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Shanxi University (SXU), the sole comprehensive university and the only higher educational institution under the jurisdiction of China’s Ministry of Education and Shanxi provincial government, attaches great importance to cultivating talent. During more than one century's development, it has provided a galaxy of talent for the economic and social development of Shanxi province by all along adhering to the motto of “knowing the East and the West; seeking the good and true; promoting the virtuous and the talented; being self-reliant and serving the country” and following the tradition of “being industrious, strict, honest and creative”. Currently, the university offers 69 undergraduate programs, covering 10 disciplines such as philosophy, economics, law, education, literature, history, science, engineering, medicine and management. Among these programs, there are 3 nationally featured specialties and 19 provincial flagship specialties.

A new trimester system has been implemented since the fall of 2007. Under the new trimester system, every school year is divided into three parts, i.e. the first trimester (a short term), the second trimester (spring term) and the third trimester (fall term). It is worth mentioning that a practice-oriented curriculum, including some research-based courses, course design, academic lectures, creativity-oriented experiments, teaching practice, social survey and the like, is offered during the short term. In Shanxi Province, Shanxi University is among the first to implement the new trimester system. Undoubtedly, such implementation has brought out a positive and far-reaching social impact, for the new trimester system has not merely played an active role in improving the teaching quality, but has also quickened the pace to construct and optimize a multivariate curriculum system, enhanced the self-learning and innovative ability of students, and inspired teaching staff to integrate teaching with research in a better way.

In order to speed up the transformation of undergraduate education and form an “elite education” with distinctive characteristics, Shanxi University has since 2009 set up “Chumin Experimental Class” which has been operating under the principle of a comprehensive and interdisciplinary education. The class mainly enrolls students who are good at and interested in fields such as literature, history, philosophy, mathematics, economics and management. During the four years in college, the students will have a general training in the above-mentioned disciplines for the first two years and a specific cultivation of their own choice in the following two years. For the purposes of nurturing students with a wide academic background, a profound theoretical knowledge, a strong innovative ability, and a highly comprehensive quality conforming to the time request, the university establishes the Experimental Class, which is a new trial in innovating the model of talent cultivation and in the meantime marks a transformation of the centennial university from the extended development to the internal construction.

While formulating and carrying out the talent cultivation programs, Shanxi University adheres to the guiding ideology of “laying solid foundation, extending the range of subjects, emphasizing research ability, strengthening practice-based teaching and encouraging various innovations”, concentrates on achieving the strategic goal of building a research-oriented university which can serve as a model for local education, and actively meets the demands for the all-round development of economy, society, technology, culture and humanity. In addition, the university constantly fosters the teaching concepts which put practice and innovative ability first, further pushes forward the reform of teaching content, methods and means, makes unremitting efforts to promote the reform and innovation of course structure and the modes of practice-based teaching, shows regard for individual development and finally provides a large number of qualified students with practical awareness, innovative ability and research capabilities.

Practice-based teaching is a key feature of talent cultivation. Since 2005, the school has started a research training program aiming to encourage undergraduates to participate in the research projects of teaching staff or to carry out research activities based on the subject they have chosen of their own free will. Up to now, there have been a total of 1,373 students who have engaged in 565 research projects by attending the training program already held seven times, which proves that the successful implementation of the program has achieved its goal in improving students’ research capabilities. So far, more than 50 pilot projects have been completed and the research results have been published in various academic journals in papers and articles. It is also worth mentioning that 50 national innovative pilot projects and 24 provincial ones have evolved out of the training program.

In recent years, our students have achieved great success in various competitions. Since 2006, they have been awarded the first prize three times and second prize seven times in the China Undergraduate Mathematical Contest in Modeling (short for “CUMCM”), which is entitled “Higher Education Press Cup” because the contest has been sponsored by the Higher Education Press, and in the same contests of Shanxi Division the students have also won first, second and third places twelve times. Meanwhile, students from Shanxi University have also given a good performance in the “Sony Cup” National Undergraduate Electronic Design Contest where they have reaped a second prize in the national contest and five first prizes, four second prizes, seven third prizes in the contests of Shanxi Division. Apart from that, Shanxi University also takes pride in the following achievements their students have obtained, such as one second prize, four third prizes and ten entry prizes in the Second National Advertising Art Design Competition for College students, one gold, one silver, three bronzes and the breaking of one record in the Eighth National University Games, and three third prizes in the Sixth Invitational National Chemistry Experiment Competition. To sum up, Shanxi University comes out on top among Shanxi’s institutions of higher learning in terms of the total number of winners.

 

 

 
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