A Commemorative Symposium on Teachers College, Columbia University and Modern Chinese Education was held on June 24th in Beijing, China
On June 24th of 2010, the Commemorative Symposium on Teachers College, Columbia University and Modern Chinese Education was held in Beijing, China
President Susan Fuhrman, Professor Mun C. Tsang, Professor Megan Laverty and some student representatives from Teachers college attended the symposium. Among the 150 experts who attended the symposium, Professor Gu Minyuan, president of the Chinese Society of Education, Mr. Tao Xiping, president of the Chinese Association for Non-Governmental Education, Professor Zhou Zuoyu, Dean of the Faculty of Education in Beijing Normal University.
Teachers College, Columbia University is the largest graduate education school in the U.S. and enjoys a long-lasting history with education in China. Plenty of modern Chinese educators, such as ‘People’s Educator’ Tao Xingzhi, ‘Father of Early Childhood Education’ Chen Heqin, former Peking University presidents Hu Shi, Jiang Menglin, Ma Yinchu and the founder of Nankai University Zhang Boling, pursued their graduate degrees at TC. In addition, eminent U.S. educators like John Dewey, Paul Monroe and William Kilpatrick taught at TC and left invaluable legacy by giving lectures and conducting field research in China in the early 20th century.
In order to commemorate the 100 year’s cooperative exploration between TC and education in China’s and foster the communication in education between U.S. and China, the Chinese Society of Education and the Chinese Association for Non-Governmental Education jointly hold this ceremony and symposium. The symposium was organized by the Faculty of Education, Beijing Normal University, EduChina of the Chinese Society of Education, as well as the Center on Chinese Education, Columbia University.
The symposium started at 9:00am. Professor Zhou Zuoyu from Beijing Normal University was the coordinator. Ms. Sun Lin, the vice president of Beijing Normal University gave the welcoming remarks, and President Fuhrman, Professor Gu Mingyuan, and Mr. Tao Xiping delivered their speeches. In her speech, President Fuhrman gave an overview of the relationship between Teachers College and Chinese education, over the past one hundred years. Several activities were featured in the symposium. President Susan Fuhrman exchanged commemorative plaques with President Gu Mingyuan of the Chinese Society of Education and President Tao Xiping of the Chinese Society of Nongovernment Education. Professor Mun Tsang was presented the award "International Scholar for Excellent Contributions to Chinese Educational Development" by President Gu Mingyuan and President Tao Xiping. The award was the first of its kind from the two Chinese education societies to an international scholar and it recognizes Tsang's professional work on Chinese education since 1982.
Tsang made a keynote presentation on the role of the Center on Chinese Education on TC-China educational relationship. The presentation examines the historical context for the establishment of the center and its global and institutional goals. It highlights the strengths of TC, the major programs of the center, and the benefits of the bilateral educational relationship to both TC and Chinese education.
Professor Zhou Hongyu then gave a presentation of the history of Chinese students at Teachers College in the early 20th century; and the influences of Teachers College on Chinese Education.
A common understanding has been reached that the relation between Teachers College and Chinese Education will become closer in future, especially in the context of a more mature and stable China-US relation.