The Department of General Education (formerly the Foundation Department) mainly undertakes the teaching of the college whole-person development courses, the improvement of students’ English and the improvement of intelligent information literacy. It has a teaching base for “intangible cultural heritage” and five teaching teams which are teams of public foreign languages, humanities, ideological and political affairs, information technology and mathematics, and sports. There are 61 faculty members, including 46 full-time teachers, 9 foreign teachers, 11 associate professors, 32 lecturers and 2 doctors.
The Department of General Education adheres to the School’s motto of “Virtue, Reflection, Truth, Innovation”. According to the college philosophy of education “focusing on good habits developing, holding love as the soul, virtue the first, ability the core, practice the essential”, it has explored an idea of “taking the curriculum as the main body, students’ comprehensive quality as the goal, curriculum teaching reform as the starting point, integrate classroom teaching and learning outside the classroom to serve other departments better and promoting students’ whole person development”The team of public foreign language mainly undertakes English teaching and students’ English improvement. Through the implementation of the overall English improvement plan, the operation of the “English Self-study Center”, English Corner, English Speaking Contest and other extracurricular activities, we are striving to create good atmosphere of “learning English” and achieve the goal:
“no less than 45% of graduates can communicate with relatively fluent English, no less than 75% of graduates can use English for daily communication”. The teaching team of Information technology and Mathematics undertakes information technology-related courses online and offline. Computer Application Foundation was rated as a college-level quality course. Advanced Application of Office Software has passed the examination of provincial--level MOOCs. The team of ideological and political theory has adopted the form of news conference in class and carried out a large series of social practice themed “The Preservation of Inheritance, pursuing a dream in Wanxiang”. The team of humanities has carried out the reform in teaching featured with series of micro-lectures. The team of physical education has implemented the practice of choosing a sport based on students’ interest and set up sports clubs to complement class and extracurricular activities.
Through the joint efforts of all teachers, the Department of General Education has witnessed good results in teaching and research. In the past few years, 2 teachers have won the title of “Municipal Excellent Teacher”, 2 teachers have won the title of “Municipal Excellent Education Worker”, and 3 teachers have won the title of “Municipal Excellent Teaching Award”. 2 municipal awards have been gained for outstanding teaching achievements, and one teacher has won the 1st prize for National Micro-class Teaching Competition. Three teachers have won the first prize in Zhejiang Micro-class Teaching Competitions; one teacher has won the title of “Top College 10 Teachers”, 4 teachers have been rated as college teaching experts. What’s more, 3 provincial-level MOOC courses and 4 municipal-level excellent courses have been successfully set up. In terms of tutoring students, some students are instructed devotedly and have won the first prize in the National Practical English Speaking Contest and the National English Writing Contest For Technical and Vocational College Students, and we have won a number of first and second prizes in Zhejiang Practical English Speaking Contest, National Interpretation Contest for Technical and Vocational College Students and Zhejiang College Oral Chinese Recitation Contest.
In addition, the Department of General Education also takes the inheritance of regional intangible cultural heritage as an important carrier for the cultivation of students’ humanistic qualities and the cultural construction of the areas which our college helps. It has carried out a series of activities centered on “non-legacy in campuses, non-legacy in courses, non-legacy in studios”, which has successively won the title of “Zhejiang Intangible Cultural Heritage Inheritance Teaching Base” and “National Non-legacy Project University Creative Studio” (supported by Non-legacy Department of the Ministry of Culture), “University Research Base of Hangzhou Intangible Cultural Heritage”, “West Lake District Non-legacy Lecture Hall” and other titles.
Knowledge can be specialized yet life must be broadened. The Department of General Education will continue to uphold the college philosophy of general education. The teams will forge ahead and advance quickly, promote whole-person development of all students and improve the effectiveness of college education.