With Chinese students eager to learn about Canadian education and culture, the Consulate General of Canada in Shanghai organized a successful “Canada Day” at Zhejiang University in Hangzhou. The objective was to provide a forum for academic exchange on topics of importance to China and Canada, and to provide students with direct access to university representatives and higher education experts, in order to explore the option of studying in Canada.
The one-day event kicked off with an opening ceremony at the International Convention Centre, with Chinese representatives from provincial departments of foreign affairs, construction, education, culture and health as well as Consulate staff, representatives from Canadian provincial offices and students and faculty from Zhejiang University.
Canada Day featured a number of different events on campus, including two panel discussions focusing respectively on Public Health and Sustainable Development, an education fair, a Canadian information booth and a panel presentation on higher education in Canada. The event also featured a culinary display with free samples of Canadian food.
Additionally, a cultural program featured Canadian artist Stefanie Vallée's acrylic paintings, the promotion of a new Mandarin edition of Anne of Green Gables, and a film screening of L'Enfant Prodige, about Canadian composer André Mathieu. Anne of Green Gables holds special resonance for many Chinese students. China has been the chief source of immigration to Prince Edward Island – the novel’s setting – for the past five years, according to the province’s Population Secretariat.
Canada Day offered an excellent opportunity for a two-way cultural exchange between Canadians and Chinese at Zhejiang University.