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At present, Halmstad University is visited by 34 Chinese students and their teachers , which means a doubling of the number of participants in the university's international contract education. The reason for the increase is partly a successful start last summer, and partly collaboration with another university in China.
It was in the summer of 2014 that Halmstad University, for the first time, organised an international contract education for Chinese students, a two-week summer course in IT forensics on behalf of Beijing Information Science and Technology University, BISTU. The university has long collaboration with Halmstad University, including two of Halmstad University teachers being appointed honorary professors at BISTU.
– The whole thing was very successful, resulting in BISTU ordering a new course package and they reappeared this year with a group of 21 students and two teachers, says Ditte Sörensen, coordinator of contract education at Halmstad University.
– At the same time, we have initiated cooperation with another Chinese university, Suzhou University of Science and Technology, USTS. The new summer course in environmental science is a result of this, she continues.
The courses are given over two weeks and both groups study and are examined for 3 ECTS credits. Teaching consists of lectures, laboratory exercises, field trips and project work, but the stay in Sweden includes also company visits, excursions and various social activities.
– The purpose of the summer courses is to give a taste of what the University can offer in terms of both education and research. We want students to experience what it is like to study here, thus arousing interest to come back and study at master's level, says Ditte Sörensen.
Text and photo: INGRID EKSTRÖM