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Ninth World Chinese Language Association Graduate Forum opens



On January 15, the ninth World Chinese Language Association Graduate Forum co-sponsored by WCLA, Huaqiao University and Shaanxi Normal University opened at the Chongyu Building on SNNU's Yanta campus.

The forum, organized by SNNU's International School of Chinese Studies and Graduate School, focused on the theme of Chinese Language Education and Chinese Culture Dissemination in the Context of One Belt and One Road Initiative.

He Rui, vice director of Shaanxi Provincial Government's Taiwan Affairs Office, Yao Aiming, vice director of the TAO's Exchange Division, Prof. Liu Ying, WCLA vice director-general and Taiwan Mingdao University, Huaqiao University president Jia Yimin, SNNU vice president You Xuqun, Tang Chinese Education CEO Li Jinsong and ISCS dean Zhang Jianchen joined about 150 experts, scholars and graduate students from over 30 universities across Taiwan Straits at the opening ceremony.

You Xuqun welcomed the attending experts, scholars and graduate students, saying SNNU as the first Overseas Chinese Education Base in Northwest China was honored to be able to host this forum. He said the university was committed to promoting cross-straits academic exchange, improving research in Chinese language education at SNNU and in northwest China, and contributing to dissemination of Chinese culture and the rejuvenation of the Chinese nation. He hoped they could enjoy their four-day stay in Xi'an and have a fruitful meeting.

Liu Yin congratulated the forum on behalf of WCLA and said she was confident that this forum would help identify new methods in Chinese language education, explore new modes of educational cooperation and expand the platform for developing Chinese language education across Taiwan Straits.

He Rui congratulated the forum and welcomed the Taiwan compatriots at the opening ceremony. He said Chinese language education was a mission of great significance which aimed to teach Chinese language and culture to tens of millions of overseas Chinese, especially young people. He hoped the participating scholars and students could use this forum to exchange ideas, learn from each other, expand vision and share findings, so as to contribute to the future of Chinese language education.

You Xuqun and Li Jinsong unveiled the plaque of the Informationalized Practice Base for Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages co-built by SNNU and Tang Chinese Education.

Prof. Jia Yimin, Prof. Peng Nisi of Chung Yuan Christian University of Taiwan, Li Jinsong will give keynote speeches during the forum. Authors of 76 papers selected from more than 140 submissions will also present their studies in several groups, where Prof. Hu Pei'an of Huaqiao University and Liu Yin will comment on their papers and give suggestions.

Held for eight times since 2008 in Jinan University, Kaohsiung Normal University of Taiwan, Shanghai Normal University, Chung Yuan Christian University of Taiwan, Huaqiao University, Taichung University of Education of Taiwan, Hunan Normal University, and Chinese Culture University of Taiwan, the World Chinese Language Association Graduate Forum, a famous academic brand in Chinese language education, aims to build a platform graduate students of Chinese language education and related areas to share their research findings and explore theories, methods and tools of Chinese language education and Chinese culture dissemination, in an effort to promote research in Chinese language education.

National and local media such as Chinese Social Sciences, Shaanxi Daily, Xi'an Daily, Shaanxi TV Station, Xi'an TV Station, Xi'an Educational TV Station and Chinese Business View covered the event.

Text by Feng Wei

Text & Photo by Jia Chen

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