Applications for SOU 2019 International Student Summer Program are available online! 30 scholarship opportunities! Explore this summer’s classes and activities, access the application forms, read the online program brochures at http://iie.sou.edu.cn/en/immersionhub/student-exchange-program/.
The Opening Ceremony of 2018 SOU International Visiting Scholar Program was held on Guoshun Campus on June 4th. Nineteen international visiting scholars from 18 countries will participate in this year’s program. The specially invited scholar Dr. David James and faculty members of the Institute of International Exchanges have attended the opening ceremony. The opening ceremony was chaired by Dr. Weng Zhuhua—Executive Dean of Institute of International Exchanges.
President Yuan introduced the development history and university profile of SOU. As a university without walls, Shanghai Open University takes advantage of its branch school system and learning platform and provides citizens with opportunities for higher education and lifelong learning. SOU has played an important role in supporting regional industry development, promoting higher education equity and enhancing the quality of urban population’s lives. At the same time, as the host institute of the UNESCO UNITWIN Network, SOU actively promotes international cooperation in the field of open distance education and has achieved remarkable results.
Applications for SOU 2018 International Student Summer Program are available online! 30 scholarship opportunities! Explore this summer’s classes and activities, access the application forms, read the online program brochures at http://iie.sou.edu.cn/en/immersionhub/student-exchange-program/.
Shanghai Open University (SOU) as approved by Chinese Ministry of Education is a higher education institute which is providing distance open education to adults with support of modern information and communication technologies. We have provided degree education for 350,000 graduates since our establishment in 1960 along with numerous training certificate programs in collaboration with Shanghai’s public and private sectors as a key contribution towards Shanghai’s goal of developing as a Learning Society.
The 20th Anniversary Event and the 2nd Work Conference of the UNESCO UNITWIN Network in Distance and Open Learning has been successfully held at SOU on Nov 20. More than 80 representatives attended the event, including leaders from the Member Institutions, experts and scholars in the field of ODL. Dr. TANG Qian, Assistant-Director General for Education sent congratulatory message on behalf of UNESCO. International organizations including ICDE, ACDE and COL, higher education institutions including Open University of Netherlands also sent messages to congratulate the Network on the occasion of its 20th anniversary celebration.
Ms. YU Xiaoping, Director of Department of Education of the National Commission of the People’s Republic of China for UNESCO, Mr. NI Minjing, Deputy Director of Shanghai Municipal Education Commission, and Prof. LOU Junjiang, Deputy Director of SOU Council attended the opening ceremony and delivered opening address. Prof. WANG Yibing, Founder of the Network and Dr YUAN Wen, Chairholder of the Network and President of SOU delivered keynote speeches.
At the Work Conference, representatives of the Member Institutions looked back to the development history and summarized the experience and achievement obtained based on the principle of the Network. Questions including how to make full use of their institution’s advantages and distinctive fields, how to work more closely with other member institutions, and how to make contributions to the Network’s development have been discussed at the Conference.
The fifth session of Immersion Hub Short Term International Student Program was officially started on the morning of June 12 at Shanghai Open University. Speaking at the opening ceremony, Vice President ZHANG Jin expressed a warm welcome to all international students, hoping that 25 students from 8 countries could learn from the two-week program and experience the Chinese culture by themselves.
After visiting the Digital Lab of Open Learning at Shanghai Open University, the students had their first Chinese language class – Coding Chinese. SOU’s foreign expert Zhao used a unique teaching method to help students to learn Chinese characters, verbs and sentences in a relatively short period of time.
In the afternoon, students experienced a classical Chinese dance lesson instructed by Zhou Yuqi. Ms. Zhou is good at Chinese classical dance, she taught international student a few fundamental dance movement and proper postures in Chinese classical dance. In order to show students diverse styles of Chinese dance, Ms. Zhou also performed Xinjiang folk dance and taught international students a short piece of it. After the class, international students from Brazil and Russia also demonstrated the dance from their countries.
The dance class was followed by team building activities organized by David James, the specially invited visiting scholar of SOU. The activities have made students to understand each other’s cultural backgrounds, cultural identities, personal interests through ice-breaking games and small group Q and A. At the end of the event, the students said that they hoped to learn Chinese, to exercise their English skills, to build network and to understand the Chinese food and culture better through the two-week program. Anja, one participant from Belgium, said that “cultural integration is very important in international communication, and everyone with cultural identity should not confine themselves to the cultural circle in which they are located, but should be more tolerant, receptive and integrated into a multicultural culture. The easiest way to achieve this goal is to take the chance to communicate with students from different countries, which is also a rare and valuable opportunity offered to us by the Immersion Hub Program.”
The first Immersion Hub Short Term International Student Program was held in 2013. So far it has attracted 239 international students from 27 countries for the past four years. It features Chinese language and culture classes and activities, facilitates communication and exchanges among students from Open Universities around the world and conventional Universities.
The 2017 Overseas Chinese youth “China Roots Trip” Spring Camp sponsored by Overseas Chinese affairs office of the State Council and the Overseas Chinese Affairs Office of Shanghai Municipal People’s Government begun on April 20 in Shanghai. The theme of the 10-day spring camp is ‘the Belt and Road Initiatives’. Shanghai Open University (SOU), as a Chinese Language Education base and one of the campsites, welcomed 33 Myanmar teachers and students from CPEC. This is the first Spring Camp held by SOU after the establishment of the Overseas Chinese College of Shanghai.
Opportunities, Challenges and Strategies
Date: 30 – 31 May, 2014
Venue: Guoshun Campus, Shanghai Open University
Shanghai Open University
UNESCO Chair in ODL in East Asia
Chinese National Commission for UNESCO
Official Website: http://2014conference.sou.edu.cn