Currently, vocational education is increasingly associated with the Chinese language, according to Deputy Director of Academic Affairs at the Chiang Rai Vocational College Mr. Sarakorn Boonphatum.That is to say, Chinese skills are an important asset in the work place.
Over the past 10 years, the Confucius Institute at MFU has organized a variety of activities to promote Chinese language and culture, and the centre has helped to increase knowledge of Chinese language and culture for participants.
From 19 March – 2 April 2017, the Sirindthorn Chinese Language and Culture Centre and the Confucius Institute at MFU cooperated to hold a “Short-term Chinese Training for Vocational Teachers” for officers and staff members from the Bureau of Vocational Education Standards and Qualifications and the Office of Vocational Education Commission.
The training was divided into two parts which focused on the Chinese language and Chinese culture. All participants not only improved their Chinese language skills but also learned effective methods for teaching Chinese language through both in-class and online lessons. On the whole, participants were expected to pass on the knowledge they gained to their students and stimulate students’ Chinese skills to assist the students with their future careers.