Founded in 1972, the School of Foreign Languages and Literatures (hereafter as the School) of Chongqing Normal University (hereafter as CNU) was, previously known as the Department of Foreign Languages of Chongqing Normal College and then changed to the current name in 2001. Over the last 46 years of development, it has grown into a largeschool offering postgraduate-, undergraduate- and part-time adult-training programs, with a strong faculty team in terms of their academic degrees,professional titles and ages. At present, there are 129 faculty members,including 11 professors, 32 associate professors, 20 doctors (another 8 PhD candidates), 25 MA supervisors and 17 part-time MA supervisors. 11 teachers have been recommended as either academic leaders of Chongqing Municipality, young and middle-aged cadre teachers of Chongqing Higher Education, or members of Chongqing social sciences expert pool. More than 85% of cadre teachers of the School have earned their degrees, lectured, or studied as visiting scholars overseas. In addition, the School hires 6 domestic and international guest professors, and 6 doctors under the Overseas Talents Program of the University. During the 2016 fourth-round academic discipline assessment by the Ministry of Education of China, the School’s first-level discipline“Foreign Languages and Literatures”was ranked Class C, among the top 50% to 60% of the 163 participating institutions nationwide. And our first-level discipline, including 4 branches like English language and literature, linguistics and applied linguistics, Japanese language and literature, translation and interpreting, has been successfully selected as the key discipline of Chongqing’s 12th and 13th Five-Year Plans, and as the 1st-level unit to grant master degree. Both in Chongqing and nationwide, our discipline has enjoyed a relatively long history and a good reputation with its academic foundation,high academic level and social impact. Since its first MA program in English teaching and research in 1999, it offers some 8 MA research orientations, including linguistic studies, literary studies, translation studies, teaching and research, language testing, stylistics, cultural studies, and Japanese language and culture. In addition, it has been authorized to grant Med. and MIT degrees in 2006 and 2010 respectively. Currently, there are over 1,500 full-time undergraduates, 235 full-time MA candidates and over 130 part-time MA candidates. Our school will start a new major: Sinhalese undergraduate program in 2018.
The School consists of a few departments and offices, such as the English Dept.,the Japanese Dept., the Translation and Interpreting Dept., the Graduate Teaching Division, College English Teaching Division, Student Affairs Office,and the External Exchange and Training Office. The School is armed with adequate facilities with 3 reference rooms, 8 city-level or university-level teaching and research quality projects, 6 university-level scientific research platforms(East African Research Center recorded by the Ministry of Education of China), 15 interpreting labs and language labs, and over 20 Internship bases for English education majors and translation majors jointly built by the university and enterprises, and abundant printed or online teaching and research resources at home and abroad.
The School has entered a new stage in scientific research in recent years, with its faculty members hosting 5 National Social Science programs, 4 ministerial-level programs and over 60 provincial-level programs, and having published over 50 high-quality academic papers in major domestic and international journals like A & HCI, CSSCI, etc., and over 50 monographs, translated books and textbooks.
The School constantly expands its domestic and international academic exchanges and cooperation, maintaining close ties with the British Consulate, the American Consulate, the Japanese Consulate, and the Foreign and Overseas Chinese Affairs Office of Chongqing. It has signed student exchange agreements with Shinshu University and Hiroshima Bunka Gakuen University of Japan, and built the “Window for Sino-Japan Cultural Exchanges” with the Japanese Foreign Ministry. Moreover, through cooperation with relevant parties, it jointly sets up more than 10 overseas internship programs for students, such as Stilwell Work & Travel short-term internship program,Stilwell Summer Camp, China-Australia Chamber of Commerce student internship program, etc. Besides, the School has undertaken 26 training programs for English teachers sponsored by the Ministry of Education, Chongqing Municipality and Tin Ka Ping of Hong Kong, contributing to the post-service education offoreign language teachers in Chongqing. (March, 2018, updated)