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School of Information Science

Keeping with BLCU's characteristics of joining cultures from China to the world and integrating art with science, The School of Information Science is dedicated to cultivating talents with a solid professional foundation, strong foreign language capacity, familiar with AI and Big Data, and possessing basic literacy in information processing.

The school has an outstanding teaching team. It aims to build a teaching system where theoretical and practical learning is equally valued, general and professional knowledge is equally prized, and undergraduate and graduate education are seamlessly connected. Through social cooperation, the School is expected to establish a three-dimensional base of practicum. The cultivated talents are capable to meet the need of the nation's major development strategies and the needs of the global talent market.

The School of Information Science was officially founded in 2000. Before that, it had been developing as the Institute of Language Information Processing, founded in 1987, which was also the first batch of institutes that mainly focused "Chinese information processing" studies. Currently, there are three teaching majors and four institutes in the School. The majors are computer science, information management, and digital media. The four institutes are the Language Information Processing Institute, the Intelligent Language Learning Institute, the Knowledge Engineering Institute, and the Language Monitoring & Social Computation Institute. The National Center for Language Resources Monitoring and Research Print Media, jointly built by the Ministry of Education and BLCU, is attached to the School. In 2019, the Institute of Language Intelligence of Beijing Language and Culture University was established, jointly built with the School of Information Science.

Currently, the School has 44 teaching employees, including 11 professors and 20 associate professors. All the youth teachers under 35 years old have acquired a doctorate. Most teachers are introduced from China and abroad, with a great sense of responsibility, abundant experience in teaching, and meet high standards of scientific research. In recent years, the School has undertaken multiple scientific research projects from the nation's National High-tech R&D Program (863 Program), the National Natural Science Foundation of China, and the National Social Science Fund of China. The School has published several hundred scientific research papers in renowned core academic journals in China and abroad. Scientific research achievements made in the School have been nominated by the Ministry of Education for the Second Prize of National Science and Technology Progress and the Beijing Science and Technology Progress Award, among many other scientific awards. The School possess a number of national invention patents. In 2007, the laboratory in the School was designated a "Beijing Higher Education Information Technology Experimental Teaching Demonstration Center", and was designated a "National Experimental Teaching Demonstration Center Construction Unit" in 2012.

The Computer Science and Technology program and the Information Management & Information System program are listed as a "National First-Class Undergraduate Major Construction Point (the Double First-Class initiative)". Right now, the School has established a solid foundation with the "Basic Major Recruitment" policy and based on that, it is experimenting with an even more agile talent cultivation process using the "Complete Credit-Based" policy. The sub-programs of the computer science major are: the Computer Science and Technology program, the Information Management & Information System program, the Digital Media Technology program, and the Artificial Intelligence program. Once a student is graduate, a diploma in engineering will be granted.

The School is qualified to grant master's degrees in the first-level discipline of Computer Science and Technology. And in the second-level discipline of Language Intelligence and Technology, the school is qualified to grant master's and doctoral degrees. The School now admits master's and doctoral students majoring in Linguistics and Applied Linguistics, and master's students majoring in Curriculum and Teaching Methodology. A complete disciplinary system has been established in the school, covering bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees, including engineering, literature, and pedagogy in terms of first-level discipline. Right now, there are 682 undergraduate students, 124 graduate students, and 29 doctoral students in the School.

For many years, the School of Information Science has formed an educational philosophy of "Keep integrity, maintain standards, integrate art and science, and balance knowledge and practice to produce excellence." The school regards the professional skill set of the students as top priority. It proactively encourages the growth and achievement of the students, establishing a talent cultivation environment based on the school's unique characteristics. In the freshman year, the students can join in-course seed projects to find their passion. In the sophomore year, the disciplinary innovation projects are ready for the students to join. When it comes to junior year, the collaborative companies of the school will offer work opportunities for the students. And in the final senior year, the students can use all of their previous experience to implement real designs for their graduation thesis. In addition, students are offered various opportunities to participate in academic competitions during all four years. This model of education first focuses on the basic knowledge of the students. Afterward, it can direct students' interest in their field of studies and motivate them in learning.

All four majors for the undergraduate students lay the general foundation of computer science and technology and highlight the features of cultivating English language skills and language processing skills. 

The interdisciplinary features can be seen in both the School's teaching and scientific research. The integration of multiple disciplines, especially the integration between art and science, is regarded as beneficial for the overall development and improvement of the students. The talents cultivated by the School are irreplaceable, strongly competitive, sustainably developed, and meet the needs of the market.


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