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University agrees international contract with the People’s Republic of China

ISPU students

The International Short Programme Unit of the Chichester Institute of Education has successfully tendered for and won a long-term training contract with the Hubei Provincial Education Department in China to train Chinese Teachers.

The contract is part of the 2015 Hubei Province Train the Trainer Project, in partnership with the British Council, China, which will involve training Junior High School English teachers from rural areas of Hubei.

The project aims to help participants acquire professional knowledge and practical skills to help them teach English according to requirements specified in the New English Curriculum in China.

It will also enable them to acquire adequate trainer skills to ensure they can cascade the training to their colleagues in Hubei Province.

Steve Corcoran, the Director of the International Short Programme Unit, said: “As a globally-focussed institution, we are extremely pleased to have secured the commission to train this particular group of teacher trainers from China and to have been preferred over our other UK competitors.”

ISPU at Bognor Regis campus

The aim of the collaboration is to offer high-quality training that will have a lasting and sustainable effect on teachers in Hubei - in the first instance, 25 teacher trainers will be sent to Chichester in September.

The background of the project was a five-year Education Cooperation Memorandum, signed at the China-UK Education Summit in April 2014, between the Hubei Provincial Department of Education and the Cultural and Education Section of the British Embassy.

This aimed to enhance cooperation in the field of English language teaching.

The International Short Programme Unit (ISPU) is one of only five preferred partners in the UK in the eyes of the British Council, China, and has been selected over the other four institutions on this occasion.

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