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Kick-off Meeting for English-taught Programs and Course Construction held by CQU

In order to implement the spirit of International Development Promotion Meeting of Chongqing University and fulfill the goals in the International Development Planning of Chongqing University (2020-2029), the Kick-off Meeting for English-taught Programs and Course Construction was held at Meeting Room 506 of the Main Teaching Building on the morning of June 17. Ming Ju, vice president of Chongqing University, appeared at the event. Responsible persons of 27 schools and related functional departments and offices attended the meeting.

Zhang Zhiqing, dean of School of International Education of Chongqing University, introduced the background and basic situation of English-taught programs and course construction in Chongqing University. With the deliberate organization of officials of Chongqing University and the substantial support of the Undergraduate School, Graduate School, Office of International Cooperation and Exchange, Office of Finance and other departments, the School of International Education took the lead in launching the construction of English-taught programs in October 2020. After recommendation by the School of International Education and evaluation by experts, a total of 5 English-taught undergraduate programs, 61 undergraduate courses and 47 excellent postgraduate courses have been set up. Zhang Zhiqing pointed out that the purpose of construction of the Project was to end the history of zero English-taught programs at the undergraduate level and drive new development of English-taught programs for postgraduates, prepare for the construction of "Double-first-rate Disciplines" Program of China and key courses in Chongqing, and build Chongqing University into a popular university among international students. The purpose of the kick-off meeting is to sort out the construction progress, clarify the construction objectives, put forward the assessment and acceptance scheme, so as to improve the curriculum system construction of CQU and promote the high-quality international development.

Responsible persons or representatives of the five English-taught undergraduate programs under construction, including Material Engineering, Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Automation, Business Administration, had discussion in terms of construction plan, progress, expected goals, difficulties and suggestions. Yang Tao, deputy director of the Office of Planning and Finance, gave a detailed explanation of the specific rules on use of the construction funds for English-taught programs.

In the summary speech, Ming Ju pointed out that the schools involved should fully understand the idea and direction of the international development of CQU, and should make great efforts in international development and construction of all English-taught programs while tackling difficulties brought by COVID-19. Ming stressed that all schools should attach great importance to this task, appoint responsible persons to comprehensively coordinate and manage the whole process of project construction, improve the corresponding evaluation, supervision and incentive mechanism, and fulfill the construction task with high quality on schedule. He encouraged everyone to work together to take Chongqing University to the next level of international development.