On September 6, 2017, the Xuanyuan Road Campus of Beihang University welcomed undergraduate freshmen students of the School of General Engineering (SGE). Early in the morning, warm-hearted volunteers set up an Orientation Service Station and waited for the newcomers. While registering, all the students signed their names on the carefully designed Signature Wall and took a photo in front of it to both, recorded this proud moment as well as open a new chapter in welcoming the first group of students to SGE.
The concern of freshmen students towards our school was palpable. Every newcomer got an Orientation Gift Bag which contained an Orientation Manual, a Glossary, a School T-shirt and contact information of their peers. The Orientation Manual is specially designed for life on Xuanyuan Road Campus. This manual helps students quickly familiarize themselves with life in Beihang University by introducing utilities in apartments, shopping in supermarkets, sporting facilities and transportation. The Glossary helps students adapt to the new English-only Teaching Mode. The front picture of the School T-shirt is designed as a world map, showing the international feature of SGE. The Contacts booklet contains all the freshmen students’ photos, self-introduction and contact information to make it easier for students to keep in touch with each other.
In 2015, SGE got listed in the “Promotion Plan of International Demonstration School in University” which was carried out by the State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs and the Ministry of Education. Our school started admitting the first batch of undergraduates in 2017. SGE centers on “Double World-classes” and relies on Beihang’s powerful engineering background and advantages to bring in teachers from all around the world. All our core courses are taught in English in order to build an international teaching pilot site of “Beihang Engineering” and contribute to the comprehensive reform of higher education in Beihang and even the whole country.
This year, SGE enrolled 50 undergraduates. The new school ushered in a new start. The freshmen at SGE inject new energy to Beihang. They will grow and become excellent in this warm land. Along with young SGE, our students will compose a fascinating new chapter of their youth.