An Introduction to Changde Vocational and Technical College

Changde Vocational and Technical College [college code 13039] is a full-time state-funded vocational college approved by the Hunan Provincial Government, registered by the Ministry of Education, sponsored by Changde Municipal Government and administered by Hunan Provincial Education Department. It is situated in Changde, an exemplary city among China’s middle-sized cities with an reputation of “a city in Shangrila”. The College was first established in 2003 after it amalgamatedthe former Changde Agricultural School, Changde Hygiene School and Changde Mechatronic Engineering School, three public secondary colleges, all of which were public secondary colleges. The college has an education history of 107 years and rich cutural and historic heritage. Its predecessor, Changde Agricultural School was founded in 1905(the 31th year of GuangXu, Qing Dynasty), is the oldest agricutural school ever established in Hunan province and among the eight of the oldest of its kind in the whole nation. Changde Hygiene School, founded in 1951, was promoted to Changde Medical College in 1958. Changde Mechatronic Engineering School was established in 1977, with its original name “Changde Agricultural Mechanization School”. These three schools had nurtured thousands of technical talents for regional social and economic development in more than a century.The college was rated “excellent” during the Evaluation of Educational Level in Higher Vocational Colleges by the Ministry of National Educationand was labelled “Hunan Civilized College” in 2007. In 2011 it was among the pilot colleges where independent student recruitment can be performed in Hunan Province and in 2012 the college was rated “Exemplary Vocational College in Hunan Province”.

The college covers an area of 713,333 square meters, with an overall floorage of 334,100 square meters. The college boasts teaching and research equipment worth 72.77 million yuan and more than 734,000 volumes of books in the library with 1800 domestic and foreign periodicals. Besides, the college has 15 training centers, 269 laboratories,  and 10 exemplary teaching bases by cooperating with enterprises. 

The college now has a full-time enrollment of 11000 students and a teaching staff of 654 members, including 38 professors, 146 associate professors and 136 teachers who are holders of doctor’s or master’s degrees. It also boasts two “provincial outstanding teachers”, 3 teaching teams at provincial level, 3 academic leaders, 7 visiting scholars at national and provincial level, and 4 candidates for provincial young key teachers. Above all, it possesses 1 national top quality course and 2 provincial top quality couses.

The college now has a full-time enrollment of 11000 students and a teaching staff of 654 members, including 38 professors, 146 associate professors and 136 teachers who are holders of doctor’s or master’s degrees. It also boasts two “provincial outstanding teachers”, 3 teaching teams at provincial level, 3 academic leaders, 7 visiting scholars at national and provincial level, and 4 candidates for provincial young key teachers. Above all, it possesses 1 national top quality course and 2 provincial top quality couses. The college also has established Changde Peach Blossom Reaseach Center, Northwest Hunan minimally invasive surgery institution, and Changde Detian Top Economic Animal Institution. In the past 3 years, college teachers have been the chief-editors or co-editors of nearly 100 kinds of published teaching materials and authors of 5 works. They have finished over 70 provincial and municipal projects, and acquired 9 state invention patents, 3 provincial teaching achievement awards and 10 science and technology advancement awards.

The college mainly focuses on higher vocational education and has under it 8 departments (namely, departments of nursing, medicine, pharmacy, mechanical and electrical engineering, economic management, civil engineering, bioengineering, automotive engineering, and common courses, an subodinate school of continuing education, a judicial appraisal center, two affiliated hospitals and an educational foundation. Among its 25 specialties, medicine, manufacture and agriculture and farming are the three key projects for professional construction with nusring, pharmacy, clinical medicine, auto repair and maintenance, construction technology and horticulture being the key construction specialties. The college also takes the lead in developing the question bank and assessment criteria of selective skill examination for vocational students majoring in pharmacy in Hunan Province. In 2012, its pharmacy specialty was granted the exemplary construction project with in Hunan province and its nursing specialty was rated among the best in the province with vocational features.

Adhering to the principle of serving the local economy, the college vigorously fosters technical talents with high qualities. It is the national-level traning base for the most-wanted skilled talents, the bases for exam preparation of national architectural liscence, the trainging base of modern agricultural technology of the Ministry of Agriculture in the province, the training center for migrant employment transfer and curricular education titled “Rain and Dew Project” in Hunan province and the training base for high-skilled talents in Changde. Its professional skill assessment center can provide ten kinds of skill verifications and was rated an excellent unit in the prefecture as well as in the province. Changde Vocational Education Trainging Group., led by the college, is the first regional group featuring vational skill trainings. The college has the second largest resources of peachblossom in variety among all the scientific research institutions nationwide, gradually becoming a unique feature of the college culture. Its Judicial Appraisal Center, authorized by Justice Department of Hunan Province, is the second largest in Hunan and was labeled “Advanced Group” by the Ministry of Justice.

The college has attached great importance to strenthening educational reform and innovating its talents training mode, provided quality service to the local social and economic development with expanding social influence. The college has set up a series of college-enterprise cooperation projects, including the “sany class”, the “Furong class”, “Dongting aquaculture class”, “Yifeng class” and so on, with tailer-made stuents accounting for 30.6%. The college also vigoriously pushes forward the reform of talents training mode, combining the working process with learning. At present, the mode of college-hospital cooperation in medicine, pharmacy and nursing categories, “Dongya” mode in automotive inspection and maintenance, “specialty, enterprise plus employee”mode in construction engineering have been formed to cater to different training demands and improve students’ employment status. In the past three years, the employment rate of graduated has been over 95%.

Inheriting its hundred years of educational experiences and fine tradition and adhering to the educational concept of “being education-oriented, pragmatic and practical”, the college will stick to the principle of strengthening diploma education while developing vocational training, unswervingly advance on the path of quality education, seize all the opportunities and overcome the difficulties so as to build itself into a top vocational college with its own strengths and characteristeics in Hunan province.

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