From April 22nd to May 1st,our school held the international course: the quaternary and the prehistory of China and Southeast Asia under the framework of Erasmus Mundus Program.The course contents include quaternary geology of China and Southeast Asia,paleontology,paleoanthropology, paleoenvironment,paleolithic archaeology, prehistoric cultural heritage and many other aspects. Participants included 36 masters / doctors, 45 postdoctors / researchers from 14 countries, a total of 81 people, including 49 foreigners.In addition to our school, the domestic participants mainly came from the Peking University, Nanjing University, Wuhan University, Institute of Geology and Geophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, etc. The event is mainly orgnized by Semarh Francois, professor of the French National Museum of natural history and Shao Qingfeng, associate professor of our school.
The purpose of the course,on the one hand,is to provide professional teaching for masters and doctors to keep sustainable growth of the academic circle,on the other hand,is to provide researchers with academic exchange platform to promote the development of international cooperation programs.Therefore, each of the contents of the course are first arranged with 2 to 3 theme reports, subsequently coupled with 4 to 6 research reports, so that the students can obtain both the basic knowledge frame and the latest research progress in a relatively short period of time .
In order to fully exert students’ enthusiasm and cultivate their spirit of cooperation,the participants were divided into several groups of three,with the nationality as different as possible. Under the guidance of two teachers, each group studied and researched one scientific problem. On April 29th, each member of the group participated in the presentation, and received all the teachers' evaluation.
In addition to the high-intensity academic lectures, the international course also included the visit to the Nanjing Museum, the Tangshan Geological Museum and the ancient human sites.