On the morning of March 13, 2018, Dr. Han Jing, associate dean of the School of Humanities & Communication Arts, and Sylvia Xu, International Regional Coordinator from the International Office of Western Sydney University (WSU) Australia paid a visit to HWU. This has been the second visit after the first since last November when Hunan Forum on Industry & Education of Elderly Care and Domestic Service was held.
The welcome meeting, held on the meeting room of the second floor of the Office Building, was hosted by Xiong Li, deputy director of the International Affairs Office of HWU. Those who attended the meeting included Zhu Jianjun, secretary-general, Zhang Xiaoyu, associate dean of the Foreign Languages Department and 7 other staff members. Xiong Li and Sylvia Xu briefed on two higher institutions. After that, Zhu Jianjun and Han Jing gave a brief introduction on the programs, teaching staff and students’ current status of the department and school successively. Moreover, Han Jing shared with all the attendees the dual degree program for the bachelors of translation & interpretation (T & I), undergraduate-graduate joint program for the students majoring in T & I, student short term exchange program, teaching staff training and cooperative academic research. There will be large space for the cooperation between HWU and WSU.
In the afternoon, Dr. Han Jing gave a lecture on “Challenge and Success of Translating Chinese Culture” in Room 309 of Ruizhi Building. Translation is key to the transmission of Chinese culture to the whole world. The lecturer, also head of the Subtitle Section of SBS-TV Australian, elaborated the characteristics, blind spots and factors of success in translating Chinese culture from the perspective of the Australian audience by taking examples from the successful subtitles of If You Are the One (《非诚勿扰》), a very popular large dating show whose English subtitles are translated by her. The humorous and vivid examples led to rounds of applause and laughter. The audience benefited a lot from her wonderful speech.
WSU, founded in 1989, is a comprehensive university in New South Wales Australia. There are 10 schools and 10 campuses with 45,000 students including more than 4500 international students. WSU is among the TOP 2% universities in the world according to the World University Rankings of Times Higher Education. The teaching, innovation, inclusion and infrastructure of WSU have been rated 5 stars by the QS World University Rankings. In recent years, WSU is involved in promoting internationalization and nurturing students with international civic awareness. (Written and translated by Long Min from the International Affairs Office)