Organized by the School of International Studies at Harbin Institute of Technology, the International Summer School of International Languages operates mainly through the Intercultural Communication Teaching and Research Center (ICTRC). The center is one of the earliest research institutes in China, with the earliest publication of monographs, the earliest offering of intercultural communication courses and great influence in this field at home and abroad. Professor JIA Yuxin, former director of the Center, was Vice President and President of the China Association for Intercultural Communication (CAFIC) (2007-20013 ) and President of the International Association of Intercultural Communication Studies (IAICS, headquartered in the United States) (2003-2005). Professor Song Li, current director of the center, served as past president of IAICS (2011-2013), and is currently the Vice President of CAFIC (2013--) and on the Board of Directors of IAICS (2017--). The center has played an important role in the academic cooperation and exchanges between the Chinese and international academia in the field of intercultural communication studies and intercultural (foreign language) education. At present, as one of the Chinese participating institutions, ICTRC is jointly undertaking the European Union Erasmus+Project “RICH-Ed” (Resources of Interculturality for Chinese Higher Education) with KU Leuven in Belgium, Durham University in Britain, University of Bologna in Italy and four other Chinese universities. The International Summer School makes full use of the resources of ICTRC in intercultural learning and intercultural research, in particular, the high-quality curriculum resources in intercultural communication with both global and local visions, and lectures by well-known scholars at home and abroad. Through in-depth cooperation and resource sharing, the interculturally-orientated International Summer School of International Languages is set up to be a brand program that will offer quality intercultural training for students from home and abroad and spread the influences of the university and the School of International Studies.
II. Theme and Characteristics of the International Summer School
The theme relates the local culture to international horizon. The theme of the 2019 International Summer School of International Studies is “Harbin Files - Urban History and (Inter) Cultural Dialogue”. Compared with other ancient cities in China, the history of Harbin is very short, but its development reflects the multi-ethnic and multi-cultural integration. With its inclusive mentality, the city has absorbed the characteristics of other cultures. With its remarkable history or the current development after the Reform and Opening-up, it presents a unique urban style. Through the courses, lectures and experiential learning in particular, the project will help learners to understand a city through the development of a university, the historical changes of a city, and the past and future of China.
Cultural knowledge accumulated through experiential learning. In the process of teaching and experiential learning, both Chinese and other cultures will be taken into account to appreciate the diversity of the world; through the comparison of Chinese and other cultures, the dialogue between cultures will be realized and intercultural awareness will be sought; and students’ intercultural communication and independent thinking will be enhanced.
Cultural tour lead by famous scholars. The Summer School invites famous scholars in the fields of culture, literature and history at home and abroad to teach in English. While learning culture, students get immersion learning and content-based English learning opportunities.
Whole-person development enhanced by peer learning. The summer school is where ideas collide in learner-centered learning activities. In the process of accomplishing cultural exploration together, guided by the teachers, the learners will strengthen cross-cultural awareness, develop tolerance towards understanding other cultures, and foster global vision.
III. Important dates
The International Summer School will be opened in the summer semester of 2019 for 2 weeks (8-18 July).
IV. The enrollment plan of the International Summer School
The International Summer School plans to recruit 60 undergraduates, including:
1. 10 overseas students
2. 25 students from C9 and 985 universities in China (not limited to majors);
3. 25 students (not limited to majors).
Selection criteria: Chinese students with English proficiency above CET 6. International students are required to have a strong interest in Chinese culture and have taken courses related to Chinese language or Chinese culture.
V. Teaching Arrangements
The International Summer Program will arrange two courses, 16 class hours and 1 credit each. The details are as follows:
Course 1: Intercultural Dialogue in a Globalized World
Lecturer: Edwin McDaniel
Course 2: History and Intercultural Understanding
Lecturer: David Frank
The International Summer Program will arrange four lectures, 2 class hours each, totaling 8 hours and 0.5 credit. The details are as follows:
Lecture 1: The Painful Body and Self-recognition from the Medical Perspectives
Lecturer: Ronald Schleifer
Lecture 2: Historical Research of Jewish Communities in Harbin
Lecturer: Mara Moustafine
Lecture 3: Construction of National Image and Overseas Dissemination
Lecturer: Wang Ning
Lecture 4: Opportunities and Challenges of "Going Out" of Chinese Language and Culture
Lecturer: Cheng Aimin
The International Summer School will arrange four learning-by-doing sessions in the form of teamwork with a total of 0.5 credit. The details are as follows:
To help students understand Harbin Institute of Technology (HIT) and the historical and current situations of Harbin, and identify with the national characteristics and identities of Chinese culture, such as pluralism, openness and tolerance, devotion to the family and country. Based on these, to cultivate their vision for internationalization and awareness of global citizenship, and to enhance their abilities to think cross-culturally and critically and to learn in an exploring way.
(1) A Cultural tour: History Museum of Harbin Institute of Technology
Objectives: To understand the establishment and development of HIT, and the interrelation of Harbin to the progress of the People's Republic of China through the growth of HIT. To experience the traditions and spirits of HIT, and to enhance the sense of mission and citizenship, and the resolution to strive for national rejuvenation and a community with a shared future for mankind.
(2) Experiencing Harbin’s urban culture and building the relationship between individuals and history, culture and the world
① Discovering the history of an ethnic group and witnessing the multicultural
collision: Jewish tombs and Jewish memorials
Objectives: To understand the history of Harbin and the deep friendship between Jews and people from Harbin. To learn about the city characters and traditions of Harbin, namely, benevolent, open, tolerant and harmonious, in comparing with the exhibition hall of 731 invading troops in China, and apply them to cross-cultural communication in the era of globalization.
② Exploring the progress of civilization and appreciating human treasures: Jin Shang Jing Site
Objectives: To know the history of Jinhangjing, and the development of ancient Chinese civilization and culture, to understand the ancient Chinese civilization, and to enhance the national and cultural identity and knowledge of Chinese cultural diversity.
(3) Expanding the Connection between People and Space: Harbin Chinese Baroque Historic and Cultural Conservation Block
Objectives: To experience the city spirit of internationalization, openness, inclusiveness and enterprising innovation, to know Harbin’s urban development history through experience and observation, and to reflect on the impact of the urban history and the architectural environment on lifestyles. To enhance the national cultural identification, to contemplate on the relationship between urban sustainable development and environment, and to improve the intercultural competence and critical thinking as well as citizenship awareness.
Mode of Assessment: Teamwork Project Demonstration
Requirements of Demonstration: English; Multiple forms (speeches, plays, etc.); 8 minutes in length.
VI. Introduction to Teachers
The summer school is launched by the School of International Languages, HIT, after rounds of discussion and elaborate design. A number of distinguished experts at home and abroad are invited to give lectures and seminars. Their presence and engagement promise a constructive, substantial and fruitful summer school. Featuring Harbin Archives, this summer school will serve as a platform for getting to know the world-renowned Harbin Institute of Technology, the beautiful city of Harbin, and the rich history of China. By listening to lectures by experts and completing project-based learning, students will experience the history and culture of Harbin personally and expand their international horizons. They will also show the spirit, style and uniqueness of HIT to the peers from Top-9 universities and other prestigious universities in China. Through the study at the summer school, every participant will be expected to think about what kind of person he wants to be. He will also be more
likely to understand how to maintain his subjectivity in cultural clashes by placing his personal development in the context of globalization. This summer school will also
foster participants’ better understanding of their connection with society, that between nation and the world, and the coexistence of nation and culture.