On March 15, the Program of the 14th Teacher Training Courses for Young Faculty Members was launched at Beihang. Those who attended the opening ceremony included Huang Haijun, Vice President of Beihang University, relevant leaders from the Department of Academic Affairs, Graduate School and Faculty Development Office, the expert team on teacher training and guidance, as well as 176 young teachers from 34 departments. Cao Qinghua, Director of the Department of Academic Affairs, presided over the ceremony.
In his opening remarks, Huang Haijun pointed out that China is now at a critical stage of transformation from a big country to a strong country in education. Teachers are the most important resources of educational development, and they play a substantial role in the prosperity of the country, the rejuvenation of the nation, and the wellbeing of the people. The Party and the state have always attached great importance to the work of teachers. It is emphasized that teaching capabilities should be enhanced and relevant training programs should be carried out in full swing, especially for young teachers. Huang also encouraged young teachers to practice their basic skills, make continuous development and cultivate more talents.
Xu Guoqiang, Vice Dean of the Graduate School, made suggestions on talent cultivation and scientific research. In terms of talent cultivation, he said teachers’ prime responsibility is to teach well and they should always bear the goal of moral achievement and talent cultivation in mind; with regard to scientific research, teachers should consider how to combine scientific research and talent cultivation to improve teaching capabilities. He hoped that young teachers could become excellent by learning from the experienced teachers and accumulating their own skills.
Li Dan, Deputy Director of the Faculty Development Office, introduced Beihang’s measures and explorations in building up the ranks of university teachers from two aspects. Firstly, Beihang focuses on the core issue of classified evaluation, trying to have every teacher find their own way for development. Secondly, Beihang is building ranks of teachers who are excellent in both moral and teaching achievements..
Professor Zhang Youguang, leader of the expert team on teacher training and guidance, introduced the basic training plan and relevant requirements, explaining goals of each training session and background information of major lecturers.
Cao Qinghua put forward several requirements and suggestions from three aspects. One is that all participants should be attentive so as to truly understand the training courses. Secondly, they should pay attention to integrating what is learned in the training with teaching practice. Thirdly, during the training, they should make a plan about what and how to teach in the future with the ambition to make great achievements in teaching.
The first lecture, “Learning from General Secretary Xi Jinping's Important Discourse on Education,” was given by associate professor Wang Na, Vice Dean of the School of Marxism.
This training program is a necessity when selecting new teachers, and it is also a crucial step to strengthening the cultivation of teachers and guiding them to pursue excellence. This year marks the 14th year of the program since its first launch in 2007, during which 1,134 teachers have received their qualified certificates and have become outstanding teachers. Young teachers have taken part in this year’s program with great enthusiasm, with a record high of 176 teachers getting registered.
Reported by Di Linzi
Photographed by Di Bailu and Liu Yaoze
Reviewed by Cao Qinghua
Edited by Jia Aiping
Translated by Li Zhuoyang