Founded in 1994, School of Foreign Studies (SFS) at Chongqing Jiaotong University is among the first universities in Chongqing that offer foreign languages programs. With over two decades’ development, it has become one of the most influential and competitive foreign language schools in Chongqing. At present, it boasts five departments, namely, the Foreign Languages Department, College English Department, Engineering Translation Studies Center, Language Laboratory Center and Languages Training Center. The School currently boasts a staff of 101, including 7 professors, 23 associate professors. Among them, 8 hold Doctoral degrees and 7 are doctor candidates, and 11 are MA supervisors. Also among the faculty, there are four members of the Appraisal Committee of Professional and Technical Titles for Foreign Language Teachers in Universities of Chongqing, and five are enlisted in the Chongqing Social Sciences Experts Bank and one is the reviewing experts for research projects of National Social Science Foundation.
Programs: SFS offers programs for both undergraduates and graduates. Undergraduate programs are English language program and translation program for about 700 undergraduates each year. For three connective years from 2015 to 2017, English program has been appraised three times as Three Stars Program by the Chinese University Alumni Association, ranking among the top five English programs in Chongqing. From the year 2016, an experimental class has been started, aiming at the cultivation of advanced translators and interpreters in engineering translation. In Sept. 2016, SFS was granted as an academic unit offering Master of Arts program in foreign languages. Consequently, full time academic MA students have been recruited since 2017.
Research: In recent five years, SFS staff members have dedicated themselves to the language teaching reform and research. Presently, the faculty members are hosting or have undertaken 1 research project funded by the National Funds of Social Sciences, 5 research projects funded by the Ministry of Education, 25 projects at the Municipality level, with the funding adding up to 3 million RMB. A total of 240 academic papers have been published, among them 40 by key journals in foreign language studies. Also about 37 monographs, translations and textbooks have been published by presses at home and abroad.
Students: Adhering to the school motto of “To be self-disciplined, virtuous and learned” and holding an international perspective, we are determined to forge the English program and Translation program with a distinctive orientation in engineering knowledge. Students are expected to lay a solid foundation in foreign languages, to adapt to varied professional settings, and to enjoy an outstanding character, a competitive capability, and a pleasant personality. Recent decade has witnessed the success of our students. They have won various awards at the National English Competition, the English Speaking and Debating contest. The average passing rate of TEM-4 and TEM-8 ranks the top among the peer colleges and universities in Chongqing. Many students have been admitted into the MA programs of the well-reputed universities around the globe, to name a few, Peking University, Tsinghua University, Beijing Foreign Studies University, University of Edinburgh and Monash University. The employment rate of graduates has constantly stayed above 90% in recent years.