The fourth training event and consortium meeting of the RICH-Ed project（Resources for Interculturality in Chinese Higher Education）was hosted by the Sino-German Institute of Design and Communication of Zhejiang Wanli University (ZWU) on March 31th - April 2nd, 2019. RICH-Ed is an internationally collaborative research project funded by Erasmus+, European Commission (585733-EPP-1-2017-1-BE-EPPKA2-CBHE-JP), which involves eight partners from four countries, namely KU Leuven, University of Durham (UK), University of Bologna (IT), University of Nottingham Ningbo China (UNNC), Zhejiang Wanli University, Harbin Institute of Technology, Jilin University and Hangzhou Dianzi University. Twenty-five scholars of cross-cultural communication from these institutions participated in the training workshops and consortium meeting at ZWU. Among them are some distinguished experts in this area, such as Dr. Prue Holmes, associate professor of Durham University, and Dr. Jin Linxian, Chair Professor and head of the School of English of UNNC.
President Ying Min of ZWU delivered a speech at the opening ceremony. Professor Wim from KU Leuven (Belgium) made a keynote speech entitled “The Digitally Agile Scholar”. Following the speech, the project team members used the ADDIE model that professor Wim introduced to discuss teaching design. The team members had a heated and inspiring discussion on the training content and methods of the upcoming cross-cultural competence training program for HE teachers, and formulated a preliminary training plan. The Dissemination Action Team (DAT) also held a meeting to update its members on the progress in the construction of the RICH-Ed website and reiterate the requirements concerning information collection and dissemination. At the end of the DAT meeting, an agreement was reached on future practice of information dissemination by the project members. The members from University of Bologna and KU Leuven participated in this event through video conferences and made presentations on financial management, quality control and evaluation.
This three-day training event and consortium meeting were very successful and fruitful, with the strong support from the leadership of ZWU and the Sino-German College. Such event was also a good research training for the early career researchers and a good experience of intercultural communication for the students at ZWU, contributing to further internationalization of higher education at ZWU.