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Lecturers from China complete English training course at Curtin Sarawak

Miri – 18 August, 2010 – 12 English language lecturers from Hanshan Normal University in Chaozhou, Guangdong, China, completed their 3-week English training course at Curtin University, Sarawak Malaysia (Curtin Sarawak) yesterday.


The occasion was marked with a Certificate Presentation Ceremony officiated by Curtin Sarawak’s Chief Operating Officer James Ng and Dean of the School of Foundation and Continuing Studies, Beena Giridharan.

Also present were the course facilitators and staff of the university’s Marketing Department and The Learning Centre.


In his speech, Ng credited former Pro Vice-Chancellor Professor John Evans and his deputy, Professor Joan Gribble, as well local entrepreneur Dato Lau Siu Wai, Marketing Manager Liew Mei Yin, and senior Hanshan officials for the signing of a memorandum of understanding, which called for the conducting of short-term English training courses for Hanshan academic staff among other spheres of collaboration, late last year.


He also commended Beena and her team of lecturers and administrators for the successful delivery of the course.


The course focused on language teaching methodologies, the latest instructional strategies, structuring English language teaching for speakers of languages other than English, and on understanding learning styles to enhance student language learning experiences.


Besides classroom instruction, the lecturers also had the opportunity to visit various places of interest in and around Miri as part of their learning experience.


“I trust your experience here has been beneficial to you, and that you have enjoyed our Sarawakian hospitality. I hope you will spread the word about Curtin and Sarawak when you get back to Chaozhou,” said Ng to the Chinese lecturers.


He added that this course was only the beginning of Curtin Sarawak’s collaboration with Hanshan, and that Curtin Sarawak looked forward to training more academic staff from the Chinese university in time to come.


Beena meanwhile praised the Chinese lecturers for their enthusiasm and active participation throughout the course, despite the very eventful 7-day-a-week programme of classes and weekend activities.


She said she trusted the weekend activities, which included sightseeing tours to the nearby national parks and city attractions, helped them gain a more complete educational experience in Miri.


Beena also expressed hopes that they would apply the new teaching methodologies they had learned in their teaching at Hanshan.


One of the Chinese lecturers, Cai Yuhong, speaking on behalf of his colleagues, said their experience in Miri was truly unique and that they had learned a lot from their lecturers at Curtin Sarawak. He said they would all treasure memories of the experience for a long time to come.


On 5 August 2010, the lecturers were visited by a delegation of Hanshan officials comprising its Vice President, Yu Haoming; Dean of its Personnel Office, Peng Weili, Dean of its Alumni Office, Yang Yang; and Deputy Director of its Foreign Affairs Office, Huang Peizhen.


They were welcomed by Pro Vice-Chancellor Professor Ian Kerr and senior management staff and academics of Curtin Sarawak.


Yu expressed confidence that the 12 lecturers would receive good quality training at Curtin Sarawak, and said that Hanshan hoped to send more lecturers for training here. He also said Hanshan would look into the possibility on sending some of its students on a student exchange programme with Curtin Sarawak. 


Professor Kerr, meanwhile, said he believed Hanshan’s large student population and strategic role in training Guangdong’s teachers could be leveraged with Curtin Sarawak’s status as Curtin University’s first and largest offshore campus ideally located nearby in Malaysia, including its commitment to innovation and excellence in teaching and research, for a mutually beneficial relationship.


Their visit followed one by Vice President Zhuang Donghong, Dean of its Foreign Language Department Zhang Ruolan, Director of Education Affairs Huang Jingzhong, and Chen Weijia, a staff member of the university’s Foreign Affairs Office, in June last year.


The Hanshan lecturers with Ng and Beena (3rd & 4th left, back row) and Curtin Sarawak staff.


Vice President Yu Haoming presenting a momento to Professor Kerr during Hanshan delegation’s visit.