Hainan College of Foreign Studies is located in Wenchang City, the biggest Satellite Launch Center in China. The college was established in 1947, being the only full-time public vocational college of foreign studies in China approved by the Ministry of Education. It provides the biggest number of foreign languages and offers education at different majors of foreign languages in Hainan Province. It became the second college co-supported by Hainan Province and Wenchang City in 2012 and one of the provincial key vocational colleges in 2018.
Covering an area of over 650mu, the college is famous for its beautiful surroundings, complete living facilities and perfect teaching conditions. It has more than 50 advanced teaching facilities and more than 30 off-campus bases for students to practice and undertake their internship all over the country. The college is also bases for some institutes, such as National Institute of Vocational Education in Hainan Province, Hainan Social Science Popularizing Model Base, ASEAN Languages and Cultures Popularizing Model Base, Hainan English and Japanese Applied Research Institute and Hainan Research Center for Applied Foreign Languages.
The college has more than 30 majors concerning 20 foreign languages such as English, Japanese, Korean, Russian, German, French, Spanish, Portugal, Italian, Thai Language, Indonesian, Vietnamese, Arabic, Burmese, Cambodian, Malay, Lao, Croatian, Romanian and Bulgarian. The college mainly focuses on cultivating the practical talents involving Foreign Languages, Business Trade, Tourism, Art and so on. The college has cultivated a large number of highly qualified and practical talents for the society in the past years.
The college has more than 400 full-time and part-time teachers, including 77 professors and associate professors and more than 30 foreign teachers speaking over a dozen of different languages. The teachers here are of miscellaneous backgrounds, ranging from specialists on foreign language education to overseas returnees, from experts on affairs of international trade and tourism services to holders of such titles as “Model Teacher” and “Mainstay Teacher” and from “Guest Professors” hired from either other institutions of higher education or research institutions to business people and line managers of enterprises.
The college has established cooperative ties with nearly one hundred well-reputed enterprises in and out of Hainan by entering into “order training” agreement with them. With an average employment rate of as high as 95%, graduates from HNCFS are well-received in national cooperation. It has signed agreements with more than 40 foreign universities, colleges and companies for cooperation on such matters as educational programs and course development, exchange of international students and teachers, continued education and paid trainees etc. HNCFS accepts international students from a variety of countries such as, among others, Canada, Japan, Korea, Russia, Thailand and Denmark.
All-round development of students is highly valued at HNCFS. Students here are not only doing well in language study, but also in all kinds of extracurricular activities. In the past 5 years, students of HNCFS won more than 300 provincial level prizes and more than 60 national level prizes in all kinds of competitions, such as translating contests, English speech contests, language application skill contests, singing contests and sports contests etc. What’s more, the college also encourages students to take part in social practice. For instance, the art ensemble and etiquette team, both students’ organizations, often take trips to Hong Kong for friendship promoting programs while many others are frequently seen volunteering at the venues of important international events, such as 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, Shanghai World Expo 2010 and the annual session of Bo’ao Forum for Asia held in Bo’ao, Hainan. Wherever they are, their deeds are highly acclaimed by people from all walks of life.
Today, taking advantage of the favorable opportunities brought about by China’s “One Belt, One Road” initiative and Construction of Hainan Free Trade Port, HNCFS is now in the process of making double efforts to press ahead with its internal reform with a view to improving graduates’ quality while following a path of “development through international cooperation and soft power strengthening”. Looking ahead, we are convinced that HNCFS will one day become one of China’s best of its kind in the near future with advanced school-running philosophy and distinctive management characteristics.