Qujing Normal University ： A Brief Introduction
Qujing Normal University (QJNU) is located in Qujing city, the second largest city in Yunnan province, the hometown of the Cuan culture, and one of the Top 10 National Residence-Friendly Cities in China, and where the Pearl River, which is the third longest river in China, originates. The history of QJNU can be traced back to 1907 when a Teachers Training Institute was founded. In 1912, the Third Provincial Teachers School of Yunnan was established and in 1956, the school was renamed Qujing Teachers School. In 1977, the school began to enroll undergraduate students in collaboration with Kunming Normal College. In 1978, Qujing Junior Teachers College was established. In 1993, the college was renamed Qujing Senior Teachers College. In 1984, Qujing College of Education was established. In March 2000, the former three schools of Qujing Senior Teachers College, Qujing College of Education and Qujing Teachers School were merged into QJNU. In June 2007, QJNU received a B rating in the undergraduate education accreditation by the national Ministry of Education, and since 2010, the university has become one of the key universities enrolling high-quality students in Yunnan province. In December 2011, QJNU was awarded the prize of A National Civilized Unit by the Central Committee of Civilization Construction in China.
Carrying forward the school spirit of cultivating talents with joys and hardships and fostering a noble soul through persistent efforts and adhering to the university-running philosophy of cultivating talents as its first mission, qualified teachers as its prime resources, teaching and instruction as the teachers’ bounden duty and development as its foremost task, the university implements the motto of integrity, benevolence, wisdom and practice, and has nurtured the tradition of democracy, harmony, realism and innovation. It has made great contributions to the regional economic and social development of Qujing city and Yunnan province by cultivating 40,000-odd advanced and practical talents in the past decades. Among its large number of well-known alumni, to name only a few, were General Xu Wenlie, who contributed a great deal to the national revolution and construction cause, Mr. Gui Taosheng, music composer of the well-known song On Mount Taihang, and Mr. Wang Jiaben, the renowned military general in the anti-Japanese war. In recent years, Hu Yan (female) has won the titles of “A National Red-Banner Pacesetter” and “A National Outstanding Individual in Aiding Tibet in Education” and was chosen as one of the deputies in Yunnan province for the 18th CPC Party Congress. Mr. Guo Kuacun has won the titles of “Man of the Hour for Education in Yunnan” and “A Hundred Well-known Principals in Yunnan.” Mr. Liang Chunling won the titles of “National Outstanding College Students Aiding Education” in 2008 and “Man of the Hour for Education in Yunnan” in 2009. QJNU has won the notable reputation of commencing from the source of the long Pearl River and being the cradle for thousands of teachers and instructors. Now it has become a leading figure in the educational development cause, an important base for cultivating qualified teachers and a bright window for the construction of advanced culture in Qujing city.
QJNU has three campuses: the Main Campus, Gucheng Campus and Huandong Campus. It covers a total area of 1399.43 mu (about 200 acres), with a schoolhouse floor space of 302.1 thousand sq m; a high-standard library stocked with over 1.8 million volumes of books; the fixed assets total 689 million Yuan RMB, of which the teaching and scientific research-related equipment and facilities stand at 87.9738 million Yuan RMB. The Main Campus (the new campus), which was built in September 2004 and totals an area of 1158 mu (191 acres), contains all the elements of a modern university and is environment-friendly with a green space accounting for 62.4% of the total.
At present, QJNU has 18 teaching units, 4 teaching-supporting institutions and 33 research institutes (including 4 exclusive school-level research institutes). QJNU provides 1 national-level specially-featured undergraduate program (major), 7 provincial-level key disciplines and 3 of which are provincial key construction disciplines for master degree programs; 2 are privileged provincial key specialties; and 2 are authorized Title II key disciplines. Besides, the university also offers 2 provincial key undergraduate majors, 3 provincial specially-featured programs, 9 provincial-level excellent courses, 3 provincial experimental teaching demonstration centers, 3 provincial demonstration centers for innovative talents cultivation, 3 provincial key construction laboratories for higher education, and 1 research base for the State Bureau of Physical Culture Administration, 1 provincial key research base of philosophy and social sciences, 2 innovative teaching teams for philosophy and social sciences, 1 innovative team for scientific and technological research, 5 provincial teaching teams, and 2 provincial-level innovative and experimental demonstration centers for the modes of talents cultivation. Now QJNU offers 53 undergraduate bachelor’s degree programs, 17 specialties of vocational and professional training, and 60 specialties for adult education. The bachelor’s degree programs cover 8 major disciplines including economics, law, pedagogy, literature, history, natural science, engineering and management. Enrolling students from China’s 26 provinces (municipalities and autonomous regions), QJNU has nearly 15,000 full-time students and another 10,000-odd students of correspondence, TV and online education.
