The Faculty of Arts and Humanities (FAH) held a half-day retreat on August 21st 2018 outside campus to get faculty staff involved in the preparations of the new academic year and the discussions of the FAH 5-year strategic plan.
We are honoured to have the presence of Vice Rector Lionel Ni to share his insight with FAH during his talk “Let Data Speak for FAH”. He collected and analysed large data of many aspects of the faculty, including admission, level of internationalization, teaching outcome, student performance and so on. His insight is inspiring and valuable to the faculty development. The talk was then followed by another talk by Chair Prof. Yifeng Sun titled “Translation and World Literature”. Prof Sun shared his opinions on current situation and setback of the development of translation and world literature, as well as how they interact on each other.
Associate Dean Prof Antony Kunnan moderated the following discussion on faculty strategic plan where academic members work in groups of their own departments to discuss issues in three areas, namely teaching, research and service. The topics included how to improve teaching and learning outcome, increase student recruitment, as well as encourage internationalization and better facilitate FAH’s role of general education in the university, etc. Each group presented their conclusion after heated brainstorm and discussion. Dean Jin concluded the session by announcing the establishment of the Strategic Planning Committee and its member of six departments with the aim to formulate action plans to carry out the defined goals.
Heated discussions on faculty strategic plan
This year around 90 staff participated in the retreat, and 15 new members were introduced to the FAH family who are from different departments and some have reported duty earlier this year while others are to join UM in the following months.
New members of FAH in 2018-2019