Jia Geng College of Xiamen University held a seminar on opening AI-related majors
On the morning of December 6, Jia Geng College of Xiamen University held a seminar on opening AI-related majors in Conference Room 709, Building 3 of the Main Building Complex. Liu Ton Dong, Vice President of Jagong College, Xie Tinggui, President of College of Information Science and Technology, Fang Liang, President of College of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, Xie Qinglin, Director of Research Department and Deputy Director of Office of Evaluation and Promotion, Zhang Yinping, Director of Admissions Office, Lin Glistening, Director of Academic Affairs Department, Peng Huan, Director of Media Center, Li Zhihui, Deputy Director of Experimental Teaching and Industrial Training Center, Li Na, Deputy Director of Academic Affairs Department, Chen Jun, Director of School-Enterprise Cooperation and Innovation Platform Service Office, and representatives of teachers from College of Information Science and Technology and College of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering attended the seminar.
Artificial Intelligence (AI), abbreviated as AI, is considered one of the three cutting-edge technologies of the 21st century (genetic engineering, nanoscience, and artificial intelligence). It is a branch of computer science, a new technical science that studies and develops theories, methods, techniques and application systems for simulating, extending and expanding human intelligence, including robotics, language recognition, image recognition, natural language processing and expert systems. With the advent of Made in China 2025 and Industry 4.0 era, artificial intelligence has gained more and more extensive attention and has been widely applied in the fields of robotics, economic and political decision making, control systems, simulation systems, etc. Relevant talents are in high demand.
In the seminar, Xie Qinglin, the minister of the Department of Scientific Research and deputy director of the Office of Evaluation and Promotion, reported the situation of AI-related majors in Jagann College from four aspects: the basic situation of AI-related majors and professional employment prospect, the way of opening AI-related majors in the school, the positioning and thinking of opening AI-related majors in the school, and the running conditions and time arrangement of opening AI-related majors in the school.
Liu Ton Dong, Vice President of Kagan College, made a deployment of the school's efforts to offer AI-related majors. He pointed out that, in the process of running the school, Jagang College always adhere to the positioning of training applied, composite and innovative talents, always facing the talent market and docking with social needs, always taking the initiative to integrate into industrial transformation and upgrading and innovation-driven development, so our school should find its own positioning and characteristics to open artificial intelligence-related majors. He emphasized that the development of AI-related majors should follow the development idea of "teaching and scientific research go hand in hand, with effective teaching", combined with the new round of leapfrog development of the university, relying on the university-university-enterprise cooperation that the university has vigorously promoted in recent years, especially the university-enterprise cooperation and innovation platform built with leading enterprises, to form a good effect of scientific research feeding teaching. He hoped that the relevant teaching units and functional departments of the university would cooperate with each other, integrate the existing resources and make concerted efforts to do a good job in opening AI-related majors in our university.
During the seminar, the participants expressed their opinions and suggestions on the conditions, ways, positioning and ideas of opening AI-related majors in Kagan College.
Next, Kagan College will set up a working group to promote the declaration of AI-related majors, talent training program preparation, laboratory construction, faculty development, enrollment and other related work.
It is reported that in the "Catalogue of Undergraduate Majors and Introduction to Majors in General Higher Education Institutions (2012)" (352 basic majors and 154 special majors) issued by the Department of Higher Education of the Ministry of Education, there are no undergraduate majors named after the word "artificial intelligence". Among the ad hoc specialties, the first-level computer science discipline has "intelligent science and technology", which is closest in connotation to "artificial intelligence". As of August 2017, 36 universities have been officially approved by the Ministry of Education to establish "Intelligent Science and Technology" undergraduate majors.