A Profile of Rizhao Polytechnic
Rizhao Polytechnic is a comprehensive higher vocational institution established to meet the demands of the local economic development. It originated in 1988 as Rizhao No.3 Vocational High School, and was transformed into Rizhao Economy School in 1993. In 1998, it became the first polytechnic in Shandong Province approved by the Ministry of Education. In 2000, it was entitled to be one of the leading Provincial Exemplary Polytechnics. In 2000, it was authorized to be one of the Polytechnics under Construction for the National Exemplary Polytechnics Project by Ministry of Education and Ministry of Finance. In 2001, with its excellent achievements in the construction, it passed the acceptance check as a polytechnic in the Project and ranked among the best 100 nationwide polytechnics. In 2000, it was confirmed by Ministry of Education a national representative in graduate employment rate, and became one of the top 50 nationwide polytechnics in graduate employment.
Located in Rizhao University Science Park, Rizhao Polytechnic covers an area of 1, 242 mu with the floor area of 426,000 square meters. Its teaching instruments and equipment are worth 160 million RMB. Currently there are more than 15,000 students enrolled from 30 provinces and 900 faculty members. In recent years, almost 100% freshmen gave priority to Rizhao Polytechnic when applying for colleges and the annual primary employment rate of the graduates reached 98%. To meet the demands of the local economic development and to serve the local marine economy, Rizhao Polytechnic has established various program groups, led by key specialties like Aquiculture, Food Processing, Tourism, Electronics, Architecture, Auto Maintenance, and Logistics. Its 69 programs of 14 groups involve the main pillar industries in Rizhao and South Shandong Economic Zone.
Rizhao Polytechnic adheres to the Service-centered and Employment-orientated ideas. At present, it has established 541 off-campus practice and training centers, 17 on-campus training centers and 168 multi-functional technical training bases. The polytechnic makes great efforts to absorb international advanced technologies and excellent educational resources. Professor Samuel Chao Chung Ting, a Nobel Prize winner, and Mr. Sul Young Hyun, Vice Chairman of South Korea′s Hyundai Auto, were engaged as honorary presidents of the polytechnic. Up until now, it has developed cooperation with 21 foreign universities from 12 countries. Guided by the philosophy of Equal Attention to Theory and Practice; Total Blending of Technologies and Humanities, Rizhao Polytechnic has gradually been expanding its size, continuously deepening its teaching reform, and steadily improving the quality of personnel training. So far, it has achieved harmonious development in dimension, structure, quality, and effectiveness.
Currently, the School of Finance offers 4 programs, namely, Accounting (a provincial featured specialty), Accounting Computerization, Investment & Financing and Statistical Accounting. There are currently more than 2, 300 students and more than 5, 000 have graduated in the past 12 years.
The School of Business Management offers 7 programs including Electronic Commerce, Marketing, Logistics Management, Business Management, International Business, Sino-Demark Logistics Management, and Chain Business Management. Currently, there are more than 1, 900 students studying in this school. The E-commerce program is among the earliest pilot specialties for teaching reform approved by Ministry of Education, and is a provincial exemplary and featured specialty. The program of Sino-Demark Logistics Management is jointly run by Copenhagen Business School and Rizhao Politechnic.
The School of Tourism offers the following 5 programs: Tourism Management, Hotel Management, Scenic Spots Development & Management, Secretary & Office Automation and Chinese Education. There are 860 students in this school. It has been appointed as “Fixed Training Base of Shandong Tourism Industry”. The program of Tourism Management is both a provincial brand specialty and a national exemplary one subsidized by Ministry of Finance.
The School of Foreign Languages offers the following 3 programs: English Education, Business English and Applied Korean. More than 600 students are enrolled in this school. Besides, the College Foreign Languages Section is responsible for the teaching of college English, college Japanese and college Russian for all non-English majors. This school is one of the standing institutions of Shandong Academy of College Foreign Languages and a member of Shandong Academy of Foreign Language Specialties in Colleges and Universities.
