ECOSF and CYSC enter into long term collaboration and sign MoU on December 18, 2017

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ECO Science Foundation (ECOSF) and Children and Youth Science Centre (CYSC) of China Association of Science & Technology (CAST) entered into a long term collaboration by signing MoU on December 18, 2017 at Beijing, China. The MoU was signed by and Prof. Manzoor H. Soomro, President ECOSF and Professor Liu Yang, Director General CYSC; while Professor XuYanhao, the Vice President and Executive Secretary of CAST,Dr. Yao Jian, Director of Division of Communication and Cooperation of CYSC, Dato Lee Yee Cheong, President Academy of Engineering and Technology for the Developing World (AETDEW), Professor Wang Qinglin, Deputy Director General of Department of International Affairs of CAST and other officials from CYSC/CAST witnessed the signing ceremony.

Following are some salient points of the MoU:

  • ECOSF will be a Coordinating Center for STI and Science Education in ECO Region for CYSC and annually send young talents to attend science events including, but not excluded to, Belt and Road Science Camp, China Adolescent Science and Technology Innovation Contest (CASTIC), China Adolescent Robotics Competition (CARC), etc.
  • To further explore the possibility of working together on training and communication programs of science teachers.
  • To cooperate in promoting professors, science educators and science researchers to undertake their mission to inspire children and teenager’s interests and curiosity in science and technology including, but not excluded to, recommending judges for both parties’ contests.
  • To work together on mutually interested topics in forms of forum, workshop, education resource development, public lectures, comparative studies, publication, etc. aiming at promoting public understanding and awareness of science, technology and engineering.
  • That nothing in this understanding will limit the ability of either party to continue existing agreements or to enter into new understandings with other institutions in either nation.

It is pertinent to mention that under the MoU, the first Belt and Road Teenager Maker Camp & Teacher Workshop was organized on December 17-21, 2017 at the Beijing No. 35th High School. The event was jointly organized by Children and Youth Science Centre of China Association of Science and Technology and Ministry of Science and Technology (MoST) of China with the support of ECOSF, IAP-SEP and AETDEW.

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