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Minister of Education delivers speech at National Working Conference on Undergraduate Education

2018-06-23 08:30:00

On June 21, the National Working Conference on Undergraduate Education in the New Era was held at Sichuan University in Chengdu, Sichuan Province, chaired by Vice Minister Ms. LIN Huiqing. The Minster of Education Mr. CHEN Baosheng attended the meeting and delivered a speech.

Chen underlined the pivotal and strategic role of undergraduate education in China’s higher education system and urged the presidents and faculty of universities to accord high priority to the cultivation of well-rounded four-year college graduates, by directing more teaching and supporting resources toward undergraduate students than other student groups, inter alia. He also encouraged universities to try out innovative teaching methods at undergraduate level, and instill in college students their core values, as part of efforts to improve the quality of their education, core competitiveness and fulfill their mission.

The Minister said that as educational institutions, universities should focus on improving the quality and effectiveness of talent training, and suggested four measures toward that goal. Firstly, universities should firstly go back to the basics of education, that is, to inspire a keen interest in academic pursuits, motivate students to acquire knowledge and skills through hard work, and ensure that they ascend to high levels of academic achievement upon graduation. Secondly, teachers should put all their effort into teaching and should be evaluated and promoted first and foremost in the light of the academic progress of their students. Thirdly, universities should impart to students the values, skills and knowledge that they need in order to become the next generation of independent and responsible leaders. And fourthly, universities should seek notional, organizational, management and institutional changes, bearing in mind their mission as intellectual powerhouses.

Chen also said he hoped to see further step changes in disciplinary development, curricula design and in-class instruction, a greater sense of urgency for new thinking, approaches and models, faster growth of science, medical, agricultural and forestry programs, and more equitable distribution of higher education resources, in order to catapult China’s place up in world rankings in higher education.

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