Qujing Normal University is located in Qujing, the second largest city in Yunnan Province, the hometown of Cuan Culture, one of the Top 10 National Residence-Friendly Cities, and where originates the Pearl River which is the third largest river in China. The University is the only degree-granting institution of higher education in Northeast Yunnan Province and enjoys preferential policies and supports from the provincial and municipal governments. In June 2007, it received a B rating in the undergraduate education accreditation by the Ministry of Education, and since 2010 it has been one of Yunnan universities enrolling high-quality students.
Carrying forward the school spirit of cultivating talents with joys and hardships and fostering a noble soul through persistent efforts and adopting the university-running idea of cultivating talents as its first mission, qualified teachers as its prime resources, teaching as the teachers’ bounden duty and development as its foremost task, the University has nurtured the motto ofintegrity, benevolence, wisdom, and practice as well as the tradition of democracy, harmony, realism and innovation. Having cultivated 40,000-odd practical talents who satisfy the local social needs, it has made great contributions to the education and eco-social development of Qujing Municipality, Yunnan Province, and even the nation. In particular, the University enjoys the reputation of rooting in the source of the long Pearl River, being the cradle for thousands of teachers, and now it plays a leading role in educational development as a base for cultivating qualified teachers and a window for the construction of advanced culture in Northeast Yunnan.
The University, consisting of three campuses, namely the Main Campus, Gucheng Campus and Huandong Campus, covers an area of 1267 mu (209 acres), with a total schoolhouse floor space of 250, 000 sq m. The fixed assets total 462 million Yuan RMB, of which the teaching and scientific research-related equipment and facilities stand at 49,418,600 Yuan RMB. On the Main Campus which was built in 2004, there are well-equipped teaching and educational facilities, like a modern all-purpose teaching building, a science and laboratory building, a Yifu Arts Building, a modern information technology center, a high-standard library stocked with over 1.175 million books, an auditorium, several sports fields and gyms, a golf course and some multimedia classrooms and halls. The well-functioning campus information network and Internet are available at every corner. Covering an area of 1158 mu (191 acres) with a green area accounting for 62.4%, the Main Campus indeed can be compared to an exceedingly beautiful scenic spot.
At present, the University has 16 teaching units, 4 teaching-supporting institutions and 20 research institutes. There are 1 national and 3 provincial featured specialties, 2 provincial key disciplines, 3 provincial key construction disciplines for Master’s-degree programs, 2 provincial key specialties, 3 provincial experimental teaching demonstration centers, 2 key provincial university laboratories, 1 physical education research base of the State Physical Culture Administration, 1 provincial key research base of philosophy and social sciences. It has also developed 8 provincial level excellent courses, 3 provincial teaching teams and 1 provincial demonstration program of innovative education mode. The University offers 39 undergraduate programs of bachelor degrees, 17 specialties of vocational education, and 60 specialties of adult continuing education. The undergraduate programs cover 8 disciplines, namely, economics, law, pedagogy, literature, history, natural sciences, engineering and management. There are over 13,500 full-time students coming from China’s 26 provinces (municipalities or regions), and 10,000-odd students of correspondence, TV and online education.
The in-service faculty and staff of the University number 874, among whom 632 are full-time teachers. Of its large contingent of qualified teachers, 249 have a senior professional title, making up 38.9%; 468 have a doctor’s or master’s degree (including candidates), accounting for 66.4%; 37 are supervisors for Master’s degree students of Shanghai Normal University, Yunnan University and Yunnan Normal University; 12 enjoy special expert allowance granted by the State and provincial governments; 1 is titled National Outstanding Teacher; 5 are rated as provincial distinguished experts; 3 are titled Teaching and Research Leading Figures of Yunnan Higher Education; 4 are titled Yunnan Provincial Famous Teachers, with 2 Famous Teacher’s Workshops; and 3 are titled Excellent Teachers in Yunnan. Besides, there are 56 visiting and part-time professors and 9 foreign teachers. The faculty and staff working team, with a highly professional teaching competence, can satisfactorily meet the demands of undergraduate teaching
The University lays special emphasis on cultivating students’ innovative spirits, practical competence and employability skill. Thus the students have made dazzling achievements and have been awarded over 700 prizes in varieties of national and provincial contests, such as, the National Mathematical Modeling Competition for College Students, the Challenge Cup National Academic and Scientific Works Competition for College Students and the National Chinese Language Competence Contest for Normal University Students, etc. The University has been given a commendation for The Three Sends to the Countryside Program by the Central and Yunnan Provincial Committees of the Communist Youth League over the past 7 consecutive years. The employment rate of the graduates is over 93%, ranking among the first in Yunnan running from 2004 to 2010.
The University attaches great importance to scientific research and has made remarkable achievements. It has undertaken over 710 scientific research projects of various fields since 2000, among which its teachers solely conduct 17 national social science funding research projects and 4 natural science funding research projects as well as 287 research projects at provincial and municipal levels. The faculty has published 110 monographs, textbooks and collections of art works, and over 4000 research papers. The University has been awarded 22 prizes for outstanding achievements in philosophy and social science research, 1 for science and technology, 12 for teaching achievements in Yunnan, 105 prizes for teaching of various realms at province or ministry-level or above, and 61 for philosophy and social sciences and 24 for literature and arts from Qujing Municipal People’s Government as well.
The University has been actively carrying out international exchanges and cooperation and has established friendly relations withLaval University in Canada, the British VSO (Volunteers Service Overseas), the University of Texas at Tyler, the PGCC andCalifornia State University at San Bernardino in the USA, Rajabhat Rajanagarindra University in Thailand and some other universities and research institutions in other countries. More than 140 teachers and students of the university have visited or studied in the USA, Canada, the UK, Australia, Thailand and other countries. The University has set up Yunnan PreparatoryStudying-Abroad College at Qujing and started the educational program of 1+3 model in cooperation with Burapha University andKasem Bundit University in Thailand. Up till now, the University has employed 48 foreign teachers successively, and has comprehensively promoted international student recruitment.
Qujing Municipal Committee of the CPC and Qujing Municipal People’s Government made a strategic decision in December 2007 to build Qujing Normal University into a comprehensive university mainly engaging in teacher education and engineering in 2015. Accordingly, the University has worked out an overall development blueprint for the 12th five-year plan period (2011-2015) to strengthen undergraduate education, strive to establish Master’s degree programs and develop into a comprehensive university as its short-term objective. Now the University is striving to promote its obvious advantages, distinctive features and fine efficiency in the development of undergraduate programs, construction of distinguished disciplines, level of internationalization, local impact and rate of contribution. Executing the aim of improving its strength and ability to train qualified talents and guided by the Scientific Concept of Development, it will do its utmost to attain the long-term objective to develop into an applied and multi-disciplinary local comprehensive university and become one of the best of its type in West China.