Officially founded in 1999, the College of International Culture is mainly responsible for international cultural exchange and works of foreign affairs of Capital Normal University (CNU). Over the past many years, a number of activities, such as introduction of foreign experts, recruitment of foreign students, engagement of Sino-foreign cooperative school establishment, staging of short and long-term educational training, and development of cooperative scientific and technological projects, have played an active role in promoting and advancing CNU¡¯s developmental construction and expansion of overseas exchange. The College has set up the International Exchange Department, the Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan Affair¡¯s Office, the Foreign Students¡¯ Department, the Department of Teaching Chinese as a Second Language, the Training Department, and the Foreign Affairs Reception Department etc. Presently, the College has a total of more than 70 teaching staff in active service.
Capital Normal University has frequent international exchange activities. So far, CNU has established inter-university exchange and cooperative relations with nearly 70 universities from more than 20 countries and regions. The College of International Culture mainly assumes the functions of foreign affair-related management works of the University. Each year, the College receives delegations, experts, scholars and teachers from higher learning institutions and foreign emissaries from many countries and regions, organizes various forms of international conferences and report etc., and also actively puts up platform for the university to carry out international cooperation, exchange and research works. The International Exchange Department of the College is responsible for the handling of going abroad and exit formalities of the visiting delegations, teachers and students dispatched by the University, and also takes charge of the declaration and management works of various types of international conferences, exhibitions and exchange meetings held in our University according to foreign affairs report and approval formalities.
Capital Normal University is among the first batch of Chinese colleges and universities offering educational courses for foreign students. As early as 1960s, the University had already initiated the program of teaching Chinese as a second language, and had been characterized by its professionalism and systematization. Capital Normal University is also one of the higher learning institutions in China approved by the Ministry of Education, capable of accepting students from Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan, and also the only higher learning institution in China that organizes training courses for students from Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan before the National College Entrance Examination to be conducted in Beijing as designated by the Beijing Municipal Education Commission. Presently, the College recruits more than 1000 short-term and long-term foreign students each year, and has basically established the short-term, undergraduate, post-graduate and doctorate student talent education and training system. Meanwhile, the College also offers various forms of training courses, such as the Chinese Culture Study and Practice Group, the Short-term Chinese Language Advanced Study Group, and the Mandarin Practice Group etc.
The College of International Culture of CNU boasts a batch of well-experienced and powerful teaching staff in the teaching and research of Teaching Chinese as a Second Language, and the college therefore has a very strong status and advantages in Chinese language teaching and research, equipped with also the best Chinese language learning environment. Teachers of the College have written numerous volumes of various types of teaching materials, and received the National Excellent and Exquisite Teaching Materials Award issued by the state in 2004. The College has been approved as the National Testing Base for Teaching Chinese as a Second Language and the examination center of National Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi (HSK), and has also been undertaking the program of the National Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi for Secretaries (HSK [Secretaries]). It is also the only national base for research and development of the Chinese Proficiency Test for Secretaries (HSK [Secretaries]). At the same time, the College assumes the project of ¡°Research and Construction of Resource Pool of Teaching Chinese as a Second Language Based on Modern Education Technology¡± of the National Program of the Social Science Foundation and the program of the ¡°Tenth Five Year Plan¡± scientific and technological research program of the China National Office for Teaching Chinese as a Second Language: ¡°Research on Teaching Chinese as a Second Language Shared Network Education Platform and Resource Pool Standard¡±. The Beijing Municipal Elementary and Middle School Chinese Language Teacher¡¯s Training Base is also set up in the College of International Culture of the CNU. Aside from offering training courses to Beijing elementary and middle school teachers teaching Chinese as a second language, as entrusted by the Office for Teaching Chinese as a Second Language of the Ministry of Education, the center has also offered many times Chinese language training courses to the elementary and middle school teachers of other countries, including Singapore, the Philippines, Indonesia, and the United States etc., and this have gained them warm welcome and recognition.
The College of International Education of CNU has multi-leveled and diversified program of Teaching Chinese as a Second Language. The College can confer Master¡¯s Degree in ¡°Linguistics and Applied Linguistics¡±. Currently, there are two research orientations, namely: ¡°Theoretical Linguistics¡±, and ¡°Teaching Chinese as a Second Language¡±. The undergraduate diploma education of the College was approved by China¡¯s Ministry of Education in 1991, and may confer the Bachelor¡¯s Degree of Chinese Language specialty. Presently, the College is one of the few higher learning institutions with diploma education among the more than 300 higher learning institutions with foreign student education in China.
The College of International Education of CNU has two departments: the ¡°Department of the Chinese Language¡± and the ¡°Department of Intensive Chinese Course¡±. The two departments are different in terms of the objectives of training and the targets of recruitment, and they also have their own distinct features.
The Department of Chinese Language is a diploma educational department, with a long history of recruiting four-year system foreign undergraduate students. Presently, the department mainly assumes the tasks of foreign student diploma education and credit system education. Foreign students accepting diploma education, after two to four years of systematic learning and upon satisfaction with the credit units and completion of the graduation thesis, may obtain undergraduate educational qualifications and a Bachelor¡¯s Degree conferred by China¡¯s Ministry of Education. The Department of Intensive Chinese Course is offered particularly to meet the needs of foreign students for short-term or long-term non-diploma studies in China. Each year, the College undertakes intensive Chinese training for nearly one thousand foreign students.
The College of International Education of CNU is located in the international education building on the Zone #1 North Campus. This is a new and modern building completed and put into operation in the autumn of 2004. The building is equipped with relatively advanced facilities, with central air-conditioning unit, integrating the functions of teaching, office operation, board and lodging, food and beverage, conference, amusement, as well as health and fitness. The building adopts apartment management model and hotel service that is comfortable and convenient for both learning and living.