The Saudi youth delegation visited Beijing Medical University on Wednesday and exchanged knowledge and expertise with the university’s students and teachers.
The visit provided Saudi students an opportunity to compare the Kingdom’s achievements in medical research and clinical applications with the Chinese accomplishments in the field.
The Saudi-Chinese Youth Forum, which ends today, was organized by the Foreign Ministry to support Custodian of Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah’s initiative to promote dialogue between various faiths and cultures.
The Saudis visited the university’s various departments including that of herbal medicine. and were briefed on its facilities and different diagnosis and treatment methods, which impressed the Saudi delegates.
The forum will send two messages; one addressing leaders of their two countries and the other to the World Health Organization, including their recommendations.
Saudi Ambassador to China Yahya bin Abdul Karim Al-Zaid has praised the youth forum. “We are always happy to meet with young people," he said, adding that young people are the future leaders.
The ambassador praised the forum’s role in boosting Saudi-Chinese relations and said the forum was one of the fruits of the summit meeting held between King Abdullah with Chinese leaders.
The Chinese ambassador to Saudi Arabia Lee Chang said this year’s forum focused on health and medical research. “This topic should enrich the exchange between the youth,” he added.
The Saudi delegation visited a number of Chinese institutes and universities specialized in medicine and medical research in Beijing.
“They will acquaint themselves with the latest Chinese developments in this regard and will conduct meetings with the Chinese students as well,” he said.
The Saudi students visited the National Science Library of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing. The group toured the library and was briefed on its facilities and available books in various fields and specialties.
The first Saudi-Chinese Youth Forum was organized in 2010 in China.