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Archive for May 16th, 2012

Foreign Universities in China and beyond 在中国及其他国家的外国大学

 

Following the news that the first Sino-US University will open in China in 2013, I stumbled across an interesting article today on the BBC which discussed a similar programme taking place in Italy.

 

New York University Shanghai will open it’s doors next year and will teach a completely US curriculum, (n. 全部课程,课程) or in other words, they will teach according to the US governments standards all taught in English with US professors, text books and most significantly, assessment.

 

课程   For example: Our curriculum includes Politics, Chinese, English and History.

 

There are arguments for and against this kind of idea. With education becoming more and more of a business nowadays it’s hardly surprising though. China is not only a host however – there are more than 290 Confucius Institutes in over 90 countries around the world spreading the knowledge of Chinese culture.

 

New York University is not the first foreign Uni to set up over here. There’s the University of Nottingham (UK) Ningbo Campus in Zhejiang Province and the Xi’an Jiaotong – Liverpool University (XJTLU) collaboration in Suzhou, Jiangsu Province. Expect many more to follow as China’s education market booms and educators are attracted to Asia.

 

In today’s article on the BBC the focus is on Politecnico di Milano (a University in Milan, Italy) which from 2014 is switching to English for the majority of it’s courses and all of it’s postgraduate diplomas. A reversal of classical trends and a Latin origin to the business language and former language of the lower classes that is English. Speaking English is not just another class at school but is also a gateway to the world.

 继首次听说中美大学将在2013年在中国开设的新闻,我在BBC偶然发现了一篇有趣的文章说同样的大学可能创立于意大利。

纽约大学,将在明年会亮相于上海,学校将采用完全的美国课程或者换句话说,他们将根据美国政府的教育标准,课程全部由美国教授讲述,用美式的教科书,更重要的是他们会采用美国的教学评估方式。

全部的课程包括:政治、汉语、英语和历史。

对于创办这种学校的想法有人支持也有人反对。现今教育越来越商业化一点也不足为奇。中国不仅是一些外国学校的创办场地,她自己也在世界各地的90多个国家创办有290多所孔子学院,传播中国文化知识。

纽约大学并不是第一所中国的外资大学。有浙江大学宁波校区诺丁汉(英国)大学和西安交通在江苏省苏州市合作的利物浦大学。期望随着中国的教育市场的繁荣,更多的外国学校和教育工作者被吸引到亚洲。

今天BBC的文章重点讲的是在米兰理工大学(在意大利米兰大学),从2014年开始她大部分课程及它所有的研究生都将运用英语教学。这将是英语由古老到商业化和普遍化的一个华丽的逆转。说英语不仅是学校的一门课程,也是通向世界各地的敲门砖。

READ THE ARTICLE HERE: Italian university switches to English

16 May 2012, By Sean Coughlan BBC News education correspondent

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