The Department of Physical Education (PE) of South-Central University for Nationalities (SCUN) was established in 2010 based on the PE teaching department of SCUN. We have a stable discipline basis, an excellent faculty group, a sound organizational structure a favorable operational mechanism. Now, we have operated major of the Social Sports. We have always put much emphasis on education, group construction, external athletic competitions and scientific researches. Discipline and faculty construction and innovation of PE education have been the focus of our department for years. In order to meet the need of society, we have take the subject progress direction into consideration. What is more, the curriculum has been designed to tamp the specialty base and promote advanced teaching concept thus to enhance school-running level.
As the subordinate teaching unit, the Department of PE of SCUN has undertaken the missions of discipline construction of PE, public PE course, physical health test of students, extracurricular mass sport guidance, sports training and competition and so on. There are 46 full time faculty members in our department, including 7 professors, 14 associate professors and 22 lecturers. The department undertakes the teaching mission of those majoring in social sports and also the university Physical Education course. We have adopted the following working thoughts to satisfy students' diversified demands of their interests in sports, cultivate their personality, develop the innovative spirit: the teaching model, " Freshmen Compulsory Courses, Sophomore Selective Courses, Junior and Senior General Elective Courses"; the guiding ideology of teaching, "People Oriented, Fitness First, Lifelong Exercise, Lifelong Health and Lifelong Benefit", the features of the teaching content, "Highlighting both National Characteristics and Public Fitness Project"; teaching goals, "Mastering the Knowledge and Skills of Physical Fitness, Cultivating Interest and Awareness of Students' Physical Fitness and Develop a Lifelong Habit of Physical Fitness ". With over 90,00 ㎡playground area, we have a integrated gymnasium, a constant temperature swimming pool, two standard sites for track and field (the artificial turf soccer field inside), 40 basketball courts, 21 badminton courts indoor and outdoor, 8 tennis courts, 8 shuttlecock courts and other sports fields. Besides, there are a series of modern sports teaching facilities such as physical health test lab, sports anatomy lab and sports health care lab.
Since 2007, remarkable results have been brought out in scientific researches. Teachers of our department win three Provincial Social Science Funds, two subjects of the Ethnic Affairs Commission of Hubei province , one subject of Ministry Department of Hubei province, two National Social Science Funds and four University Social Science Funds. We have published two monographs, more than 100 academic papers in various journals. Meanwhile, we have edited 10 various teaching materials. We have formed more than 10 sports teams, WuShu, Shuttlecock, Pearl Ball (a traditional Chinese ball game of the Man Natinality ), football, basketball, volleyball, tennis, badminton, table tennis, Taekwondo, Aerobics and Track and Field, with more than 300 athletes. They have enjoyed distinct results in different competition level throughout the universities in the country and Hubei province over the past few years. The WuShu team has won 20 consecutive championship of competition throughout the universities in Hubei province with absolute predominance. Woman's pearl ball team won the first place in the first Pearl Ball Competition of University in 2005. Besides, we always rank top three positions in the competition of basketball, shuttlecock, badminton, tennis, dance sports and cheer leading and so on. We have won the provincial championship in football competition for several times. The excellent performance has gained acclaim from the university authorities and recognition amongst the public.
The Department of PE is a united team abounding in vigor and vitality with enterprising spirit. We have a progressive leading group and well-trained, professional and responsible faculty members. Among them, there are experts with abundant experiences and scientific achievements and qualified faculty members with excellent professional skills achieving outstanding success in competitions both at home and abroad. Under the guidance of the administration of both the university and department, we actively implement the guiding ideology of "People Oriented, Fitness First, Lifelong Exercise, Lifelong Health and Lifelong Benefit " to explore the new teaching model of PE and health teaching, to cultivate interest and awareness of students' physical fitness, thus to develop students' abilities which can help them meet the diversified requirements of society.