Name: An, Ran
Place of Origin: Wuhan
Academic Degree: Ph.D. in Education (The University of Reading, UK)
Academic Title: Professor of International Education
Current Position: Dean of the School of International Education
Research Areas: Multilingual and Multicultural Education, Cross-cultural Communication and Adaptation, Global/Cross-cultural Communication Competence
Teaching: Dr. An Ran teaches a number of courses at the School of Journalism and Communication, School of International Education, and School of Public Affairs. These courses include: Cross-cultural Communication (taught in English), Comparative Education, Academic English Writing (taught in English), and China and World Cultures (taught in English and designed primarily for International Students), etc. Dr. An Ran is also a university-appointed graduate supervisor in the program of cross-cultural communication.
Research: Dr. An Ran has worked on a number of state and provincially sponsored research projects since she returned to China from England in 2004. Dr. An Ran conducted a project, “Teaching and Learning Differences Between the East and the West”, which was sponsored by the Scientific Research Foundation for the Returned Overseas Chinese Scholars, State Education Ministry. In 2005, Dr. An Ran edited two books Scientific Chinese: An Intermediate Reading Course and Scientific Chinese: An Advanced Reading Course (Beijing University Press). In 2006, Dr. An Ran completed a project, “Forecast on International Students’ Studying in China”, which was sponsored by the Department of International Cooperation and Exchange, State Education Ministry. Her research report “Analyses of Factors Affecting International Students’ Studying in China and Development of Cross-cultural Communication Competence” was disseminated by State Education Ministry to all the relevant institutions in every province, autonomous region, and municipality. All the staff members in charge of international student education are requested to read this report as reference in their practices. In 2007, Dr. An Ran took on a research, “Studies on the Terminology of Cross-cultural Communication”, which was a part of the State Education Ministry’s key project of philosophy and social sciences, “The Formation and Evolution of Modern Terminology and Interactions between Chinese and Western Cultures”. In 2008, Dr. An Ran accomplished another project, “Educational Modes for International Students in China: From the Analyses of Demands to the Development of Cross-cultural Adaptation Competence”, which was a part of the educational psychology program in the 11th five-year plan for philosophy and social sciences in Guangdong Province.
Dr. An Ran is the author of four academic books. For the past few years, Dr. An Ran has published a great number of research articles in international and national journals, which include Educational Research (ISI listed), Race, Ethnicity and Education (ISI listed), China Media Research (English), Intercultural Communication Studies (English), Applied Linguistics (Chinese), Language Teaching and Linguistic Studies (Chinese), and Higher Education Exploration (Chinese), etc. Dr. An Ran is also a well-known poet, and her extraordinary literary talent is displayed in a collection of her most recently published poems “My Heart in Peace” (Writers Publishing House).
In 2009, Dr. An Ran was a state-appointed reviewer for both the program of cross-cultural communication in the National Social Science Research Funding and the State Education Ministry’s Academic Degree Development Center. In 2009, Dr. An Ran was also a member of “the Strategic Research Committee for Improving Guangdong’s International Communication Capacity on a Global Scale”. In 2008, Dr. An Ran served as a curriculum reviewer for the National Bilingual Education.
Awards: In 2008, Dr. An Ran received “the SCUT Award for 100 Outstanding Faculty of 30 Years of Reform and Open-door Policy” owing to her significant academic achievements and professional contributions.