Tsinghua SEM’s Undergraduate Education Reform Won the First Prize of China National Education Achievement Award 2014

On September 9, 2014, the Ministry of Education announced the winners of National Education Achievement Award 2014 at The Award Presentation Ceremony of National Outstanding Groups and Individuals in Education. 

Tsinghua SEM, with its undergraduate education reform program “Integration of General Education and Individual Development – Theory and Practice of Undergraduate Education Reform in Economics and Management”, was awarded the First Prize. It was the first time for Tsinghua SEM to win the first prize of a national level educational award. Prof. QIAN Yingyi, Dean of Tsinghua SEM, attended the ceremony and accepted the award on behalf of the winning team including five faculty members at Tsinghua SEM: BAI Chong-en, YANG Bin, ZHU Yujie, ZHONG Xiaohan and himself.

Certificate and Medal of National Education Achievement Award 

Established in 1989 and awarded every four years, the Award is the only national level award in education in China. 

The undergraduate education at Tsinghua SEM aims to “make each student a fully developed modern person while also create an environment that promotes top talents”.  To achieve this goal, Tsinghua SEM follows an approach that integrates “general education” with “individual development”.  In practice, the School pursues a “three-in-one” education package in terms of value formation, capability development and knowledge impartment.  Over the years, the School developed several general education core courses and a three-track honors program and put special emphasis on the development in critical thinking capability. The School’s achievement in education reform is now recognized by the students, the University and the society. 

In 2009, Tsinghua SEM became a pilot school at Tsinghua University for undergraduate education reform by launching a new undergraduate curriculum.  This reform won the top education award by the University in 2012 and by the Beijing Municipal Government in 2013 respectively. On April 24, 2012, China Education Daily published a feature article - To Cultivate the Soil for Students’ Free Development: The Undergraduate Education Reform at Tsinghua SEM - on its front page to cover the School’s reform experience.