On November 2, China-Russia Tourism Academy, jointly funded by Tourism College of Zhejiang and Russian State University of Tourism and Services Studies (RSUTS), was inaugurated in the latter in Moscow. The opening ceremony attracted a distinguished audience including deputy head of the Russian Federal Agency for Tourism Nikolay Korolev, China Friendly project manager Sylvitina of the Russia-based “World without Borders” travel association, RSUTS rector Aleksander A. Fedulin, minister-counselor Yu Jihai from the Chinese Embassy, head of Zhejiang Provincial Education Department Guo Huawei, director Wang Xiaoxia of China National Tourist Office in Moscow, and president Jin Bingxiong of Tourism College of Zhejiang. They were joined by senior officials from the international relations division of Zhejiang Provincial Education Department and Tourism College of Zhejiang.
The academy is the first vocational education program for training tourism professionals between the two countries. It is open to Russian college students and provides education and training programs for Russian tourism professionals and Russian citizens who are interested in Chinese culture.
It’s learnt that the president of the academy is appointed by Tourism College of Zhejiang, its faculty comprises both Chinese and Russian teachers and it operates up to the teaching standards of Tourism College of Zhejiang. According to an agreed plan, the academy will first offer education and training programs for Chinese language learning, Chinese-speaking tour guides and hospitality services. In the future its curriculum will extend to Chinese cuisine and tea ceremonies. So far the president has taken office and the first 20 Russian students have taken class. The academy will help sharpen their competitive edge in the job market and these students will have the chance to visit and study in Tourism College of Zhejiang. (Excerpts from China Tourism News)