Intervention by Minister for Education Chan Chun Sing on "Human Resources Development Cooperation and Education Cooperation" at the 17th Joint Council for Bilateral Cooperation (JCBC) Meeting

Published Date: 29 December 2021 06:00 PM

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1. The strong and deep mutual understanding between Singapore and China and between Singaporean and Chinese leaders and people, is the result of seeds planted by our previous generations.


2. This has created many platforms and opportunities for our younger generations to build up personal ties and trust to enable mutually beneficial projects to come to fruition.


3. Similarly, our generation must and will continue to plant the seeds for future generations of Chinese and Singaporean leaders and people to share even stronger bonds going forward.


4. This is especially important in a world that threatens to bifurcate and fragment according to ideology, economic, political and social political order.


5. We share the common goal to be an integrative force in a more uncertain world. We believe in a more interdependent, more interconnected world. We will continue to work closely with partners like China to achieve these goals.


6. There are extensive interactions between China and Singapore, from our education exchange programmes, to our Institutes of Higher Learning and research institutes.


7. This also includes exchanges between our Public Service and the Central Organisation Department on leadership development and governance systems.


8. All these are seeds we plant today to strengthen understanding, trust and success for tomorrow.


9. The signing of the Implementation Agreement for the China-Singapore Youth Interns Exchange Scheme in June this year is yet another step in this direction.


10. Notwithstanding the challenges of COVID-19, we look forward to not only resuming our student exchanges with China, but seek to break new grounds with more and different partners across China, through diverse modalities, including virtual and hybrid exchanges.


11. We hope to move beyond academic exchanges, to also include Technical and Vocational Exchanges and beyond the school system, to the increasingly important focus on Continuing Education and Training (CET) for adults.


12. We will work closely with our Chinese counterparts towards the resumption of students exchanges between schools in China and Singapore, tertiary institutions, adult learning institutions and research institutes.


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