Kunming University Prepares to Establish a BTEC Training Center

Date:2012-03-14     Source:     Author:     Typeface:Big Middle Small


On December 11, 2011, Vice-President Li Xiang hosted a visit from Dr. Veltkamp of Holland College on behalf of the Kunming University leadership. Vice-President Li led leaders from the International Exchange Department, project leaders, and leaders from the College of Agriculture in talks with Dr. Veltkamp. During these talks both parties agreed to initiate the establishment of a BTEC Training Center.

    Holland College is a school within a larger Dutch education organization -the Lentiz Education Group, who's goal is the cultivation of potential entrepreneurs. This visit from Dr. Veltkamp bringing a BTEC Training Center project is on behalf of a company licensed both in the Netherlands and in China as a joint-venture, providing an authenticated certificate from Edexcel International, UK. This certificate is internationally recognized especially in terms of improving students' practical skills, and distinguishes itself from other certificates by exempting students from the IELTS. This project includes seven levels, based on the real needs of China, three levels will be offered for training and examination, totaling 120 credits, including one year of training in theory courses in China and three months of in-service training in the Netherlands. Of the 40 theory classes offered, students will choose fourteen, and receive training through intensive classroom instruction combined with distance-education. Holland College will be responsible for the three months of in-service training and choosing reputable Dutch companies for a training base, guaranteeing the effectiveness of the training, and recommending vocational options.

    This project under the leadership of Vice-President Li, is an expansion on the past five years of developing cooperation and exchange projects between the College of Agriculture and Holland College. The establishment of the BTEC Training Center will affect the entire province especially in terms of meeting the horticultural industry's need for highly-educated workers with advanced foreign language skills. The center will also help the College of Agriculture in training specialized instructors while improving students' professional and technical skills. Following these talks, the leaders from the College of Agriculture all expressed their view that the establishment of the BTEC Training Center would represent a significant, positive improvement for the college's influence in the agronomy sector within the province.