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Founded in June, 1993, the College of Foreign Languages at Jilin University traces its origin to 1950, when the predecessor of Jilin University, Renmin University of Northeast set up a special training course on Russian. In 1960, the Department of Foreign Languages was established. In 1979, the majors of English, Japanese and Russian were among the first to run master programs accredited by the Ministry of Education. Currently, there are five majors that enroll undergraduate students, including English, Japanese, Russian, Korean and Spanish.

There are 6 discipline orientations under the first-level discipline of Foreign Language and Literature: English Language and Literature, Japanese Language and Literature, Russian Language and Literature, Asian and African Languages and Literature, Spanish Language and Literature, Linguistics and Applied Linguistics. At present, the College is authorized to grant doctoral degree in first-level disciplines, master’s degree in first-level disciplines and professional master’s degree in translation. The first-level discipline of Foreign Language and Literature is a key discipline of Jilin Province, and it has been selected into the highland discipline construction project of Double First-Class Construction of Jilin University. Owning one of the five PhD programs in Japanese Language and Literature among nearly 400 institutes of higher learning nationwide which set up majors in Japanese Language and Literature, the Department of Japanese Language and Literature is a featured major and a key subject of Jilin Province. The Korean major is a featured major with national special support.

Among the total 96 faculty and staff, 81 are professional teachers (including 10 full-time foreign teachers); 23 are professors (6 doctoral advisors); 25 are associate professors; 32 are lecturers and 15 are administrative staff. All of the teachers hold master or higher academic degrees and have overseas education background or work experiences. 43 teachers have PhD degrees, accounting for 59% of the total number of teachers. College of Foreign Languages has attracted a galaxy of scholars and experts with considerable influences at home and abroad, including Chairman of the Council of China Japanese Education Association, Honorary Chairman of China Japanese Education Association, Member of Advisory Committee of Foreign Language Teaching in Colleges and Universities under the Ministry of Education, Vice Chairman of the China Association of Comparative Literature between China and Japan, Vice Chairman of China Korean Literature Association, Vice Chairman of China Korean Language Education Association, Managing Director of China Korean Literature Association, Managing Director of China Korean Language Education Association, Managing Director of China English Language Education Association, Director of China Association of Language and Education, Managing Director of The Association of Chinese Teachers of Russian Language and Literature, Director of Translators Association of China, Director of China Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Literature Association, Director of China Latin American Association; as well as one winner of the Baosteel Outstanding Teacher Prize and two Outstanding Teachers of Jilin Province. In addition, several teachers have won the Provincial Award for Excellent Achievement in Education. Every year, the College of Foreign Languages invites ten-odd foreign experts to teach at the college, and have appointed many famous scholars at home and abroad as part-time or visiting professors, and regularly invites them to give lectures. The overall strength of the teaching faculty now heads the list of universities in China.

College of Foreign Languages advocates rigorous and pragmatic research attitude. Since its establishment, it has published 62 books, 27 dictionaries, 97 textbooks, 55 translated works, and more than 1,000 papers. It has undertaken 9 projects supported by National Social Science Fund, 14 humanities and social sciences projects of the Ministry of Education, and more than 40 provincial-level scientific research projects. The major project of Studies on Newly Discovered Files on Japanese Invasion in Jilin Province, specially entrusted by the National Social Science Fund, is a series of publications titled Irrefutable Evidence (Vol.1-10 in Chinese and Japanese versions, Vol.1-3 in English and Russian versions), which are successively published by Jilin Publishing Group Co. Ltd., and disseminated to overseas countries through embassies and consulates. Japanese Intensive Reading has been listed as the Tenth Five-Year Plan national planning textbook, Selected Reads of Modern Japanese Literature has been listed as the Eleventh Five-Year Plan national planning textbook, Japanese Intensive Reading (Books 1-4), Modern Russian General Course has been listed as the Twelfth Five-Year Plan national planning textbook. A Concise History of Japanese Literature, Japanese Listening (Elementary), Spanish Literature Course, Cross-cultural Rhetoric, English Extensive Reading, Elementary Korean Conversation are listed as the Twelfth Five-year Plan textbooks of Jilin University, and Korean Extensive  Reading is listed as the Thirteenth Five-year Plan textbook of Jilin University. Japanese Intensive Reading and Korean Intensive Reading are used by many domestic universities. In 2013, Northeast Asia International Language and Culture Research Base was established, which was the first approved base among the first social science key field bases in Jilin Province, and was rated as the A-class project of Jilin University Internationalization Demonstration Base.

