The Educational Philosophy and Development Direction of School of Foreign Studies in Engineering Colleges in China: A Case Study of North China University of Water Resources and Electric Power (NCWU)

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The Educational Philosophy and Development Direction of School of Foreign Studies in Engineering Colleges in China: A Case Study of North China University of Water Resources and Electric Power (NCWU)


Xinqiang, Wei, Higher Education Studies


Abstract

This paper gives a brief analysis on the educational advantages and objects of NCWU. It believes that the educational philosophy and development direction of foreign school in engineering colleges must be set up on the basis of need of China and talents need, moreover, the development of the School of Foreign Studies must be analyzed by integrating into the whole development of NCWU. This paper put forwards the educational philosophy of "Drawing on Advantages, Avoiding Disadvantages, and Gearing Education to Society" and the Development Direction of "Rooted in Foreign Language and Characterised by Engineering and Business". It analyzes the problem of school of foreign studies in NCWU in Specialty Construction, teaching team and Construction of Discipline and puts forwards some solutions.

Keywords: Educational philosophy, School of foreign studies, Engineering colleges in China, North China University of Water Resources and Electric Power (NCWU)

1. Introduction

In recent years, North China University of Water Resources and Electric Power (NCWU) has upheld the banner of scientific development and carried out the strategy of scientific development, which has won the harmonious development of the size, structure, quality and efficiency of the university. Teachers' development has also boosted the overall strength and the social impact of NCWU. Now the university is turning into a high-level teaching and research university with its distinct characteristics. Under the correct leadership and strong support of the university, the School of Foreign Studies, adhering to the tradition of NCWU, brings together the educational resources, and continues to explore and improve educational methods and philosophy in practice. The school also adjusts the direction of its development timely to the development of NCWU and to the needs of the society. Besides, it promotes the teaching reform, improves the teaching quality and cultivates numerous talents to enhance the ability of serving for NCWU, Henan, and the society.

2. Educational Philosophy and Development Direction

In recent years, with the continuous expansion of the university scale, almost the majority of the junior colleges and universities have set up the school of foreign studies. In addition, there are many private institutions setting up the school of foreign studies as the characteristics of their education. This situation is conducive to cultivate the talents of foreign languages. Obviously, it also shows that the internal competition among the schools of foreign studies has become increasingly violent. What's more, after entering the 21st century, the disciplines related to foreign studies, such as International Trade, Foreign Law, International Relations, International News have evolved into the model of "major plus foreign language", which not only makes a great impact on the traditional pattern and training model of foreign language education, but also brings about a series of inevitable questions to every school of foreign studies: In order to have a better development with distinct characteristics, what educational philosophy should school of foreign studies adhere to? What abilities should it train the students? What development path should it take? etc.

2.1 Foundation of Educational Philosophy and Development Direction

The educational philosophy and development direction should be established based on our nation's demand for education and talents. The Teaching Syllabus for Foreign Language Majors of Higher Learning puts forward the clear training objectives and specifications for foreign language students in the new era: "They should have well-knit basic skills, a broad range of knowledge, a certain degree of expertise, good abilities and high quality, i.e., besides laying a solid foundation of basic skills of foreign language and mastering the foreign language expertise, they should broaden the knowledge of humanities and technology, grasp professional knowledge related to the work they take on after graduation, foster the abilities of acquiring knowledge, think independently and creatively, and improve the qualities of moral, culture, and psychology. …

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