Origin and History
The School of Foreign Languages, Changzhou Institute of Technology (CIT), is traced back to the Department of Language and Literature under Changzhou Institute of Industrial Technology (the predecessor of CIT), which started to enroll Japanese and English majors (at the junior college level) in 1980. And the Department had offered programs at the junior college level such as English, Japanese, Business English, Foreign Trade English and a dual program involving the English Language and International Trade by 2000.
As Changzhou Institute of Industrial Technology and Changzhou University for Machinery and Metallurgy Workers were merged in 2000 to form Changzhou Institute of Technology as a four-year college with the approval of the Ministry of Education, the first batch of English majors at the undergraduate level was admitted in the same year. With the Chinese and foreign language programs offered separately, the Department of Language and Literature was unmerged into two in February 2001 and the Foreign Language Department was established as a result. In 2002, the Department started to offer a dual program (at the junior college level) involving the Japanese Language and International Trade. In September 2003, the Department was restructured into the School of Foreign Languages (SFL) as it merged the Foreign Language Department of Changzhou Teachers’ College (a junior college then in preparation). In 2007 and 2013 respectively, SFL started to offer the Japanese Language and Business English programs at the undergraduate level.
The School of Foreign Languages, CIT is the earliest one that offered foreign language programs in Changzhou. At present, it has five teaching divisions (Translation Department, Business English Department, Japanese Department, Foreign Expert Office and College English Teaching Department), offering three undergraduate programs respectively in English, Business English and Japanese, of which the English program is both a collegiate specialty program and a key program under construction for the 12th Five-Year Plan. Besides, SFL has two academic divisions--- Translation Studies Faculty (a CIT-based research institute) and Foreign Literature Research Institute (an SFL-based research institute). The English language and literature is a key discipline for the 12th and 13th Five-Year Plans.
The School of Foreign Languages is staffed with 84 members, of whom there are 3 professors (inclusive of 2 part-time master supervisors), 1 senior research fellow, 26 associate professors and 49 lecturers, with 15 doctors (candiate included) and 65 masters (candiate includied). In addition, there are 4 foreign experts, 6 adjunct professors and 2 visiting professors all the year round. Currently, there are 1145 full-time students, including 230 Japanese majors, 303 English majors and 608 Business English majors.
The School of Foreign Languages is the chairman unit of Changzhou Translators Association, the standing director unit of Jiangsu Translators Association and the standing director unit of Foreign Language Teaching Committee of Jiangsu Higher Education Technology Research Association. It is also a demonstration site for foreign language teaching (undergraduate level) designated by Shanghai Foreign Language Education Press, an examination site for Shanghai Interpretation Accreditation Test in Changzhou, a training base for international business talents in Changzhou, and an authorized training center for the English Translation Test of Business Language (ETTBL). With its root in Changzhou, the foothold in the Yangtze River Delta and its reach across the country, the School of Foreign Languages is committed to fostering foreign language professionals who are well oriented to local services, practical applications and interdisciplinary skills. Since its inception, it has trained up thousands of foreign language professionals for foreign trade, foreign affairs, translation and other professional circles, with the first employment rate of graduates well above 98% annually.