In order to adapt well to internationalized education trend nowadays, in 2003 HEU set up the College of International Cooperative Education (ICEC). There are two purposes to set up a college like this. One is to cooperate with well-known universities abroad and develop bachelor degree co-education; the other is to assume the responsibility of Chinese language education to overseas students and their daily affairs management.
Currently, ICEC has cooperation respectively with New England University in Australia, Strathclyde University in UK, and State Marine Technical University of St.Petersburg in Russia. The cooperation is in the form of '2+2' bachelor degree education program. ICEC upholds the belief of 'integrate foreign high-quality education resource, draw on foreign advanced education ideology, assimilate foreign excellent academic content, realize rigorous and standard management, and cultivate international intellectual and professional talents'. ICEC attaches importance to education management, language training, academic materials selection, faculty training and course building. Primary teaching method for the courses is in the form of bilingual education. Some courses even have matched original foreign materials. In this way, besides the teaching of major courses of the cooperation program, the bilingual education and foreign exchange can be greatly promoted. Therefore, the co-education program is highly appraised by the Heilongjiang Provincial Chinese-foreign cooperation program inspection group. The inspection group holds the view that the international co-education pattern of HEU focuses on social benefits, recruits students of key level in the national college entrance examination, so the construction of the program is mature and has realistic popularization significance.
ICEC is responsible for the organization and implementation of Chinese teaching, daily management of students, as well as management of overseas student's apartment and foreign teacher's management. At present, ICEC has the received the overseas students from Japan, Korea, UK, Canada, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Thailand, Russia and so on. ICEC has established an experienced and well structural teaching team, developed exchange activity of Chinese training, and researched theory of Chinese teaching. ICEC has built an ease and joyful atmosphere of studying for the students in line with open teaching idea and student-oriented teaching model. According to the different demand and different Chinese level of overseas students in Chinese teaching, we have designed 5 level Chinese course (A, B, C, D, E) which is progressives and link up mutually. The teachers will not only pay the attention to strengthening communicated ability and training of reading ability but also overall promotion of Chinese level.
ICEC has built the language labs, multimedia rooms only for the overseas students, at the same time, has an overseas apartment which includes kitchen, bathroom, satellite TV, refrigerator, washing machine, water heater, telephone, wide band connection with the excellent environment, full facilities and high-quality service. The college organizes the overseas student to carry out the richly colorful activities frequently in order to make them experience the Chinese culture in the process of studying.