Representatives from the UK's University of Hull paid a visit to China Women's University (CWU) on March 11, to seek cooperation through international cultural and educational exchange.
The visit was made by senior lecturer Dr. Wendy Jolliffe, who is head of the institution's Scarborough School of Education, and has strategic responsibility for Teacher Education for primary, secondary and further education; and Dr. Julia Lawrence, who is in charge of international cooperation.
Staff of the CWU's School of Education and the Foreign Affairs Office were there to warmly welcome the two British guests, who had spanned eight time zones to arrive at their destination in Beijing. Group meetings and interviews were launched during their visit.
During the meetings, both sides placed much emphasis on introducing their schools and explaining the unique features they offered.
Wang Lian, head of School of Education at the CWU, hosted the meeting and drew a full picture of the university to the guests. According to Wang, the CWU was the first women's higher learning Institution in China, founded in 1949. Affiliated to the All-China Women's Federation (ACWF) and sponsored by the Ministry of Education, the CWU is a national-level university specialized in women's higher education and research in related areas.
In addition, Wang recommended some branches, lectures and research related to education and psychology to the participants. Furthermore, Wang stressed their unique education methods for developing female influences.
Dr. Jolliffe gave a full overview of the University of Hull, a public university founded in 1927 that embraces more than 2,300 staff and 20,000 students. She focused on the educational model they have adopted for cultivating students while bringing all of their potentialities into full play. She pointed out that they also treasured developing and promoting international cooperation on science and technology while hoping to maintain a friendly relationship with their partners as one of their long term goals.
Furthermore, Dr. Jolliffe divulged her opinions on the theory and practice of education at her university. In particular she cited local cooperation as an example of something to be encouraged. Cooperation at her university centers on the education of nursery and elementary schools by engaging teachers' training, fostering international trainees and giving lectures to students. All of these examples won high praise and appreciation from the Chinese counterparts.
After the meeting, both sides reached an agreement by signing a Memorandum of Understanding and anticipated further cooperation. They intend to send teachers and students for international exchanges and visits, and launched a joint campaign on educational research in the near future.
Finally, they continued further in-depth exchanges on specific education programs and posed for a set of group photos to mark the special visit to bring them closer, even if they are geographically divided by the continents of Europe and Asia.
(Source: cwu.edu.cn/Translated and edited by Women of China)
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