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[China Education Newspaper] Solution to Excess Capacity of Talents — HNUC’s Exploration on Education Supply-Side Reform

2017-06-29 10:34:40

Every year, we always see that, on every campus, some graduates are busy looking for jobs and sending resumes, but end up being unemployed.

Colleges and universities must take the opportunity brought by the supply-side reform to solve the problem of excess capacity of talents. In recent years, HNUC has offered its solution by adapting to the demands of regional economic and social development and implementing ambitious reforms on the fronts of discipline setting, capacity building and entrepreneurial service.

Establishing a Pre-warning and Exit Mechanism——

Dynamic setting of disciplines

Zhou Min, an assistant professor at HNUC, used to be a journalist. Since last September, she returned back to the journalism sector and temporarily served as the deputy director of the general editorial office of Changsha Evening News. Unlike her coworkers, Zhou did proofreading while thinking about how to turn these reports into cases for teaching.

Zhou Min regarded her job at the newspaper as the point of strength in her career, which could help her put theories into practice, improve teaching quality and raise the ranking of her discipline.

The ranking referred to by Zhou is HNUC’s annual report on dynamic adjustment of disciplines. The university established a pre-warning and exit mechanism, consisting of indicators such as first choice of discipline, initial employment and discipline evaluation ranking, based on which any discipline with poor ranking for 3 consecutive years will be open to a limited number of applicants or be suspended. At present, 11 disciplines are not allowed to be open to application for two consecutive years, and one discipline is suspended.

Discipline optimization and adjustment can not only prevent misallocation of resource, but also force teachers to merge leading-edge knowledge into teaching, thus cultivating innovative talents suitable for new forms of business, said Chen Xiaohong, the principal of HNUC. According to Chen, in addition to reducing some disciplines, HNUC provides new courses such as financial mathematics, investment and IoT engineering in proportion to the demands of regional industry chains.

Prioritizing Practices to Theories in Talent Cultivation——

Real Capacity Building

In HNUC, ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) sandbox simulation is a course many students enjoy.

This course requires a team of 5 students playing CEO, CMO, COO, CPO and CFO respectively. They are required to work together on a series of operating activities such as market analysis, strategy preparation, marketing plan, production organization and financial management, and to compete with other simulative enterprises.

Long Xuan, an HR management major enrolled in 2014, was hired by Pepsi as an accountant. “I was always designated as CFO in ERP course, which urged me to learn about all types of financial statements and focus on the control of cash flow and budget”, said Long. Thanks to the experience and capacity accumulated from ERP courses, Long stood out in Pepsi’s job interview.

With business teaching as its hallmark, HNUC has created a model of combining business with practice for talent cultivation. It has also established a capacity building system featuring experiment, on-the-job training and practice, to realize efficient synthesis between talent supply and market demands. ERP course is just one instance of HNUC’s massive practices.

HNUC has the largest and most complete economic management simulation and experiment center in Hunan Province. It creates 20-odd training courses including ERP sandbox simulation, integrated accounting internship and comprehensive finance experiment, and provides seven practice categories consisting of 200-odd practice modes. Meanwhile, the university makes great efforts in holding discipline competition to lead students to the integration and professionalization of core capabilities. For this purpose, it has set up 22 school-level contests including e-commerce contest and logistics knowledge contest.

“In addition to professional skills, graduates often need to develop comprehensive capacities to solve complex problems and cope with uncertainties on their posts”, said Liu Guoquan, the deputy principal of HNUC. He believed that to address the overcapacity of talents, it is important to carry out practical teaching, prioritize practices to theories in talent cultivation and comprehensively upgrade capacity building.

Combining Professional Training with Entrepreneurial Education——

Comprehensive Services for Entrepreneurs

 

Upon graduation from HNUC in 2014, Xu Wei started a company to grow vegetables in the suburbs of Changsha.

Instead of using the traditional farming method, Xu Wei co-founded Hunan Ruiteng Agriculture Technology Co., Ltd., which is committed to combining the concept of green development with community-support agriculture, building a system of food material supply chain featuring total ecological quality monitoring, and improving the community-supported agriculture. The company was rated by Hunan Provincial Department of Human Resources and Social Security as the “Outstanding Entrepreneurial Model”.

In Innovative Entrepreneurship & Practice Center (IEPC) of HNUC, Xu Wei was talking to his client. “Although I graduated three years ago, HNUC is still my most reliable source of support”, said Xu. He also told us that, during the initial hard times, HNUC gave his company 50,000 yuan as a start-up competition subsidy, helped prepare the office and provided instructors to make appropriate advice on the company’s development.

The purpose of encouraging students to start their own businesses is more than pursuing economic benefits, said Tang Yayang, the secretary of the party committee of HNUC. He stressed the need to establish the important role of innovation and entrepreneurship education in cultivating talents, transform the ideological education and theoretical learning into students’ ability to innovate and start businesses, and make talent growth adaptable to economic and social development.

According to statistics, HNUC’s graduates with entrepreneurial experience accounted for 40%. They have established over 3,000 private enterprises in science & technology, culture and tourism sectors. HNUC’s alumni have invested a total of over 400 million yuan in economic development of Hunan Province.

Contributed by: Chao Jinwen   Reported by: Yang Xiye

Link: http://paper.jyb.cn/zgjyb/html/2017-04/18/content_476574.htm?div=-1


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