The conference “Innovation and Transformation of Foreign Language Discipline from the Perspective of Area and International Communication,” jointly organized by the College of International Studies (CIS) and the Institute of Area and International Communication Studies of Shenzhen University (SZU), was held simultaneously offline and online Nov. 26 at SZU.
Mao Junfa, president of SZU, delivered the welcome speech at the opening ceremony presided over by Professor Zhang Xiaohong, vice president of SZU. Mao stressed the importance of the transformation of the foreign language discipline, saying that it would not only help develop a quality workforce that meets the needs of the new era, but also provide great opportunities for the construction and development of the foreign language discipline at SZU.
Prof. Xu Jun from Zhejiang University pointed out that CIS and SZU have a unique geographical edge, by which the foreign language discipline has risen rapidly in the past few years and achieved many widely recognized achievements. Xu also made a new interpretation of the foreign language discipline in the new era, believing that this conference marked a significant step for the discipline at CIS.
Prof. Dai Yonghong reviewed how foreign language education in China has been connected with the fate of the nation and social background in chronological order, i.e. the flaming zeal to learn Russian and the Soviet Union’s aid to China at that time. As the world is undergoing one of the greatest transformation in the last century, China is playing an increasingly important role in the world arena. “We should bolster the Four-sphere Confidence and narrate stories about China to foreign audiences in a new fashion,” Dai emphasized.
In the keynote speeches, Wang Kefei, a professor from Beijing Foreign Studies University, reviewed the history of foreign language education in contemporary China, proposing that the development of the major reflected the characteristics of the transformation “from major to discipline.” Zhong Zhixiang, professor from the Information Engineering University, elaborated in his speech on the objectives, principles, strategies and paths of cross-cultural translation and international communication based on the international communication of Chinese texts. Prof. Guo Yingjian from the Renmin University of China and Prof. Ning Yizhong from SZU also gave their speeches respectively, with the themes of “Area Studies of Foreign Language Disciplines: Concept, Connotation, Orientation and Content” and “Independence, Integration and Extension: Three Forms of Foreign Literature Teaching and Research from the Perspective of Area Studies.”