From July 16th to 17th, the first international assessment of the Nuclear Science and Technology discipline of our school and the fifth meeting of the first international advisory committee of Harbin Engineering University, were held in the VIP conference room of Qihang Activity Center. Having the theme of “International Assessment of Nuclear Science and Technology Discipline”, the current situation and future of Nuclear Science and Technology discipline were comprehensively analyzed at the conference. Zhang Zhijian, member of the Standing Committee of the School Party Committee and Vice President, Wu Linzhi, member of the Standing Committee of the School Party Committee and Vice President, attended the feedback meeting and the report meeting, respectively.
Professor Philip Albert Beeley of the University of Khalifa is the assessment team leader. 13 international experts and scholars from the University of Tennessee, Kyoto University, Swedish Federal Nuclear Safety Inspectorate, Fortum Energy Company of Finland, University of Michigan, Polytechnic University of Madrid, European Nuclear Education Network, National Tsing Hua University, Nuclear Power Institute of China, Institute of Plasma Physics Chinese Academy of Sciences, State Power Investment Corporation and Peking University, were invited at the school. The principals of undergraduate school, graduate school, Science and Technology research institute, Human Resource office, International Exchange and Cooperation office, Development and Planning office and the representatives teachers of the College of Nuclear Science and Technology, attended the meeting.
In his speech Wu Linzhi, thanked the experts for their contributions to the discipline of Nuclear Science and Technology. He said that the development of the Nuclear Science and Technology discipline awaits new opportunities and challenges. To seize the opportunity, overcome the difficulties and achieve the goal of building a world-class discipline, is an issue that urgently needs to be resolved. He expects to learn the current state of development and strength of the discipline through this international assessment, analyzing its own problems by finding out the gaps with similar institutions at home and abroad. Thus, aiming at the future development trends, by taking corresponding measures to improve the overall level of the discipline.
The Assessment Chairman Philip Beeley, said in his speech that the international assessment team has expanded its scale as compared to the first International Advisory Committee of Harbin Engineering University and has invited four experts from Europe, National Tsing Hua University and Peking University outside the committee. The assessment team members are involved in a wide range of fields having wide assessment experience and expertise. He said that in the past four years he has seen the progress made by Harbin Engineering University in all aspects of Nuclear discipline. He congratulated the school’s Nuclear discipline for winning third place in the fourth round of National assessment. The purpose of this international assessment is to identify problems, find gaps, clarify directions and developmental approaches. The assessment team would do a good job in the evaluation.
Prof. Gao Puzhen, Associate Dean of College of Nuclear Science and Technology, gave a self-assessment report on the overall situation of the discipline to the expert assessment group. She elaborated on the status quo and achievements of Nuclear Science and Technology discipline, comprising of its history and development, students teaching and practice, college research and teaching, international exchange and cooperation, as well as its future prospects.
After the meeting, the assessment experts inspected the library, the University Physics Experiment center and other departments. Hence, reviewing the teaching files and documents such as; test papers, graduation design, graduation thesis, teaching management system. They had one-on-one interviews with teacher representatives, administrative department representatives, and graduate alumni to have a detailed understanding of the development of the discipline by listening to various opinions and suggestions.
On July 17, the assessment expert group gave feedback on the preliminary comments by fully affirming the educational training, personnel training, infrastructure, experimental conditions, scientific research projects and funding, faculty and talent of the Nuclear discipline of our school. They also made specific suggestions for the faculty, introduction of talents, direction of development and cooperation and the education of international students.
Zhang Zhijian attended the feedback meeting. He said that the school will project the development of Nuclear discipline to a new and advanced level, acting upon the opinions and suggestions put forward by the assessment experts.
The international assessment of Nuclear Science and Technology discipline is the second international assessment of the school since, the international assessment of the Ship and Ocean Engineering discipline in 2018. It is in lieu with the implementation of the State Council’s overall plan for the development of a world-class university and first-class disciplines. The spirit of the series of documents on “Deepening the Reform of System and Mechanism, Accelerating the Implementation of Innovation-Driven Development Strategy” and “Notice on Conducting the Evaluation of Degree Authorization Points”, along with the development of school discipline construction, the “13th Five-Year Plan” and The Self-Assessment conducted by the “Double-Class” Three-Year Action Plan. Thus, aiming to evaluate the existing construction level of the discipline from an international perspective by analyzing the advantages and disadvantages of the discipline development and accelerating the pace of the establishment of world-class disciplines. The school will continue to carry out international assessments in the long run. Consequently, institutionalize and normalize them as an important reference for follow-up resource allocation and policy formulation by promoting the improvement and sound development of these disciplines.
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