School of Engineering Education and Global Engineering Program

Research Seminar Series: Spring 2014

Friday, April 25, 4:00 - 5:00pm

Armstrong B071

Engineering Education in China - Reform and Research

Jian Lin, Professor, Institute of Education; Vice Director, Center for Engineering Education, Tsinghua University


This presentation will consist of three parts: the current situation and status of China’s engineering education, engineering education reform in China, and engineering education research in China. The first part will give a brief outline of China’s engineering education system. Much of the rest of the presentation will focus on the second part, including through introduction and discussion of “The Plan for Educating and Training Outstanding Engineers (PETOE).” This major government-conducted educational reform is one of two major projects proposed in China’s The National Plan for Medium and Long-Term Education Reform and Development (2010-2020). The third part of the talk will list and review recent research projects on engineering education financially supported by China’s Ministry of Education (MOE) and the Chinese Academy of Engineering (CAE).


Jian Lin is Professor in the Institute of Education at Tsinghua University. He is also Vice-Director of Tsinghua’s Center for Engineering Education, which leads reform and development of engineering education and teaching for China’s Ministry of Education. In 1993 he received his Ph.D. in Management Science from Lancaster University’s Management School, and from 1998 to 2007 was President of Wuyi University. His major research interests include engineering education reform and development, higher education management, organization strategic management, and human resource management. Prof. Lin has published over 340 widely-cited academic papers, as well as four influential monographs. He has recently presided over a number of projects for the Ministry of Education, including “Research on the Level, Orientation and the Characteristics of Engineering Talent Training”, “The Design and Implementation of ‘the Plan for Educating and Training Outstanding Engineers”, and “The Overall Design and Argument of State Teaching Quality Assurance Project for Undergraduates.”