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Teaching Competition (China)

Seeking to contribute to the future development of scientific and technical human resources in China, in 2008 we established the Contest of Math and Science Teaching Program for the Normal University Students in China in cooperation with China's Ministry of Education. This is a contest for students of Chinese teacher training universities.
In 2016, approximately 12,000 students from 45 Normal Universities throughout China participated.

Schedule

Preliminary contests are held from April to September at 45 universities throughout the country under the direct supervision of the Ministry of Education of the People's Republic of China. The final round of the competition is held in December, with one First Prize, three Second Prize, and six Third Prize winners being selected in each of the categories of mathematics, physics, and chemistry, for a total of 30 prizewinners. In addition, the students among the prizewinners who excel most highly in "innovation" are chosen to receive the Toshiba Innovation Award, and the universities that were involved in preliminary arrangements and hosted the final round are granted Organization Awards. In the following June, the First,Second and Third Prize winners and their instructors receive training in Japan.

Photo:Group photo
In December 2016, the finals for the eighth annual Teaching Competition were held at Jiangsu Normal University in Subei, Jiangsu Province.

Photo:The situation of a presentation demonstration class of the final round of the competition.

Photo:The situation of a presentation demonstration class of the final round of the competition.

The situation of a presentation "demonstration class" of the final round of the competition.

Photo:Mr. Lv Tianxi of Tianjin Normal University (right) received the Toshiba Innovation Award.
Mr. Lv Tianxi of Tianjin Normal University (right) received the Toshiba Innovation Award.

The eighth training in Japan (June, 2017)

Photo:Demonstration classPhoto:discussions
Demonstration class (left) and discussions (right) were conducted at Chuo University Junior and Senior High School.

Photo:Toshiba Science Museum
Field trip to the Toshiba Science Museum. (Demonstration of a tea-serving doll.)

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Comments by the participants

Mr. Song Lei the Director of the Division of comprehensive Affairs, Department of Teacher Affairs of the Ministry of Education of the People's Republic of China

"Teaching Competition is the only international cooperation project implemented by the Ministry of Education of the People's Republic of China. The Ministry collaborates with overseas businesses in order to train new science teachers. This initiative aims to improve the quality of learning and education using contests; by providing students at science teacher training colleges in China with experience in innovation, learning practice platforms and demonstrations in teaching skills so that they can improve their overall abilities. Activities during the stay in Japan for the award-winning students were intended to improve their understanding and recognition of Toshiba and Japanese society. In particular, the full-day educational and teaching exchange, including the classes held at the Chuo University Junior and Senior High Schools by its teachers and Chinese students in English, had the same content but different structures. This allowed participants to share their opinions about the classes, making the exchange an unforgettable experience. This contest, which sows the seeds of friendship between Japan and China in the private sector and contributes to the development of healthy relationships between the two countries, will continue, become more influential and supporting teacher training reforms in China and Sino-Japanese friendship projects in the years to come."

Ms. Pan Tianwen from Jiangsu Normal University, first place winner in Physics

"The schedule in Japan was varied and substantial. We visited the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation, the Toshiba Science Museum, the historic Sensoji and other places in the center of Tokyo. We also participated in a learning exchange at the Chuo University Junior and Senior High Schools. What impressed me most about Japan was that I was respected as an individual by the entire society. I felt the Japanese people's careful attention and warmth in all aspects of their lives, with help from their highly advanced technologies. This exchange provides the basis for recognition, and recognition leads to understanding. In these activities, I saw the real Japan, and the real Japan is highly advanced and friendly."
(Ms. Pan Tianwen plans to go to graduate school at Jiangsu Normal University.)

Mr. Zhu Chen from Changchun Normal University, first-place winner for chemistry

"Education in Japan is not just cramming, a technique commonly used in China today, but is closer to basic learning, which brings science closer to students and is the technique China is working on switching to. The purpose of education should be to help students explain the problems they encounter throughout their lives, acquire this knowledge and thus allow them to constantly raise the level and quality of their lives. This is something that China must learn from Japan. The Japanese also continuously emphasize the need to collect and use recyclable resources in both education and daily life. The Earth's resources will only continue to decrease, and the deterioration of the environment will eventually ruin mankind. This farsighted way of living will become the standard way of living for people in the world."
(Mr. Zhu Chen is a Third-year student of Changchun Normal University.)

Ms. Shen Min from Jiangsu Normal University, first-place winner in Math

"Cities in Japan are very clean and beautiful. It takes virtue to follow rules, and if someone lives in a Japanese city, they will naturally discipline themselves and make theirs and others' lives more comfortable. Learning from Kawasaki environmental initiatives, I came to know how the Japanese brought back a beautiful blue sky and white clouds to the city through reusing and recycling their waste and other resources. I was very impressed, and I realized that we have to return the Earth to its original state by ourselves. The most important thing I learned from this training came from the exchange at the Chuo University Junior and Senior High Schools. It was a new experience and I obtained an understanding of teaching throughout the full-day learning exchange; I also got to observe the wonderful classes taught by both Japanese teachers and Chinese students. This training session in Japan provided me with an opportunity to learn and develop. I also got to meet the excellent teachers-in-training from various universities, adding a new, colorful page to my university life. With this honor and my mission as a teacher in my heart, I will contribute everything I have to the development of education."
(Ms. Shen Min plans to go to graduate school at Jiangsu Normal University.)

Mr. Lv Tianxi from Tianjin Normal University, winner of the Toshiba Innovation Award and second place winner for math

"What impressed me most in the educational exchange, one of the key elements of this training, was that the atmosphere of classrooms in Japan was peaceful and harmonious. Teachers enjoy teaching, and students enjoy learning, creating an active, lively classroom atmosphere. How to hold good classes and how to bring innovation to teaching are questions that each and every teacher-in-training should thoroughly think about. Using what I learned from, and what I felt during this education training, I will develop human resources who will then in turn support the country."
(Mr. Lv Tianxi plans to go to the graduate school at Tianjin Normal University.)

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