QJNU has a faculty and staff team of 983 members, among whom 726 are full-time instructors. 78 of them are full professors and 247 are associate professors, taking a rate of 44.7% of the total full-time teachers. Of its large contingent of teachers, 72 have got their Ph D degrees (40 of them are still doing their Ph D study), along with the MA/MS degree holders, accounting for 79% of the total. 49 of them are MA/MS supervisors of Shanghai Normal University, Yunnan University and Yunnan Normal University; 7 of them enjoy special expert allowance granted by the State Council; 1 is titled the National Outstanding Teacher; 14 are rated as provincial distinguished experts and are granted special expert allowance by the provincial government; 6 are titled Distinguished Teachers of Yunnan province for higher education. In addition, QJNU has 3 Workshops for Distinguished Teachers, and it has invited 150 visiting and part-time professors and 13 foreign experts to work on campus annually. The faculty and staff team, with a highly professional teaching competence, can satisfactorily meet the demands of undergraduate education.
QJNU has been laying special emphasis on cultivating the innovative spirits, practical competence and employability skills of the students, and the students have made dazzling achievements and won over 700 prizes in a variety of national and provincial competitions such as the “Challenge Cup” National Academic and Scientific Works Competition for College Students, the National Mathematical Modeling Competition for College Students and the National Fine Arts Exhibitions Competition for College Students. The University has also won many awards from the Central and Provincial Committee of the Communist Youth League for its “Three Sends to the Countryside” programs consecutively in the past years. The employment rate of the undergraduate students is over 93%, ranking among the top in Yunnan province from the year 2004 to 2014 and it has won many awards from Yunnan provincial department of education.
Since 2000, the university has undertaken over 1266 scientific research projects in various fields, among which 29 are National Social Science Fund Projects solely conducted by its own faculty members; 10 are National Natural Science Fund Projects solely or jointly conducted; 3 are National Art Fund projects; 29 are solely-conducted projects funded by the national Ministry of Education and others; 169 are funded by various provincial-level departments; 320 are funded by the provincial department of education; 45 are funded by various departments of Qujing city; 570 are funded by the university itself, and 91 are horizontal research projects. The faculty and staff members have published over 240 monographs, compilation works, collections of fine arts and textbooks and over 7760 research papers. Besides, the university has won 78 prizes for its outstanding achievements in various fields in Yunnan, 111 prizes for teaching of various realms at provincial or national level and above, 140 prizes for outstanding achievements in social science research in Qujing and 24 prizes for literature and fine art works from Qujing City People’s Government.
QJNU has been actively carrying out international exchange and cooperation. It has set up the Qujing Branch of the Preparatory School for Study Overseas in Yunnan and commenced such joint talents cultivation programs as “1+3”, “1+2+1” etc. with Burapha University in Thailand, Mansfield University of Pennsylvania in the USA and New Zealand College of Business and Lincoln University. QJNU has established stable and friendly relations with 23 foreign universities and educational organizations including those from the UK, the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Italy, South Korea, the Laos, Thailand, India and Taiwan. Faculty and student exchange programs as well as the study-abroad and overseas paid internship projects are collaboratively and comprehensively carried out, and the progress of internationalization of the university is very effectively on the way.
While entering the 13th Five-year plan, QJNU will guide its overall progress by the five notions of development (innovative, coordinated, green, open and shared by all), and stick to the regional, normal and instructional characteristics of the university, and take the road of internal development to greatly improve its level and quality of running schools. By laying special emphasis on the coverage of undergraduate programs, the construction of distinguished disciplines, the level of internationalization, the local impact for the regional and social development and its rate of contribution, the university is doing its utmost to attain the ultimate goal of building into a regional, applied and high-level university with outstanding features through internal, characteristic, transformational and innovative development. (Data till March 2016)
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