A delegation of Xi’an Federation of Returned Overseas Chinese visits Hantang Culture Online Academy of Xi’an
(Reported by Chen Shengbing, XRTU Journal)
On the morning of October 15, 2020, Shen Peiheng, director of Cultural Communication Department, Xi’an Federation of Returned Overseas Chinese, Ma Yinghui, and Song Weinan visited Hantang Culture Online Academy of Xi’an. XRTU’s president Zhao Liling, Shi Yongzhe, director of Teaching Affairs Department, Song Feng, director of Scientific Research Department, and several teachers of Hantang Culture Online Academy of Xi’an attended the meeting with the delegation.
Song Feng presided over the meeting. She introduced the achievements, experience, and problems of Hantang Culture Online Academy of Xi’an in the past 3 years in terms of development , platform construction, resources building, international exchange and cooperation, and online and offline education. Mu Yu demonstrated the Hantang Culture Online Chinese Learning Platform and reported its application feedbacks. Shen Peiheng generalized the department functions, main responsibilites, and achievements of the Cultural Communication Department of Xi’an Federation of Returned Overseas Chinese.
Zhao Liling, on behalf of XRTU, expressed the warm welcome to the delegation of Xi’an Federation of Returned Overseas Chinese, and thanked for their support to the development of Hantang Culture Online Chinese Learning Platform. She said that XRTU was established to support the continuing education with or without degree. XRTU aims to integrate distance education based on modern information technologies with life-long education of community colleges and universities for the aged. In the past years, XRTU has been progressing on the quality to serve social development, and has formed its unique smart education model in the process of developing to be an open university. “Xi’an Radio & TV University will change its name to be Xi’an Open University”, she said, “which will mark a new chapter of XRTU in the development to be a first-class open university.” In order to meet the high-quality development goal, XRTU has encountered many difficulties. She explained several issues related to the Hantang Culture Online Academy of Xi’an, including difficulties to stimulate online education, online courses and offline activities integration, and development of special training programs. All these objectives require more support from the society. She also expressed her aspiration to cooperate with Xi’an Federation of Returned Overseas Chinese and said that the historical and cultural advantages of Xi’an provide foundation for the both sides to carry forward communication on developing training models, integrated teaching, and application of information technologies. Media resources can also be used to integrate traditional and current methods of Chinese language teaching, so as to expand more users of Chinese language learning platforms and make Xi’an’s voice being better heard.
Shen Peiheng acknowledged Zhao's advices. He said that the Cultural Communication Department of Xi’an Federation of Returned Overseas Chinese is willing to make joint efforts with Hantang Culture Online Academy of Xi’an in overseas investigation, Chinese language education, publicity, and programs collaboration. Both sides will support the inheritance of traditional Chinese culture in Xi’an, the city’s development and publicity, and the construction of an international metropolis.
After the meeting, the delegation visited XRTU’s intelligent studying center and classrooms.
This visit put forward the cooperation on communication, exchange, and resources sharing in terms of international Chinese language education between XRTU and Xi’an Federation of Returned Overseas Chinese. It laid a solid foundation for the further development of Hantang Culture Online Academy of Xi’an in services improvement, and reinforced its strengths in the programs related to the Belt & Road new economic starting point construction. XRTU will take this opportunity to explore more high-level international cooperation and exchange programs, and support the development of Xi’an to be an international metropolis.