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April 10, 2017 | Translated by Tan Huiping | Edited by She Jiajie
On April 8, the Symposium of Emerging Engineering Construction for Leading Engineering Universities opened at Tianjin University (TJU), themed on “Emerging Engineering Construction: Vision and Actions”. Zhang Daliang (Director of the Department of Higher Education in China Ministry of Education), Li Jiajun (Secretary of TJU CPC Committee) and Wang Jing (Director of Tianjin Municipal Education Commission) attended the Symposium. Professor Xu Xiaofei, Vice President of Harbin Institute of Technology (HIT) and President of Harbin Institute of Technology, Weihai (HITWH), delivered a keynote speech at the Symposium. Participants also included Han Yun (Deputy Editor-in-Chief of Higher Education Press) and over 200 delegates from 60 universities.
During the Symposium, Zhang Daliang gave a keynote speech and put forward three points on emerging engineering construction. First, the overall reform of higher education and the new task of talents cultivation under new circumstances should be taken into account. Second, national development strategies should be the focus so as to facilitate the conversion of development momentum as well as the upgrading and transformation of industries. Third, a future-oriented approach should be taken to deepen the higher education reform in engineering comprehensively. Zhang proposed that emerging engineering construction should be approached against the backdrop that higher education reform in China had shifted from scale-oriented to strength-oriented, and therefore should follow the principle of “One Soul, Three Rules, Three Teachings and Two Studies” in cultivating talents. Meanwhile, the Construction should stick to the following six aspects: establishing disciplines based on the demands of industries; updating content with technological advancements; promoting reforms based on the main structure of the university; adjusting teaching methods to match students’ aspirations; creating favorable conditions by harnessing resources both at home and abroad; and setting standards according to international frontier. A development system of emerging engineering construction should be gradually established by deepening the comprehensive reform and inner construction.
Zhong Denghua, member of the Chinese Academy of Engineering and President of TJU, delivered a speech entitled A Roadmap of Emerging Engineering Construction and illustrated why emerging engineering should be constructed, what is emerging engineering and how emerging engineering should be constructed.
Professor XuXiaofei delivered a keynote address at the Symposium entitled An Experimental Reform of Talent Cultivation System of Emerging Engineering to Enhance the Sustainable Competitiveness of “Computer+” Specialists. President Xu started with the transformation of emerging industries and sustainable competitiveness and elaborated on the characteristics of emerging engineering that addresses sustainable competitiveness, demands and objectives for emerging engineering talents, the professional innovation, knowledge system structuring and education reform of “computer+” majors, the key elements of the “computer+” talent cultivation system, and the evaluation and safeguard of education quality. He then proposed some effective measures of cultivating talents with sustainable competitiveness and argued that the mission of universities is to cultivate innovative talents with sustainable competitiveness, who should possess the commitment to address future global affairs and to serve national development. They should be able to deeply understand the changes during the process of social informatization, recognize the fact that science and engineering technology act as driving forces in social informatization and acknowledge its influence on globalization, so as to have a deep understanding of the basic quality and ability that are needed in this dynamic information society.
Yang Bin (Vice President and Provost of Tsinghua University), GuPeihua (member of the Canadian Academy of Engineering and Executive President of Shantou University), and Zhang Dongxiao (Dean of the School of Engineering of Peking University) delivered keynote speeches respectively on emerging engineering construction. Delegates from Shanghai Jiaotong University, Zhejiang University, etc. also spoke at the Symposium.
This Symposium is yet another important gathering that promotes the reform and innovation of engineering education after the Symposium on Comprehensive University Engineering Development Strategy at Fudan University by China Ministry of Education this February. It aims at exploring, based on “Fudan Consensus on Emerging Engineering Construction”, the opportunities, challenges and approaches of engineering education reform so as to constitute a concrete plan for emerging engineering construction.