USTC Holds Young Teachers Working Conference

   USTC Held a young teachers working conference in No. 3 Meeting Hall of the Physics and Chemistry Building on the afternoon of September 28, 2009. More than 300 young teachers attended the conference where President Hou Jianguo, Vice President Dou Xiankang, and Assistant to the President Zhu Changfei each made a speech.


   In his speech, President Hou talked about the University’s main work and strategy for the growth of young teachers. He pointed out that every achievement and experience gained by USTC over the years has had to do with the hard work and reform efforts made by young teachers. To facilitate continued training and development for young teachers, USTC has established and effectively implemented a series of policies and schemes to provide good assurances for young teachers’ studies, work and lives, to enable them to bring their abilities into full play, and to promote their healthy growth. In particular, the University’s new compensation arrangements have been made with heightened incentives for young teachers. In the following stage, more financial assistance will be provided by allocating 20 million RMB annually for young teachers to conduct scientific research. 

   At the end of his speech, President Hou expressed his hope that young teachers should be determined in their endeavors to grow professionally, improve their teaching and research work, make innovations, overcome difficulties, shoulder important tasks, combine personal development with the University’s effort to become a world-class research university, and become the backbone of USTC in 10-20 years. 

   Vice President Dou Xiankang specifically reported on the University’s human resource policies. He emphasized the importance of the recruitment and training of young teachers that would determine the development of USTC and its levels of teaching and research in the next ten years or longer. He then made a detailed analysis of the University’s faculty structure in terms of professional titles, age groups, percentages of high-level scholars, and recruitments in recent years, with a particular breakdown appraisal of faculty members under the age of 40.

   In addition, Vice President Dou elaborated on what USTC has been doing in the training of young teachers in the past few years. Great importance has always been attached to the training of young teachers at USTC, with multiple supportive policies and arrangements formulated to facilitate the growth of young teachers. The scheme of “specially-appointed professorship (associate professorship) /research fellowship (associate research fellowship)” started this year has been implemented for the dual purpose of attracting fine young scholars to come and work for USTC and encouraging young teachers already working at USTC to continue to grow. “The Key Young Teachers Overseas Study Program” has been carried out to promote the cultivation of a young teaching force with strong abilities and a global vision and to enable the transformation of USTC into a world-class research university. In the same spirit, the “National Outstanding Youth Foundation-Sponsored Training Program”, “Teaching Subsidies for Distinguished Young Teachers”, and “Allowances for Outstanding Young Teachers” have all been set up for the benefits of young teachers. Vice President Dou concluded his speech by encouraging young teachers to fully tap their potential and pursue their career goals with scientifically formulated plans. The University will maintain records of young teachers’ work and various schools will make annual evaluations of young teachers’ teaching and research performance so as to give guidance on their development.


   Professor Zhu Changfei, Assistant to the President and Director of the Department of Science and Technology, made a presentation on the University’s scientific research. He gave a general picture of the status of the faculty, statistics of ongoing research projects, and a comparison of research competitiveness among the first group of universities included in the nation’s 985 Program. He then made an analysis of research performed by young teachers at USTC, which highlighted the age structure of faculty who headed major research projects between 2001 and 2008. It is evident that young teachers are a main force in scientific research.

   Professor Zhu also described the University’s strategy for science development, scientific innovation framework, various policy arrangements for the support of research work, design of grants and funding allocations by utilizing available resources. He asked young teachers to offer suggestions and recommendations as to how to optimize the University-funded research projects. Last, he called on young teachers to keep up their good work in scientific research and strive to achieve greater successes.

    Chu Jiaru, Director of the Personnel Department and moderator of the conference, reiterated the importance of the leaders’ speeches. He explained USTC’s specific policies for the support of human resource development and scientific research. He pointed out the abundant growth opportunities for young teachers as facilitated by such policies. Finally, he expressed his hope that young teachers would take the opportunity to realize personal growth and become the mainstay of USTC while working for the University.


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