SUPSI offered course for teachers from Shenzhen Institute of Information Technology

IMG_1595At the beginning of this January, Department of Innovative Technologies (DTI) at the University of Applied Science and Arts of Southern Switzerland (SUPSI) offered a three-weeks course for teachers from Shenzhen Institute of Information Technology (SZIIT).  The Swiss teachers explained the teaching approach used in Switzerland to the teachers from China, with particular emphasis on issues related to the bachelor education in Computer Science. The course does not only include lectures, discussions, and practical exercises but also opportunities to visit some local companies.

IMG_1576This course represents a further degree of cooperation with institutes and universities in China that SUPSI already has – such as the MSE China Module (Engineering Practice in Chinese and Swiss Cultures), a joint study program includes collaboration on research projects and the exchange program for teachers. The interest in this teacher’s course stems from the desire of Chinese university academics to get closer to practical approach in teaching, followed by a need to see how this is handled by those who have long experience in this field, which makes SUPSI a perfect match for the collaboration.

The organization of the course involves the staff of the continuing education of DTI, the Federal Institute for Vocational Training (SFIVET) and a dozen teachers from bachelor courses of DTI. In addition, for the contacts in China, Bodong SHI, SUPSI’s collaborator in China, who is embedded in the Consulate General of Switzerland in Guangzhou, is also a staff of swissnex China in South China.