Founded in 1994 as the Department of Applied Foreign Languages, theSchoolofApplied Foreign Languagesis home to 1,541 full-time students this year (2009). Over the past 15 years, more than 3,000 talented young people have graduated from the school, whose one-time employment rate reached over 96%. The School now offers courses in 7 languages (namely English, Japanese, French, German, Spanish, Korean and Russian) covering 7 majors (namely Business English, Applied English, Business Japanese, Applied Japanese, Applied French, Applied German and Five-year International Business), the number of which ranks top among China’s universities of the same level. Moreover, Business English is entitled with National Model Major for the vocational colleges and it started to enroll students nationwide in 2007.
The School boasts a strong faculty with 146 full-time staff members, including 34 professors and associate professors and 21 foreign teachers, offering foreign language courses and college English courses to nearly 30,000 students in the university. The School has set up a first-class on-campus practice training center, including 7 business English training classrooms equipped with simultaneous interpreting system and 18 digital language labs. In addition, by cooperation with big enterprises and industrial associations in Shenzhen and neighboring regions, the school has established 80 off-campus training bases. In 2006, the School became the home of “ChinaNationalBusinessEnglishTestingCenter” under China Association of International Trade.
To meet the needs for Shenzhen’s international business development and follow the vocational education principle of “employment and service orientation”, the School has made prominent achievements in teaching researches. A new vocational training mode for foreign language learners has been established and a curriculum system based on job analysis has been constructed. The School is now undertaking dozens of internationally, nationally and provincially funded research programs, among which “Research on Higher Vocational English Education: Theory and Method” was awarded top prize for researches by the Ministry of Education. Moreover, 4 Courses offered by the School, namely, “Management English”, “Business Interpreting”, “Business English” and “Exhibition English”, were selected as “National Quality Courses”, accounting for one third of the total in the circle of higher vocational English. In 2006, Business English became a national model major, which is the solely selected major among the vocational schools of foreign languages. And the faculty of Business English was awarded the “Excellent National Teaching Team” by the Ministry of Education in 2008. In recent years, the teaching staff of the School has compiled over 80 textbooks, which have become core brands for higher vocational English teaching nationwide. Moreover, the School has also achieved a lot in academic researches. Besides two academic books concerning Educational theories and methods of higher vocational English, the staff members also have their academic articles published in journals of all kinds, wining national fame and influences.
The school has signed Joint Education Agreements with over 20 universities and educational organizations inBritain,Germany,Australia,Spain,France,Russia,JapanandKorea. To date, the school has sent about two hundred students and over 50 teachers abroad for overseas study and academic exchanges.