Cui Hao and Wang Duo, two students majoring in mathematics in Shandong University Taishan College have recently been admitted to the program Ingénieur Polytechnicien of École Polytechnique after they outperformed other candidates in rigorous written examination and interview at the French Institute of China. Up to now, the total number of Taishan College students admitted to École Polytechnique reaches 13.
Established in 1794 and with its college flag and motto originated from Napoleon Bonaparte, École Polytechnique is the most renowned engineering institute of France. Ever since its founding, the institute has been dedicated to the cultivation of scientific and ethical leaders of all trades. It is the alma mater of famous scientists like Cauchy Augustin Louis and Jules Henri Poincaré, as well as an array of army leaders and statesmen. Every year, it attracts a number of students globally to take part in its entrance examination, one of the most time-honored and difficult examination of France.
In response to the Test Plan of Top-Notch Students Training in Basic Disciplines put forward by the Ministry of Education, Shandong University set up the Taishan College in 2010. The college, with its outstanding faculty and teaching facilities in mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology and computer science, has so far nurtured 292 qualified graduates, of whom 276 students, or 94.5%, chose to further their study in renowned institutes of higher learning at home and abroad; and among these, 76 students, or a quarter, were admitted by universities outside the Chinese Mainland. They went to universities and institutes include Oxford University, MIT, Ecole Normale Superieure de Paris,école Polytechnique, Duke University, UCLA, Columbia University, Johns Hopkins University, University of Michigan, Georgia Institute of Technology, Peking University, Tsinghua University and Chinese Academy of Sciences,etc. Taishan College encourages students to participate in exchange programs or conduct research in the world-class universities, and foreign experts are also frequently invited here to give lectures or reports. With its excellent faculty, international perspective and students-oriented teaching strategy, Taishan College serves as a cradle for training top-notch students in basic disciplines.
Translated by: Zi Hanyue
Edited by: Xie Tingting, Zhang Xinyuan