November 25-26, 2017, for the first time in Ukraine, an upgrade of the skills of volunteers from the PRC, who teach Chinese at the educational institutions, was held on the basis of the Confucius Institute Educational and Cultural Center of South Ukrainian National Pedagogical University named after K. D. Ushynsky.
The opening ceremony of the new direction of Ukrainian-Chinese cooperation was attended by: First Secretary of the Chinese Embassy in Ukraine Mr. Wang Dujun, Embassy's Third Secretary, Mr. Liu Tai, Consul General of the People's Republic of China in Odessa, Ms. Zhao Xiangzhong, Consul Mr. Wang Tzhi, co-director of the Confucius Institute, Dean Xin. Ushynsky University was represented by the Rector, Academician O. Ya. Chebykin, the Vice-rector for international relations and scientific and pedagogical work of the complex A.M. Ananiev, the Dean of the faculty of foreign languages, co-director of the Confucius Institute O. V. Popova, the Head of the department of international Connections S.V. Skorokhod.
The training program provided for the consideration of perspective vectors of educational cooperation between Ukraine and China, such as: intercultural communication and communication culture in Ukraine; overcoming of life and psychological difficulties while working in the education system; motivational aspect of volunteer work; introduction of modern teaching methods of the Chinese language, as well as ways of professional improvement of teachers; organization of cultural events within the "Confucius Institute" and cooperation with partner colleagues; basic principles of teaching Chinese to foreigners; organization of school classes in the Chinese language in general educational institutions; features of preparation of students for examinations on mastering of Chinese HSK, HSKK; the difficulty of studying the Chinese language with Ukrainians, etc.