This RHT Education initiative is designed to place visiting students of Mathematics at the cutting-edge of Chinese instruction. The Mathematics Challenge combines Chinese classes delivered by key Chinese instructors, peer projects with Chinese students and culminates in a Mathematics Challenge. There are, of course, sight-seeing opportunities within the itinerary. Key features of the program include: classroom sessions, cultural activities, first class university visits, guest lecturers and peer interaction.


Arrive Shanghai Arrive Shanghai
Transfer to hotel
Cruise Huangpu River
Orientation & briefing
Transfer to Nanjing
Sight-seeing: Zhouzhuang water city and silk factory Welcome dinner and meet Chinese peers
Unit 1: Learning Math the Chinese way (theory) Unit 1: Learning Math the Chinese way (practical) Unit 1: Learning Math the Chinese way (review)
Unit 1: Learning Mathematics the Chinese way (theory) Unit 1: Learning Mathematics the Chinese way (practical) Unit 1: Learning Mathematics the Chinese way (review)
Excursion 1
Topic: Innovative Thinking
Excursion 1
University visits
Guest lecturer and workshop 1
Mathematics professor
Unit 2: Advanced Mathematics (theory) Unit 2: Advanced Mathematics (practical) Unit 2: Advanced Mathematics (review)
Unit 2: Advanced Mathematics (theory) Unit 2: Advanced Mathematics (practical) Unit 2: Advanced Mathematics (review)
Excursion 2
Topic: Careers
Excursion 2
Technology park visit (all day)
Guest lecturer and workshop 2
Research & Development expert
Sight-seeing Sight-seeing (all day) Traditional performances
Unit 3: Mathematics Competition (strategies) Unit 3: Mathematics Competition (practice) Unit 3: Mathematics Competition (preparation)
Excursion 3
Topic: Emerging China
Excursion 3
Enterprise visit (all day)
Guest lecturer and workshop 3
Chinese Mathematics champion
First day of competition First day of competition Competition preparation
Second day of competition Second day of competition Free-time
Sight-seeing Sight-seeing Farewell dinner
Awards Ceremony
Airport transfer
Depart Shanghai
Airport transfer
Depart Shanghai


Name Total
Hours of instruction: 46 (Unit 1 = 13, Unit 2 = 13, Unit 3 = 8, Unit 4 = 12)
Hours of integrated activities: 26.5 (Unit 1 = 8, Unit 2 = 8, Unit 3 = 2.5, Unit 4 = 8)
Hours site excursions: 18 (Project 1 = 6, Project 2 = 6, Project 3 = 6)
Hours of guest lecturers: 7.5 (lecturers 1 hour + related workshops 1.5)
Competition: 8 hours
Cultural events: 20 hours


The incorporated coursework is highly interactive facilitator-led training. The sessions are designed for up to 25 participants per class, but the course can be used with fewer or more participants, with appropriate adjustments in material and space requirements.

The classroom sessions are designed to be used in a variety of formal and informal settings.

To make the training accessible worldwide, the assumption was made that typical classrooms will have access to technology, but have access to basic instructional supplies (paper, pens, pencils, markers, or colored pencils, tape, scissors, glue, flip chart paper and/or black or white boards, etc.). Suggestions are made within the sessions for low-cost or no-cost alternative materials, or for reducing the amounts of paper used for instructional resources.

For room setup, participants have worktables to conduct their small-group discussions and other activities, although the sessions can be adapted to allow for situations where this is not possible. In general, there IS ample space to configure small groups and teams around the room as needed. Facilitator notes and suggestions are included when such adaptations ARE necessary.


This courses use a range of methodologies that align with the principles of the experiential learning approach. With an emphasis on interactivity among participants, the courses incorporate the following techniques and methodologies:

Individual exercises and reflections
Stories and scenarios
Small and large group discussions
Activities and games
Role-playing exercises
Team projects and presentations


The teachers will be provided by RHT Education with support mentors and assistants drawn from various organizations and the participating school/s. The program staff include:

1 x RHT Education representative
2 x nationally qualified teachers
4 x teaching assistants (could be Chinese or foreign to assist trainers and be responsible for 4 students each)
6 x Chinese doctoral candidate mentors


Time Program
Zero minus 6 months Develop draft program
Zero minus 5 months Finalize program
Zero minus 4 months Distribute program to foreign organizations and Chinese schools
Zero minus 3 months Confirm attendees
Zero minus 2 months Finalize documentation for visas
Zero minus 1 month Distribute pre-program instructions and pre-reading
Zero hour Commence program


The entire program has an integrated approach to learning, combining a variety of components that lead towards greater understanding of what it takes to be leader.


There are four Units which each will challenge the students to better understand their own situation;

Personal Development
Interpersonal Development
Goal Setting and Action Planning
Teamwork and Leadership

ii. Activities

Within each Unit are activities designed to enhance the lessons learned during each Session.

These activities will be a set of challenges which are a blend of activities including individual skills development and group exercises.
Some Chinese cultural activities will be incorporated into challenges.
Each activity has an assessment which will be recorded towards a final grading.


There will be three visits to explore Applied Mathematics in the context of contemporary China.

Visiting local universities
Visiting high-tech zones
Visiting local enterprises

iv.Guest lecturers

There will be three high-profile guest lecturers who will lecture and then conduct a workshop on the three of the most significant Mathematics-related topics affecting the community in modern China.

Environmental impact of land-use on traditional agriculture
Innovation and technology
Globalization through trade

v.The Competition

The competition will take place over two days with a feature of the program being some helpful pointers given by an international champion.

Format to follow Mathematics Olympiad format
Competition is for individuals
Geometry, number theory, algebra, and combinatorics

vi. Sight-seeing

Visits to local cultural sites all have ties to the program and will form the basis of some group project work.

Challenges will be set on every excursion.
Marks will be awarded based on presentation and project work throughout the course.