A Brief Introduction to Sino-foreign Educational Cooperation of theSchoolofLiterature,QingdaoUniversity
Ⅰ. A Brief Introduction to theSchoolofLiterature
TheSchoolofLiterature,QingdaoUniversity, can be traced back to theSchoolofLiteratureof the former state-runQingdaoUniversitywhich was founded in 1930s. At that time, many famous writers and scholars like Wen Yiduo, Lao She, Shen Congwen taught students here. Lots of talents gathered in this School, posing a great influence onChina’s modern education.
The School of Literature now has one first-level discipline master degree subject of Chinese Language and Literature, six authorized master degree subjects consisting of Ancient Chinese Literature, Modern and Contemporary Chinese Literature, Comparative Literature and World Literature, Chinese Philology, Literature and Art Theory and Sinology, as well as six undergraduate programs including Chinese Language and Literature, Secretary Science, Journalism, Advertising, the Radio and TV Directing, and animation.
Now our school has seventy-eight full-time teachers, twenty-three professors, twenty-five associate professors, four doctoral supervisors, forty-four teachers with doctorate degrees. Among them, there are two “National Model Teacher” winners, one talent of the “National Talents Project”, one talent of the “New Century Talents Supporting Project by Education Ministry” and one committee member of State Education Commission; two “Famous Teachers of Shandong Province”, two teachers who won “Excellent Graduate Advisor Award of Shandong Province”, two committee members of the Education Commission of Shandong province, one teacher who was rated as “Shandong Province Top-ten Excellent Teachers in Colleges and Universities”, two “Shandong Province Experts with Outstanding Contribution”, one “Chief Expert of Shandong province”; sixty Qingdao specialized technical talented persons, nine specially-appointed professors of Qingdao university, and two young excellent talents. Thus an academic team with tremendous strength and rational structure has been formed.
Now we have built one provincial special and key disciplinary area of Modern and Contemporary Chinese Literature, one provincial research base on key construction of social sciences and a research center on East Asia’s literature and culture, one Qingdao local cultural research center built together by the municipal government and the university, one school-level innovation center on overseas influence of Chinese culture, and Luxun Research Center of Qingdao University( has cooperation with Beijing Lun Xun Museum).
In recent years, the School of Literature has completed or has been working at over thirty research programs sponsored by national social science foundation, as well as over thirty Ministry-level or provincial research programs, and it has won six Chinese colleges and universities Humanity and Social Science Awards, eight first prizes of Social Science Excellence Award of Shandong Province and over forty second and third prizes of that Social Science Excellence Award. Over sixty works of learning and over three hundred professional papers have been published. The School owns one state-level characteristic specialty, one provincial characteristic specialty, two provincial excellent groups of teachings, one provincial characteristic specialty under key construction of Shandong Province Characteristic Colleges and Universities Program, one excellent course of Shandong Province, seventeen excellent courses of Qingdao University. Two textbooks have been chosen to become national planning textbooks, and two teaching results have been awarded with the first prize of the Outstanding Teaching Results of Shandong Province.
Ⅱ. A Brief Introduction to Overseas Students Education
By now,QingdaoUniversityhas the largest population of overseas students inShandongProvince, and has established cooperative relations with over one hundred colleges and universities in the world, thus accumulating rich experience in education and management of overseas students after years of practice. The types of overseas student education are as follows:
1. The double degree education of the whole class enrollment through Sino-foreign cooperation. TheSchoolofLiteraturehas been cooperating withGyeongsangNationalUniversityinSouth Koreafor years. There are over sixty students who have finished school and obtained their degree. Having studied in their department for one and a half year, students from the department of Chinese Language and Literature,GyeongsangNationalUniversity, can study in our school for two years and then return to their university to finish their six-month study.
2. Overseas undergraduate students who join the class in the middle of the course.Overseas students who have passed HSK level 5 canjoin the corresponding class of Chinese students and study with them. The schooling lasts 4 years. After completing all the studies with good grades, they will be awarded the Undergraduate Diploma of Chinese Language and Literature as well as the Bachelor of Arts degree.
3. Postgraduates majoring in Chinese Language and Literature. Overseas students who have passed HSK level 6, after receiving their bachelor degree and passing our graduate record examination for overseas students, can take the postgraduate courses of relevant subjects. The schooling lasts 3 years. When the students complete all their studies with good grades and their theses approved, they can get a degree of Master of Arts and a diploma of Master of Arts.
4. Overseas postgraduates majoring in Sinology. Overseas students who have passed HSK level 5, after passing our graduate record examination for overseas students, can study the postgraduate courses of relevant subjects. The school lasts 2 years. When the students complete all their studies with good grades and their theses approved, they can get a degree of Master of Arts and a diploma of Master of Arts.
Besides the traditional curriculum of the Chinese Language and Literature, the School also offers many practical elective courses for overseas students, like Tai Chi course, Chinese cultural relic sites and scenic spots course and Chinese calligraphy course. As for courses with great difficulty like the ancient Chinese course，ancient Chinese literature course，ancient Chinese bibliography course and Chinese classical aesthetics course, the School usually offer classes only for those overseas students. Every overseas student will make a fixed collaborative study relationship with an excellent Chinese student, thus the study efficiency can be guaranteed.
In recently years, over twenty teachers of the Chinese Language and Literature major have been sent to colleges and universities in America, Japan, Korea, Singapore and other countries to teach students and do scientific research works, or to have a short-term academic visit and academic exchange. By doing so, the teachers’ academic view and their experience of teaching foreign students have been increased effectively. After years of accumulation and preparation, the School has initially formed an excellent andhighly-capable team of teachers who are familiar with foreign culture and teaching works, and most of whom are those with doctor degrees.
In 2014, the School also signed the cooperation agreement on undergraduate teaching with theCollegeofHumanities,SilpakornUniversity, and reached a preliminary teaching cooperation intention of double degree with some universities inAmerica,AustraliaandKorea. In the next few years, there will be rapid developments in the education work of overseas students in theSchoolofLiterature.