A group of school principals from Derby, UK visited Hefei from Oct 31 to Nov 1 this year. Five British principals paid visits to Hefei Xiyoulu Primary School, Hefei Daoxiangcun Primary School, Hefei Primary School of Arts, Hefei No. 50th South Middle School and Hefei No. 17 Middle School.
Although the visit only lasted for two days, the clean and beautiful campus environment, advanced and complete facilities, active and vigorous teachers and students at Hefei primary and middle schools left a deep impression on the delegation.
Hefei and Derby officially signed an agreement for friendly cooperation partnership in October 2016. Since then the two sides have carried out frequent activities to promote city-to-city, people-to-people relations, particularly the exchanges and cooperation in industry, trade, technology, and labor service.
The visit of the principals was the first educational exchange between the two cities in basic education. In the future, the two sides will arrange in-depth cooperation among schools, including bilateral visits of teachers and students, school management experience and teaching method exchanges.