Jilin International Studies University sets up International Ice and Snow School

China.org.cn, 12 01, 2019
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Jilin International Studies University unveiled its International Culture and Tourism School, also called International Ice and Snow School, on November 27.

By leveraging the cultural and tourism resources of the Jilin Provincial Department of Culture and Tourism and the advantage of Jilin International Studies University in running international programs, the School will provide tailored cultural and tourism education for the northeast China region and conduct research on the building of the International Ice and Snow Silk Road. It aims to cultivate talents that are able to apply their knowhow in practice, that are versatile and that have an international mindset, all qualities that are needed by Jilin's cultural and tourism industry, especially the ice and snow sector.

As the first of its kind in Jilin, the School has an office for international ice and snow culture and tourism research. The office will will provide intellectual support and international resources for Jilin as the province builds the Ice and Snow Silk Road and develops its ice and snow culture and tourism industry.

The School will push for concerted efforts among itself, the government, the cultural and tourism industry and relevant associations to jointly cultivate talents. It will also adopt an innovative approach in foreign language teaching.

Jilin Provincial Department of Culture and Tourism Director Yang Andi and Jilin International Studies University President Qin He attended the inauguration ceremony and unveiled the nameplate for the School.

Qin said that the School is both a strong measure for the University to contribute to Jilin's all-round rejuvenation and a major measure for the University to develop emerging humanities, and innovatively cultivate talents that have an international mindset and can apply their knowhow in practice.

The School now has two undergraduate programs on offer – tourism management and hotel management. It now has 500 teachers and students, including students from Russia and Indonesia.

The School has worked with tourism enterprises to jointly set up courses.

To train students' practical ability, it has two on-campus simulation training classrooms, and 14 internship bases including the ones in Shanghai Disney Resort, Grand Hyatt Beijing and Hyatt Regency Changchun. 

In terms of innovation and entrepreneurship education, students from the School have won gold medals in relevant competitions. 

Teachers and students from the School have also provided organization and translation services for a number of international events.