China-U.S. TVET Leaders Dialogue Successfully Held at NJUIT

Delivery time:2023-11-14Views:35

To promote cultural exchanges and educational cooperation between China and the U.S., and to facilitate high-quality international collaboration and exchanges in higher vocational education, the China-U.S. Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Leaders Dialogue was successfully held at the Xianlin Campus of Nanjing Vocational University of Industry Technology (NJUIT) on November 13, 2023. The event was hosted by the China Education Association for International Exchange (CEAIE), and organized by NJUIT. Attendees at the event included Jin Lei, Deputy Director of the Task Force of Vocational Education, CEAIE; Ding Xianzhong, Deputy Director of the Foreign Affairs Office, Jiangsu Provincial People's Government; Zheng Xing, Deputy Director of the Office of International Cooperation and Exchange, Jiangsu Education Department; Preston R. Carr, Director of International Affairs and General Education, Chino Hills Unified School District; Zhou Lin, President and CEO of Bates Technical College; Chris Ferguson, Vice President of the University of Pacific; Wu Xuemin, Party Secretary of NJUIT; Xie Yonghua, Chairman of the Vocational Education Committee of CEAIE, and Vice Party Secretary and President of NJUIT. The moderator for the Dialogue was Pan Xuhai, Member of the CPC Standing Committee and Vice President of NJUIT.

On behalf of CEAIE, Jin Lei congratulated on the success of the Dialogue. He mentioned the great examples of Mr. Huang Yanpei, a pioneer of vocational education in China in the last century, and American educator Mr. John Dewey. Mr. Huang advocated “learning through doing” while Mr. John Dewey emphasized learning through hands-on experience. By strengthening communication and dialogues, they have set a model example for cultural exchanges and educational cooperation between China and the U.S. China has established the world's largest TVET system and achieved a series of significant accomplishments by actively promoting high-level opening-up in vocational education. CEAIE is dedicated to broadening the platform for vocational education collaboration between China and the U.S., contributing to a new chapter of bilateral cultural exchanges and cooperation.

On behalf of the U.S. side, Mr. Preston R. Carr extended congratulations on the convening of the Dialogue and looked forward to further expanding bilateral cooperation in vocational education. Under the theme of Digitalization Empowers High-quality Development in Vocational Education”, he emphasized that digital technologies such as AI are tools and means, and most importantly they should be used to serve the people and education. While digital technologies enhance the accessibility of education, they also bring forth a range of issues such as reliability, compliance, fairness, and inclusiveness. Therefore, it is crucial for vocational education professionals to continuously enhance their skills and knowledge to tackle the challenges brought about by digital transformation.

Mr. Ding Xianzhong, on behalf of the Foreign Affairs Office of Jiangsu Provincial People's Government, applauded the successful gathering. He noted that Jiangsu is one of the most dynamic and promising regions in China, and has always promoted high-level opening-up and high-quality modernization with Chinese characteristics. The interaction and collaboration between Jiangsu and the U.S. are built upon economic and trade partnerships, with cultural exchanges serving as a bridge. It is hoped that the Jiangsu-U.S. Vocational Education Cooperation Alliance will continuously improve the cooperation mechanism and strive for broader, higher-level, and deeper China-U.S. vocational education exchanges and collaboration.

Zheng Xing remarked that the scale, level, and comprehensive strength of Jiangsu Province's higher education is at a leading position in China. Educational exchanges and cooperation between Jiangsu and the U.S. have an early start, fruitful results, and broad prospects. Since its establishment, the Jiangsu-U.S. Vocational Education Cooperation Alliance has seen its member institutions engaging in beneficial practices in terms of joint institutions, faculty and student exchanges, mutual credit recognition, and collaborative research. It is hoped that the Alliance will give full play to its role in promoting exchanges and cooperation between Chinese and American vocational education institutions, contributing greater expertise and resources to the international development of vocational education in both countries.

