Introduction by Professor Cheng Xin
On January 15, 2016, the Department of Materials Science and Engineering and Teaching Office organized outside experts to give a professional assessment on the major of materials science and engineering. Such a professional assessment aimed at summarizing the current situation of this major and figuring out the problems to improve professional education and talent cultivation and accumulate experience for comprehensive assessment of all majors in April this year. Experts participating in this assessment included Professor Chen Lixin (Vice President of the School of Materials Science and Engineering in Zhejiang University), Professor Lin Yuanhua (Vice President of the School of Materials Science and Engineering in Tsinghua University), Professor Zhan Xiaowei (Deputy Head of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering in Beijing university) and Professor Zhu Shenmin (Vice President of the School of Materials Science and Engineering in Shanghai Jiaotong University). These experts fully affirmed the achievements in orientation and teaching staff while pointing out the shortcomings in discipline layout, teaching resources, teaching staff training and curriculum setting.
Discussion between experts and students
Experts’ visit to fundamental teaching laboratory of Materials Department
This assessment mainly included professional report, teacher-student discussion, field survey and expert feedback. Experts listened to the introduction by Professor Cheng Xin and took part in on-site interaction before understanding the endeavor to improve this major by browsing introduction forms, discussing with the teachers and students in this department, investigating laboratories, and checking teaching archives. At feedback stage, experts made an overall evaluation of the unique features and problems of materials science and engineering and put forward specific suggestions for further development. After the conference, Professor Cheng Xin and Secretary Wang Dejun extended thanks to the experts’ for their earnest work, kind guidance and valuable suggestions on behalf of our university and departments.
Summary by Secretary Wang Dejun
With this pre-assessment of materials science and engineering, our department summed up the strengths and deficiencies of major construction and teaching and figured out the direction and focus of further development. To achieve better development, intensive efforts will be made to take specific measures targeted at the problems pointed out by experts in pre-assessment. We will welcome the assessment by Guangdong Academic Degrees Committee with a positive attitude.