VIA exports Danish pedagogy to China

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The Chinese love Danish pedagogy. So much that it has become an export commodity. In collaboration with Viborg Municipality, VIA University College is developing and exporting a Danish-inspired kindergarten to China. Exchanges with China are fully in line with the Danish government.

In an interview with DR (Danish Broadcasting Corporation), Peter Møller Pedersen, Director of Studies at VIA University College, explains why Danish pedagogy is so popular in China that it has become an export commodity. He says that VIA expects, partly in cooperation with the Municipality of Viborg, to shortly enter into specific agreements with private and public Chinese companies for the development and operation of Danish-inspired kindergartens. 

"It has become trendy for Chinese urban parents to send their child to a Danish-Style kindergarten”, says Peter Møller Pedersen. He believes that, among other things, it is the creative and innovative approach to pedagogy that attracts the Chinese. He is pleased to cooperate with the Municipality of Viborg that participates in the negotiations with private companies and high profiled kindergartens that are all interested in the Danish pedagogical inspiration. 

Danish Bachelor of Social Education in China 

The Danish-inspired kindergarten is not the only pedagogical relation that VIA has with China. 

Several students of Social Education from VIA carry through practice placements in China every year, and VIA has developed a Danish Bachelor of Social Education for Chinese students in China. 

"Every year, VIA sends several lecturers to CIT in China, to teach Chinese students Danish pedagogy. After 2 ½ years of pedagogy in China, the Chinese students travel to Denmark to complete the final year of their education at one of VIAs Social Education departments", says Peter Møller Pedersen. He says that it is important that the contact with China is not only one-sided communication. 

Mutual exchange 

In addition to exporting kindergartens and the Bachelor of Social Education to China, VIA also sends Danish Students of Social Education to do internships at Chinese institutions. "It is important that there is an exchange, so that everybody has a chance to learn something. Therefore, VIAs students from other educational programmes, such as Teacher Education and Social Work Education also have the possibility to study in China for a while to learn about Chinese culture and education", says Peter Møller Pedersen. 

As the latest addition, VIA is in the process of developing a reciprocal Double Degree Bachelor Programme in cooperation with China. 

"This means that Danish students of Social Education can study two or three semesters at a Chinese university and have it accredited as an additional certificate. So they end up with both Danish and international certificates", says Peter Møller Pedersen, who has every cause to be happy these days because all of the Social Education departments in VIA have just been approved by the Danish Evaluation Institute. 

"The Evaluation Institute's seal of approval in hand, we can now continue the good cooperation. For there is no doubt that VIA will continue to develop and teach pedagogy at a high level. And the Chinese will benefit from this", says Peter Møller Pedersen. 

The exchange is crucial for Denmark 

Cooperation and exchange of students with China is in line with a recent report from the Ministry of Education - "Educational Cooperation with emerging countries". 

In the report the Danish Minister of Education, Morten Østergaard, admires Danish educations for their efforts to contribute to strengthening the interaction and understanding between the different parts of the world. Among these also China. To live up to a global cooperation, Morten Østergaard has the vision that all Danish students have an international element in their higher education. 

"It is crucial for Denmark's future position in the global competition that we have good cooperation on education with other countries. It is important that students from both sides become aware of conditions and changes prevailing in the respective countries. Educational cooperation is therefore an important part of Denmark's development and efforts to create growth and jobs, which includes pulling talent from other countries to the Danish labour market", says Morten Østergaard.