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College of International Cultural Exchange

College of International Cultural Exchange is an institution in Xinjiang University engaged in the education and training of International Chinese Language Education students at the undergraduate, graduate and doctoral levels, as well as the management of international students in various disciplines and cooperation in joint student programs with foreign institutions. It was established in January 2008 and originated from the Center for Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language at the College of Humanities of Xinjiang University, and so far has a history of more than 40 years in teaching Chinese as a foreign language.

The college is also a base for research on Central and Western Asia and the cultivation of Chinese language talents, a research center for language and culture in the core area of the Silk Road, a training base for local Chinese language teachers in countries along the Silk Road, and a member institution of the Global Chinese Learning Alliance. Its undergraduate program of International Chinese Language Education ranks among the top undergraduate majors of Xinjiang.

The college currently offers undergraduate programs in International Chinese Language Education for Chinese students, Chinese Language for International Students, and a Master’s program in International Chinese Language Education (for both Chinese and international students). Additionally, the college is responsible for the management of all international students recruited by the university and providing courses of Chinese language and Chinese culture to the international students of undergraduate, graduate and doctoral levels.

The college has 2 teaching and research departments respectively responsible for International Chinese Language Education and International Student Education, and 1 Language and Culture Research Center in the Silk Road Core Area. It is also responsible for international student programs sponsored by the Chinese Government Scholarship, International Chinese Language Teachers Scholarship and People’s Government of XUAR Scholarship for International Students from Neighboring Countries, and has a national HSK (Chinese Proficiency Test) network test center.

To enhance the practical abilities of students majoring in International Chinese Language Education, and to further improve their foreign language proficiency and their abilities of international Chinese language teaching, the college actively engages in exchange and cooperation with universities of neighboring countries. With the assistance of the three Confucius Institutes co-established by Xinjiang University with its partner universities in Russia and Kyrgyzstan and at the same time in collaboration with universities in Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and other countries, the college has carried out various collaborative exchange programs, including student exchange programs, teacher visits and lectures, online distance teaching, training programs for local Chinese language teachers in Central Asia, and summer/winter camps for visiting students from abroad. A total of 12 overseas internship bases have been established. Since 2020, the college has arranged nearly 20 undergraduate and graduate students to offer online Chinese courses for learners in Mongolia, Thailand, Kyrgyzstan, and Russia. From 2022 to the present, over 20 graduate students have been sent as volunteers to countries such as Thailand, Cambodia, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, and Mauritius, making contributions to international Chinese language education and promoting friendship between China and other countries. The college has also established internship and training bases in six educational institutions within Xinjiang, sending approximately 70 undergraduate and graduate students each year to these internship institutions to engage in teaching Chinese language and related courses.

The college currently has 29 full-time teachers, including 3 professors, 7 associate professors, and 12 graduate student supervisors. Nearly twenty faculty members have overseas study or teaching experience. The teachers’ professional backgrounds cover multiple disciplines such as Linguistics, Literature, English, Russian, Education, and Psychology. The college has established a Microgrid Teaching Laboratory and a Teaching Platform for the Construction of International Chinese Language Education Resources, forming teaching teams for language ontology, Russian language, English language, ideological and political education, culture and communication, language teaching theory, as well as research directions in language ontology and second language acquisition, international Chinese language education and teaching, the “Belt and Road” initiative and international communication, as well as traditional Chinese culture and its function in the modern era.