Students of Chinese Vocational Training Camp at Maritime Silk Road Confucius Institute in Thailand Gains Phased Achievements

[Source]    cn.chinadaily.com.cn [Time]    2018-04-10 13:15:33 
 


The Institute showcasing outstanding works at the graduation ceremony (file photo)

On March 29th, the closing ceremony of 2018 spring camp of the Thai Maritime Silk Road Confucius Institute, which is funded by the Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban), is held at Tianjin Normal University.

Zhong Yinghua, Vice President of Tianjin Normal University delivered a speech expressing his warm welcome to the delegation and sincere congratulations to the students on their smooth completion of the training. He stated that the Maritime Silk Road Confucius Institute is the first Confucius Institute to be named after the “Maritime Silk Road”, which is bound to take on greater responsibilities in advancing the docking between Thailand’s 4.0 strategy and China’s “Belt and Road” initiative. In the future, Tianjin Normal University and Maritime Silk Road Confucius Institute will work with the Office of the Vocational Education Commission in Thailand to conduct top-level design on the training of “Chinese language plus professional skills” for vocational education so as to fully support the initiative to cultivate talents featuring “Chinese language” in Thailand.

Boonsong Champabhoti, Deputy Secretary-General of the Office of Vocational Education Commission noted in his speech that Thailand is now striving to enter the 4.0 era comprehensively, that is, to develop value-added industries through innovation and technological applications, and thus promote the transformation and upgrade of the Thai economy. As a strategic project, the Thai government is giving priority to the construction of the Eastern Economic Corridor (aka EEC). Both Thailand’s 4.0 strategy and EEC’s implementation inarguably require a large number of professional and technical talents, especially in areas like rail transit, aerospace, mechatronics, industrial robotics, energy technologies, science & technology and tourism, as well as logistics, as vocational education plays an important role in cultivating these talents. In the docking between Thailand’s 4.0 strategy under China’s “Belt and Road” initiative, the cultivation of Chinese talents is indispensable, and the demand for professional technicians possessing understanding of Chinese is also increasingly emerging. This time, the Office of Vocational Education and the Maritime Silk Road Confucius Institute collaborated with the Chinese organizing university to design the training program for the Chinese Vocational Training Camp. Thirty elite students from Thailand were selected to study at Tianjin Normal University to further strengthen their proficiency in Chinese, gain a better understanding of Chinese culture and deeply perceive the status quo of China’s economic development. In this way, students are encouraged to learn Chinese well and serve as a bridge for the future exchanges of vocational education between China and Thailand.

At the closing ceremony, the students exhibited their learning achievements in paper-cutting and calligraphy classes. They all expressed that this trip was very rewarding, and have gained a firsthand appreciation for the speed and achievements of China’s development.

It is reported that the upcoming spring camp activity is part of the training program. The program had been implemented since last September and was scheduled for one year with many important projects. The first round was a pretest on computer skills conducted among more than 200 Thai students. The second round was a voluntarily signed up examination on computers open to all Thai vocational school students. Seventy-six examination sites were set up and nearly 2,000 people signed up for the exam. The two exam papers were prepared by the Maritime Silk Road Confucius Institute. The third round was to select the top 138 students from less than 2,000 applicants for the interview at the Maritime Silk Road Confucius Institute. Finally, according to the interviews and examination results, 38 students were selected to participate in the training program. The program is divided into Phase I and Phase II. The first phase is held at the Professional Talent Development Center of the Vocational Education Commission for 14 days. The spring camp in China is the second phase of the training, which is an intensified Chinese language training program funded by Hanban and held at Tianjin Normal University for yet another 14 days. From May to August, these vocational education students will also participate in the “Chinese Bridge” Chinese Proficiency Competition organized by the Maritime Silk Road Confucius Institute. The event enjoys a history of 14 years in Southeast Asia, and is expected to have 4,000 to 5,000 contestants. The Maritime Silk Road Confucius Institute adopts a series of program designed to comprehensively enhance students’ Chinese language level in vocational education.

The 6-people delegation of the Office of the Vocational Education Commission in Thailand led by the Deputy Secretary-General also visited Tianjin Municipal Education Commission. Lv Jingquan, Deputy Director of Tianjin Municipal Education Commission received the delegation. The International Exchange Office, the Higher Vocational Office of Tianjin Municipal Education Commission, Bohai Vocational Technical College, the International Office of Tianjin Normal University and other related universities and departments attended the meeting, during which the two parties exchanged in-depth views on the training of vocational education teachers, student professional skill competitions, and the exchanges of Luban Workshop. Consensuses have also been reached in several projects for future cooperation.

(cn.chinadaily.com.cn, reporter station in Tianjin)

 
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