The school of Electromechanical Engineering offers the following 6 programs: Electromechanical Integration Technology, Electric Automation Technology, Application & Maintenance of the Numerical Control Equipment, Numerical Control Technology, Iron & Steel Metallurgy Technology, and Mold Design & Making. It has enrolled more than 2, 200 students. As a provincial featured specialty, the program of Electromechanical Integration Technology has been bestowed several municipal honors including one of the top 10 Outstanding Teams of Professional Ethics, Exemplary Team among government institutions in 2000 and 2001, and May 1st Labor Medal in 2001.
The School of Architectural Engineering offers 7 programs including Architectural Engineering Technology, Engineering Cost, Road & Bridge Engineering Technology, Property Management, Technology of Architectural Design, Heating Ventilation & Air Conditioning Engineering Technology, and Engineering Measurement & Supervision. More than 2, 470 full-time students are enrolled in this school. It is the training base for skilled and urgently needed talents of the construction industry, a member of China Association of Construction Education, and an executive member of Rizhao Construction Association. The Architectural Engineering Technology program is a provincial exemplary specialty in higher vocational education and Engineering Cost is now a provincial brand specialty of adult higher education.
The School of Food Engineering offers the following 5 programs: Food Processing Technology, Biotechnology & Applications, Food Nutrition & Detection, Horticulture Technology and Food Quality & Safety Supervision. Currently, more than 1, 000 students are studying in this school. The program of Food Processing Technology is both a provincial featured specialty and a key specialty constructed for the National Exemplary Polytechnics Project subsidized by Ministry of Finance.
The School of Aquaculture offers 3 programs, including Aquiculture Technology, Environment Monitoring & Treatment and Marine Chemical Production Technology. 600 students are enrolled in this school. The program of Aquaculture Technology is both a national pilot specialty and a provincial featured one. As a leading specialty of higher vocational institutions subsidized by Ministry of Finance, the program of Environment Monitoring & Treatment has reached a cooperative agreement with Rizhao Environmental Protection Bureau. The programs of Environment Monitoring & Treatment and Marine Chemical Production Technology have great potential in development and they are offering active support to the construction of Shandong Blue Economy Zone.
Established on April 18, 2000, the School of Hyundai Automotive is a talent training base co-built with South Korea′s Hyundai Automotive Group. SUL YOUNG HYUN, vice president of the group and president of its China Investment Company, also serves as the president of the school board. The school offers 6 programs as Auto Inspection & Maintenance, Auto Electronics, Auto Technology Service & Marketing, Applied Electronics, Auto Shaping Technology and Auto Parts Manufacturing & Assembly. Among which, the program of Auto Inspection & Maintenance is a leading specialty in the National Exemplary Polytechnics Project, a provincial featured specialty and a partner of the National Teaching Repository.
With more than 1, 000 students and 130 full-time and part-time teachers, the School of Information Science & Engineering offers 5 programs including Computer Application Technology, Network Technology, Software Technology, Multimedia Technology and Software Outsourcing Service. The school boasts 14 well-equipped training centers like Microelectronic Technique, Video Post-production and Virtual Reality Studio, and more than 40 training bases jointly constructed with companies like Lenovo Group and Cisco Group.
The School of Arts offers 8 programs, including Artistic Design, Constructive Decoration Engineering Technology, Environmental Artistic Design, Advertising Design & Making, Dress Design, Photography & Videography, Cartoon Design & Making and Fashion Show. There are 1, 000 students enrolled in this school.
Department of Basic Courses is made up of one center and two sections, namely, the Professionalism Teaching & Research Center, Quality-oriented Education & Employment Instruction Section and Mathematics Teaching & Research Section. It is in charge of the teaching and administration of advanced mathematics for the whole college as well as the study and practice of student professionalism.
Teaching & Research Center of Ideological & Political Theory Courses currently consists of Ideological & Political Section and the Section of Marxism with Chinese characteristics, which are responsible for the teaching of the ideological and political theory courses for the whole college and that of some related elective courses.
Department of Physical Education is made up of Ball Games Section and Comprehensive Sports Section, and is responsible for the physical education of the whole college, the training of excellent equipes, and various sporting events. It has also set up a Physique & Health Testing Center and a Sports Health Care Room.