ON December 6, a ceremony was held for new students who were admitted to the first class of a master’s degree program launched by ECNU at Pay Fond High School Malacca in Malaysia. It marked the first time an education program was launched by ECNU in a foreign country.
ECNU leaders were present at the ceremony including Zhang Jianmin, executive vice director of the Global Center for Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages (Global Center for TCSOL); Li Weisheng, head of the Education Management Department of the Faculty of Education; Huang Zhihua, vice chief of the International Exchange Division; and Hua Chenyan, director of the Postgraduate School Professional Degree Office.
Every student received an official Postgraduate Handbook along with a postgraduate ID card, school badge, school card and U-disk containing all of the relevant information about the program’s curriculum and studies.The students are teachers from three local Chinese-language schools, namely the Pay Fong High School, Foon Yew High School and Pei Hwa High School.
The program is made up of hybrid online and classroom teaching. Each one of the recommended textbooks for the four classroom courses and a syllabus customized for the postgraduate study of the class had been distributed to the students upon arrival.
The part-time program features classes instructed face-to-face, with online classes as a supplementary tool for course study. The MA thesis oral defense for postgraduate students of the program will take place at the ECNU campus in Shanghai.
Hua Chenyan gives a brief introduction about the program.
Li Weisheng provides guidance on details about the curricula, practice research and dissertation writing.
There was a meeting held on December 7 in order to familiarize students with the overall program where Hua Chenyan and Li Weisheng each gave a brief introduction about their insights for the program. Ms. Hua explained how a postgraduate should be trained while Mr. Liprovided guidance on details about the curricula, practice research and dissertation writing.
Each new student signed a Letter of Commitment to Abiding by Management Regulations and Academic Norms officially recognizing the program’s instructions and rules. The ECNU-Malaysia education program provides local personnel engaged in teaching and management of basic education with access to a quality Chinese postgraduate program.
Although the project was initiated in 2016 December, preparations have been lengthy due to overall planning about education curriculum, coordination between the two countries’ education systems and negotiations between education leaders and sponsors.
Leaders of ECNU and its Malaysian partner exchanged visits within a time span of two months before formally signing a cooperation agreement. The program’s student registration and enrollment was processed by the end of August this year.