Basim Faraj

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The 5th International Conference on ESP in Asia, in conjunction with the 2nd International Conference of the Chinese Association for ESP was held at Fudan University, Shanghai, on 27-29 September 2013. Under the theme of "ESP in the Context of the Internationalization of Higher Education and Economic Globalization", the conference spotlighted the innovations in ESP teaching practice in the globalizing age. It provided a forum for ESP practitioners and educators to discuss topics of regional relevance. It was also an opportunity to exchange ideas about ESP research and practice in meeting the challenge of internationalization of higher education.

Shanghai is the largest city by population in the People's Republic of China and the largest city proper by population in the world. It is one of the four province-level municipalities of the PRC, with a total population of over 23 million as of 2010. It is a global city, with influence in commerce, culture, finance, media, fashion, technology, and transport. It is a major financial centre and the busiest container port in the world. Located in the Yangtze River Delta in East China, Shanghai sits at the mouth of the Yangtze River in the middle portion of the Chinese coast. The municipality borders the provinces of Jiangsu and Zhejiang to the north, south and west, and is bounded to the east by the East China Sea.  Shanghai is a popular tourist destination renowned for its historical landmarks such as The Bund, City God Temple and Yu Garden, as well as the extensive and growing Lujiazui skyline. It has been described as the "showpiece" of the booming economy of mainland China. (From Wikipedia).

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