College offers students chance to learn more

Updated: 2016-05-13 07:35

By Mao Weihua In Urumqi And Zhao Xinying In Beijing(China Daily)

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Graduates visit a booth during a job fair organized by Hotan Teachers College, Hotan prefecture, in the southern part of the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region on April 29. Mao Weihua / China Daily

People from different ethnic backgrounds get opportunity to absorb more than language

As a new graduate of Hotan Teachers College in 2016, Liu Pei prowled the annual job fair held at her alma mater in late April, hoping to find opportunities to work in the area where she had studied and lived for three years.

The 21-year-old from Northwest China's Gansu province wanted to become a teacher in Hotan prefecture in the southern part of the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region.

"I have been here for three years and formed an affection for everything here, the environment, the people... I believe there will be great opportunities for my life and career if I stay here," Liu said.

Jurat Dolat, director of the college's department of student affairs, said more than 1,400 students will graduate from the college in 2016, and, judging from previous experience, many will end up landing jobs as bilingual teachers in Xinjiang.

"Last year, the employment rate of our graduates exceeded 88 percent. Among all the colleges in Xinjiang, we had the largest number of students who were employed as teachers last year," he said.

Zhang Wenying, a bilingual teacher at No 1 Middle School in Hotan's Jiya county, was such a person. The 29-year-old, who is of Han ethnicity, moved from Northwest China's Shaanxi province to Hotan in 2007, so he could learn Uygur at the college.

He graduated in 2010, and now speaks fluent Uygur and teaches Mandarin to Uygur students.

Zhang urged the college's graduates this year to add fluency in the Uygur language to their skill sets.

China has 56 ethnic groups. The Han are the majority group, and Mandarin is the official and most widely used language. In Xinjiang, many locals lack even basic Mandarin knowledge. The language barrier not only puts the mat a disadvantage in the job market, but also impedes economic development in the region. The autonomous region encourages ethnic groups to study Mandarin to enhance mutual understanding and open up career opportunities.

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