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Amutha Kannan
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The University will start the fresh intake of Chinese students on a regular basis from June 2011

A Confident lot: Chinese students are seeking to equip themselves with English language skills to become globally competitive in the job market. — file PHOTO: S.SIVA SARAVANAN
A Confident lot: Chinese students are seeking to equip themselves with English language skills to become globally competitive in the job market. — file PHOTO: S.SIVA SARAVANAN

The first batch of 16 students and second batch of 11 from Huaihua University, China, who went back to their country on completion of the English degree programme at Bharathiar University in 2008 and 2009, have found good placements, according to the university.

After a lull in the past year, the university will start the fresh intake of Chinese students on a regular basis from June 2011 once the required infrastructure is in place.

According to Vice-Chancellor C. Swaminathan, the foreign students' hostel is getting ready to accommodate them. To begin with, they will be offered the standard English programme designed for the earlier batches. The university has a proposal to offer French and other foreign languages too to these students in the future.

Students who have completed three years of college education will complete the fourth year in English language at Bharathiar University and receive the degree certificate (a degree course in China is for four years on).

The course, for which a memorandum of understanding was signed in 2007, is meant to equip the Chinese students with English knowledge to enable them take up global jobs in translation and also work for multinationals in their own country.

According to R. Palanivel, Head, Department of English and Foreign Languages, Bharathiar University, who taught the earlier batches of Chinese students, says that teaching them and students from other countries is different. “They learn a subject in Chinese for three years and come here to learn English in the fourth year. From among those who have completed, three are pursuing higher education here and yet another three are placed in the field of logistics drawing good salaries. Some are involved in translation work in their country,” he says. Though the university did not admit students in the last academic year, it gave affiliation to a few colleges to conduct the same kind of English language course. RVS College of Arts and Science has 20 Chinese students in the campus. Head of the Department of English of G. Somasundaram says the students are accommodated in air-conditioned lodgings with self-cooking facilities.

According to Co-ordinator of Overseas Students' Support Services of the university T. Devi, Chinese students are showing interest in information technology too.

“When the first batch came to Bharathiar University, they did not even know basic English. But in a few days, they started learning the language and became a confident lot. Professor Palanivel used to act and show them some actions to convey the meaning of words. These students have special requirements and hence need different kind of infrastructure and teaching skills,” she says.

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