Wuhan University has a long history of international students’ education. Since 1950s, it had begun to enroll oversea students. It is one of the earliest universities to recruit foreign students. In 2016, Wuhan University has more than 3500 international students, covering 200 majors in 30 schools (departments, research centers), and now it has developed gradually into the biggest international students’ destination in central and western China.
Integrating international education resources within the university, School of International Education(SIE) was set up in October 2014 to further enhance the University’s internationalization, responsible for international students’ enrollment and cultivation, education and research on teaching Chinese as a foreign language, studying abroad education and the above-related daily administration. The school also takes in charge of Center of Teaching Resources Research and Development for International Promotion of Chinese.
School of International Education of Wuhan University is one of the first members to have passed the certification of studying abroad in China. It is the attestation center of TCSOL & TCFL, the studying abroad training base of Chinese Service Center for Scholarly Exchange, one of the centers of HSK examination, BCT examination and the qualification examination for the teachers teaching Chinese to foreigners in China. The school has three teaching and research teams which are Chinese, foreign languages and economics & law, plus one research institute in TCSOL. The school offers undergraduate program of Chinese Language, master program of Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages for international students, and Master program of International Law (WTO international trade Constitution), WTO double degree, English and French overseas training programs for domestic students.
During the service in international education, research, management and administration, SIE has accumulated abundant teaching experience, management experience and research outcomes. There are 48 full-time teachers, among which 33 are TCFL teachers. In all the 33 TCFL teachers, there are 5 professors and 10 associate professors----senior level faculty takes about 45.5%; and 26 (78.8%) have got a PhD degree or are in the process of studying for one; there are 25 (up to 81%) have got the qualification certificates issued by the Ministry of Education for teaching Chinese language to foreigners; including 14 members of the International Society for Chinese Language Teaching. In addition to the above full-time teachers, the school have also recruited more than 10 part-time teachers and many academicians in Chinese language teaching.