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School of Northeast Asia Studies Won the First Prize at the 2nd Global Engagement Competition

On December 6, 2020, the final competiton of the 2nd Global Engagement Competition hosted by Zhejiang University was held online. The Shandong University representative team was composed of five students from School of Northeast Asia Studies, namely Lv Ziyan, Gong Haoyu, Yang Yimeng, Song Xinwei, and Yang Yanyi. This team won the first prize of the competition with a impressive comprehensive score, and Gong Haoyu won the best style award. The team was guided by two teachers from our department—Jiang Haoqiu and Cui Mingxu.

The competition attracted 66 teams from well-known universities across the country, such as Tsinghua University, Zhejiang University, Xi’an Jiaotong University, Shandong University, Wuhan University, Shanghai International Studies University. The teams were required to collect data, develop research, then submit high-quality case studies for review under the theme of “China’s Engagement in Global Affairs: Practice and Thoughts”. The competition invited renowned experts in the field as judges, such as Mr. Wang Zhijia—special coordinator of the United Nations Environment Programme, Professor Zheng Chunrong—Director of the Institute of German Studies and European Union Studies at Tongji University, and Professor Zhang Guihong—Director of the Center for United Nations and International Organization Studies at Institute of International Studies, Fudan University.

Lv Ziyan’s team used “Chinese Wisdom in Global Poverty Governance: A Case Study of the Poverty Alleviation Project in Bansuo Village and Xianglong Village” as their case topic. They interviewed incumbent officials from the Ministry of Commerce of Laos, and Mr. Hu Zhengyue—Vice President of China Public Diplomacy Association and former Director of the Department of Asian Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. These interviews about the actual situation of China-Laos cooperative poverty alleviation projects and the biggest obstacles to Laos’s prosperity has greatly enriched the content of their case study. In the final competition, the team focused on the key issues in the practice of China-Laos poverty reduction cooperation, expounding clear ideas and complete structure, leaving a deep impression on the judges. In the question and answer session, the team gave detailed and accurate answers to questions raised by the judges, and was highly recognized by the committee.