On May 29, 2017, sponsored by the Education Science Institute, Nanjing Normal University, the Chinese culture experience program "Child Development & Education Innovation" was launched in Room 402, North Tin Ka Ping Building. Sixteen undergraduates from the University of Strathclyde in Scotland will take part in this four-week international program. Attendants of the opening ceremony are: Deputy Director of the International Exchange Department Wang Daping, David Roxburgh, Vice Dean of the Chinese Institute of University of Strathclyde, Vice Dean of the Education Science Institute Prof. Du Yueyan, Director of the Education Science Institute Education International Development Advisory Committee Prof. Lu Naigui as well as tens of teachers from the Education Science Institute and 32 students from the University of Strathclyde and NNU.
The opening ceremony was presided over by Dr. Tao Ying from the Education Science Institute. Dr. Tao expressed a warm welcome to the Scottish students and introduced the attending teachers. Then, on behalf of the Education Science Institute, vice dean of the Education Science Institute Prof. Du Yueyan delivered a speech, in which she introduced the history and characteristics of the Education Science Institute and expressed her wish for the students to learn something at the classical Suiyuan campus. After that, deputy director of the International Exchange Department Wang Daping once again expressed his warm welcome to the Scottish students at present and introduced the three campuses of NNU. Dr. Wang hoped that the Scottish students would appreciate their time in China and get to understand the educational similarities and differences between China and the UK. David Roxburgh, vice dean of the Chinese Institute of the University of Strathclyde, pointed out that Nanjing Normal University and the University of Strathclyde held a long-history of friendship and there has always been cooperation and exchanges between two universities. He hoped that all students, whether from the UK or China, should get to know each other and work together in completing the program. Director of the Education Science Institute Education International Development Advisory Committee Prof. Lu Naigui hoped the Scottish students would obtain a better understanding of Chinese children’s education in the four weeks to broaden their horizons and widen their knowledge. Finally, the project director Qiao Xuefeng made a summary, putting forward some practical and pertinent suggestions both in study and life for the students. He hoped that the during the course students would understand each other and carry out the spirit of international understanding in the four weeks.
The five teachers' speeches helped the students gained a deeper understanding of the course and NNU. Thereafter, the students met with the course mentors and communicated with each other. The program was conducted in pairs, and students were divided into groups beforehand. In terms of the program, the students conducted a lively discussion and communication. After the students got familiar with the specific process of the program, all the attendants of the opening ceremony took a group picture in front of South Tin Ka Ping Building of Education Science Institute. Meanwhile, the opening ceremony came to a successful ending.