UP Asian Center Student, Alumna Take Part In Young ASEAN Scholars Program on Belt And Road Initiative

Originally posted at Asian Center website

A student and an alumna of the UP Asian Center, Ms. Ivy Ganadillo and Ms. Karen So respectively, joined a group of young scholars from ASEAN think tanks for the Young ASEAN Scholars Program for the Belt and Road Initiative, which was held from 15 to 22 August 2016 in the People’s Republic of China.

Organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China,  the Young ASEAN Scholars Program included trips to Beijing, Guilin, Nanning and Guangzhou to discuss the Belt and Road Initiative between China and ASEAN Countries, and featured a number of lectures by the China Institute of International Studies, visits to cultural and historical places, and participation at the ASEAN-China Day Fair at the China-ASEAN Centre in Beijing. The event is part of the celebration for the 25th anniversary of China-ASEAN Dialogue Relations. It invited ASEAN embassies to participate in a day of cultural exchange through cultural performances and exhibits.

Delegation from Asian Center and ASEAN-based think tanks taking part in the Young ASEAN Scholars Program. Photo provided by Ms. Ivy Ganadillo (Seated 3rd from left). Ms. So is seated second from left.

Along with the other ASEAN delegates, Ms. Ganadillo and Ms. So, who is now teaching at De La Salle University, took part in meetings with:

  • Head of Department of Asian Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Beijing

  • Young diplomats of the Department of Asian Affairs

  • Head of Foreign Affairs Office of Guilin

  • Head of the Foreign Affairs Office of Guangxi

  • Head of the Foreign Affairs Office of Guangdong Province

  • China ASEAN Research Institute of Guangxi University

  • School of International Studies of Jinan University

Presentations during these meetings included:

  • Southeast Asia and the Maritime Silk Road in 21st Century

  • The Belt and Road and the Capacity Cooperation in the 13th Five-Year Plan

  • Practical cooperation between China ASEAN under frame of The Belt and Road

  • The 13th Five-year Plan of China

Ms. Ganadillo is majoring in China Studies, while Ms. So specialized in Southeast Asian Studies. Learn more about theAsian Center’s graduate programs.


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