Han Culture and Education Group sets up advisory committee, launches course

Han Culture and Education Group's current adult offerings include Chinese language for beginners and intermediate Chinese language.
Han Culture and Education Group's current adult offerings include Chinese language for beginners and intermediate Chinese language.PHOTO: HAN LANGUANGE CENTRE MAIN/FACEBOOK

SINGAPORE - Han Culture and Education Group has assembled experts and professionals from fields such as technology, education and entrepreneurship, to form an advisory committee.

It will aim to strengthen the courses and teaching standards of the group, which is owned by Singapore Press Holdings (SPH).

The group will also launch a cultural course for adults at the end of the month.

Chief executive officer Ooi Ching Ya said: "With the support of this advisory committee, I believe Han Culture and Education Group will be able to better integrate our strengths and expertise to offer more high-quality programmes to our learners."

Members of the committee include Dr Foo Suan Fong, executive director of the Singapore Centre for Chinese Language Limited, and Mr Eugene Wong, who is chairman of CrimsonLogic and Sirius Venture Capital and vice-chairman of Japan Foods Holdings Limited and the North Asia Business Group in the Singapore Business Federation.

National University of Singapore (NUS) Department of Chinese Studies lecturer Dr Chan Cheow Thia is also on the committee along with Ms Anita Chen, director of technology at the International School of Helsinki.

The group will launch a Chinese Business and Cultural Course, which will help working professionals understand the business culture, politics and economy of modern China.

It will integrate resources from Lianhe Zaobao, such as news reports, with its curriculum.

Ms Ooi said: "Our unique cultural content highlighting the developments of modern China and Singapore-China relations is what differentiates Han's adult courses from other language schools.

"We hope to support our adult learners in mastering the Chinese language in a creative and vibrant way, and help more students to continuously use their mother tongue. We see this not just as a vision, but as our mission as well."

Han Culture and Education Group's current adult offerings include Chinese language for beginners and intermediate Chinese language.

The group was established after the successful acquisition of Han Language Centre by SPH on Nov 1 last year. It currently operates 16 Han Language Centres islandwide, providing courses for primary school students, secondary school students and adults.

Update: Dr Chan Cheow Thia is no longer a member of HAN Culture & Education Group’s advisory panel.