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Taiwan and Vietnam Early Childhood Education International Exchange Workshop

Taiwan and Vietnam Early Childhood Education International Exchange Workshop

This November, the College of Humanities and Social Sciences hosted the 2018 “Taiwan-Vietnam Early Childhood Education International Exchange Workshop”, bringing academic leaders in the field from both countries together to exchange ideas and promote new strategies for development. The opening ceremony for the workshop was held at 10:00 am on November 15th at the university’s General Education Building.

At this year’s workshop, the Vice-Rector of Ho Chi Minh City University of Pedagogy, Dr. Nguyen Thi Kim Anh, and former rector of the National College for Education, Hanoi, Dr. Dang Loc Tho, provided lectures on the current situation of early childhood education and the cultivation of teachers in Vietnam. Teachers from the NPUST Department of Child Care were invited to share on the topics of “family friendly restaurants” and “use of robots for child education”. Industry representatives were also invited to share on current R&D in the field and promote new teaching materials.

The dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Dr. Shi-jer Lou, explained that in 2017, a “Vietnamese Child Education Personnel Summer-Term Chinese Language Learning Group” was organized for professional early child educators from Vietnam. At this time, the vice-rector of the Ho Chi Minh City University of Pedagogy led a group of 20 educators on a trip to Taiwan to take part in child-care teachers’ training and Chinese language studies. In addition to the classroom activities, the participants had the opportunity to visit tourist attractions and museums in the area.

Everyone who took part in the program had excellent results. It also built up the foundation for exchange between Taiwan and Vietnam, and added depth to the cooperation with Vietnam on child education and teacher training.

This year’s activities also proved rewarding for participants. In addition to the insights provided by academic leaders in Vietnam’s early child education, representatives from some of Taiwan’s child-education industries shared on current cutting-edge research in the field and promoted new teaching materials through demonstrations and examples. The workshop gave teachers and students access to new knowledge in the field and provided them with a deeper understanding of the changes and trends in the industry. Hopefully the workshop will lead to new opportunities in the future and help bring early child education to a new level.

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