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[Hunan Today] Being a Paving Stone in the Era of Big Data

2020-12-04 16:28:39

“I want to praise my university teacherscrazilybecause no question is too difficult for them.” Xiao Deng has graduated for nearly two years and is currently engaged in data development in Shanghai. Talking about his university life, he is still full of praise for his teachers who taught him back then.

Algorithm and big data are high-frequency words duringthe current economic and social development, but it is particularly challenging to implement them in the field of higher education. “Mathematics has abused me thousands of times, butI treat mathematics like my first love”, which has become the exclusive self-teasing label formany students. From the beginner to the industrymaster, you cannot be separated from the unique leaders. The Faculty Party Branch ofDoctors in the School ofMathematics & Statistics of HUTB is a typical representative of them.


 

▲Group photo of some party membersof the Faculty Party Branch ofDoctors in the School ofMathematics & Statistics of HUTB

 

Acceleration uponhard work

 

“For those who studyeconomics, mathematics is a tool; while for those who study mathematics, mathematics should not only hand over a tool, but also should constantly innovate in tools”, Xie Xiaoliang, Dean of the School of Mathematics &Statistics, toldreporters that the current mathematics teachers in colleges and universities shouldera heavy task. They should not only teach public courses well to provide principles and methods for other majors to solveproblems, but also should plant private plotsand continuously strengthen professional construction and discipline construction, therebyprovidingtalentssupport and intellectual support for economic and social development in the era of big data.

 

It is understood that the School of Mathematics &Statistics of HUTBprovides more than 14,000 coursesof advanced mathematics andother public coursesrelating tomathematics tomore than 7,000 students in the whole school every year, and each teacher has to bear the workload of more than 600 class hours every year. In addition, there are 6 undergraduate majorsas well as 1,356 undergraduates and 76 postgraduatesin the School, sothe task of teaching, research and scientific research is arduous.

 

“Considering the work pressure, we set up the Faculty Party Branch ofDoctors acrosstheTeaching and Research Section to give full play to the leading role of doctoral party members”,Yang Gang, Party Secretary of the School of Mathematics &Statistics, loves the Faculty Party Branch ofDoctorsbeyond words. He introducesthat there are currently 14 members inthe Faculty Party Branch ofDoctors, except for the Secretary of the Party Committee and the Dean of the School, who are responsiblefor direct contact and participate in all the activities, all the other members are young doctors around 30 years old, “with ideas and drive,theyplay a vanguard role in the development of the school”.

 

Zhang Jian, Secretary of the Branch, and Zhang Wen, his wife, both came to the school at the same time after their doctoral graduation in 2015. They are both affectionate couples and close comrades. The two took learning mathematics, teaching mathematics and studying mathematics as the main theme of their life and work.Zhang Jian took all the courses delayed due toZhang Wen's maternity leave, andZhang Wen also took the initiative to share the tasks left by Zhang Jian because of hisgoingout to study. Over the past few years, Zhang Jian has published more than 50 SCI academic papers, including 7 highly cited papers with ESI 1% and 1highly citedpaper with ESI 0.1%. And Zhang Wen also obtainedthe national projectsand made remarkable achievements, becoming the pillar inthe development of the School.

 

Driven by the demonstration of the Faculty Party Branch ofDoctors, the School of Mathematics &Statistics has achieved rapid development in recent years. Yang Gang, Secretary of the Party Committee of the School, said: “There are no other tricks for our achievements, and they are all out of the fight. Ifnotbelieving,youmaycome to see the office building at night. The floor forour Schoolmust be the most brightly lit.”

 

Hard work pays off. In recent years, the School of Mathematics &Statistics has achieved rapid development, with the number of undergraduate majors increased from 3to 6and the level of personnel training expanded from undergraduate education to postgraduate education. 1training class for outstanding talents of digital economy academicians was set up, 1key laboratory in Hunan Province was obtained, as well as3provincial first-class majors and 3provincial excellent courses were obtained. The employment rate of 2020 graduates reached 96.63%, ranking first in the whole school.

 

Trueskillsupon honing

 

As theFaculty Party Branch ofDoctors, scientific research is their specialty. “Teaching and learning benefit from each other, teaching and research interact with each other, which are the conscious pursuit of every party member in the Branch, and also the concrete embodiment of giving play to the vanguard and exemplary role of party members.” Zhang Jian, Secretary of the Branch, told reporters that the Party Branch has made great efforts to create an exchange platform for ideological collision and academic contention inthe way of “polishing” papers, so as to help branch members hatch more scientific research achievements.

