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facebook twitter linkedin | Updated: Jul 28, 2022

The 2022 Shanghai Summer School Chinese Culinary Culture Program, which was held online by Shanghai Polytechnic University from July 1 to 25, concluded with a closing ceremony on July 25.

This year, 146 students from 16 countries took part in the program. After four weeks of online learning, all students have completed the program and eight of them who come from Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University, Riara University and Turan University received certificates of distinction at the ceremony.

Zonova Daria, one of the eight students, said that after learning many interesting things related to Chinese culture and cuisine during the program, she was surprised by how diverse and rich China's culinary history is, and wanted to go to China to experience its rich culture on site.

Mueni Joy, also one of the eight students, said that the online Chinese culinary culture program was very meaningful, with the cooking module and the sports module being her favorite parts.

Zhang Ye, associate dean of the School of International Exchange of Shanghai Polytechnic University, said that the school further optimized this year's online teaching modules by cooperating with partner universities in the Yangtze River Delta region and Shanghai.

According to Zhang, the program consisted of seven modules: Chinese Culinary Knowledge, Chinese Cookery Skill, Culinary Culture Tour, Chinese Language, Lectures about Chinese Culture, Lectures about China and Chinese Martial Arts. In addition, weekly English and Chinese language training courses were also offered.

Joy Mueni from Riara University said that she is very interested in the program.and wants to learn about Chinese language and culture as the country establishes more of a global presence while continuing to develop. After several weeks in the program, she said that she gained a deeper understanding of the Chinese catering culture, especially the tea culture, which impressed her.

Shanghai Summer School (3S), which was launched by the Shanghai Municipal Education Commission in 2008, has become a branded project for international cultural and educational exchanges. It aims to attract more foreign students to experience China, learn Chinese, and study in Shanghai.

The Chinese Culinary Culture Program was originally a cooperative program that was established by Shanghai Polytechnic University and Ansan University in South Korea. It joined the 3S series in 2015 and welcomed its first group of students in 2016. It has been held every year since 2016.

Chefs teach students how to cook Chinese cuisine during the educational program. [Photo/WeChat ID: sspulxs]
A student of the program shows food she cooked. [Photo/WeChat ID: sspulxs]
Students attend the closing ceremony of the program via a video link. [Photo/WeChat ID: sspulxs]