On February 14, the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Finance and the National Development and Reform Commission announced the list of the universities and disciplines that will proceed into the second phase of “double first-class” development. Our university has been selected into the new batch of "double first-class" development universities, and six key disciplines into the new phase of "double first-class" disciplines.
Sichuan University has achieved remarkable results and received an overall evaluation score in the first tier. The specifics are as follows: the school running strength has been significantly enhanced; the development objectives have been achieved for the most part, and a number of school running indicators is either close to or has reached the standard of world-class universities. SCU has preliminarily found out a development path for western universities to build world-class universities, making important contributions to major national strategies and regional economic and social development.
Achievements of Phase I
During the first phase of "double first-class" development, Sichuan University implemented the fundamental task of building morality and cultivating talent, focused on the new great project of Party building and the new great cause of building a world-class university, and achieved remarkable results. The university reached a new level in terms of school running and overall strength.
On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China, the university Party committee was commended by the Party Central Committee and won the title of "national advanced grass-roots party organization". "Sichuan University Practice of first-class undergraduate education with classroom teaching reform as a breakthrough" won the special prize of National Teaching Achievement Award. During phase I, more than 400 high-end talent were recruited, and the total number of national talent exceeded 600, doubling in the number of talent. The university has also achieved great success in original research in multiple fields, winning four National Natural Science Awards. The number of general projects of NSSF ranked first in colleges and universities nationwide for three consecutive years, and six achievements of high-end think tanks were approved by President Xi Jinping. The world's first insect cell recombinant protein coronavirus vaccine was developed and entered phase III clinical trial. Besides, West China Hospital of Sichuan University won the title of the "national advanced group against COVID-19"; made new achievements in the construction of "beautiful Sichuan University" and won the title of "national good campus". Moreover, Five disciplines have entered the top 1 ‰ in the world, and 19 in the top 1%, ranking seventh in universities under world-class university development. Shanghairanking Consultancy (ARWU) ranks SCU in the 154th place in the world, and the university’s natural index ranks 37th in the world.
Objectives and main contents of the new development phase
In the new phase of "double first-class" development, the university will base itself on the new development stage, implement the new development concept, build a new development pattern, solidly promote the cultivation of top-notch innovative talent, the development of first-class teachers, and the improvement of scientific research level. Focus on the five construction tasks of achievements transformation and the five reform tasks of strengthening and improving the Party's leadership over colleges and universities, improving the internal governance structure, achieving breakthroughs in key links, building a social participation mechanism and promoting international exchanges and cooperation. Concentrate on developing 14 first-class disciplines (groups) including Marxist theory, Chinese language and literature, Chinese history and archaeology, mathematics, chemistry, material science and engineering, water resource and hydropower, light industry technology and engineering, biomedical engineering, basic medicine, clinical medicine, stomatology, nursing, management and law. By 2025, the university will rank in the first batch of domestic colleges and universities in terms of overall strength. Its core competitiveness index will rank among the top 10 nationwide. Several school running indicators will rank among the top 100 in the world, and the total number of high-end talent will exceed more than 1,000. A number of disciplines will take the lead in entering the world-class ranks, and the university will take the lead in exploring a characteristic development path for western colleges and universities to build a world-class university.