The Way of InternationalUnderstanding Education —the Experience ofChinese Higher Education Hou Zixin Liu QingHua Nankai University,P.R.China Nov.4- 6, 2009, Lebanon
Content structureI. Universities of the 21st century should take the new responsibility for training citizens of the worldⅡ. Strengthen international understanding education in the process of internationalization of universitiesIII. Establishment of Confucius Institute is a new way to strengthen international understanding education for Chinese higher education
Ⅰ.Universities of the 21st century should take the new responsibility for training citizens of the world -It is objective that multi-culture even multi-civilization co-exists -International understanding works in the way of international exchange and cooperation. -Universities of the 21st century need to bear the moral and legal obligations of cultivating world citizens
Ⅱ. Strengthen international understanding education in the process of internationalization of universities -Internationalization of universities is the inherent international character of modern universities -Internationalization of universities includes the transnational mobility of students and faculties, the participation of international conference and congresses, and even the participation of cooperative study on international research projects
Ⅱ. Strengthen international understanding education in the process of internationalization of universities-Chinese higher education attaches high importance to internationalization of universities, adhering to the principal that “Education should be oriented towards modernization, the world and the future”-Since the policy of reform and opening up was launched in 1978, China has highly encouraged and supported the international exchanges and cooperation in higher education
Ⅱ. Strengthen international understanding educationin the process of internationalization of universities The numbers of study-aboard and visiting students in1978&1999-2008
Ⅱ. Strengthen international understanding education in the process of internationalization of universities -Nankai University tries hard to find a new way to strengthen Education for International Understanding, and set up “Nankai- Aichi pattern”, cooperated with Aichi University (Japan). -Both universities collaborated to build an “Aichi Guild Hall” for the use of the visiting Japanese students inside Nankai Uni.
Nankai-Aichi pattern-a four-month “On-site Teaching Program”-the students from Department of Modern China in Aichi University would learn some courses, such as Chinese culture, history, economy and law, etc, which were instructed by professors in Nankai University. What’s more, they would participate in some relevant social activities, contact Chinese students and the ordinary people-Till now, the program has carried out ten years, and there are more than 2,000 students who have come to learn in Nankai University successively
results-The students not only learned some useful knowledge as required but also acquainted themselves with China and understood China better by their first-hand experience.-According to the survey from Aichi University, among the students who has been to China, over 80% students are willing to go back to China again to learn or communicate.-More and more universities give attention to this kind cooperation style, as to several universities like Kokugakuin University have organized some similar cooperative programs with Nankai University.
Ⅲ, Establishment of Confucius Institute is a new wayto strengthen international understanding education forChinese higher education Purpose: The establishment of Chinese ConfuciusInstitutes in foreign countries is a new approach tostrengthen international understanding education. Weare to advance the dialogue between different culturesand mutual understanding, enhance universalunderstanding of Chinese language and culture, defensethe firm relationship with foreign countries, promotemulti-cultural development, and dedicate to building aharmonious world.
Ⅲ, Establishment of Confucius Institute is a newway to strengthen international understandingeducation for Chinese higher education -Confucius Institute is a non-profit educational and culturalinstitution to promote Chinese language and culture. -Confucius Institute has launched a series of Chinesecourses, covering the academic to non-academicqualifications, from kindergarten to university, and carried outvarious activities and services for local people -That whether the Golden Mean by Confucius and theClash of Civilization by Samuel· Huntington works or not, istested by practice.
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