Women's College Opens to Encourage Continuing Education

October 8, 2016
By Xu Zhenxue and Ren RanEditor: Rong Chen
Women's College Opens to Encourage Continuing Education
Officials attend the ceremony on September 30 for the establishment of Chengdu Furong Women's College. [Courtesy of Chengdu Community Education WeChat Account]


The grassroots women's federation in the city of Chengdu, southwest China's Sichuan Province, held a ceremony on September 30 to mark the founding of a local women's college. The institution aims to offer public education resources for women in the region and promote lifelong learning, China Women's News reports.

Founded in co-operation with Chengdu Radio Broadcasting and Television University, Furong Women's College is named after the city's regional flower – a particular species of cotton-rose hibiscus, explained an official.

The launch follows an initiative by the All-China Women's Federation (ACWF), which recently released its own lifelong learning scheme in the form of an online platform for women to learn via multimedia project-based courses.

The ACWF platform was built in response to the Action to Help Women Become Competent and Talented Persons which was discussed by officials during the 11th National Women's Congress.

Zhao Gang, headmaster of the university, reported that Chengdu was selected as a pilot city to carry out the scheme which is set to be rolled out across the country.

So far, the college has released multiple women-focused courses, such as those based on career development, household construction and personal improvement, said Zhao. Moreover, the college has integrated its learning programs into the city's entire education system with the cooperation of community universities, Zhao added.

With the help of local Women's Home activity centers, many distance learners are motivated to complete learning projects online and can later gradually develop a lifestyle benefiting from these schemes, said the head teacher.

In addition, Zhao noted that the college would continue exploring many more women's learning projects in the future.

Song Conglu, a local employee involved in the scheme, believes that online learning is more suitable for young adult learners nowadays. "This novel learning experience not only encourages immersive study, but also promotes intuitive happiness gained from building such effective online rapport," said Song.

Liu Xia, president of Chengdu Women's Federation, suggested that the scheme could be further extended to meet the diverse needs of women, fostering lifelong study projects for everyone, where they are or whenever they choose to learn.

Chengdu Women's Federation will join efforts from local education agencies in linking actual women's activities with online learning resources, and enlarge the effects of the scheme among women across the region, commented Liu.

(Source: China Women's News /Translated and edited by Women of China)

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