With access to the rich teaching resources of Xiamen University, Department of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering (DMEE) of Xiamen University Tan Kah Kee College (TKK College) has launched four undergraduate degree programs, namely, Mechanical Design & Manufacturing & Automation,Mechanical & Electronic Engineering, and Electrical Engineering & Automation,and Vehicle Engineering, which is first allowed to joint training master degree with Xiamen University of the trial unit. Also, we have established the Demo Center at the national level for mechanical and electrical engineering training and the twelfth five year plan for provincial experiment teaching demonstration center. Aiming at cultivating in the students their basic skills, engineering abilities and innovating competence,To build multi-level and multi-function, multi-channel, full open practice teaching platform, forming the knowledge, ability, quality, personality the coordinated development of practical teaching system, and more than 20 basis and professional laboratory in such areas as mechanical machining, CNC machining, special processing, electrical engineering and electronics, electro-optical, liquid and gas transmission, automatic detection and control, CAD/CAM, PLC, electrical machine and transmission, flexible system, electronic process, innovative electro-mechanical design, power system, maintenance electricians and robots. In addition, DMEE has built the Training and Accreditation Station for Professional Skills at the national level, the first one in TKK College,Along with the first Departmental Undergraduate Innovation Fund, which has been sponsored by businesses. Consequently, a good environment has formed for the development of the students’ knowledge education, research capacity as well as their comprehensive quality.
Since 2004 when DMEE was founded, we have produced plenty of fruits over the past eleven years. Thanks to the wise leadership of the directors of TKK College and the joint efforts made by the faculty and the students, we have attained our goal of leap-development for the first round. Now the number of the students has increased from 53 to over 1,100. The number of full-time teachers has increased from 2 to 39, of whom about 60% are associate professors and professors. In building the six provincial quality teaching reform projects, we have comprehensively conducted the teaching reform of our department, published independenly and collaboratively 14 textbooks. Cooperation with bussinesses has also yielded harvests. Off-campus internship bases and the platforms for production and learning and research have been established in cooperation with over 20 companies such as Siemens, Xiamen Golden Dragon, and Huatai Company. Some of those collaborative research projects have been put into practice,and have also gotten severalscientific research projects which is supported by provincial and municipal level;the collaborative project with the ministry of education of Siemens since 2013 is still being developing. As a result of our focus on the students’ integrated ability, the students’ comprehensive abilityhas improved a lot,and they have earned a total of over 100 awards in a variety of competitions at either the provincial or national level, including the Grand 3D Innovation Competition, “Freescale” Smart Car Competition, Undergraduate Engineering Training Integrated Ability Contest, or Mathematic Modeling Contest. They have also completed almost one hundredUndergraduate Innovation and Experimental Projects. So far, the teachers and students have got more than 100 research papers published and more than 40 patents granted. and the employment rates of our graduates have remained over 95%, and they have been well received by the companies they work for, even such famous companies as Siemens, Golden Dragon, Taihua,Huisman,ABB,and etc. Now some of those graduates have become the major technical forces in companies, while some have built up their own business with their distinctive brands.
Looking ahead, we are full of confidence. The faculty members and the students of DMEE will follow the motto of Xiamen University: “Pursue excellence and strive for perfection”, so as to grasp the development opportunity for industrial 4.0 and achieve another round of leap-development We will actively adapt to the needs of economic, technological, and social development for high quality professionals. We will reorient our education to produce application-type graduates. We will take full advantage of the platforms of Provincial Demo Center, Provincial Select Course, and Provincial Innovative Experimental Zone, optimize the major structure, deepen our teaching reform, and form a teaching team with experts and professors as its core, full-time teachers as its main part, and technicians from companies as its juice. We will adhere to the principle of student-centeredness, give priority to the improvement of teaching quality, and commit ourselves to the perfection of Undergraduate Development Program so as to be able to stand the test of the market, receive the recognition from other higher education institutions, and be of great reference value. We will strive to foster the team spirit in the undergraduates and turn them into outstanding individuals. We will make every effort to make DMEE a popular first-class department with high educational quality, integrated strength, and application-oriented characteristics.