Human capital development has over time been known rightly as the bedrock of all societal advancement. Therefore, cultivating human capital is the best way to lay the foundation of an assured tomorrow.
On July 4, 2023, China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC) celebrated a greater height of the gains of the China-Nigeria relations with the hosting of the 65 Nigerian young graduates they trained under their scholarship in Chinese universities. Before, 20 Nigerian students CCECC trained graduated from Chinese university and came back to the country in 2020.
This laudable effort is in tandem with the pledge of President Xi Jinping at the 8th Ministerial Conference of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) 2021 that: “China will help to build or upgrade 10 schools in Africa and invite 10,000 high-level African professionals to seminars and workshops. We will implement ‘Future of Africa – a project for China-Africa cooperation on vocational education,” and start an employment “through train” scheme for African students in China. China will continue to work with African countries to set up ‘Luban Workshops’, and encourage Chinese companies in Africa to create at least 800,000 local jobs.”
Little wonder that CCECC, an outstanding ambassador of China, and a major operator of the FOCAC, and Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) objectives has been committing so much to grooming skills and manpower among its Nigerian workers and others in very diverse ways.
It received that day, the Nigerian students who had just graduated from Chang’an University, Xian, Shaanxi Province, and Central South University, Changsha, Hunan Province in several engineering fields, especially relating to railway and transportation.
These students were sponsored by the CCECC wholly on its bill. The benefits of this huge demonstration are far-reaching and not to be ignored. The grooming of manpower of any society is essentially the foundation for its growth and advancement. CCECC doing this for Nigeria is truly the deepening of meaningful friendship.
Chang’an University, directly affiliated with the Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China, was established in 2000 through the merger of Xi’an Highway University, Xi’an Engineering Institute, and Northwest Institute of Construction Engineering. Located in Xi’an, it covers approximately 250 hectares and is a comprehensive higher institution with a focus on engineering, complemented by sciences, economics, management, and humanities.
The university has a rich history of producing over 250,000 graduates in fields such as highway transport, land resources, and construction engineering. With 21 schools, five national-level key disciplines, and numerous post-doctoral research stations and degree programs.
With 2,067 full-time teachers, including academicians of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, Yangtze River Scholar chair professors, and national experts. Known for its internationalization efforts, it has established collaborations with over 120 higher education and research institutions worldwide.