| The School of Foreign Languages has grown out of the former Foreign Languages Teaching and Research Division of the Department of Basic Courses. In 2001, the Division became the Department of Foreign Languages, and then in no more than two years developed rapidly into a distinctive School of the University.
The rapid development of the School is primarily attributed to its successful way of administering, the excellent tradition of learning, and the diligent work by its well experienced and highly devoted staff. Presently, there are 80 employees, including 69 full-time teachers, among whom 13 hold an advanced qualification and 57 an MA degree. Besides, the School employs on a perennial basis eight overseas teachers and professionals and four domestically renowned professors. Starting to enroll undergraduates in 2000, the School has now expanded to a scale of nearly 800 regular students.
The School is made up of three departments (the Department of English Linguistics and Literature, the Department of Japanese Linguistics and Literature, and the Department of College English Teaching) and an institute for the research of foreign languages and cultures. It offers two undergraduate teaching programs, namely English Linguistics and Literature and Japanese Linguistics and Literature, the former of which is one of the University's key undergraduate programs and disciplines.
The School attaches great importance to the quality of education and has refined a mechanism for the cultivation of virtues by focusing on "inter-grade instruction". As a result of the meticulous style of teaching management and learning guidance, great progress has been witnessed in students' achievements in various tests and contests. The percentages of the English majors passing the TEM-4 and TEM-8 tests have both remained 30 points above the state level in the past several years, and those of the Japanese majors passing their Grade 1 and Grade 2 tests and the CET-4 test have also increased annually. The School also attends to having a series of extra-curricular activities organized, such as course contests, morning reading, the Christmas English Party, and various special trainings. This has significantly contributed to the students' excellent performances in various contests, such as the National English Contest for College Students, the CCTV Cup National English Speech Contest for College Students, and the Sino-Japan Exchange Writing Contest. This mechanism of talent cultivation is fully approved by the society, which has been evidenced by the high employment rate of 95.2% in 2009 and 98.3% in 2010.
Besides its focus on teaching and learning, the School also makes painstaking efforts to promote scientific research and has in recent years seen the achievement of 9 provincial projects, 28 bureau-level and over 100 university-funded projects, as well as 30 projects in education reform. The staff has published more than 100 scholarly papers (55 in key Chinese journals and 25 in journals of the CSSCI source), 22 monographs, coursebooks and references, and also over 30 papers on education reform.
With an input of 5.45 million yuan, the School has been equipped with modern teaching facilities and primarily achieved the digitalization of all its classrooms. Moreover, it possesses 11 language labs of various kinds, 2 satellite TV systems, a system for audio-visual editing and also a broadcasting system. The formation of a well-structured, multi-functional, and resource abundant base for foreign languages cultivation, which was recognized by Zhejiang Department of Education as a provincial exemplar center for teaching practice, constitutes a sound platform for the teaching reform of the whole university.
Connected online with the library of the University under the same digitized system of management, the School library holds an E-reading room and a rich collection of resources, with more than 15,000 books, 1,500 CDs and VCDs, 75 newspapers and magazines, and 23 overseas journals, easily accessible to the teachers and students.
The School also pays much attention to the exchange and cooperation with foreign universities in order to continuously promote the process of internationalized education, by inviting experts from America, Britain, Canada and Japan to teach and give lectures, and sending its leading teachers abroad for further education. At present, a quarter of its teachers have the experience of studying abroad. The School has also successfully initiated a student exchange project with some foreign universities, to enable its distinguished students to study there with the public fund.
Under the national guidance for education, the School has steadfastly adhered to the principle of transmitting knowledge and developing personality, and strived to promote the quality of cultivation by means of continuous teaching research and reform, for the ultimate purpose of serving the economic and social progress of the country.