Hunan First Normal University attaches great importance to the cooperation and exchange with colleges and universities or cultural organizations abroad, which leads to a highly internationalized education. Following the principles of international cooperation and exchange at the level of departments and schools, the university has successively established friendly relations of cooperation with more than ten colleges and universities from Austria, Korea, America and other foreign countries. Various forms of exchange and cooperation of students and faculties are carried out with great achievements. In recent three years, about300 teachers and students have studied abroad, and more than 200 foreign university administrators, teachers, and students have visited the university and carried out academic exchange activities.
At present, our teachers go abroad through different channels, such as China Scholarship Council projects, overseas training, friendly visit or academic visit, and so on. In recent three years, more than 30 teachers studying abroad have been funded by China Scholarship Council or the Education Department of Hunan Province, more than 20 administrators have attended the training of “Internationalized Development Strategy for Teacher Education” in the USA and more than 10 groups have had academic visits in America, Canada, Britain, France, Australia, Korea, Malaysia etc. the university regularly sends teachers to conduct academic study or cooperative scientific research in the cooperative universities. such as UTRGV in the USA, Edge Hill University in the UK and Sehan University in Korea.
The university has developed various channels and opportunities for students to study or practice overseas, such as Exchange students to Mount Royal University，Canada，Exchange students to Niagara University，USA，exchange students to Korean universities, the project of Summer Work & Travel USA and the Program of Academic Visit to Hong Kong. Up to Nov., 2017, 58 students have been sent to study in Korean universities and 45students have participated in the summer vacation internship program in the US, nearly a hundred students have visited Hong Kong Baptist University. An increase in students going abroad not only broadens students’ international horizons, but also promotes the internationalization of our university.
In recent three years，we have received more than 40 overseas visiting delegations, invited over 50 foreign experts and scholars to give lectures to both staff and students, and launched the Program of Academic Exchange in China’s Mainland for Hong Kong and Macao teachers and students of Hong Kong and Macaouniversities. Through these bilateral exchanges, the university has made substantive cooperation with many overseas colleges and universities, such as UTRGV, Sehan University and Edge Hill University. And some world-class scholars and “overseas famous teachers”, like Professor Gary McCulloch from the University College of London--Institution of Education, have been invited to give a series of lectures, which have contributed to the university’s internationalized cultural atmosphere.