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Introduction to the College of Foreign Languages and Cultures

Time:2017-12-12 09:13

The foreign language programs at Sichuan University date back to 1896, when the Chengdu School for Chinese and Western Education (out of which the University has grown) was established, with English and French among its earliest topics of study. Since then, its foreign languages department has hosted as well as produced a large number of eminent scholars, translators and academics, including Ba Jin, Zhu Guangqian, Lu Shuxiang, Bian Zhilin, and Wu Mi, who have, in turn, contributed to the expansion of the department into the College of Foreign Languages and Cultures. The college currently consists of seven departments, including those for English, Japanese, Russian, French & German, and Spanish, and two for the foreign language instruction of non-majors. Additionally, the college also has a number of affiliated research centers, including the American, European and Russian Studies Centers (approved and sponsored by China’s Ministry of Education), the Center for American Culture (co-established by SCU and Arizona State), the Latin-American, Canadian, Japanese and French Studies Centers, as well as the Center for Multimedia Teaching and Modern Educational Technologies. The college has more than 240 faculty and staff (including roughly one hundred professors and associated professors), over 60% of whom have or are working towards a Ph.D. The college offers doctoral and master’s degrees in Foreign Language and Literature, with focuses on Western Literary Criticism, British and American Literature, Western Cultural Studies, Translation Studies, English Linguistics, and Russian Literature. In addition, the college also enrolls Masters of Translation and Interpreting (MTI) students, and many of its undergraduate language programs enroll students with both arts and science backgrounds.

The college is well equipped with up-to-date facilities and resources for teaching, learning and research. At present, these include a simultaneous interpretation lab, a computer-aided translation (CAT) lab, a satellite TV system, a radio station for broadcasting foreign language programs, an online self-learning system, and abundant audio-video resources in different foreign languages. In addition to reading rooms for faculty and students, the college has its own library, (with divisions that include the Inukai Kazuo Japanese Annex), and houses more than 70,000 copies of Chinese and foreign language books and academic journals. The college has frequently carried out academic exchanges with many prestigious universities and research institutes at home and abroad, inviting scholars and professors from the U.S., Britain and many other countries to teach and lecture. It has also sent abroad its own teachers and students as visiting scholars and exchange students, ensuring that all of its full-time teachers have overseas research experience. The last five years have been fruitful for academic research, with faculty members winning over fifty research projects sponsored by the National Social Science Fund of China, the Ministry of Education, and the Sichuan provincial government. As a result, nearly one hundred books and more than 300 high-quality research papers have been published. In addition, the college regularly collects and publishes internal compilations of its own research papers (such asAcademic Essays of SCU’s College of Foreign Languages and Cultures,Essays on Foreign Language, Literature and Culture,andResearch Papers on American Studies).

The college stresses academic work ethics, advocates scholarly integrity and rigor, and the development of well rounded students. As such, its students have won awards and prizes in various national competitions, including speech contests, English debate competitions, intercollegiate interpretation invitational contests, as well as other international competitive events. In addition, the college encourages students to participate in exchange programs with foreign universities. The English Department, for instance, has sent students to Spain, the United States and South Korea; and majors of Japanese have joined exchanges with a variety of Japanese institutions. The French and German Department has established exchange programs in France. And the Russian and Spanish Departments have engaged in similar exchanges.