CTE Hosts Working Conference
One urgent issue for key universities is how to carry out high-level international exchanges and collaboration around discipline construction, teacher team construction, scientific research, and talent training in the new era. To address these elements, a conference was organized.
On January 6, 2020, the International Working Conference of the College of Teacher Education (CTE) at Zhejiang Normal University (ZNU) was held in Conference Room 401 of Building 17. The meeting was presided over by Huang Xiao, assistant dean of the CTE. Those invited included eight managing persons from the university and other research institutions, persons responsible for the team from the college, and the heads of the departments of education, education technology, psychology, and curriculum.
Xu Lihua, director of the International Office of ZNU, affirmed the achievements of the CTE in internationalization and put forward some suggestions on the future internationalization process of the college. She encouraged the college to strive for more opportunities to run schools through collaborating with international organizations and individuals.
Huang Xiao described the effectiveness of the international work of the CTE since 2015, including the first high-end program for introducing international experts on education to ZNU, and a master’s program with the Queen’s University Belfast, a student program at Ohio State University, and programs admitting international students under Chinese Government Scholarship. Collaboration with Africa on education is also expanding steadily. With the support of the Institute of International and Comparative Education of ZNU and the World Bank for African education, the college will strive for broader and deeper international collaboration in the future, implementing the school’s international strategy.
Lou Shizhou, President of the Institute of Education Reform and Development, affirmed the importance of internationalization. He specifically pointed out that to effectively promote the academic development of China’s study on Africa, it should achieve two transitions: from “outsiders” to “participants” and from “individual learning” to “shared experience.” The experience of establishing English academic journals at Beijing Normal University and East China Normal University is worth studying with regard to how to internationalize education research. The establishment of the African Education Joint Research Center in Tanzania and the Confucius Institute at the African Research Institute in South Africa and other places will expand an important foundation for Zhejiang Normal University in Sino-African education collaboration. This, in turn, will encourage young scholars who study Africa to go to Africa to do their fieldwork and strive to become internationally influential scholars. Facing the scale of international students in the CTE, they need to give full play to the role of these international students to explore the education research of countries along the Belt and Road.
Zhou Yueliang, dean of the CTE, concluded that internationalization is of strategic importance for the college’s development. The heads of the teams gave reflections and speeches on the internationalization work, demonstrating the high importance of and urgent need for internationalization. Based on the school’s internationalization strategy, the CTE will define specific internationalization goals, collaborate on international research, and share the Chinese education experience—especially education experience in Zhejiang—abroad. (Translated by Zhang Jiajia, edited by Kendra Fiddler)