“China-US Symposium on Social Work Education” Kicks off in Tsinghua University

On January 4th, 2016, “China-US Symposium on Social Work Education” kicked off at the Old Age Activity Center in Tsinghua University (THU), by the School of Social Sciences, THU, China Association of Social Works and China Communist Youth League Beijing Committee. Yang Bin, THU Vice President, Li Qiang, President of Chinese Sociological Association and Dean of the School of Social Sciences, Wang Sibin, President of China Social Work Society and Professor of Peking University, Liu Jing, Secretary General and Vice President of China Association of Social Works, Dr. Chang Yu, Secretary of China Communist Youth League Beijing Committee, Jia Weizhou, Director of Department of Social Work, Ministry of Civil Affairs, Xie Lizhong, Secretary General of National Social Work degree Graduate Education Steering Committee attended the opening ceremony.

The symposium was hosted by Chen Qi, Vice Dean of the School of Social Sciences. During the symposium, Li Qiang, Dean of the School of Social Sciences delivered a welcome speech, and then Yang Bin, THU Vice President was invited to give a keynote speech. Yang warmly welcomed the attendance of Prof. Ada C Mui and her team of professors from the School of Social Work, Columbia University, USA, and affirmed the cooperation between THU and Columbia University in terms of social work master degree training. He as well proposed to strengthen the cooperation between the two universities with regard to the field of social work education.

In the symposium, officials from Ministry of Civil Affairs and Wang Sibin, Professor from Peking University, extended their sincere congratulations on the opening of this symposium, gave full affirmation to the high-level social work education symposium held in THU and offered the view that the symposium enhanced the communications between China and US in the field of social work education, promoted the interactions between the two countries’ scholars of social work education and propelled the rapid development of domestic social work.

Mrs. Ada C Mui, Professor of the School of Social Work, Columbia University, USA, also delivered a speech. She complimented the high attention our university paid to the social work education and high-standard talent cultivation. And she hoped to further deepen the cooperation between both universities in social work education.

Around 220 people attended the symposium, including relevant staff from departments of social work education, relevant course directors and officials of social work institutions from domestic universities. The graduates now studying the master degree of social work in our university also attended the symposium and undertook all the volunteer work of the symposium.