In 2010, SCUN has improved its international reputation and competitiveness among international higher education institutions through six key measures, namely, strengthening global intercollegiate exchange, developing international cooperation programs, introducing talents of the world, recruiting more international students, improving the management of Confucius institute, and enhancing the exchange with higher education institutions in Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan.
Firstly, SCUN strengthens the global intercollegiate exchange. In 2010, thanks to the international cooperation and exchange, five delegations of more than sixty representatives from SCUN paid visits to the sister universities in USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, France, Malaysia, etc.. A group of twelve teachers were sent to University of Wisconsin-Platteville for a one-month cultural-immersion program in the summer of 2010. SCUN has received more than ten delegates with 80 representatives from different overseas universities, including University of Wisconsin-Platteville (USA), University Malaysia Pahang, Saxon University (Germany), Jeonju University (Korea), Central Queensland University (Australia), etc.
Secondly, SCUN introduces international talents. In 2010, with clear objectives and purposes, SCUN introduces overseas talents under the guidance of “National Program for Medium and Long-term Talents Development and the direction from State Administration of Foreign Experts Affair. It has invited 36 foreign experts for lecturing, researching or academic exchanging, employed 15 academic and language experts for 32 foreign expert programs and 7 language programs, and invited 15 foreign teachers for English, Korean and Japanese languages teaching. These activities have gained recognition of both teachers and students of SCUN. With the great effort of these foreign experts, SCUN has enhanced its cooperation and exchanges with many famous universities and institutions around the world.
Thirdly, SCUN improves the management of Confucius Institute. 2010 has witnessed the second anniversary of the Confucius Institute co-run by SCUN and University of Wisconsin-Platteville (USA), as well as the 10th anniversary of the cooperation between these two universities. Thus, a huge celebration “Colorful China” was held. SCUN has successfully undertaken a series of colorful cultural exchange activities in US with Delegation for Education and Culture Exchange from China’s Universities for Nationalities, including “Colorful China” folk music and dance show, the carnival of folk cultures and “Colorful China” photograph exhibition which introduce the customs and cultures of China’s ethnic groups. These activities have gained compliments and praises from general Americans, China’s Embassy to America, and overseas Chinese societies in USA. A 20-minute special program on CCTV-1 introduced these activities.
Fourthly, SCUN extends international cooperation programs. Based on existing international cooperation, SCUN has enhanced several programs, such as the “Master for English Teaching” program, “Master in Software Engineering” program, and the “1+4 Cooperation” program. The “Master for English Teaching” program cooperated with University of Wisconsin-Platteville (USA) is the most successful one, and has been the brand of SCUN international cooperation. The students enrolled in 2009 have finished their one-term study in USA, and have all graduated with MA degrees. Another 20 students enrolled in 2010 have already got their visas and are ready for their study in USA. For “Master in Software Engineering” program cooperated with University of Wisconsin, students enrolled in 2009 have graduated with MA degrees after their one-year study in Platteville, and students enrolled in 2010 have started their study in USA. “1+4 Cooperation” program co-run with Jeonju University started from 2009, and students enrolled in 2010 have successfully passed the interviews and started their study in Jeonju in August.
Fifthly, SCUN expands the enrollment of overseas students and sends more Chinese students abroad. In 2010, SCUN has expanded enrollment of overseas students, and sent more students to overseas universities. 37 overseas students from USA, France, South Korea, Chili, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, etc. have enrolled for long-term study in SCUN, and five of them are awarded Confucius Institute Scholarship. In 2010, 20 Chinese students were recommended to study abroad. Quite a few students were sent to Canada for “2+2 Undergraduate Program” in St. Francis Xavier University. Five Chinese students from SCUN are studying for their master’s degrees in Chonbuk National University, Korea, and another 4 exchange students are doing their either long-term or short-term programs. Five students were sent to study in Université Jean Moulin-Lyon 3, France for their master’s degrees. The program of sending students to study aboard has received favorable feedback in students and the society.
Sixthly, SCUN develops cooperation with universities or institutions in Hongkong, Macao and Taiwan. In 2010, SCUN sent a visiting delegation to Shih Hsih University in Taiwan for further cooperation. A draft agreement was achieved by two sides concerning exchanging students for professional internship at the other school. In negotiations with Taiwan National Cheng Kung University, both sides agree that there are great potentials in cooperation between two universities, especially in joint academic research in pharmacy. In addition, SCUN had a panel discussion with professors from the Department of Ethnic Language and Communication Studies, and the Institution of Ethnic Development of Soochow University for further cooperation in ethnology, sociology, social work, etc.