 

“I am especially grateful to the working atmosphere inthe Branch for mutual assistance and the working state of full firepower”,Fang Xiaoping, member of the Branch, was particularly touched by this point. The Branch regularly held brainstorming meetings every month to exchange cutting-edge information and latest developments in the field of mathematical research, and commented onthe submitted paperoutlinesand project declarations, “It's like going back to the state of my studying days. Once we discussed until 1am for a data model and almost got locked in the underground garage.”

 

Dr. Fang Xiaoping applied for the post of scientific research in the school. The basic teaching workload is only 60 class hours, but she has to finish600 class hours every year and also undertakesa lot of work in party building and professional construction. In the past two years since she entered the school, she has published 5SCI papers, and established each one of the National Natural Science Foundation Youth Program, the Ministry of Education Humanities and Social Sciences Foundation Program, the Hunan Provincial Social Science Foundation Program, the Hunan Provincial Department of Education Outstanding Youth Program andthe Hunan Provincial Bureau of Statistics Scientific Research Program, as well as a horizontal scientific research programand a teaching and research reform program..

 

Dr. He Guoman also has a deep understanding of this point. He started to prepare related preliminary research during his Ph.D. study. After he joined the work and came to school in 2017, he continued to deepen and expand his research under the guidance of the Branch. “During the Spring Festival, Istillcontacted experts to help me revise and polish, and the application was changed more than 30 times in the course”,after three years of polishing, He Guoman finally achieved a breakthrough in the national scientific research foundation this year. In addition, while undertaking 500 class hours of teaching every year, he also won a Hunan ProvincialNatural Science Foundation Program and an excellent youth project of the Department of Education, and published 5 SCI papers.

 

In the past year, the School of Mathematics &Statistics of HUTBhas established 31 projects at or above the provincial level, including 4 national natural sciencefoundationprograms, 2 national social science general programs, 2 provincial natural scienceprograms, 2 provincial natural youth programs, 4 key scientific research programsof the DepartmentofEducation, 6 outstanding youth scientific research programs of the DepartmentofEducation, 6 generalscientific research projects of the DepartmentofEducation, 1 key postgraduate provincial education reform programand 4 general education reform program of the DepartmentofEducation. In 2019, the whole Schoolpublished 26 academic papers, including 20 SCI papers,1 ClassA foreign paper,3 ClassB foreign papers and 1 Class A Chinese paper. The achievements made byteachersofparty members account for more than 95% of the achievements made bytheSchool, and the vanguard and exemplary role of party members is fully reflected.

 

Competitivenessupon tremendous exercises

 

“Have you ever seen acampus at 4:30 am?” During the interview, Teacher Liao Yunhua askedsuch a question, “When tutoring students in mathematics on weekends, I will get up at 4:30amto immerse myself in exercises.”

 

It’s normal to immerse in exercisestogether with students, and the more you immerse, the more you havea good state. According to preliminary statistics, the party members in the Branch do exercises more than 5,000 every year. Whether it's the usual classroom teaching, or various mathematics competitions or the mathematics postgraduateentrance examtutoring classes open to all students free of charge,there is a mathematicsmasterwho desperately immerses himself in exercises behindevery wonderful class.

 

In order to further enhance the sense of dedication, the Branch took the demonstration post of party members as the carrier, created the characteristic brand of “Internet +Assisting Postgraduate Entrance Exam Mathematics”, sent the most capable teamofteachers, took turns to teach postgraduate entranceexam mathematics courses to suchstudents inthe whole school, and applied Tsinghua University'sonline classroom, “rain classroom”, QQ group and WeChat group to set up an assisting class. Currently, there are nearly 1,000 student members, more than 800 active online students and up to9,000 person-times taking part inthe Q&A sessions. During the summer vacation, more than 10 teachers of party members waivedtheir holiday breaks to give guidance and training to the students forthe mathematical model competition, truly achieving“daytimeplus nighttime” and “weekdays plus weekends”.

 

In the past year, students of the School have won more than 62 awards, including 3 national second awardsin the National Mathematical Modeling Competition for University and CollegeStudents;28 awards in the Hunan Region ofthe National Mathematical Modeling Competition for University and CollegeStudents,containing3 first prizes, 10 second prizes and 15 third prizes; 15 awards in the National Mathematical Competition for University and CollegeStudents, containing2first prizes, 4second prizes and 9third prizes;as well as 16 awards in the Hunan Provincial Mathematical Competition for University and CollegeStudents, containing2first prizes, 4second prizes and 10third prizes. 4nationaluniversityand college students' innovation and entrepreneurship training programs and 6provincial universityand college students' innovation and entrepreneurship training programs were established. Among the instructors of various competitions, the proportion ofPhD party members of the faculty has reached over85%.


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