- British Council China
- China Education Association for International Exchange (CEAIE)
Mode of conference: Online conference on Zoom Webinar (free registration)
Language of the symposium: English and Chinese, with simultaneous translation provided
- EME policy makers
- Quality assurance bodies
- HEIs stakeholders: administration and teachers
Symposium 1: Quality Assurance
Time and Date: 16.00-19.00 Beijing Time/ 08.00-11.00 UK time Tuesday 27 October 2020
EME is regarded as an important area within the internationalization of higher education, and it is key to developing students' global vision and cultivating high-quality, inter-disciplinary and international talents. In recent years, the practice of EME in Chinese universities has made good progress in areas such as teaching innovation and reform, teacher training, and international exchange; but there are also new emerging challenges to meet. To address some of these challenges, it is necessary to develop high quality systems of assurance and standards that ensure a quality of EME provision which can effectively promote the positive future development of EMHE and enhance the provision of EMHE overall.
The purpose of this symposium is to increase awareness of international quality assessment standards in EMHE and share practice and successful case studies of implementation of quality standards in different contexts; providing valuable reference for universities and administrations in building future high-level international EME courses and cultivating professional teachers in the field.
Chairperson: Mr. Danny Whitehead, Deputy Country Director, British Council China
Speakers and topics
English Medium Education Research: What Do We Know So Far and What Do We Still Need to Do? (20mins)
|Quality Assurance Frameworks – Current Practices and Future Directions||16.40-16.50||Quality Assurance in English Medium Higher Education (10mins)
Dr. Samantha M. Curle, Assistant Professor of Applied Linguistics, Department of Education, The University of Bath
|16.50-17.05||The Development of Quality Assurance Systems for English Medium Courses in Chinese Universities (15mins)
Mr Weiren Yang, Vice Counsel, Education & Public Health Committee, Shanghai
|17.05-17.20||The Practice of Quality Assurance Standards for English Medium Courses in Chinese Universities – Interpretation on Standards of the Selection of ‘Branded English Medium Courses for International Students’ (15mins)
Dr Wenshu Zhao, Professor and Dean, Institute for International Students Education, Nanjing University
|17.20-17.30||Transnational Alignment of English Competences for University Lecturers (10mins)
Dr. Slobodanka Dimova, Associate Professor, University of Copenhagen
|17.30-17.40||UK NARIC EMI Quality Review (10mins)
Dr. Fabrizio Trifiro’, Head of Quality Benchmark Services, NARIC, UK
|17.40-18.20||Panel Discussion (35mins)
Moderator: Mr. Danny Whitehead, Deputy Country Director, British Council China
- What might be addressed in the quality standards?
- How to roll out the quality standards
- How to monitor and assess the quality standards
- What contextual factors should be considered?
- What common mistakes should be avoided when implementing quality standards?
- What previous successes have there been in this area?
- What are other standards to be considered to support teachers to be able to deliver EME programmes (provoking opinions from teachers and researchers)?
|UK EME Programme Teacher and Student Support Services||18.20-18.35||The UK ELT Sector’s Experience of Supporting English Medium Education (15mins)
Mr. Mark Henebury, ELT Sector Specialist, Department for International Trade, UK
|Closing||18.35-18.50||Symposium Round-up (15mins)
Mr. John Knagg, Independent Consultant for the British Council
|18.50-19.00||Closing Remarks (10mins)
Ms Shen Xuesong, Deputy Secretary General of CEAIE