The College of Foreign Studies (COFS) of Guilin University of Electronic Technology (GUET) is a community of foreign language professionals that values talents, teaching excellence, research productivity, transformational leadership, and featured programs.
Established in 1993, COFS changed its name several times, from Division of College English to Department of Foreign Languages (DFL), during which time it witnessed rapid growth in both its programs and student population. COFS began to enroll undergraduates leading to BA degree in English in 2000, BA degree in Japanese in 2009, and graduate students of intercultural communication leading to MA degree in management in 2012. In 2009, DFL changed its name to College of Foreign Studies (COFS), which signals an update in its vision and an adjustment of its mission, goals, and strategies in obtaining such goals via curriculum renewal.
At present, COFS houses six instructional constituents that reflect the reality of disciplinary development and address the needs of students, parents, and community: Department of English, Department of Japanese, Department of International Chinese Education, Department of Graduate Education Department 1 of College English and Department 2 of College English. It is responsible for delivering instruction and service to students of English majors, students of Japanese majors, students of international Chinese education majors and English to all undergraduates and graduates from majors other than foreign languages. In addition, COFS is also home to six research units and tree centers reflecting faculty's diverse academic focuses and interests: Guilin Institute of Pragmatics (GIP), Institute of Translation Studies (ITS), Natural Language Processing Research Institute (NALPRI), East Asian Languages and Cultures Research Institute (EALCRI), English Education for General Academic Purposes Research Institute (GAPRI), English Literature and Culture Institute (ELCI), Center for Linguistics and Applied Linguistics (CLAL), Center for Cultural Translation Studies (CCTS) and Center for Philippine Studies (CPS).
A vibrant academic community, COFS boasts a strong team of faculty and service staffs of expertise and dedication. Among its 112 faculty members, there are 11 full professors and 33 associate professors. In all, 12 COFSers hold the terminal degree-doctorate; 88% possess a master or higher degree, and roughly 50% have overseas working and teaching experience. While some faculty are of national and international prominence, some others are leading scholars in their claimed areas. Like all other liberal art programs, all COFS' high-profiled professors are committed to undergraduate teaching and research.
Over the years, COFS has been striving hard to increase its visibility in academe via academic excellence and quality productivity. Its faculty display diverse academic interests and quality, and their manuscripts appear in reputable national as well as international publications.
In 2012, COFS reviewed its strategic plan and defined its mission to align with that of the university, of which it is a constituent. COFS' mission statement read as follows:
The College of Foreign Studies (COFS) at Guilin University of Electronic Technology (GUET) defines the mid-level university unit for the 21st century as an inclusive, collaborative, and responsive institution making a difference in the lives of students and the communities it serves.
GUET's COFS is…
l A leaner-centered, accessible, and inclusive community fostering intellectual inquiry to prepare students for meaningful lives and engaged citizenship;
l An institution offering classes on campus, off campus, and online for degree-seeking students and life-long learners;
l A teaching-and-research college where collaborative scholarship and creative activity enhance quality of life across the life-span;
l A source of innovation and leadership in foreign language teaching and research, foreign language talents education and service in Guangxi and beyond;
l A global college integrating intercultural and international experiences and perspectives into learning, discovery, and service.
COFS' objective is to help get our students specialized, professionalized, and modernized. Towards that end, our strategies are:
l Packaged instruction: language knowledge, language skills, cultural knowledge, attitude and affect, learning strategies
l Designated concentrations: language, culture, literature, business, translation and interpretation
l Proper input: Quality in-class instructions and interactions, outside-class learning resources
l Internships: peer programs
l Overseas experience: Thailand, Vietnam, Japan, America, Hungary, the Republic of Belarus, etc.
l Professors teaching foundational courses
l Academic advising program