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Global geography educators gather at ECNU
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       The special symposium of IGU-CGE Conference 2016 (Commission on Geographical Education of the International Geographical Union Conference 2016) was held in ECNU from August 18 to 19. 

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The special symposium of IGU-CGE Conference 2016 is held in ECNU.

       More than 80 scholars and practioners of geography education from a dozen countries, including the United States, UK, Germany, Japan and Australia, joined academic discussions, shedding light on the current state and future development of geography education from different perspectives, at the gala, which was co-organized by the Geography Teaching Professional Commission of the Chinese Society of Education, School of Geographic Sciences of ECNU, and Shanghai Geography Education and Teaching Research Base (SGETR).

       The top-level academic organization in international geography education, IGU-CGE enjoys a high reputation and exerts remarkable influence worldwide. 

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The IGU-CGE China Committee is set up at the symposium.

       It announced to set up the IGU-CGE China Committee at the symposium. Duan Yushan of the School of Geographic Sciences of ECNU, who is deputy director and secretary-general of the Geography Teaching Professional Commission of the Chinese Society of Education, was appointed chairman of the newly established committee, which has a council comprising teachers and professors from 16 normal universities in China, including Beijing Normal University, Northeast Normal University, ECNU, Southwest University, Zhejiang Normal University, Nanjing Normal University, Shanxi Normal University, Northwest Normal University, Capital Normal University, and Shanghai Normal University.

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Prof. Joop van der Schee delivers Schee delivers a keynote speech.

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Prof. Osvaldo Muniz updates audience about the development of intermediate geography studies wordwide.

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Prof. Clare Brooks makes a report on “What Universities Have Done for Geography Education”. 

       Prof. Duan, ECNU Vice President Wang Rongming, John Lidstone of Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane of Australia, who is also co-chair of IGU-CGE, and Yu Lizhong, president of NYU Shanghai and director-general of the Geography Teaching Professional Commission of the Chinese Society of Education, delivered opening speeches at the symposium. Prof. Lidstone, Prof. Joop van der Schee with Utrecht University of the Netherlands, and Liu Min, dean of the School of Geographic Sciences of ECNU, attended the unveiling ceremony of the IGU-CGE China Committee.

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The experts listen to geography classes given by a Chines middle school teacher.

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The delegates visit the natural geography lab of the School of Geographic Sciences of ECNU. 

       In a report on “Sustainable Development of Geography Education”, Prof. Joop van der Schee aired his view on how to achieve a sustainable development of geography education from the perspective of historical development.

       Prof. Clare Brooks of the University College London, Institute of Education made a report on “What Universities Have Done for Geography Education”, narrating the role British universities play in the training of geography teachers of primary and middle schools.

       Prof. Osvaldo Muniz with the US National Center for Geograph Education and University of Texas at Austin gave a presentation on “International Cooperation in Intermediate Geography Learning”, updating audience about the development of intermediate geography studies wordwide. 

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The symposium attracts more than 80 geography educators from a dozen countries.

       In a field trip, the delegates were shown around the natural geography lab of the School of Geographic Sciences of ECNU, the Geographical Information System (GIS) Laboratory, and Intelligent Geography Innovation Lab. They also listened as observers to classes given by two geography teachers from middle schools of Heilongjiang and Shanghai.

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