On September 3, the opening ceremony of the Ministry of Commerce’s “2020 Master’s Program in Education”, hosted by the International Center of Teacher Education, was held at Putuo Campus, ECNU. The ceremony was presided over by Peng Liping.
ECNU vice president Gu Hongliang extended his warm welcome to all the students on becoming members of ECNU. He hoped that all students could overcome difficulties brought about by online learning during the pandemic and best utilize school resources to comprehensively improve their overall qualities.
He also expressed his wish that all the students would make their own contributions to promoting educational development and reforms in their respective countries and regions in the future, and become friendly ambassadors for exchanges between China and their own countries, amicably build bridges for exchanges and cooperation among countries, thus duly contributing to the progress of society and civilization.
Chen Runyun, vice president of the Academy for International Business Officials (AIBO), Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) pointed out that given the fundamental role of education in building a country, it would be of great significance to boost education for the progress and common development of mankind. In this extraordinary year, China, as the largest developing country worldwide, has been committed to engaging in cooperation with multiple parties to fight the pandemic and explore a high-quality development path for mutual benefits and win-win results.
Ko-Chih Tung, a senior regional advisor at the UNESCO Institute for Statistics and professor at Stockholm University, delivered a speech on behalf of the teachers, expecting that all students would learn the theories, research achievements, policies and practical experience and knowledge to realize their own countries’ development goals of education, from which they can derive enjoyment.
Prof. Ko-Chih TUNG giving an address on behalf of teachers
Ms. Siti Norazimah Binti Mohamad, Literacy Instructor of the Ministry of Education of Brunei and an English teacher, said, “I’m the only student in Brunei who has successfully participated in this program. I hope to learn about China’s education model and learn from China’s valuable experience in online education, so as to make contributions to the further development of my country’s education system.”
Blanca Arcila Nazarelys De Jesus, a teacher from the Central University of Venezuela, said, “We’re now in a globalized world mediated by technology. This is well proved by the fact that education is offered and received online because of the pandemic. Thanks to this program, all of us from different countries get together for the training of professionals in our own fields. By doing so, we can not only improve our own professional level, but also enhance the overall capacity of the institution, society and country that we represent. The only way for national development comes down to education.”
Kiyuga Miriam Michael, the school quality assurance officer from the Ministry of Education and Technology of Tanzania, indicated that she wanted to gain a deeper understanding of Chinese culture through this program, which would be used in her future work, thus making contributions to education in her native country. In addition, all the three students sincerely appreciated the Chinese government for providing this opportunity of master study.
Online photo pf participants
The “2020 Master’s Program in Education” by the Ministry of Commerce is a relaunched master’s program of MOFCOM Scholarship, which was postponed by one year due to the outbreak of COVID-19 at the beginning of 2020. As the pandemic is still raging, 34 students will take relevant courses through online learning in their own countries from September 13.
Author: Xu Xincheng
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