China is one of the fastest growing economies of the past four decades; member of the United Nations and the World Trade Organization; renowned for his contributions to art, language and commerce; and houses the achievements and developments of scientific and technological research.
Those with a glimpse of this country can expect to have an edge in a world of globalized trade, cultural exchanges and mobility.
Xi’an Jiaotong University-Liverpool Chinese Studies Diploma offers an understanding of China through educators with deep expertise. In fall 2021, it will be offered both online – in time zones suitable for Asia and Europe – and on location in Suzhou, China.
“To understand the world we live in, you have to understand China,” says Dr. Dragan Pavlićević of the Department of Chinese Studies at XJTLU and director of the degree program.
“Learning more about China’s society, politics and historical trajectories can provide a vision for the future of the world.”
Flexibility meets student needs
The degree program, taught in English, is popular during gap years in study and employment, for undergraduates completing full-time degrees at other universities who want more knowledge about China and for postgraduate students interested in academic enrichment or conversion to social sciences or Chinese studies. . Business students and working professionals find it improves their career development and strengthens their competitiveness in the job market.
The flexibility of the program is not limited to the fact that students can choose to study online or on site. The eight modules to be completed over one year for the accredited XJTLU degree can be selected from a wide range, including Chinese courses at different levels. At least two of the four modules typically taken each semester are specific to China; others may be chosen from the Department of Chinese Studies or other departments with permission.
“This approach allows students to choose the objective and content of studies from the wide selection of modules available and provides specialist knowledge, which can be applied in real-life scenarios,” explains Dr Pavlićević.
“As such, the Chinese Studies degree will benefit both the academic and professional prospects of the student.”
Lewis Roberts, who graduated in Chinese Studies in 2018-2019 as an exchange student from the University of Liverpool in the UK
“I strongly believe that XJTLU provides a great entryway for anyone less interested in China,” says Lewis Roberts, who graduated in Chinese Studies in 2018-2019 as an exchange student from the ‘University of Liverpool in the UK.
“Its students, professors and modules offer a wide range of subjects to fully immerse you in life in China while retaining that international perspective that makes the University so unique.”
Roberts recently embarked on a career in public policy, working for a UK Member of Parliament, and said he hoped as his role progressed he could work to strengthen UK-China relations.
On-site online convenience
The 2021-2022 degree program will build on XJTLU’s proven success in teaching flexible hybrid online courses, or HyFlex, on-site. Students in the physical class and those who connect online will study and work together to share their perspectives, situations and goals.
Students based abroad participate in all activities – including lectures, seminars, collaborative projects and work, and consultations with lecturers – through online means. XJTLU’s HyFlex approach to teaching is built on its bespoke digital platform and ensures meaningful student-to-student and student-to-teacher interaction.
On-site students will take classes at XJTLU in Suzhou, with its combination of a rich artistic and literary history, modern amenities, and a vibrant economy.
“XJLTU and Suzhou provide me with great memories, from the beautiful campus to the diverse and engaging student community,” says Roberts. “It was a fantastic experience.”
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