State Education Internationalization Experimental District
Founding of SEIEDI n order to realize the spirit of 18th CPC National Congress in China, and to reinforce the development of foreign co-operation within the field of education, based on the direction of the State Education Department’s working plan on “reinforcement on education development,” the PRC Education Department established the State Education Internationalization Experimental District (SEIED) in December 2013.
SEIED is an open platform setup by the PRC Education Department under the International Development Research Project team and Beijing Normal University to spearhead the effort to establish an international framework for the PRC education sector. SEIED’s mission includes educational development and delivery, evaluation, policy study and research, and increasing national human resources. SEIED established a steering community to initiate and develop high standards for international education at the state level, to expand student and teacher exchange programs, to offer professional consulting and training, and to create a multi-nation student immersion program.
- To establish a pilot program of eight experimental education zones open to offering international services, new technology and programs to Chinese students.
- To promote creative and effective integration and exchange of proven international educational theories and world-renowned curriculum.
- To establish an innovative model to improve the quality and expand the horizons of basic education (K-12), college education, and vocational education.
In a 2013 report written to China’s State Council by Professor Liu Shiling from Shanghai Jiao Tong University, the professor discussed the current state of education in China. The report stated that the education internationalization implemented in China right now is not effective because there has been no effort to integrate it with the Chinese culture. The problem with the current so-called education internationalization is that it is simply imported western values without successful localization. Additionally, the report highlighted problems in existing cooperative programs between international universities and universities in China. The report concluded that these relationships are based on political agendas and often involve the expenditure of large amount of money.
Also, in 2013, Jeffrey Lehman, the vice–headmaster of Shanghai NewYork University wrote a letter to President of China, Xi Jingpin regarding the issue of internationalizing China’s education system. In the letter, he suggested the possibility of establishing special education zones which could be an experimental program to investigate ways to reform and internationalize the education system in China.