese name, R), from Morocco, Africa, seeks advice from his supervisor Jiang Bing (L) at an ophthalmology outpatient room of the Second Xiangya Hospital of Central South University on June 19.

Han Ma (1st R) has been in China for five years. Two years ago, he began to study in the Xiangya Hospital Central South University for a doctoral degree of clinical medicine with his younger sister Sha Ma (Chinese name, 2nd R). Their families recently came to Hunan to visit them and attend Sha Ma’s postgraduate graduation ceremony. (Photos/Guo Liliang, Hunan Daily)

Translator: Kuang Zhenzhen
Chinese source: hunan.voc.com.cn