On April 27th, the opening ceremony of the 2nd International Chinese Language Education Forum in Dalian was held in Dalian University of Foreign Studies. Leaders from Tianjin Normal University, Dalian University of Technology, Liaoning Normal University, Dongbei University of Finance and Economics, Bohai University, Dalian University and other universities, as well as experts, scholars and teachers and students’ representatives attended the forum witnessed the unveiling ceremony. Vice President Chang Junyue presided over the meeting.
At the ceremony, Ning Jiming, deputy director of the National Research Center for New Liberal Arts Education and professor of Shandong University, Zhao Yang, dean of the School of Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language of Peking University and other representatives of relevant institutions expressed warm congratulations on the unveiling of the base.
President Liu Hong said in her speech that DUFL attaches great importance to international Chinese education and has played an important role in the cultivation and training of multilingual teachers, research and development of multilingual teaching resources, cultural exchanges and cooperation between China and foreign countries. Under the new situation of great changes in the past century, the establishment of the base is timely. The university will vigorously support the construction of the base, focus on innovating the training model of international Chinese language talents, expanding the ways of disciplinary integration development, improving the ability of scientific research achievements transformation, accelerating the exploration of Chinese online education model and the construction of business formats, so as to better serve the innovative development of international Chinese language education.
At the ceremony, the Center and Dalian University of Foreign Studies signed the International Chinese Language Education Practice and Research Base Cooperation Agreement. Ma Jianfei, director of the language association center, and Liu Hong, president of DUFL signed the agreement of building the base on behalf of both sides, and opened the base with Hua Lei, deputy director of the education department of Liaoning province, and Wang Weichen, secretary of the party committee of Dalian international studies university, and issued certificates to the specially recruited experts of the base. The signing of the agreement reflects the main role played by universities in supporting the cause of international Chinese education in an all-round way, and marks that the cause of international Chinese education has entered a new stage of simultaneous development of practice and scientific research.
Subsequently, DUFL and Tianjin Normal University signed a strategic cooperation agreement, reaching the intention of cooperation between the two universities in the fields of discipline construction, scientific research, talent training and achievement transformation.
It is reported that as one of the key innovative projects launched by the Center, this is the first international Chinese education practice and research base set up in China. The opening of the base marks a solid step in promoting international Chinese language education, language exchange between China and other countries, the construction of humanities, the cultivation of innovative talents, the training of high-end teachers, the research and development of international teaching materials, the two-way cultural experience, and the promotion of language and cultural exchanges and cooperation between China and the rest of the world. (Jiang Xiangling)