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Shanxi University is located in Taiyuan, which is the capital of Shanxi Province

and boasts a history of 2,500 years. Its profound cultural heritage can be dated back to

Sanli College in the Ming Dynasty and Jinyang College and Linde College in the

Qing Dynasty. Shanxi University’s predecessor was Shanxi Grand School founded in

1902. In the early period, Shanxi Grand School promoted the integration of Chinese

culture with Western cultures and also paid equal attention to arts and sciences. With

great flexibility in managing the task of running a college and advanced educational

ideas, the school was one of the most important cradles of Chinese higher education

and a crucial institution for spreading culture, science, and education in Shanxi

Province for over a hundred years. It went through the Anti-Japanese War

(1937-1945), several relocations during the War of Liberation (1945-1949) and the

restructuring of universities and colleges in 1953. All the time the school has inherited

the glorious tradition of “Knowing the East and the West; seeking goodness and truth;

valuing the virtuous and the talented; strengthening oneself and serving the country”

and promoted the school spirit of “being diligent, strict, honest and creative”. Shanxi

University has cultivated excellent talents for the country and made an important

contribution to the cause of educating people and revitalizing the nation.

One hundred years’ talent fostering has started another splendid chapter in

modern times. Since the policy of opening up and reform was introduced, Shanxi

University has developed into a comprehensive university featuring the

interpenetration of arts and sciences, the clear guidelines of running the school and the

great potential for further development as emphasis is put on science and education to

rejuvenate the nation and higher education is thus boomed. In 1998, Shanxi

University became a key university sponsored by the People’s Government of Shanxi

Province. In 2003, Shanxi University was graded excellent in the evaluation of

undergraduate teaching work conducted by the Ministry of Education. Since the 100th

anniversary of its foundation, Shanxi University has made great strides in all

academic fields. In 2005, Shanxi University attained the opportunity of being

co-developed by the State Ministry of Education and the People’s Government of

Shanxi Province. In 2012, the university was listed as one of the universities in the

national program under the name of “Promoting the comprehensive strength of

colleges and universities in the mid-west regions of China”, thus embarking on a new

state-funded platform to develop a high-level university of distinctive characteristics.

The campus, covering a geographic area of 2,450 mu and a floor space of

1,100,000 square meters, has been awarded the titles of Green and Gardenlike

University by the provincial government. With a collection of 3.232 million books

(copies) and 2510 GB e-books in its library, Shanxi University provides teaching and

research instruments with a total value of more than 400 million yuan RMB. The

campus consists of two parts. The northern part is characterized by elegant traditional

designs while the southern one boasts many stylish modern buildings. A deeply

humanistic and serene atmosphere permeates the whole campus, which is suitable for

both studying and living.

Shanxi University hosts a full range of disciplines. Eleven academic fields cover

83 undergraduate specialties and 17 undergraduate specialties for double-majors. At

present, there are 3 academician workstations, 14 post-doctoral mobile research

stations, 15 first grade doctoral degree conferring disciplines, 37 first grade master

degree conferring disciplines and 16 professional master degree conferring disciplines.

In addition, the university has 5 second grade doctoral degree conferring disciplines,

13 second grade master degree conferring disciplines. Meanwhile, Shanxi University

has independently set up 2 doctoral degree conferring cross disciplines and 2 master

degree conferring cross disciplines. It has also set up 3 second grade doctoral degree

conferring disciplines and 3 second grade master degree conferring disciplines which

are not included in the discipline catalogue issued by the Ministry of Education.

Moreover, Shanxi University has state key disciplines, state key laboratories, key

laboratories designated by the Ministry of Education, key research bases in

humanities and social sciences under the Ministry of Education and an engineering

research center approved by the Ministry of Education, which have all laid a profound

academic and scientific research foundation for the university. In recent years, there is

a steady increase in the number of national projects, including 973 National Projects,

863 National Projects, the Projects funded by the National Natural Science

Foundation and the Projects funded by the Social Science Foundation. Of these

projects, sixteen won prizes, which include the National Prize for Natural Sciences,

the National Prize for Technological Innovation, the National Prize for Scientific and

Technological Progress, the Prize for Outstanding Achievements in Humanities and

Social Sciences in Chinese Higher Educational Institutions awarded by the Ministry

of Education, and the Prize for Natural Sciences awarded by the Ministry of


Shanxi University is staffed by high-quality academic lecturers and has attained

remarkable achievements in cultivating talents. At present, Shanxi University has

1,907 full-time teachers, among whom 1,194 have obtained advanced academic titles.

There are academicians from Chinese Academy of Sciences, national outstanding

professional and technical talent, specially appointed professors and professional

lecturers under the Yangtze River Scholar Program, state-level middle-aged experts

with prominent contributions, winners of the National Foundation for Eminent Youths,

national model teachers, leading teachers approved by the Ministry of Education and

experts who enjoy special government allowances, who are nearly 100 in total.

Moreover, the university hosts state-level innovative research groups, state-level

teaching teams and the innovative research groups supported by the Ministry of

Education. Three courses have been selected as state-level fine courses. Seven

textbooks compiled by the academic staff from Shanxi University have been selected

as state-level teaching materials funded by the "Eleventh Five-Year Plan" and the

“Twelfth Five-Year Plan”. Nine doctoral dissertations have won the National

Excellent Doctoral Dissertation Award or won the honor of being nominated. At

present, there are 20,156 undergraduates and 6,382 graduates studying full time in this

university. In recent years, the national competitions, namely the National

Mathematical Contest in Modeling, "Challenge Cup" Competition of Extracurricular

Science and Technology Work, Electronic Design Competition, Advertising Art

Contest and the National English Competition, have witnessed 28 first prizes won by

Shanxi University.

Shanxi University has increasingly enlarged its international exchanges. It has

established intercollegiate relationship with over 50 universities and institutions from

the United States, Japan, South Korea, the United Kingdom, France, Germany,

Canada and other countries. In addition, Shanxi University has collaborated with the

Yerevan State Linguistic University after V. "Brusov" of Armenia and the Pfeiffer

University of the United States respectively and set up two Confucius Institutes. The

establishment of these two Confucius Institutes has provided more opportunities for

both Chinese students to join in tertiary education abroad and international students to

study in China.

Having inherited 100-year-old glorious tradition and facing up to new

opportunities and challenges, Shanxi University is now sparing no effort to overcome

difficulties and upgrade its comprehensive strength in the hope of developing itself

into an exemplary research-oriented university with remarkable regional

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