Suzhou University has recently been selected by the Ministry of Education as university of ¡°20+20 Cooperation Plan of Chinese and African Institutions of Higher Learning¡±. This creates a desirable platform for the exchange and cooperation between our university and African universities, and it will play an active role in the comprehensive implementation of our university¡¯s internationalization strategy of education as well as in the promotion of our university¡¯s world reputation.
The educational cooperation between Soochow University and the African countries was initiated in 2003, when SU, under the guidance of MOE, sent two professors of computer science to Uganda and Tanzania to participate in a two-year volunteer tutoring program. It was immediately followed by two MOE-sponsored training programs themed ¡°Poverty Reduction and Economic & Social Developmenr¡± and ¡°Education and Development¡± in 2005 and 2006 respectively, and 40 government officials from over 20 African countries attended the program at Soochow University. Since 2006, we have recruited more than 20 self-funded African students coming from Zimbabwe, Zambia, Nigeria, Congo, etc.