There are now 1003 undergraduate students, 248 postgraduates and 27 PhD students at College of Foreign Languages. In addition to the scholarships allocated by the university, College of Foreign Languages also provides Scholarships like Samchang Scholarship, Sumsung Scholarship, Dong Yung Scholarship, Sumitomo Corporation Scholarship, Woori Bank Scholarship, Miyagikenn Friendship Scholarship and Kazankai Foundation Scholarship for students with excellent academic performance. College of Foreign Languages is renowned for its fine tradition, rigorous teaching style and study style. The teaching quality has been keeping ahead among its counterparts across the nation. Students keep up an outstanding winning record in various major competitions both at home and abroad. Solid professional foundation, profound theoretical grounding, proper knowledge structure, strong practical skills and excellent comprehensive quality have guaranteed graduates of the college a competitive edge in the personnel market. The first-time employment rate of undergraduates reached 90%, and that of postgraduates exceeded 90%. College of Foreign Languages has cultivated a large number of exceptional talents, many of whom have become eminent scholars, diplomats and leaders of state organs, enterprises or public institutions. Among the Russian major graduates are Zhang Fuliang, the former deputy vice president of Jilin University; Guo Min, Consul-General of China Consulate in Saint Petersburg; Fan Weiguo, President of the Asia-Europe Branch of Xinhua News Agency; Hu Baomin, President of China Today Magazine; Dong Wei, Chairman of the Board of Directors of China Agri-Industries Holdings Limited, and Chairman of China National Vegetable Oil Association, etc. Among the English major graduates are Lin Guoli, Vice President of Beijing Language and Culture University; Sun Jisheng, Vice President of China Foreign Affairs University; Zhao Jianhua, Ambassador of Embassy of China in the Republic of the Philippines, etc. Among the Japanese major graduates are Wang Shengjin, Vice President of Jilin University; Xiu Gang, President of Tianjin Foreign Studies University; Lin Shaohua, professor of College of Foreign Languages of Ocean University of China, and renowned translator; Li Jun, Vice President of International Department, Central Committee of CPC; Han Zhiqiang, Director-General of the General Office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China; Sun Yan, senior editor of CCTV, and chief reporter of Asia Pacific Central Station; Wang Zhongyi, Editor-in-Chief of People’s China Magazine; Li Miao, Director of Tokyo Branch of Phoenix TV; Liu Fangfei, presenter of CCTV, etc. Among the Spanish major graduates is Xu Xin, presenter of Spanish channel of CCTV, etc.

College of Foreign Languages attaches great importance to academic exchanges and cooperation with both domestic and overseas institutes. Adopting the communication path of “going global” and “bringing in”, it strives to create opportunities to expand its academic horizons in the hope of enhancing its teaching and research standards. Every year, College of Foreign Languages sends dozens of teachers to attend academic conferences, receive in-service training, engage in cooperative research or study for a doctorate in countries and regions such as the United States, Japan, South Korea, Spain, Hong Kong and Taiwan, etc. More than 100 students have been sent to study abroad every year, and the number of students studying abroad has increased year by year. The College often invites well-known experts and scholars from home and abroad to teach and give lectures. In 2017 alone, foreign experts and scholars gave 62 lectures in the College, accounting for 77% of the lectures in the whole year. Since 2014, the annual conference of Northeast Asia International Language and Culture Research Base and Cross-Strait Conference on Foreign Language Teaching & Learning have been held annually .

After over 70 years’ development, especially after the strenuous construction during the Twelfth Five-year Plan period, College of Foreign Languages has developed into an important base for the cultivation of foreign language professionals and the research of foreign language and culture, laying a solid foundation for future leap-frog development. Look into the future and we are bound to see a brighter tomorrow of College of Foreign Languages, achieved by the concerted efforts of both the faculty and the students.