1. Brief Introduction
School of Southeast Asian Studies is a China – ASEAN (the Association of Southeast Asian Nations) language and culture training base of Yunnan Province, which is approved by Yunnan Provincial Government. Meanwhile, it is appointed by the Ministry of Education as the construction site of the national featured majors on “non-common languages”, the training model of non-common language talents among Yunnan’s colleges and universities, and the training base of Southeast Asian and South Asian language talents among Yunnan’s colleges and universities. School of Southeast Asian Studies is the director of teaching and guiding committee of non-common language majors among Yunnan’s colleges and universities. It is also one member of executive directors of Chinese Non-common Languages Education Association.
The predecessor of School of Southeast Asian Studies, founded in 1997, was named Department of Southeast Asian and South Asian Languages and Literature. It was later renamed School of Southeast Asian and South Asian Languages and Cultures in October 2006. In July 2015, in accordance with the category of languages, School of Southeast Asian Studies was established independently to meet the demand of China’s and Yunnan’s further opening up, as well as the demand of university running. At present, School of Southeast Asian Studies offers seven undergraduate majors in Thai, Burmese, Vietnamese, Lao, Cambodian, Malay and Indonesian. It has one first-level disciplinary master’s program in “Foreign Languages and Literature”, two secondary disciplinary master’s programs in “Asian-African Languages and Literature” and “Foreign Linguistics and Applied Linguistics”, and one MTI (Master of Translation and Interpreting) program.
Main courses (of all language majors) for undergraduates include: Phonetics and Words, Intensive Reading, Extensive Reading, Listening, Audio-Visual-Oral Class, General Survey, Introduction to Linguistics, Economy and Trade, Tourism, Writing, Translation Theories and Practices, Selected Reading from Newspapers and Magazines, History of Literature, Selected Reading of Literature, and so on.
Main courses for master students include: Southeast Asian Politics, Religion, History and Culture, Literature, National Studies, Literary Theory, Linguistic Theory, Translation Theory, Translation Technique for Southeast Asian Languages, and so on.
School of Southeast Asian Studies has 1071 full time students now, including 171 master students and 900 undergraduate students. There are totally 51 teaching staffs, of whom 41 are professional teachers, 12 are titled senior professionals and 36 hold master’s or doctoral degrees ( 5 teachers has obtained PhD.)
Our school adopts “3+1” model and “three-school learning” model to train the talents of Southeast Asian languages. Since 2000, “3+1” model has been used for students of all language majors, which means they would spend three years studying in mainland and one year (always the third year) studying in the target language country. In 2014, our school cooperated with some other universities at home, giving birth to the “three-school learning” model. That is to say, in addition to learning in our school and in overseas university, excellent undergraduate students still have a chance to experience one semester’s exchange study in Peking University, PLA University of Foreign Language, Guangxi University for Nationalities or other famous universities in China. Therefore, students can obtain different learning experience from three different universities and be exposed to high-quality educational resources during their undergraduate study.
On our school’s strong promoting of talents training, the graduates remain a high employment rate and a good employment quality. Graduates of all previous years take up an occupation in the areas of enterprises and institutions directly under central government’s control, government organizations, scientific research institutions in universities etc., in which high employment quality is well pronounced.
Currently, China is thoroughly implementing the strategy of “One Belt and One Road”, and Yunnan Province is advancing the construction of the radiation center of South and Southeast Asia. Led by Southeast Asian languages, our school’s disciplinary construction of non-common languages is highly valued by Yunnan Minzu University, which forms one of the five features and advantages in the course of the university’s development. The training of Southeast Asian language professionals in Yunnan Minzu University will certainly play a significant role in the economic and social construction of Yunnan province.
2. Organization and Current Leadership
a) current leadership
Dean: Lu Sheng
Party Secretary: Li Shiqiang
Vice Deans: Yi Jia, Cao Yan
Vice Party Secretary: Chen Jianming
There are 3 offices and 7 teaching and research divisions in School of Southeast Asian Studies.
Office of General affairs: in charge of daily office routine;
Office of Academic Affairs: responsible for students’ teaching and managing
Office of Students Affairs: responsible for students’ daily management work
Seven Teaching and Research Divisions: Thai, Burmese, Vietnamese, Lao, Cambodian, Malay, Indonesian. All of these divisions work on the research of Southeast Asian languages and cultures.
3. Academic Sub-committee
Duties of our school’s Academic Committee are: evaluating research project for biding; examining discipline-construction plan and research plan; considering the publication of academic works; reviewing the construction of academic norms and academic morality; completing other academic works which are delegated by academic committee of Yunnan Minzu University.
Chairman: Lu Sheng
Vice-Chairman: Yue Mala, Liu Xiaorong
Members: Li Shiqiang, Zhao Hongyun, Yang Lizhou, Yi Jia, Fang Chenming, Huang Muxia
4. Featured Teaching Activities:
School of Southeast Asian Studies holds the following featured teaching activities:
a) Practical Foreign Language Test (Thai, Burmese, Vietnamese) for Colleges and Universities of Yunnan Province
This test is completely open to the public, aiming to test the participants’ overall comprehension of listening, reading and writing. Those who pass the test would get the certificate awarded by The Education Department of Yunnan Province.
b) Yunnan’s Excellent Translator Training Base in Southeast Asian and South Asian Languages
This program adopts “1+1+1+1” education model (students would be studying in the admitting college for the first year, and in Yunnan Minzu University (Yuhua Campus) for the 2nd and the 4th year, and in the target-language country for the 3rd year), aiming to cultivate talents who are proficient in interpretation and translation of Southeast Asian and South Asian Languages.
c) Oral Contest of Southeast Asian and South Asian Languages among Universities and Colleges of Yunnan Province
This competition aims to enhance the study and interaction among the students majoring in Southeast Asian and South Asian Study in Yunnan’s universities and colleges. It provides a stage for them to expand their horizons and show their talents, so as to improve learning and teaching, to promote the practical teaching reform of Southeast Asian and South Asian study and raise the talents’ language level of these regions.
Address：Room 223, Bowen Building, Yunnan Minzu University (Yuhua Campus), Chenggong District, Kunming, Yunnan Province, China（650500）