Ⅰ. About the program
The program is a joint venture between the YSU and CU (Curtain University, Australia) the 4-year undergraduate program in Industrial Engineering is a “3+1” program. After studying at YSU for 3 years, students study at CU for one year. If they complete the program they graduate with a certificate and a diploma from YSU and a diploma from CU. Between 2015 and 2016, 89 students were admitted to the program.
Ⅱ. About the students
This training and teaching program is based on the curriculum of international universities and is open to international students. Graduates develop a foundation in natural science, social science and professional engineering technology as well as knowledge of economic management methods. Graduates are able to teach, to conduct scientific research, and to manage Industrial Engineering operations.
Thecurriculum is composed of three parts: public fundamental courses, basic discipline courses and elective specialty courses. Thirteen of the 14 courses taken abroad are core specialty courses. The main courses cover many professional fields, including: economics, management, systems engineering, operations research and statistics. Students master the management techniques in systems analysis,planning,design,management and control, quality control, and evaluation and standardization. They can work in production, operations and management in the business in the private or public sector.
Ⅲ. About the faculty
The program shares the faculty of YSU and CU. YSU has a core team of middle-aged and young teachers who can teach in English and Chinese. Most of them are professors, have Masters or Doctoral Degrees, or have studied abroad. Their professional qualifications and expertise are recognized by both universities. There are at least 12 basic discipline courses and elective specialty courses (20 courses for the fourth school year in Australia) taught by foreign teachers with extensive experience.
All of the courses are taught by teachers from YSU and CU. Chinese teachers work with the foreign teachers to organize course material, to offer Q & A sessions with foreign teachers, and to organize seminars after class. To improve Chinese teachers’ English proficiency, YSU has implemented English teaching training, invited foreign teachers to YSU to share experiences, and sent two teachers to CU for training in 2016.
Ⅳ. Teaching Arrangements
Classes are taught using an approach approved by both sides. All courses are face-to-face and taught jointly by Chinese and foreign teachers. Chinese teachers use both Chinese and English in class.
To ensure quality, both sides jointly designed thesyllabus, shared teaching materials, and exchanged course lists, test papers and assignments. Three foreign teachers came to China to teach in 2016.
Ⅴ. Project Management
The program is jointly operated and monitored by the School of Economics and Management, Teaching Affairs Office, International Cooperation Division, Admissions and Career Development Services, and Finance Department. To ensure teaching quality, Teaching Affairs Office, School of Economics and Management, International Cooperation Division and Admissions and Career Development Services. In 2016 they discussed students’ training, curriculum planning, monitoring of teaching quality, student registration and fund allocation.
Ⅵ. Monitoring Teaching Quality
Both sides are responsible for the examination and qualitymonitoring of the academic process in accordance with the evaluation system approved by both sides.
The School of Economics and Management has established a teaching management system that the Dean oversees. The Assistant Dean implements the rules. Department heads monitor teaching quality; and Deputy Department heads assign tasks involving the faculty. A series of management steps were established, including: teaching assignments, internships and experiments, teaching monitoring, classroom observation, mid-term and final examinations, graduation papers, and grade management.
The program conducts quality monitoring of the faculty, performs mid-term inspections, and evaluates teachers.
Ⅶ. Financial Management
The tuition fee is 17,000 yuan per school year in accordance with documents approved by Hebei Price Bureau in 2016. The fees and expenditures of the program are managed by the YSU Finance Department, and special funds are spent on teaching activities and improvement of teaching conditions. YSU strictly adheres to relevant government rules and regulations. Fees charged by YSU are all approved by Hebei Price Bureau and the expenditure follows the current financial system and non-profit principle.
Ⅷ. Social Evaluation
There are no graduates so far because the program began to enroll students in 2015, so an in-depth analysis has not been conducted. The enrollment quota is met, which reflects its social recognition.
Ⅸ. Program Characteristics
The program stresses practice and skills-based training.
(1) Industrial Engineering is one of YSU’s specialties integrating engineering and management. The program has a stable research and teaching team in the fields of production, logistics and ergonomics, and includes comprehensive experiments and professional experiments.
(2) The program uses the mode of “technology + management + industrial engineering” so students have a solid foundation and professional knowledge in mechanical engineering, economics and management. The program trains students in systematic thinking to solve problems, mathematical and computer skills, and English proficiency to enable students to adapt to the trend of industrialization.