The School of Physical Education of Chongqing University boasts a long history. Back to the year of 1936, the Department of Physical Education was established. In addition to offering non-major physical education courses, it also began to cultivate sports talents. In 1951, the department was merged into the Department of Physical Education of Southwest Normal College (now the School of Physical Education of Southwest University). In 1979, it resumed undergraduate admissions, training the undergraduate candidates into professional PE teachers. Since 2000, students have been recruited every year. On January 10, 2001, the School of Physical Education of Chongqing University was founded through the cooperation of Chongqing University and Chongqing Municipal Bureau of Sports, which created a new school running pattern. In the same year, the Master Program of Physical Education and Training was approved, and in 2002, it began to enroll students. In 2007, the on-the-job Master Program for university teachers was approved and began to enroll candidates. In 2009, the Master Program of Physical Education was approved, and it began to enroll students in the spring of 2010. At present, there are nearly 200 graduate and undergraduate students in our School.
The School is established to help meet the goal of building Chongqing University into a domestic first-class, internationally renowned and research-oriented comprehensive university, and to cultivate high-level sports talents for the society. The tasks undertaken by the School include university public physical education, sports discipline and specialty construction, management of high-level sports teams and sports competition, university students’ physical fitness test, etc. The School boasts a number of specialists and scholars in the sports circle, as well as professional referees. With 4 professors, over 30 associate professors, 3 international referees and 6 national referees, we have about 80 faculty and staff. The School has also made some achievements in scientific research. We have published dozens of high-level scientific papers in international and domestic journals, edited and published textbooks, and applied for many provincial and ministerial level research projects. The high standard sports facilities provide a good environment for professional teaching while the implementation of credit system, the introduction of minor and second major, and over 100 electives provide guarantee for the enhancement of students’ comprehensive quality, professional caliber, and social adaptability.
As Mao Zedong, one of China’s greatest leaders wrote in his poem, “The mighty pass is like a wall of iron, yet with firm strides, we are conquering its summit”. In the future, we will work hard, forge ahead with determination, and strive for success. We will earnestly carry out the fundamental task of moral education, adhere to the education concept of putting health first, and follow the development strategy of providing high quality teaching, pursuing breakthroughs in discipline construction, carrying out group activities with characteristics, and making great achievements in competitive sports. Efforts will also be made to promote the efficient implementation of documents including Suggestions on Comprehensively Strengthening and Improving School Physical Education in the New Era. By constantly creating an atmosphere of physical education culture on campus, we will give full play to the unique function of physical education in developing both body and mind and make unremitting efforts for the talent cultivation and scientific development of the university.