Briefing on School of Foreign Languages of Shanghai University
In 1922, the Communist Party of China established its first higher education institution — Shanghai University. The following year witnessed the founding of the Department of English Literature with He Shizhen (1895-1972) as its head. With the department as the predecessor, the School of Foreign Languages of Shanghai University then began its evolution. In 1995, the School of Foreign Languages was formally founded. In 2005, SFL was bestowed by Shanghai Education Commission a key project for developing its English undergraduate program. In 2006, the subject of English was rated Class A in the National Evaluation for English Undergraduate Program. SFL was then awarded the honorable title of “The National Model of College English Teaching Reform” in 2007. In 2010, SFL was authorized to offer a master program of the first-level discipline in Foreign Language and Literature (including 4 sub-fields: Foreign Literature, Foreign Linguistics and Applied Linguistics, Translatology, and International and Regional Studies) and to award master’s degrees in Translation and Interpreting (in English and Japanese). In 2014, SFL was authorized to offer a doctoral program of the second-level disciplines in Language Culture and World Civilization. At present, 7 doctoral students and more than 140 postgraduate students are enrolled at home and abroad annually. For undergraduate program, the School now offers courses in English, Japanese and French. The enrollment of undergraduate students reaches 80 every year.
The faculty includes 131 full-time teachers, among which there are 14 professors and 29 associate professors. 47% of the faculty members hold Ph.D. degrees, and more than 95% of the teachers have the experience of advanced education overseas. From 2015 to 2021, SFL has undertaken 22 projects of the National Social Science Fund of China (including 1 major project and 2 key projects), and almost 30 provincial-level and horizontal scientific research projects. In the past five years, teachers and researchers of SFL have published about 200 papers in SSCI, A&HCI, and CSSCI core journals, as well as 70 monographs and translations. SFL professors have chief-edited 1 CSSCI journal —Shanghai Journal of Translators(founded in 1984), and 1 international journal —Translating China(founded in 2014).
SFL has 5 university-level research centers, 6 school-level research centers and 1 MTI education center, covering a wide range of research fields that include foreign literature, foreign linguistics, discourse analysis and rhetoric studies, foreign language education, creative writing in foreign languages, translation and interpreting, Hai Pai culture, and international and regional studies. These research centers have promoted academic exchanges with universities in countries including US, UK, Canada, Australia, Germany, Italy, Japan, the Republic of Korea. Cooperate programs and exchange programs have also been implemented with Syracuse University, Wayne State University, Macquarie University, University College Cork, Osaka University, Kyushu University, University of Toyama, Hiroshima City University, Musashino University, Kanda University of International Studies, Kagawa University and Taisho University.
Years of effort has yielded remarkable results in education and academics proved by the “Baosteel Education Awards”, Shanghai “Yucai Awards”, Shanghai “Magnolia Gold Award” and Shanghai “Pujiang Talent Program Award” won by the faculty members, and the recruited scholars in Weichang Scholars Program of Shanghai University. A number of teachers have received provincial-level teaching achievement awards, as well as philosophy and social science achievement awards above the provincial level.
SFL students have competed vigorously and won awards in multiple national competitions including the China International College Students’ ‘Internet+’ Innovation and Entrepreneurship Competition, the “FLTRP Cup” English Contests, the “21st Century Cup” National English Speaking Competition, the National English Competition for College Students, the “CASIO Cup” National Japanese Competition for College Students.
Applying the national development philosophy of constructing “New Liberal Arts”, SFL will tirelessly explore the interdisciplinary development of integrating foreign languages, Chinese and Hai Pai Culture, information technology and international communication. SFL also focuses on cultivating talents with global vision and professional competence, and prepare them for serving the needs of building socialism with Chinese characteristics in a new era.