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SCUPI successfully organized a Symposium on Building Toward World Class Universities and Disciplines -"Double First Rate" in Chengdu
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Author: Michelle


On November 11, 2016, Sichuan University - Pittsburgh Institute (SCUPI) held a symposium together with Blackboard China to discuss and exchange ideas regarding "Double First Rate," the common term for Chinas initiative to improving university education. SCUPI invited approximately 40 distinguished guests, scholars and experts from home and abroad to gather together, exploring world-class education and innovation.


Mr. Chen Yonghong, CEO of Blackboard China presided over the symposium and he invited Professor Zhang Hongwei, Director of Academic Affairs Department, Sichuan University to deliver a welcoming speech. Dr. Zhang congratulated Sichuan University's 120th Anniversary and tremendous achievement in leading innovative education and entrepreneurial revolution. She also congratulated SCUPI for its achievements as SCU's pioneering institute for international innovative engineering education.


Mr. Chen Yonghong, CEO of Blackboard China hosted the symposium


Professor Zhang Hongwei, Director of Academic Affairs Department, Sichuan University to deliver a welcoming speech

Dr. Larry Shuman, Chairman of Global Engineering Education Exchange, Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Swanson School of Engineering, University of Pittsburgh delivered a speech on "Quality Education-A Necessary Ingredient for a Top University: Challenges and Ideas." He shared some innovative concepts and methods which Pitt has been implementing, such as Active Learning, Flipped Classrooms, Co-op Programs, Global Education Network, and more.


Dr. Larry Shuman delivered a speech

Then, Dr. Gretchen Kalonji, Dean, Institute for Disaster Management and Reconstruction, Sichuan University, shared views on administrative features of top-rate universities. Do fewer rules make better universities, or better universities make fewer rules? She shared some provoking thoughts on Faculty Governance and a Transformation Fund to better serve faculty and students with the case of University of Washington and The California Institutes for Science and Innovation.


Dr. Gretchen Kalonji shared views on administrative features of top-rated universities

Dr. Minking Chyu, Dean of SCUPI, delivered a speech on University Rankings. He pointed out that "Double First Rate" means good rankings in both university/college ranking and subject-area ranking. He also gave different examples like Forbes, TIMES and QS World University Rankings to identify that current rankings are based on different ranking parameters and can be highly controversial. More importantly, he concluded that university should be dedicated to strengthen its research ability like publications and citations also to reach the best economic and leading enterprise resources. All in all, we should innovate science and technology in our society.


Dr. Minking Chyu delivered a speech on University Rankings

Dr Julia Chen, Director designate, Education Development Center, the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, shared some innovative technology-based methods they have been implementing in teaching and learning. For instance, MOOC, BOLT (Blended Online Learning & Teaching) and LMS training. The needs for such change is to enhance students' learning experiences and global benchmarking.


Dr. Chen Xiaohua delivered a speech

In the end, Mr. Chen Yonghong summarized the symposium by sharing his perspectives on Higher Education Accreditation and invited guests to share their thoughts with attendees.


Dr. Li Guomao, VP of Chongqing University


Dr. Gu Peihua, Exeuctive President of Shantou University

"Double First Rate" is not only about the title and ranking. It is a long process of education revolution and innovation. To improve teaching and the learning experience, to strengthen research abilities, and to contribute to science and technology will be the ultimate goal for all world-class universities.


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