Seminar on Modern Distance Education for English-speaking African Countries, 2017 Successfully Concludes in Jilin University
From May 3rd to 23rd, the Chinese Foreign-aid Program —“Seminar on Modern Distance Education for English-speaking African Countries, 2017” hosted by Ministry of Commerce and organized by Jilin University (JLU) was held in JLU. 13 officials responsible for distance education in 4 English-speaking African countries including Kenya, Zambia, Uganda and Mauritius attended the 21-day seminar.
Mr. ZHU Jian, from Division of Outward Investment and Economic Cooperation, Department of Commerce of Jilin Province, Dr. ZHANG Guangcui, Director of Office of Global Engagement and Dr. BU Tiejun, Deputy Director of the Office attended the opening and closing ceremony of the seminar and delivered speeches. The faculty team for this seminar consists of teachers from College of Computer Science and Technology, School of Continuing Education, School of Economics, School of Foreign Language Education, Institute for Higher Education and School of International and Public Affairs. The wide-ranging courses were in various forms, covering modern distance education development in big data era, network and digital technology applied in distance education, devices for online education, entrepreneurship and economic development, poverty and modern distance education, discussion on the effectiveness of distance education, multimedia technology and its application in distance education, interaction of human and machine, mobile e-commerce, distance education in China based on national educational development strategies, practice and thought on “distributed software development”, public diplomacy in China and Chinese culture and history.
In addition, the officials visited School of Online and Continuing Education of Beijing Foreign Studies University, School of Open Learning and Education of East China Normal University and Jilin Radio and TV University respectively. They held discussions on issues concerning modern distance education and gained a clearer understanding of the development and status quo of distance education in China.
Apart from academic lectures and on-the-spot teaching, Jilin University also arranged academic exchanges and meeting for the officials with College of Physical Education, School of Philosophy and Sociology, College of Foreign Languages and School of Business. Pang Jincai, Chairperson of the College Committee and Sun Ru, Deputy Dean of College of Physical Education, Li Daqiang, Deputy Dean of School of Philosophy and Sociology, Zhang Meimei, Deputy Dean of College of Foreign Languages, Guo Yingtong, Deputy Dean of School of Business and teachers representing above schools and colleges attended the meeting, discussing about issues officials are concerned about like course design, training plan, student enrollment and distance education. During the seminar, the officials also met with over 10 foreign students from Kenya and Zambia and they shared their experience of studying in China.