Journal of East China Normal University(Educational Sciences) ›› 2022, Vol. 40 ›› Issue (8): 31-43.doi: 10.16382/j.cnki.1000-5560.2022.08.004

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Exploring The Cultivation Mode of Top-notch Innovative Talents in Undergraduate Education in The New Era:A Qualitative Study Based on TheTsien Excellence in Engineering Program’s 12 Years of Pilot in Tsinghua University

Manli Li1, Jinyu Wang1, Quanshui Zheng2,3, luping Xu2,3,4   

  1. 1. The Institute of Education, Tsinghua University Beijing, 100084, China
    2. Department of Engineering Mechanics, Tsinghua University Beijing, 100084 China
    3. Tsien Excellence in Engineering Program, Tsinghua university, Beijing, 100084 China
    4. Xingjian College, Tsinghua University Beijing, 100084 China
  • Online:2022-08-01 Published:2022-07-26


The direction of undergraduate education reform in research universities is one of the difficult problems in the reform and exploration of higher education in the past 20 years. This paper takes Tsien Excellence in Engineering Program (TEEP) in Tsinghua university, one of the pilot samples of China’s “Everest Plan”, as the research object, focusing on the pilot course and experience of undergraduate education in research universities in China. Based on a large number of static data such as official documents and meeting records across the past ten years of TEEP reform process, and dynamic data collected by researchers during the past two years including participatory observation, depth interview; etc, this paper comprehensively used the methods of archival research and case study. The study found that: compared with the traditional undergraduate education organization, TEEP has explored the “dual-axis driven” cultivation mode of “intensive course learning + advanced scientific research training” after more than a decade’s pilot practice. This paper reinterprets the core elements and operating mechanism of the “dual-axis driven” cultivation mode from its connotation and four dimensions: “systematic integration of knowledge and experience, logic of students’ time and space, interpersonal interaction between teachers and students, and self-construction of students”. The conclusion of this paper can provide theoretical framework and practical reference from different perspectives and value orientation for further promoting undergraduate education reform in research universities in the new era.

Key words: research university, cultivation of top-notch innovative talents, undergraduate education in science and engineering, Tsien Excellence in Engineering Program in Tsinghua University