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CULTIVATING A FRIENDLY ATTITUDE: THE MASTER’S PROGRAM OF “ONE BELT ONE ROAD”, A THINK-TANK FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS AT HARBIN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/MT190101

Volume

187

Pages

12

Page Range

97 - 108

Published

2019

Size

422 kb

Author(s)

WEI DAI, WIM RAVESTEIJN, JIANING MI

Abstract

This paper describes a program for attaining a Master’s degree at Harbin Institute of Technology in China, named “Belt and Road Think-Tank for Talent Strategy”. This program is especially designed for cultivating the talents who will link the countries along “Belt and Road” with China under the new Silk Road cooperation framework. The program has designed an elaborate scheme of lectures to equip its candidates with scientific techniques in analyzing social problems and offers many opportunities to encourage students to participate in international debates. After two years of training, candidates in will be shaped into top-notch talents with a deep understanding of China. The port of Piraeus in Greece is introduced in this paper as an exemplary research thesis made by program candidates within the framework of this program. By analyzing the stakeholders involved, assessing the impacts brought by the project and resolving the value conflicts among diverse parties, responsible innovation is applied in mitigating the confrontation between a Chinese company (COSCO) and local Greek communities.

Keywords

annual conference, Belt and Road Initiative, China, Master’s program, Piraeus, Silk Road Initiative