Series of Reports on President Cao Yong’an Visiting Indiana University (1)


On Mar. 5, 2020 (11:00 a.m. by Eastern Time), Professor Cao yong’an, president of Qiqihar Institute of Engineering, visited the school of education at Indiana University.

Professor Cao Yong’an introduced the organizational structure of the China Applied Curriculum Construction Alliance, member schools and their activities in the past five years. Additionally, he introduced the overall situation of the construction of applied curriculum in Qiqihar Institute of Engineering, emphasizing on the integration of industry and education, and the dual education on the cooperation of school and enterprise. Associate Professor Thomas Nelson Laird, director of the center of Higher Education Research at Indiana University gave an overview of the school and the institution of SOTL , which is based on the purpose of “promoting teachers’ focus on teaching and emphasizing on the student-centered model” and encourages teachers to actively carry out academic research in teaching practice. The institution of SOTL, as the authoritative department, identifying student learning outcomes, is in the first place in the United States. The two sides had an in-depth discussion on the teaching concept of “student-centered”. Thomas Nelson Laird highly praised and recognized the years of exploration and practice on the cultivation of applied talents and the construction of applied curriculum construction of Qiqihar Institute of Engineering led by President Cao Yong’an for many years. President Cao Yong’an also introduced the educational discussion on “student-centered” model held in the school, hoping to strengthen the platform cooperation, to practice the educational concept of “student development as the center, student learning as the center and learning effect as the center”, and to explore the applied talents training model with Chinese characteristics.

Indiana University: founded in 1820, Indiana University is a famous public research university in the United States. It can award 373 bachelor's degrees and 312 master's and doctoral degrees. There are eight campuses in the United States, with more than 4000 teachers and 93000 students, including 19000 graduate students. The comprehensive postgraduate programs of eight branch schools are listed in the top 20 of more than 400 graduate schools in China, ranking in the top 6 in the central and western regions, of which 78% of 41 graduate programs rank in the top 20 in the corresponding fields, especially in economics, politics, history, media, psychology, sociology and natural sciences, chemistry and biology. As a famous star University, Indiana University has been widely recognized by all walks of life in the United States.

Indiana University is one of the most powerful universities in the field of Humanities and Social Sciences in the United States. About one-third of its teachers are engaged in social science research, which is distributed in Colleges of Arts and science, business, education, health, sports and entertainment, journalism, law, humanities, library and information science, vision testing center, public and environmental affairs and social work. 85% of all social science graduate programs at Indiana University rank in the top 20 in the country.