With a college-level constructing base for the teaching team in logistics management, the Department of Logistics Management has 9 teachers, among whom there are 1 professor, 4 associate professors and 4 lecturers. Since 2003, 7 teachers have got their Master’s or Doctor’s Degree in Logistics from Molde University College, Norway, which has laid a firm foundation for applying for the undergraduate program of logistics. Based on the 0.5+1+0.5 academic year model, Suzhou University of Science and Technology and Molde University College have joined hands to run a master’s program in logistics since August, 2005.
By closely cooperating with Molde University College and being firmly supported by the 4 undergraduate programs, i.e., logistics management, business administration, marketing and transportation engineering, the Department of Logistics is active in searching opportunities for more external cooperation and improving teaching and researching abilities. Meanwhile, by inviting part-time professors and carrying out resources sharing policy in the whole school, the department has formed a logistics researching team composed of 3 master’s supervisors as the disciple leaders, in-service teachers as the backbone and young teachers presently in their further studies as the backup force. The logistics researching team in the past years has undertaken 39 provincial and municipal research projects and published 105 academic articles and 6 monographs on supply chain management, logistics planning, higher education of logistics and construction of logistics labs.
Aiming to offer better service for the local economic development and to help the students participate in practical activities, the department has cooperated with logistics organizations such as Suzhou SIP Logistics Center, SND Logistics Parks, etc., so as to provide students with practice bases where education, teaching and research can be associated with practice.
As to the major education, the department highly values the opportunities to serve the local economy. It therefore cooperated with Suzhou Tourism Administration, Wuzhong District Tourism Administration, SND Tourism Administration and successfully finished teaching and researching programs. It has also established practice bases in over 10 tourist enterprises like Renaissance Suzhou Hotel, Suzhou Lakeside Hotel, Suzhou Youth Travel Agency and so on to help the students to be actively involved in practice. In the past 3 years, the employment rate of the graduates in tourism management has remained 100%. What is more exciting is that almost all graduates are highly praised by their employers.
The Department of Marketing
Among 9 teachers in the Department of Marketing, there is 1 professor and 2 associate professors. Under the 4-year undergraduate program, there are 2 directions, i.e., marketing management and E-business. The department sets its goal to train fully developed professionals with profound marketing knowledge and abilities to competently work for marketing related organizations.
Supported by the main disciplines, the department has achieved outstanding success in researching activities. In the influential and high-quality scientific research achievements, there are nearly 90 academic articles, 10 monographs and more than 20 national or provincial projects.
The department stresses the importance of putting theoretical knowledge into practice and strengthening the students’ professional skills. While requiring that before graduation the students should have Certificate of Marketing Post, E-business Certificate and other related credentials, the department also strenuously pursues employment opportunities for the students by establishing practice bases and signing employment contracts with some well-known enterprises such as Suzhou Asia Shopping Mall, Suzhou Feida Electronics Co. Ltd and so on.