University of Electronic Science and Technology of China (UESTC) will solely be responsible for supervising the classroom facilities, the teaching faculty, providing transcripts and insuring that the course credits will be officially transferred. Every year, UESTC International Summer Session will establish a Teaching Quality Evaluation Committee. The function of this committee is to ensure that the course curriculum’s scientific and pedagogical rigor is maintained. It will pair a professor from the host university with an international professor arriving from a shared academic field/department. However, the summer-session course subjects and its curriculums are separate to that of the course subjects that are carried out by the host university. This is carefully distinguished so that specific summer-session courses meet the criteria of the North American universities, so students’ credits are transferable. Each course is equivalent to 4 credits in the North American semester system. The whole summer session lasts for 5 weeks. Meanwhile, the courses will be conducted in English apart from the foreign-language-based curriculum. The total class sessions for each course is 60 hours (based on North American standards, 50 minutes counts as an hour of lecture session).
The summer school is also given the liberty to arrange special courses based on the needs of students. The students’ North American universities accept these credit-add-on courses.
Before commencement, you can select or switch courses online. If you need to add or drop a course, please contact our student services hotline (tel: 400-685-0612). On the first two opening days of summer session (being a Monday and Tuesday), students can add, drop or switch courses as they like by downloading the adjustment application form and handing it to school office before 12:00 on Wednesday of that first week. This process includes the consideration by the professor of the course. Students are responsible for the textbook costs due to scheduling adjustments of the courses. Any added courses to their summer session would mean students would have pay the extra tuition based on the courses they choose.
Withdrawal from a Course
According to the host universities’ academic policies, the deadline for withdrawing from a course is 5:00 PM on the fourth week of April. For more detail and exact date, please see “Important Dates” portion of our official website. Students can withdraw a course by filling a Withdraw Application form and handing it to the professor in leading the course before the deadline. The course withdrawn will receive a “W” in the transcript and students will not be able to get the refund of this course.
The midterm exam is given during the third week of school. The format of the exam is designed by the professor in charge. The Secretary General will review the exams on the first day of the third week. Examination supervisors shall be appointed for every paper exam. The exam paper should be signed by the professor and handed over on the fourth week. Exam papers shall be printed according to the actual class size and kept sealed, for which it shall not be opened until the exam day and distributed. The professor, teaching assistant, and the appointed examination supervisor shall supervise the final exam.
On the first day of class, every foreign professor shall submit the grading policy to the Secretary-General outlining the class performance, homework, and the percentage of the total grade allotted for each exam. Students’ final scores shall adhere in strict measurement to the course syllabi. The Academic Affairs Office will inspect 10% of the grades allocated as a sample survey. Professors will be informed if there are any inconsistencies in grading, while suggestions will be provided after the discussion session.
Students who have any objections about their grades can appeal through a meeting with the professor. If they fail to reach an agreement, student can propose an EOR (the EOR procedure can be found in the Academics section of the ONPS official website). The Deputy Director of Committee will conduct a reevaluation of the scoring and collect information about the student’s performance from the professor and teaching assistant. The EOR results will be then issued within a week in written form to the students.
In order to improve the teaching quality, ensure punctuality and accurately execute the professors’ curriculum and ensure impartiality of grading, a special Training Quality Evaluation Committee will convene from 2013 onward. This committee will consist of teachers from the host universities’ department of the same field/subject as the foreign instructor. They will supervise the teaching quality and the assessment results.
The host universities themselves arrange the Teaching Quality Evaluation Committee. As the organizer of the program, ONPS International Summer School has no right to intervene in the assessments made by the committee. In the coming years, more recognized professors in their respective fields will be invited to join the Teaching Quality Evaluation Committee. This ensures that the summer program will adhere to a more rigorous scholarship, further transparency in teaching, and greater impartiality for the assessment procedure.
For each campus, the structure of the Teaching Quality Evaluation Committee of the International Summer School is organized in the following:
Director (professor from North American university)
Deputy Director (faculty member appointed by the host university)
Secretary-General (Director of Educational Affairs of the Campus)
Committee Members (foreign professors from Deputy Director Office)
The Teaching Quality Evaluation Committee convenes every week during school hours with the teaching assistants. The Director and Deputy Director lead the meeting and reflect on the teaching matters of the week, while suggesting improvements on ONPS programs. After the
meeting, the Director will communicate with the professors who have lower evaluations and provide them with suggestions. The Secretary-General will transcribe and summarize the issues discussed in memo form.