The history of theForeign Language School dates back to 1995 when it was known as the ForeignLanguage Department. In time, with the increasing expansion of IMUST, theForeign Language School was eventually established in 2000. After nearly twodecades of development, the school has now taken shape, aiming to cultivateinter-disciplinary and application-oriented talents with both foreign languageproficiency and practical skills which can accommodate the needs of both socialand economic development and of cultural exchanges.
Ourschool consists of 10 departments, namely, the Professors Committee, theDiscipline Construction Office, the Teaching Affairs Office, the GeneralOffice, the Students’ Affairs Office, the English Department, the First Officeof College English, the Second Office of College English, Language Labs,and the Language Test & Learning Center.
Weoffer an array of undergraduate courses, including second foreign languagecourses, for the English majors; for undergraduate and graduate students of theuniversity, we offer college foreign languages, elective foreign courses, andpublic elective courses of Japanese, German and Russian.
EnglishMajor is a four-year system with a stable annual enrollment of three classes(some 90 students). The English Department has three teaching and researchteams, covering English Language & Literature, Business English, and MinorLanguages. The teaching quality of the English Department has been widelyacknowledged in China. For years, our students have won various awards andhonors in national and regional events, including the first prizes of NationalEnglish Speech Contests. We have excellent student sources and all our studentshave been accepted by their first choices in their entrance examinations. Sofar, we have nurtured more than a thousand of qualified talents in English whoare now working in various teaching and scientific research institutions,government bodies, enterprises and government-sponsored institutions. They havemade significant contributions to the economic development of Inner Mongolia aswell as the whole nation. We are now applying for an English MA Program.
Currently,we are staffed with 93 full-time faculties of the 97 registered staff members,including 7 professors, 34 associate professors, 41 lecturers, 15 teachingassistants and others. Over 78% of our staff are master’s degree holders. Fiveof the faculty are PhDs or PhD candidates. We are a team with substantialacademic background, reasonable age composition, innovation capacity anddevelopment potentials.
Weattach great importance to faculty development. In recent years, throughvarious international cooperation programs, we have sent 53 of the facultymembers as visiting scholars to such countries as the UK, the US, and Canada.At present, 55% of our staff members have overseas educational background. Thediversified upgrading of the academic level of our faculty has laid a solidfoundation for the future development of our school.
Thereis one Foreign Language Reading Room in the University Library, housing over60,000 volumes of books in foreign languages. Besides, our school also has itsown library with 16,000 volumes of foreign language books. Currently, ourschool is equipped with 7 language labs (280 seats), a digital radio station,and 2 self-study centers (320 seats).
Wealso lay great stress on the upgrading of the teaching and research capacitiesof our faculty. In recent years, our teachers have published more than 716articles in different academic journals and authored 73 books, and participated256 government-sponsored research programs and 24 crosswise ones. Two of theseprograms respectively won the first prizes for outstanding teaching achievementin Inner Mongolia. All these have laid a solid foundation for the furtherdevelopment of the Foreign Language School.