I. Program overview and development process:
The College of Humanities and Development Studies of China Agricultural University has always taken serving the major national development strategies as its own duty, actively responding to the “Belt and Road” initiative, and undertaking and implementing the international student programs in several national ministries and commissions and Beijing. At present, the college has a total of 79 international students mainly from four foreign-aid programs, namely, the “Master of Rural Development and Management Studies” Degree Education Program sponsored by the Ministry of Commerce, the “Belt and Road” National Talent Training Base Program funded by Beijing Municipal Government, the “Sino-Africa 20+20” Program sponsored by the Ministry of Education, and the “Silk Road” Program sponsored by the Ministry of Education. They also include the individual applicants of the Chinese Government Scholarship and self-funded students.
In 2008, the college established an international student education program for master’s and doctoral students majoring in “rural development and management studies”. Focusing on the introduction of China’s development model and experience, this program aimed to cultivate research and management talents with a global perspective, advanced development management experience and research methods, and understanding of China’s development model and experience. The enrollment targets were mainly government officials, personnel of scientific research and education institutions, development practitioners and personnel with business relationships in China from Africa and other developing countries and regions. By introducing China’s development model and concepts, this program enabled students to integrate these concepts into their work practices in their own countries, influence their scientific practices and policy formulation, promote the development of development studies in different countries, and accelerate business cooperation between China and other countries. In 2015, this program began to undertake the Ministry of Commerce’s foreign-aid master program for developing countries. A total of 129 students from different developing countries including Asia, Africa, Europe, Oceania, Central America and South America were recruited in the five phases from 2015 to 2019. As of 2019, this major has enrolled 252 international students from 52 different countries, including 55 doctoral students and 197 master’s students, of which 44 doctors and 139 masters have successfully obtained the corresponding degrees. After returning to their home countries, overseas students have taken up employment in the government, universities, scientific research and non-profit organizations of their respective countries and become the backbone of their work, creating excellent work performance and good social impact.
The college is committed to cultivating talents for the world. Through years of continuous exploration and efforts, it has made great achievements in foreign-aid education, and has made important contributions to nurturing the China-friendly power and promoting the construction of One Belt and One Road and a community of shared future for mankind.
II. Program application requirements:
The enrollment targets are mainly government officials and heads of academic institutions in developing countries. Bachelor’s degree is required for master programs and master’s degree for doctor programs and these applicants need to have good grades. We give priority to applicants with academic background in humanities and social sciences and working experience in development studies, rural development and management. The programs are all taught in English and applicants should be proficient in English to complete the study of related courses and the writing of papers.