The 2023 Summer School of Beijing University League for Cultivation of Excellent Engineers (Beijing Excellence League), initiated by Beihang University and co-organized by Sino-French Engineer School, was successfully held in Japan (the first phase) and France (the second phase) respectively. A total of 40 teachers and students from 16 schools of Beijing Excellence League attended this summer school.
The first phase of the summer school was conducted from July 14 to July 26 at the Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (JAIST) University in Hokuriku, Japan. JAIST is a national university established in 1990 as a research institute in Japan, which is dedicated to cultivating future innovative leaders in the field of cutting-edge science and technology with the most advanced educational concepts and research environment.
During the summer school, students joined different laboratories to conduct researches with tutors and teaching assistants in various fields such as information science, materials science, physics, and chemistry. Under the guidance of tutors, the students visited the laboratories and the advanced experimental equipment, and also learned about the latest research achievements in their fields. At the end of the summer school, students reported their research results and presented what they have learned and gained.
In their spare time, students also engaged in a variety of colorful interaction projects with Japanese students. They not only learned knowledge but also gained friendships. After two weeks of learning, exchanges and visits, the students were exposed to internationalized, diversified and discipline-integrated education and benefited a lot from the summer school.
The second phase of the Summer School took place from August 24 to August 31 at the Lycée Chaptal in Paris, France. Hervé GATEAU, Director of the Lycée Chaptal, together with Hervé RIOU, Vice-Director, and Sébastien GERGADIER, President of the Union of Teachers of Industrial Sciences and Technology (UPSTI), extended a warm welcome and cordial greetings to the students.
During the summer school, students learned about the French-style engineer education system, and gained knowledge about the long history and profound heritage of the school. They also acquired knowledge in artificial intelligence, industrial science, mechanical manufacturing, mathematical software and other fields.
At the end of the summer school, each student made a summary of it. The close combination of theory and practice in the preparatory stage left a deep impression on the students and stimulated their interest in learning and exploration. In their spare time, students also visited the Eiffel Tower, Louvre and other places to experience the history and culture of France.
Beijing Excellence League was initiated by Sino-French Engineer School of Beihang University and composed of 17 universities in Beijing, including Beijing Institute of Technology, Beijing Jiaotong University, Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications, and so on. Sino-French Engineer School has successfully organized the summer school eleven times since 2012, which greatly enhances the domestic and international influence of the Sino-foreign education model of Beihang University. The program had been on hiatus since the pandemic and was not reopened until this summer. It aims to broaden the horizon of the participants, familiarize them with the mode and content of engineering education in developed countries, and also help them make targeted improvements on their learning and teaching methods.
Reported by Wu Yaguang
Reviewed by Zhang Jiang
Edited by Jia Aiping
Translated by Hu Xueyang