SCO Secretary-General visits Beijing Foreign Studies University
SCO Secretary-General visits Beijing Foreign Studies University

On 14 April 2017, SCO Secretary-General Rashid Alimov visited Beijing Foreign Studies University (BFSU). He met with the leadership of the university and the institutes it comprises and delivered a lecture for the BFSU faculty, experts and students.

"Your university is considered to be one of the best in the world, and with good reason. The BFSU graduates are readily hired by government agencies, corporations and international organisations. You have great knowledge and are extremely reliable," the SCO Secretary-General said in his opening remarks. He also told the audience about the history of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation, its development and multifaceted work.

"The SCO is evidence that countries of different sizes, levels of influence and political systems with widely different cultural traditions and national customs can coexist successfully. The SCO is an area of high mutual trust, stability and security, primarily thanks to the coordinated and active work by the member states," Rashid Alimov said.

He went on to tell the audience about the SCO's preparations for the main event this year, a meeting of the SCO Council of Heads of State in Astana. "The SCO is preparing to admit new members that are very powerful and internationally respected countries — India and Pakistan. Their admission will greatly strengthen the organisation and will increase its potential and capabilities," the SCO Secretary-General said.

After delivering his speech, he exchanged opinions with and answered questions from his young audience.

Rashid Alimov also presented several copies of a photo album on the 15 years of the SCO to the BFSU Library.

Beijing Foreign Studies University (BFSU) is a leading Chinese university. It was established in 1941 in Yan'an and was initially known as the Russian Language Team at the Counter-Japanese Military University.

The BFSU differs from other language universities in that it offers tuition in many more languages and other subjects, which makes it indispensable for training professionals in the sphere of diplomacy, foreign trade and cultural exchanges, as well as translators and interpreters. The BFSU comprises 14 institutes and seven departments.

The University offers training in 32 languages, including 16 that are not taught anywhere else in China. The university staff includes postdoctoral research fellows. The BFSU has seven doctorate schools and 11 master's degree programmes. The university currently has over 6,000 undergraduate students, master's degree students and doctoral candidates.