SCNU held the International Symposium on High Quality Development of Cooperative Education in the New Era on 3 November on the Nanhai campus, aiming to share advanced Chinese and foreign educational concepts, deepen cooperation with domestic and foreign universities and build a cooperative education exchange platform.

This event was one of the academic activities to celebrate the 90th anniversary of SCNU, jointly organized by the International Business College, the Aberdeen Institute of Data Science and Artificial Intelligence, and the International United College. International experts, scholars and practitioners in the field of cooperative education joined the discussion on improving the quality and efficiency of cooperative education. The symposium is meant to accelerate the transformation of the SCNU Nanhai campus (Foshan) featuring "new engineering, internationalization, new business" and the creation of an international demonstration zone.

Yang Zhongmin, vice president of SCNU, said that development at the Nanhai campus has been leaping forward in terms of the school size, its level, and its running pattern since its foundation in 2000. The campus meets the needs of Foshan's manufacturing industry and strategic emerging industries, plans particularly for the new engineering disciplines and expands international education. It has now built a cooperative talent training mode by setting up cooperative education institutions, Sino-foreign joint programs and exchange programs.


Yang Zhongmin introduces the situation of the Nanhai campus.

"SCNU has made many explorations in the internationalization of higher education, and the Nanhai campus has played the role of an international demonstration zone," said Li Jinjun, director of the Exchange and Cooperation Division of the Department of Education of Guangdong province. He hoped experts and scholars could exchange advanced ideas at this symposium, learn from each other and promote the quality and efficiency of cooperative education institutions and programs.


Li Jinjun is delivering a speech.

Guan Xue, director of the Foshan Municipal Bureau of Education, said that the bureau will continue to support the Nanhai campus to help achieve a win-win situation in high-quality cooperation between SCNU and the government.


The photo of Guan Xue.

The Symposium focused on how cooperative education can shape the future, reshape educational concepts, innovate educational and teaching practice, improve the overall discipline development of universities and colleges, and strengthen cultural exchange between China and foreign countries. Two keynote reports and five themed reports were presented during the main forum, followed by two sub-forums in the afternoon.

At the main forum in the morning, Shen Weiqi, secretary of the CPC Committee of the University of Nottingham in Ningbo China, and Emmanuelle Huver, vice-president of the University of Tours, delivered keynote reports.


Shen Weiqi delivers a keynote report entitled.


Emmanuelle Huver makes a keynote speech on reshaping concepts through intercultural communication.

Harminder Battu, dean for International Partnership Development of the University of Aberdeen, Feng Weizhe, director of the Office of International Relations of China Agricultural University, Zu Lei, president of the Langfang campus of the Hebei University of Technology, Wu Jianli, executive dean of the Aberdeen Institute of Data Science and Artificial Intelligence, Gary Miron, professor of the Western Michigan University, gave themed reports.


Dr. Harminder Battu delivers a speech on international cooperation in higher education.


Wu Jianli, dean of the International Business College, introduces the situation of the college.


Professor Gary Miron shares his findings on quality assurance of Sino-Foreign cooperation in higher education.

At the two sub-forums in the afternoon, 14 guests from universities of the cooperative education field discussed the topics "international talent training and quality assurance" and "practics and paths for the high-quality development of Sino-foreign cooperative education institutions" respectively.


John Skatun of the University of Aberdeen shares the development plan of the Business School of the university.


Saroj Quinn of San Francisco State University talks about the important role of cultural tolerance in the success of the innovative city of San Francisco.


Wu Anxin of Shandong Jianzhu University, discusses Sino-foreign education.


Cai Hong of the Guangdong University of Foreign Studies shares how to cultivate international talents in Sino-foreign cooperative programs.


Guilhem Lecouteux of the University of the Cote d'Azur stresses building up a close university system in Europe, which helps students experience courses of different cultures and countries.


Yuan Cenxi of Sun Yat-sen University introduces the management structure, training mode and overall achievements of the Institut Franco-chinois de l’Energie Nucléaire.


Li Dongmei from the University of Melbourne explains cooperative education and international teaching.

On the same day, the Launching Ceremony of the First International Culture Festival of the Nanhai campus in Foshan was also successfully held.


The launching ceremony of the First International Culture Festival.


Tenor Zhang Xueliang is performing "I Love You, China".


Students are singing a French song in chorus.

Source from SCNU News Center, the International Business College

Translated by Wang Bingbing, Lin Yingtong, Luo Xiaoying

Proofread by Edwin Baak

Edited by Wang Yingmin

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