School of Languages and Cultures includes three Departments, i.e. Department of Chinese, Department of Foreign Languages and Department of College English, which stood apart till August, 2006. Uniting these related Departments into School of Languages and Cultures allows Nanjing University of Information Science and Technology to consolidate its language resources in a way that improves efficiency and more easily allows the sharing of knowledge related to the study of languages among faculty, students, and staff. While all three of these Departments have existed since the founding of University, their recent joining into a single unit marks a significant step forward in the study of language at Nanjing University of Information Science and Technology and signals the beginning of an exciting new chapter in the study of languages at our university.
School of Languages and Cultures is one of the largest schools on campus both in terms of number of students and number of teachers. There are currently 162 full-time and part-time teachers educating students in Departments of Chinese, Foreign Languages, and College English and approximately 1,100 students enrolled in a wide variety of courses offered each semester. School of Languages and Cultures is justifiably proud of its faculty, over 95% of whom hold a master’s degree or higher. There are eight Full Professors, 24 Associate Professors, one Guest Professor and 10 foreign professors in School of Languages and Cultures.
School of Languages and Cultures includes three departments (Chinese, Foreign Languages, and College English) and two research centers (Center for the Study of Literature of the Republic of China (1912 – 1949) and Center for Translation). Department of College English, in addition to training students within the major, also targrts at providing English language instruction for non-majors. Currently, Department of College English offers courses required of all students not majoring in English enrolled in Nanjing University of Information Science and Technology in their first, second, and third year of undergraduate study and their first year of graduate study.
School of Languages and Cultures is also home to a Language Testing Center that measures proficiency in spoken Mandarin. The Testing Center is a pride to School of Languages and Cultures since not all universities can be home to language testing and it is tangible evidence of high quality of teachers. The School offers five undergraduate degree programs, i.e. Bachelor of Arts in English; Japanese; Translation; Chinese Language and Literature; and Chinese as a Foreign Language and one postgraduate master’s degree program,i.e. Master of Arts in History of Science and Technology.
School of Languages and Cultures has consistently supported the research efforts of both its teaching faculty and support staff. We encourage employees to conduct both pure and applied research in each individual’s area of expertise and interest. In the past three years, teaching faculty and support staff have published over 600 academic papers and 32 academic books and various national foundations have funded eighty-six research programs. Over 10 of these research programs have won prizes for excellence.
In addition, School of Languages and Cultures has built several research centers including Center for the Literature in the Republic of China (1912-1949), Center for Foreign and Applied Linguistics, Center for Meteorology and Humanities and Research Group on Translation Theory and Practice. Making full use of the resources available, these research centers facilitate cooperation among academics and aspire to excellence in both scholarship and teaching.
School of Languages and Cultures focuses on developing students in myriad ways, cultivating students understanding of the field, and preparing them for successful careers after graduation. Along with cooperative agreements at the university level, School of Languages and Cultures maintains cooperation agreements with many partners and has created multiple internship opportunities for majors. Given the multiple languages taught out of School of Languages and Cultures, it is an ideal ground for many language-training programs. School has created and maintains multiple language training programs, and the most notably ones are its training agencies for Nanjing New Oriental School, Cambridge Business English Certificate (BEC), and Guojia Zhiye Hanyu Nengli Ceshi (ZHC). School of Languages and Cultures Training Center has been selected by Chinese Language Resource Academy as one of the 10 educational bases to carry out training and Test of Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language (TCSL).