JOURNAL OF BEIJING UNIVERSITY OF AERONAUTICS AND A ›› 2009, Vol. 22 ›› Issue (S): 21-23.

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Investigation and Practice on Enhancing Original FOAK Ability of Doctoral Candidates

Original FOAK (First-Of-A-Kind) ability in technology is crucial for the future development of our nation. Among all the education phases, higher education is of special importance in the cultivating of this ability. Enhancing the original FOAK ability of doctoral candidates is a key issue, however. Research shows that doctoral dissertations can be categorized into two different types, original innovation type and tracking research type. A major quantitative parameter for evaluating original FOAK cultivation mode is the proportion of original innovation type dissertations to all the dissertations investigated. In the research group of the author, for example, the parameter was increased from 3.45% to 28.57% as the original innovation cultivation mode is adopted.   

  1. National Key Laboratory of Aero-Engines,Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics
  • Online:2009-09-25 Published:2010-05-20

Abstract: Original FOAK (First-Of-A-Kind) ability in technology is crucial for the future development of our nation. Among all the education phases, higher education is of special importance in the cultivating of this ability. Enhancing the original FOAK ability of doctoral candidates is a key issue, however. Research shows that doctoral dissertations can be categorized into two different types, original innovation type and tracking research type. A major quantitative parameter for evaluating original FOAK cultivation mode is the proportion of original innovation type dissertations to all the dissertations investigated. In the research group of the author, for example, the parameter was increased from 3.45% to 28.57% as the original innovation cultivation mode is adopted.

Key words: doctoral candidates, doctoral dissertations, doctoral cultivation, original innovation type, tracking research type