The Department of Logistics Management
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.
The Department of Business Administration
Among 10 teachers in the Department of Business Administration, there is 1 professor, 4 associate professors. The 4-year undergraduate program of corporate management is divided into 2 majors: manufacturing and operation management, investment management. The department pays great attention to the students’ development in all-round way so that they can be competent specialists in management, teaching and researching when they work for administration departments and enterprises.
The department has based their researching activities on the key disciplines and enjoyed fruitful academic success by publishing nearly 80 articles and 7 monographs while taking charge of or accomplishing more than 10 projects.
The department attaches much importance to combining theory with practice as well as training the students’ professional skills. On one hand, the students are demanded to have Certificate of Accounting Professional, Certificate of SAC and other related certificates for better employment opportunities, and on the other hand, the department spares no efforts to broaden the employment channels by signing practice or service contacts with some renowned enterprises such as Suzhou Yongyou Educational Group, Suzhou Best Team Real Estate Comprehensive Service Co., Ltd, Suzhou Hengtong BCTV Co., Ltd, to name a few.
The Department of Tourism Management
The Department of Tourism Management presently has 10 teachers including 2 professors and 4 associate professors. Under the 4-year undergraduate program of tourism management, there are 3 directions, namely tourist hotel management, tourism planning as well as dietary nutrition and hygiene. This program aims to nurture innovative, high-quality specialists who are equipped with profound knowledge of tourism management, systematic theories, methods, approaches of modern management science and proficient in foreign languages (especially in English and Japanese).
During its 16-year operation, the department has kept serving for local and social development as its mission, focusing on the characteristics of economic and social development in South Jiangsu Province, relating the development in tourism industry, emphasizing the integration of industry, education and research, and cultivating the students’ comprehensive abilities. The department is also engaged in offering service and training programs off the campus with a view to tapping the potentialities of tourism industry. The department has also made great contributions to teaching materials, training programs, academic studies, etc. It has so far undertaken over 40 research projects while witnessed the publication of over 150 articles and more than 30 textbooks and monographs. It is worthwhile mentioning the fact the textbooks of the main courses in tourism management, all edited by the teachers in the department, enjoy good reputation and popularity in South Jiangsu Province.
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.