Joint university summer program kicks off
More than 420 students from seven universities in Shanghai, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau kicked off a joint university summer program on Thursday at Shanghai's Tongji University.
Each of them will take one of seven courses provided by five of the universities — human-centered design, Chinese architectural history, environmental and sustainable development, communication skills, branding and creativity, green life, event management or marketing.
After finishing the courses in 12 days, they will earn academic credits recognized by all the participating universities.
Initiated in 2014 by Tongji in Shanghai, Feng Chia and Shih Hsin universities from Taiwan and Hong Kong Polytechnic University, the program has attracted about 1,500 students to date, some of whom have participated more than once.
The University of Macau joined in last year, while Macau University of Science and Technology and Chung Hua University in Taiwan joined this year.
Zhong Zhihua, president of Tongji, said the program not only provides a platform for students from the four regions to learn new knowledge and make new friends, but also for the participating universities to exchange new concepts and new methods of education in this fast changing era.