Briefing on School of Foreign Languages of Shanghai University
Shanghai University is on the list of "Project 21" for higher education, a strategic program of the Chinese government which aims at turning its 100 frontline universities into the academically advanced institutions that will be internationally prestigious in the new century.
The School of Foreign Languages of Shanghai University has, all along, committed itself to cultivating qualified personnel of foreign languages who master inter-disciplinary knowledge and practical skills. In 2005, our school was bestowed by Shanghai Education Commission a key project for developing its English undergraduate program. English specialty was rated Class A in the National Evaluation for English Undergraduate Program in the following year. The school was awarded the honorable title of "The National Model of College English Teaching Reform" in 2007.
Our school now has a teaching staff of 130, among whom about 30% are associate professors or full professors, and 45 teachers hold doctorate. Over 90% of our teachers have studied or conducted academic work in foreign universities.
We now have English Department, Japanese Department and French Department, each of which holds English undergraduate program, Japanese undergraduate program and French undergraduate program respectively. Based on the master program of the first-level discipline in Foreign Language and Literature, the school provides three master programs of the second-level disciplines, which cover foreign linguistics and applied linguistics, English language and literature, and Japanese language and literature. In addition, we were authorized to launch MIT program (Master of Interpreters and Translators) in 2010. Our teachers offer courses in English, Japanese, German, French, Korean, Spanish, etc. for about twenty thousand who are non-foreign languages majors, including undergraduates, master and doctoral candidates of the university. Apart from the traditional courses such as listening, speaking, reading, writing and translating of the foreign languages school, the teachers also present other optional courses to the students. Our students are incited to take minor programs.
In both Grade Four and Grade Eight of Test for English Majors which are organized by the State Education Commission, our passing rate reaches the standards set for the nation-wide Grade A colleges and departments of foreign languages over the years. Each year more than 98% of our Japanese majors pass Japanese Language Proficiency Test(N1), a test jointly initiated by China International Exchange Foundation and Japan International Education Society. In the national English or Japanese speech competitions and debate contests, our participants have carried off the prizes of various grades in the past consecutive years.
We have set up four academic centers in our school, e.g. Popular Foreign Literature Research Centre, British and American Literature Research Center, Translation Research Centre and East Asia Research Center. We are accredited to edit Shanghai Journal of Translators for Science and Technology, one of the core journals in foreign languages research in China. Entrusted by the Testing Center under Ministry of Education, our school is held responsible for organizing Japanese Language Proficiency Test, Test of English as a Foreign Language.
Having attached importance to the contacts and exchanges with overseas universities, we have maintained long-term academic and collaborative ties with the universities in the United States, Britain, Canada, Australia, Germany, Italy, Spain, Japan and Republic of Korea. Every year the exchange programs permit about 10% to 20% of our students to exercise their internship in those universities.