Teacher Training Event of the RICH-Ed Project in Ningbo
Jointly organized by School of English of the University of Nottingham Ningbo China (UNNC) and the Sino-German Institute of Design and Communication of the Zhejiang Wanli University, a full-day teacher training workshop of the Resources for Interculturality in Chinese Higher Education Project (RICH-ED) funded by Erasmus+ of the European Commission was held on June 29th at the University of Nottingham Ningbo China. The theme of the workshop was “Design and Practice of Intercultural Communication Teaching” and its trainers came from the RICH-ED teams from the UNNC and the Zhejiang Wanli University. More than 60 trainees from 31 universities had joined this event, including Zhongnan University of Economics and Law, Shanghai Normal University, Zhejiang Normal University, Shanghai New York University, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, University of Stirling, etc.
In recent years intercultural communication and co-operation in Chinese higher education has been rapidly developing due to the implementation of the Belt and Road Initiative. Many teachers and students have been engaged in a variety of Sino-foreign co-operation projects. Scholarly visit of foreign universities has also been increasing intensively. Number of foreign students studying inChinahas been escalating. However, there is almost no systematic training or curriculum targeting teachers, university administrative personnel and students who are engaged in intercultural communication. In order to address the needs for betterment of intercultural learning and its administration in Chinese higher education, a number of specialists from universitiesChinaand Europe initiated the RICH-ED project. By offering a series of training and developing teaching methodology and materials, the Rich-ed aims at strengthening intercultural awareness among Chinese university students and teachers. It is also expected that these intercultural resources could promote mutual understanding and tolerance among students and teachers fromChinaand other countries in educational co-operation and fill the gap between different cultures.
The workshop focused on pedagogical ideas, teaching materials and methodology developed by the RICH-ED. During the full-day training the trainers had demonstrated how these intercultural resources could help promoting intercultural awareness and strengthening intercultural competencies. The workshop consisted of three parts: an introduction to the project and its pedagogical framework, four training sessions, and a summary. There were group discussions following each training session. Each trainee was awarded an official certificate from the RICH-ED at the end of the workshop
Ms. Huang Ju from Southwest University said: “This is a very fruitful training. I was taught with many pioneering resources that are inspiring for my intercultural teaching in the future.” Ms. Jiang Jing from Ningbo University remarked: “This is a very substantial training. From the training I have found out that the voice fromChinais very significant in Sino-foreign joint ventures in education.”
This workshop belongs to a series of training launched by the RICH-ED. In the future we will organize more training. Hope you will join us!