Weng Tiehui, vice minister of the Ministry of Education (MOE), led a delegation on an inspection tour to ECNU on August 31 and gave instructions on the future development of the university.
She attended a seminar with ECNU University Council chair Mei Bin and president Qian Xuhong. Also present at the seminar were other ECNU leaders and teacher and student representatives.
Weng Tiehui, vice minister of the Ministry of Education, is briefed on the future development of the university.
Weng commended the achievements ECNU has made in“double first class construction -- a national endeavor to improve China’s higher education strength and international competitiveness, student employment and disciplinary development.
Discipline construction in university should be deeply rooted in China and benchmarked against the world level. I hope ECNU will continue to optimize the education discipline cluster system, enhance interdisciplinary collaboration, enhance the advantages of discipline clusters, and play a more important role in such issues as building China's own pedagogy, the vice minister said.
She urged ECNU to cultivate more better educated and top-notch teachers for basic education and provide more future-minded educators with its concept of thinking-oriented general education.
She emphasized that the governance system and governance capability of colleges and universities are an important guarantee for the successful construction of double first-class higher learning institutions. She required that the university should keep improving its systems of academic degrees, disciplines, and research, intensifying its effort to train high-caliber personnel, and optimizing the mechanisms of resource distribution and talent evaluation, so as to give full play to the guiding role of its governance system and capability in constructing a rich talent pool.
Prior to the seminar, Weng paid a visit to the Institute of Socialist History and Literature. She encouraged ECNU to bring into full play its predominance in the discipline of world history, boost big data-backed liberal arts research by setting up liberal arts labs, construct an internationally recognized discipline system, theoretical system and language system, and focus on building philosophy and social sciences with Chinese characteristics.
Weng pays a visit to the Institute of Socialist History and Literature.
Weng has a talk with tenured Professor Chen Yukun of ECNU.
Weng also held talks with some teachers and students to learn about their opinions on university reform and management and “double-class” construction.
Weng also toured the SKLEC Building to get first-hand information about the progress of ECNU in building the first-class Earth Science discipline cluster. She encouraged ECNU to summarize its experiences in this aspect so that they can be learned by other schools of the university. She lauded the contributions made by ECNU to the country's Belt and Road Initiative, Yangtze River Delta regional integration, construction of Chongming as a world-class ecological island, reduction of marine plastic and microplastic pollution, and cutting-edge solutions to such global issues as climate change, urban expansion and land use, and influence of water resources on geopolitics.
Weng is introduced to the development of Earth Science discipline at SKLEC building.
To conduct research in accordance with the needs of the country is the essence of rejuvenating the nation through education.” she said.
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