A Brief Introduction to Practical Education Center
The Practical Education Center is an independent supplementary educational unit established by Minnan University of Science and Technology. It always insists on the philosophy of training applied talents, and creating a synergy between education, research, and social service. It is in charge of laboratories, internships, and training sites for the entire university and manages all undergraduates’ participation in these programs. Practical Education Center has not only created a platform that allows students to put entrepreneurship and creativity into practice, but also takes responsibility for scientific development and social service.
The programming and construction of laboratories has been under the guidance from the Experimental Education Sub-Committee of the university’s Education Works Guidance Committee. There are 10 separate secondary laboratory centers according to disciplines and majors: Public Basics，Opto Electronics and Mechatronic Engineering，Electronics and Electrical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Economics and Management, Finance and Accounting, Information Management, Clothing and Art Design, Foreign Languages, and Physical Education.
There have been formally established over 100 laboratories, internships, and training areas ,with a total area of over 125,000 square meters and over 80 million RMB worth of scientific instruments and equipment. There is a steady team of technicians and supervisors, with over 80 dedicated full-time technicians, which includes 8 professors or associate professors, 19 lecturers, and 20 masters or above. The university advocates strongly for high professional rank teachers to be involved in applied studies programs with students.
Recently, the special characteristics of The Practical Education Center have become rather distinctive; the effectiveness of applied studies is outstanding, the achievements are abundant, the benefits are broad, students’ interest in applied studies is strong and their self-study abilities are strengthening, with the result of obvious improved ability to put creativity into practice. The Practical Education Center is home to 2 provincial demonstration centers of experimental teaching, 4 provincial experimental teaching platforms of public elementary courses. Our center has produced over 60 theses and has officially published and compiled over 50 teaching materials or guides for experiments. It has also produced over 60 self-made sets of scientific equipment and devices, and has undertaken over 90 scientific research projects and teaching innovation projects of all levels.