The Chinese Center within John Naisbitt University was founded in October 2012 in cooperation with the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in the Republic of Serbia. A large number of distinguished guests attended the opening ceremony, one of them being the then ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to Serbia, Mr. Zhang Wansue.
The Chinese Center was established with the aim of improving academic, cultural, or political and economic cooperation between the two peoples that are tied by decades-long friendship.
The first activity of the Chinese Center towards the cooperation was the organization of Chinese language courses, which are delivered both by professors from Serbia, as well from China. Over 400 students have so far enrolled in various Chinese language courses (from the beginner to advanced levels), during which, in addition to the knowledge of the Chinese language, they have also gained the knowledge on Chinese culture, history and tradition. The classes rely both on contemporary literature, and modern teaching methods. We are proud of the fact that our students have repeatedly participated in competitions in the Chinese language organized in Serbia.
In addition to these courses the Chinese Center organizes other courses as well, such as those on contemporary China’s economy and the system business operations. Also, in order to promote the cooperation between the two countries, the following events were organized:
• The first fair of Chinese higher education in Serbia in 2013 on which occasion our university hosted 13 Chinese universities which presented their programs at undergraduate, master’s and doctoral studies to all interested visitors;
• the celebrations of the Spring Festival i.e. the Chinese New Year (2014, 2015 and 2016);
• the foundation of the Club of Sinologists as well as organizing a round table on the topic of the “Challenges of Sinology in Serbia”
• lectures by distinguished professors and experts from China at our university.
In addition, one of the goals of the center is professional training of professors and students in China. So far, three teachers have received scholarships for training in China. Students have also been going to China in recent years, and 13 students have been to this country for different forms of training so far. During the 2015 /2016 academic year four students from John Naisbitt University went to study in China, three of which to master studies and one student to a one-year program of Chinese language training.
Today the Chinese Center represents one of the most important projects of the Department for International Cooperation of John Naisbitt University, which has clearly defined its current development strategy – the internationalization. The objective of this phase is to increase the mobility of students as well as the training and specialization of the teaching staff. Owing to this strategy, nine students from China are currently studying Serbian within the Chinese Centre. In addition to the large number of classes of Serbian language, the student have the opportunity to obtain training within various specialist studies economics, business, cultural studies, etc..
The first phase of the Chinese Center development ends with the year of 2016, in which we have positioned on the market, which has learnt about our capacity, our operations and our possibilities. In the new stage of development, in addition to already established activities, we shall also be organizing a large number of courses, expanding our cooperation with Chinese and Serbian businessmen, and further improving our work.