The School of Foreign Languages, Guangzhou College of South China University of Technology was founded in June 2006. Aiming at ensuring success and all-round development for all students, the School is striving to grow stronger by virtue of reform and innovation and to maintain development by cultivating students with righteous characters, solid academic foundation, excellent practical abilities and distinctive qualities. Responding to General Secretary Xi’s call of strengthening teachers’ professional ethics in 19th CPC National Congress, the School attaches great importance to the construction of the school atmosphere of “Harmony, Efficiency, Pragmatism and Innovation”, the study atmosphere of “Dedication, Exploration, Reflection and Innovation”, as well as the teaching spirits of “Responsibility, Quality, Normalization and Innovation”. With the joint efforts of the faculty and students, the School has exerted considerable influence in the society and is ranked among the top institutions of the same kind in Guangdong or even in China in terms of discipline and specialty development.
There are three majors in our school, namely English, Business English and Japanese. Thanks to our connotation construction, intensive cooperation with foreign institutions, extensive international exchanges, and close relation with industries and organizations, we have managed to integrate and make good use of excellent educational resources at home and abroad, and offered students internships in the related industries. We are committed to training high-level application-oriented professionals that have strong foreign language competence and a good command of specialized knowledge and skills. The students shall be able to undertake jobs of organizing, planning and management in specialized fields and have a broad international vision and strong competitiveness in the job market. So far, there are two programs for the English majors, including English Education and English Translation and Interpreting; two for Business English, including Exhibition and International Marketing, International Business and Trade; two programs for the Japanese Majors, including International Trade and Economics, Japanese Translation and Interpreting. Currently there are over 1,200 students in our school. In addition, the School also takes charge of the English teaching for more than 20,000 non-English majors of Guangzhou College.
The School boasts a well-structured team of elder, middle-aged and young, full-time and part-time, local and foreign, teaching and researching members. Currently, we have nearly 60 full-time staff members, and over 10 foreign teachers. Among the full-time teachers, there are 3 professors, 4 associate professors. The faculty have won us many honors, such as, the only “Guangdong Accomplished Teacher” in “independent colleges” in Guangdong province, the first in our college to win the title of “Outstanding Private College Teacher of Guangdong”, as well as several winners of teaching contests for young teachers both in our college and of provincial and national levels. In the past ten years, our faculty members have undertaken a number of national and provincial research programs, programs under our college’s Key Disciplines Initiatives, High-quality Courses and nearly 100 college-level research programs. Over 200 papers have been published and several collections of textbooks have been compiled by our teachers.
The School has various teaching facilities and well-equipped training rooms. All the classrooms are equipped with multi-media facilities. There are 11 language laboratories and 1 simultaneous interpretation room, providing good conditions for small-class teaching. Moreover, the School is also the official testing center for CET4 (College English Test), CET6, CJT4 (College Japanese Test), CJT6 as well as TEM4 (Test for English Major), TEM8, TJM4 (Test for Japanese Major) and TJM8.
Years of exploration and innovation in education have won us fruitful rewards. Since its establishment, the School has, for 10 consecutive years, witnessed about 99.5% employment rate of its graduates, in the fields of foreign affairs, foreign trade, education, banking, auto parts, logistics, tourism, media and others. Besides, some graduates chose to establish their own businesses in the fields of services, jewelry, clothing etc.; about 60 students went to renowned universities at home and abroad to pursue their master, and even doctoral degrees.