Prac­ti­cal train­ing cen­ters for int'l stu­dents launched

China Daily (Canada) - - SHANGHAI - By WANG HONGYI in Shang­hai wanghongyi@chi­nadaily.com.cn

As part of Shang­hai’s long-term plan to pro­mote ed­u­ca­tion re­form and devel­op­ment by 2020, the city will be build­ing more prac­tice-based cen­ters for overseas stu­dents start­ing this year.

In Novem­ber 2016, a to­tal of 11 en­ter­prises in Shang­hai were iden­ti­fied as places where overseas stu­dents can gain prac­ti­cal job ex­pe­ri­ences and these com­pa­nies will be of­fer­ing in­tern­ship po­si­tions that can be found on the of­fi­cial web­site www. study-shang­hai.org.

The move has al­ready won ap­plause from in­ter­na­tional stu­dents in the city such as Lip­ing Nd­a­baneze, a stu­dent from Bu­rundi who is study­ing the Mas­ter of En­ter­prise Man­age­ment at Shang­hai Donghua Univer­sity.

“For a for­eign stu­dent with­out work­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, it is not easy to find a good job or even an in­tern­ship op­por­tu­nity. Mean­while, you don’t know what kind of work fits you well un­less you have tried it. The in­tern­ship ex­pe­ri­ences in China will al­low me to pave my fu­ture ca­reer path. It will help me ac­cu­mu­late valu­able work­ing ex­pe­ri­ence and skills,” said Nd­a­baneze.

Donghua Univer­sity is among the schools with high­est num­ber of overseas stu­dents. In 2016, more than 4,000 in­ter­na­tional stu­dents from over 140 coun­tries were study­ing in the univer­sity.

Over the years, the univer­sity has con­stantly ex­panded its part­ner­ship with en­ter­prises and or­ga­ni­za­tions to help their in­ter­na­tional stu­dents gain prac­ti­cal job ex­pe­ri­ences and learn how to be in­no­va­tive. So far, the univer­sity has es­tab­lished a num­ber of prac­tice­based cen­ters at more than 30 en­ter­prises and or­ga­ni­za­tions.

At­tract­ing top tal­ent has been one of the key com­po­nents in Shang­hai’s drive to­ward be­com­ing a global hub for sci­en­tifi in­no­va­tion. As such, au­thor­i­ties have been keen to es­tab­lish the city as a vi­brant ed­u­ca­tion des­ti­na­tion to aid this goal.

Ear­lier, the city had launched a num­ber of com­pre­hen­sive ser­vice cen­ters for in­ter­na­tional stu­dents across the city. These cen­ters pro­vide one- stop ser­vices for in­ter­na­tional stu­dents such as con­sul­ta­tions on ed­u­ca­tional pol­icy, in­for­ma­tion about schools and cour­ses, lan­guage train­ing and as­sis­tance with visa ap­pli­ca­tions.

“These cen­ters will help more in­ter­na­tional stu­dents quickly adapt to life in the city and have a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of Shang­hai. It will pro­mote the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the city's in­ter­na­tional ed­u­ca­tion strat­egy,” said Yang Weiren, head of the Shang­hai Mu­nic­i­pal Ed­u­ca­tion Com­mis­sion’s in­ter­na­tional ex­change depart­ment.

Ed­u­ca­tion of­fi­cials said that more of these cen­ters and other ser­vices will be un­veiled in the near fu­ture.

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