CREATES realized that to produce a new caliber of graduates who can think out of the box, self-starters, game changers and job creators rather than job seekers we need to embark on a novel teaching and learning institutional professional development of university teachers. This development includes pedagogy, experiential learning, case study based teaching and the like.
Hence, the Africa Center for Research, Agricultural advancement, Teaching Excellence and Sustainability (CREATES) through the Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology (NM-AIST) in collaboration with the College of Teacher Education of Zhejiang Normal University of China (ZJNU) will conduct pedagogical training to University teachers regularly as of March, 2019.
Zhejiang Normal University (ZJNU) is one of the top 100 universities in China and ZJNU specializes in teacher education with multiple branches of learning. It offers 70 undergraduate programs, 67 master’s programs, 24 doctoral programs and 1 non-degree program from 18 different colleges. They have developed a standard of teaching and learning abilities for university teachers, a standard for demonstration center for university teachers, Teaching and Development Centers, an Induction Training Framework and Examination Database for University Teachers, a series of University Teacher Assistant Training, Competition of University Teachers Teaching Skills, guidance and training for university teachers’ innovation and entrepreneurship, important policies concerning visiting scholars, visiting engineers plan and University Teachers Continued Education Credit Management to mention just a few of the ZJNU’s programmes.
The signing of the MoU on Pedagogical Training took place on 7th September, 2018, during the 4th Invest in Africa Forum (IAF) in Changsha ~ Hunan ~ China and was witnessed by 400 high level representatives from public and private sectors, as well as development organizations, development partners and think-tank participants, including the Minister of Finance of the People’s Republic of China, the People’s Government of Hunan Province of China, China Development Bank and the World Bank Group. The theme for this year’s conference was Deepening Investment Cooperation, Harnessing Innovation for Africa’s Sustainable Development and Shared Prosperity.
The CREATES Center Director, Prof. Hulda Swai, said that the material and content of the Pedagogical Training has already been developed and finalized by both the NM-AIST, CREATES and ZJNU, which will also involve a detailed teaching subjects guide and methodology.
For this training the first four weeks will be spent at NM-AIST, which will be devoted to professional lectures and seminars to about 20-30 faculty per intake from the region under the guidance of four (4) to six (6) Chinese teachers. This will be followed by two weeks teaching practice in China at a Chinese University.
The selected participants for this training will get an opportunity to learn multiple teaching practice activities, such as visiting and experiencing the usage of ICT in Chinese college classrooms, the experimental teaching process of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) subjects in Universities, and the integration of production, teaching and research, which will also be organized by ZJNU. After the training, ZJNU will assess the trainees and the qualified ones will be conferred with University Pedagogy Certificates. For this training the CREATES through NM-AIST will advertise the training through IUCEA for faculty to apply through their Centre of Excellences.