Brief Introduction to Japanese Department

   The School officially submitted an application to run a Japanese program for undergraduates in July 2000 according to the overall strategic plan of majors and disciplines in the university and the demands that higher education should serve the local economic construction and society.
   After an investigation into the social demands for Japanese-speaking talents and the absorption of the successful experience from similar institutions in China, and conducting sufficient assessments for its own teaching conditions, the School submitted the application in September 2001, which was approved in June 2002, and the first group of 74 students was enrolled in September 2002. Now, the Department has successfully passed the assessments conducted by Jiangsu Province’s Department of Education and obtained the right to grant the Bachelor’s Degree for its undergraduates in June 2006.
   At present, the Department has two specialized areas, namely International Business Japanese and Information Technology Japanese, to cultivate applied interdisciplinary talents who are qualified to engage themselves in translation and interpretation, international exchange, trade, management, and so on. There are 12 full-time teachers, including 4 associate professors, 7 lecturers, and 1 teaching assistants. And among the full-time teachers, 1 holds a doctor’s degree, 2 are Ph.D. candidates, and 8 hold a master’s degree. All the teachers have been to Japan for further studies, researches or working. Now, there are 310 full-time students. In recent years, teachers in the Department have completed 5 research and teaching reform projects, and published more than 40 research papers.
   In 2005, the Japanese Department began to explore the talent training reform of the education internationalization, practicing 2.5 + 1 + 0.5 program. Up to now, the Department has signed intercollegiate exchange agreements with Japanese universities such as Kansai Gaidai University, J. F. Oberlin University, Nara University, Nara Sangyo University and St. Thomas University, 147 students have been sent to study there. At the same time, the Japanese Department actively continues the similar programs, signing the program of “exchange of international students” with Kansai Gaidai University in 2009 and the “2 + 2” agreement in 2011.
   More than 100 graduates have been admitted to universities in Japan such as Osaka University, Kobe University, Osaka Prefecture University, J. F. Oberlin University and universities in our country such as Shanghai International Studies University, Shanghai Jiaotong University for their postgraduate study.
   Graduates of the Department are greatly welcome in the society and Japanese enterprises, almost all of them can find satisfactory work, and many of them have been employed in the enterprises listed as the world’s Top 500 Global Companies in Suzhou, including SONY, Canon, Panasonic, Sanyo and Hitachi.