Wu Xuemin delivered the welcome remarks. He introduced the historical origins of the collaboration between NJUIT and the U.S. and the university’s international development. NJUIT attaches great importance to international exchanges and cooperation, taking the initiative in building high-level cooperative platforms like the CEAIE-Vocational Education Committee and the Jiangsu-U.S. Vocational Education Cooperation Alliance while maintaining close ties with over 90 organizations and institutions from more than 40 countries and regions. As educational exchanges stand as a vital cornerstone of the China-U.S. relationship in the new era, NJUIT will always be dedicated to continually advancing China-U.S. cooperation in vocational education and cultural exchanges, driving forward the high-quality development of vocational education between the two countries.

Xie Yonghua delivered a keynote speech. He introduced the progress of the VVocational Education Committee and the Jiangsu-U.S. Vocational Education Cooperation Alliance in promoting China-U.S. vocational education cooperation, which has a solid foundation and broad prospects. Currently, driven by the strong impetus from the new round of technological revolution and industrial transformation, digital transformation is reshaping our society, labor markets, and work modes in the future, which highlights the increasing significance of vocational education. With this event as a catalyst, it is hoped that professionals in vocational education from both China and the U.S. can engage in wide-ranging exchanges, delve into in-depth learning, draw inspiration from each other, and foster consensus.

While moderating the Dialogue, Pan Xuhai expressed that vocational education must adapt to digital transformation, contribute to the training of technical and skilled talents, and serve the holistic development of students and high-quality economic and social progress. It is hoped that professionals in vocational education from China and the U.S. can take this event as an opportunity to deepen mutual learning and cooperation, work together to build a digitally interconnected landscape in vocational education and jointly propel the digital development of vocational education to new heights.

The signing ceremony for the cooperation between Chinese and American higher education institutions was also held during the event. NJUIT formalized agreements respectively with Chino Hills Unified School District, Yangzhou Polytechnic College, and the Vocational Nursing Program of the Pacific College on such aspects as talent training and joint program development.

During the keynote speech session, initiatives taken by American institutions in promoting international development and digital empowerment in vocational education were shared by Zhou Lin, President and CEO of Bates Technical College; Chris Ferguson, Vice President of the University of Pacific; Ashely Davis, Director of International Support and Scholar Services, Gonzaga University; Praveen Aggarwal, Dean of the Labovitz School of Business and Economics, the University of Minnesota Duluth; and Luping Gamble, Director of the VN Program (Vocational Nursing Program), the Pacific College. Insights on digital empowerment in vocational education were offered by Zhou Guijin, President of Wuxi Institute of Technology; Li Bin, Party Secretary of Changsha Social Work College; Zhu Dongfeng, Party Secretary of Jiangsu Vocational Institute of Architectural Technology; Ma Yuxia, President of Zhengzhou Railway Vocational & Technical College; Wei Shaofeng, President of Wuhan Institute of Shipbuilding Technology; and Yu Chuang, President of Zhejiang Industry & Trade Vocational College. Leaders from both China and the United States expressed their hope for further strengthening exchanges between vocational institutions in both countries. They aim to enhance cooperation in areas such as mutual credit recognition, faculty and student exchanges, and skills competitions, and jointly create new prospects and chapters.

More than 200 experts and scholars from China and the U.S. participated in the event, with nearly 2,000 guests watching the live streaming around the world.

On the afternoon of the 13th, the 14 members of the Jiangsu-U.S. Vocational Education Cooperation Alliance held a work meeting. In September 2020, Jiangsu Education Department selected 14 well-performed vocational education institutions to launch the Alliance. NJUIT was elected as one of the rotating chairs. The Alliance embraces the model of diverse school cluster cooperation, coordinating resources from all parties to jointly build an international platform for collaborative innovation so as to establish a long-term and stable mechanism for China-U.S. educational collaboration and yield more substantial results.

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Scene of the Dialogue

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Work Meeting of the Jiangsu-U.S. Vocational Education Cooperation Alliance

 

 

(International Cooperation and Exchange Division

Content / Zhou Zhong & Tang Wei

Edit / Chen Lu

Review / He Zhengying)