An Introduction to College of Humanities and Arts, Tarim University
College of Humanities and Arts (short for the College thereafter) was founded in May 2008, which evolved from Department of Humanity Science founded in 1998 and it developed into College of Arts and Science in 2001. The College has: five academic units, namely, Chinese Department, Preparatory Department, English Department, Communication and Media Department and Arts and Education Department; three administrative offices, respectively, Office of the College, Office of Teaching Affairs and Office of Students affairs; three First Level Laboratories, including Language Lab, Broadcast and TV News Lab and Humanities and Arts Lab; three centers, such as Tarim University TV Internship and Training Center, Humanities and Arts Training Center and Bilingual Educational Research Center.
There are 135 faculty and staff members in the College, among whom 42 are professors or associate professors and 97 with doctoral degrees or master’s degrees. The College now has 7 bachelor’s degree programs: Chinese Language and Literature, Chinese Language, Chinese Ethnic Language and Literature, Radio and Television Journalism, English, Pre-school Education, and Artistic Design. The College also has a master’s degree program - Journalism and Communication; a university-level key discipline — Ethnonymics; two scientific research centers—Non-traditional Security and Frontier Ethnic Development Research Center, and Bilingual Education Research Center. It also has one university-level quality course, one university-level video open class, and two projects—University-level Quality Engineering Chinese Language Characteristic Specialty (for ethnic minority undergraduates) and Chinese Language Teaching Team.
Driving by the “two engines” — teaching and research, the College tries hard to promote teaching by scientific research to achieve comprehensive development. Since its establishment, the scientific research teams have been undertaking 2 key national bidding projects, 2 key national projects, 42 national social science fund projects and 41 provincial and ministerial projects. Besides, teachers and researchers have published more than 60 monographs (or textbooks) and more than 100 academic papers in CSSCI source journals and Chinese core journals.
The College has seized the opportunity of counterpart assistance policy, further reinforcing and setting up her multi-level cooperative relationship successively with many research institutions as well as other universities both inside and outside Xinjiang: Xinjiang Academy of Social Sciences, Lanzhou University, Zhejiang University, China University of Mining and Technology as well as Beijing Language and Culture University. The College has successfully held several nationwide academic conferences and won favorable reputations. In recent years, the social service ability of the college has been constantly elevated. For instance, senior students majoring in Chinese Language, Chinese Minority Language and Literature, English and Pre-school education have been working as volunteers of bilingual education in counties and towns of southern Xinjiang for one semester each year for many years, receiving excellent social praise. The College also offers various training programs, such as bilingual training program of spring term and autumn term for political and law systems of Xinjiang Production and Construction Group, further education training program for primary school teachers of Xinjiang Corps, cultural knowledge training course for religious figures of Xinjiang Corps, capacity improving training program for minority bilingual teachers in Xinjiang as well as advanced training program for high level and inter-disciplinary talents majoring in non-traditional security and bilingual education in Southern Xinjiang. In addition, the College undertakes tasks of teaching qualification recognition and Mandarin Chinese proficiency test.
The College has a total of more than 1700 students, representing 13 ethnic groups, including Han, Uyghur, Kazak, Hui and Khalkhas, among whom over 1600 are undergraduates, 28 postgraduates. In 2015, the College was entitled “Ethnic Minority Harmony Advancing Model Unit of Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region”.
Since her founding, the College has adhered to the motto: “Cultivate virtue and encourage studies; seek truth and make renovations” and strived for the educational goal—inter-disciplinary and application-oriented talents with all-round development and strong practical ability. It has provided more than 3,000 quality talents in various fields at different levels. Most graduates work in Xinjiang, especially in elementary education field, the public enterprises and institutions, as well as local authorities in southern Xinjiang, which has made a significant contribution to social stability and security in Xinjiang.