Qujing Normal University
Qujing Normal University is located in QujingCity, the birthplace of Zhujiang - the third longest river in China, the secondlargest city in Yunnan, hometown of Cuan culture, “ Top Ten Livable Cities in China”-- Qujing City. In June 2007, Qujing Normal University received a B rating inthe undergraduate education accreditation by the national Ministry of Education,and since 2010. In 2011, it became an authorized master’s degree constructionunit in Yunnan Province, it has been upgraded to one of the key universities enrollinghigh-quality students in Yunnan province. In 2012 and 2015, the school wasawarded the prize of A National Civilized Unit by the Central Committee ofCivilization Construction in China. In June 2017, it passed the examination andevaluation of the Ministry of Education on the undergraduate teaching work. InOctober 2018, it joined the ranks of the prospective schools for master’sdegree awarding units in Yunnan Province from 2018 to 2020.
Since the upgrade to a degree -awarding institutionin 2000, the school has trained more than 50,000 advanced applied talents forlocal economy and social development under the support of provincial partycommittee, the provincial government, municipal party committee and municipalgovernment. The school has won the notable reputation of commencing from thesource of the long Pearl River and being the cradle for thousands of teachersand instructors. Now, it has become a leading figure in the educational developmentcause, an important base for cultivating qualified teachers and a bright windowfor the building of advanced culture in Qujing city.
The University has a long history and profoundcultural heritage. School history can be traced back to 1907 when the first ' TeacherTraining Institute' was set up and in 1912, it turned into Yunnan ProvincialThird Normal School. In1956, it was renamed to Qujing Normal School and in1977, Kunming Normal College Qujing Ordinary (undergraduate) classes startedrecruitment. In 1978, Qujing Junior Teachers College was established.(The namechanged to Qujing Senior Teachers College in 1993), and then Qujing College ofEducation established in 1984. As approved by the Ministry of Education inMarch 2000, Qujing Senior Teachers College, Qujing College of Education andQujing Normal School were merged to form Qujing Normal University. Generationsof teachers and students keep being faithful to their heart, and keep movingforward no matter what they confront, thus casting the spirit of teachers andstudents in Qujing Normal University whereby 'Cultivating talents with joys andhardships,Fostering a noble soul through persistent efforts' .
Quality of talent cultivation is improvedcontinually. Enrolling students from 26 provinces(cities,districts) throughoutChina and now we have more than 15,000 full-time students on campus. Byactively promoting the teaching reform, we have basically established thecultivation system of excellent talents, complex talents,top-ranking arts andsports talents and applied talents. Among its large number of well-knownalumni, to name only a few, were General Xu Wenlie, who contributed a greatdeal to the national revolution and construction cause, GuiTaosheng, author ofthe Ci poem titled The Taihang Mountain and Wang Jiaben, a renowned militarygeneral in the Anti-Japanese War; In recent years,Hu Yan has won the title of“A National Red-Banner Pacesetter” and was chosen as one of the deputies inYunnan province for the 18th CPC Party Congress. Mr. Guo Kuacun has won thetitles of “ Man of the Hour for Education in Yunnan” and“ Top HundredWell-known Principals in Yunnan”. Mr. Liang Chunling has won the titles of “National Outstanding College Students Aiding Education” and “ Man of the Hour forEducation in Yunnan”. Xu Rui, awarded as “ National Model teachers”. The numberof students who have won prizes in academic competitions, scientific innovationcompetitions at the national and provincial level and above has been increasedyear by year. Up to now, 1, 544 students of our school have won 521nationalprizes, 1, 023 provincial prizes. And the students employment rate have beenranking among the top of all universities in Yunnan Province for 12 years.Besides, the “ Three Sends to the Countryside” programs organized by us tobring cultural scientific medical services to the rural areas have won recognitionfor a consecutive 5 year period by Propaganda Department of the CentralCommittee of the CPC, The central Party and government authorities,Ministry ofEducation and Provincial Party Committee Propaganda Department, ProvincialParty Committee and Education Department.
Basic conditions for school running have beenimproved continuously. Now we have three campuses: the Main Campus, GuchengCampus and Huandong Campus. It covers a total area of 1394.46 mu (about 229.72acres), with a school house floor space of 38.32 thousand sq. m.; a librarystocked with over 2.2 million volumes of books; There are nearly 100,000 GB ofE-book resources.The fixed assets total to RMB 825 million Yuan, including thetotal value of teaching and scientific research-related equipment andfacilities amounting to RMB 118 million Yuan. The Main Campus, which was builtin Sept. 2004 and totals an area of 1157.46 mu (190.68 acres), contains all theelements of a modern university and enjoys a beautiful environment withlibrary, gymnasium,education and teaching equipment. The school has won thetitles of “ Safe Campus ” and “Advanced Unit in Afforestation”.
Discipline structure with distinctive characteristicshas been well established. Our university now has set up 17teaching units, 5teaching-supporting institutions and 38 research institutes(including 9exclusive school-level research institutes).We now provide a good number ofcharacteristic majors and have formed a multi-disciplinary development pattern.We offer 8 provincial-level key disciplines, one of which is plateaudiscipline of Yunnan Province, and are selected as the university to be builtin 2017 for master degree programs; 3 construction disciplines for masterdegree programs, 2 privileged key disciplines of features and 2 authorizedTitle II key disciplines. Besides, the university also offers 57 bachelor’sdegree programs (including 19 pedagogical majors ), 23 specialties of vocationaland professional training, and 60 specialties for adult education. Thebachelor’s degree programs cover 9 major disciplines including economics, law,pedagogy,literature, history, natural science, engineering , management, andarts. The university provides 1 characteristic (key) major for nationalinstitutions of higher learning, 5 characteristic (key) majors for universitiesin Yunnan Province, 11 provincial excellent courses, 2 programs underconstruction of establishing projects to “support key speciality groups inindustrial upgrade” for new universities in Yunnan Province transforming toapplication-oriented universities, 1 construction project of Yunnan provincialtransformation and development pilot colleges and universities as well asinnovation, entrepreneurship and education reform pilot school, 2 Yunnanprovincial high-level faculty construction projects, 1 Yunnan provincial highereducation innovation, entrepreneurship and education practice base constructionproject, 3 Yunnan provincial experimental teaching demonstration centers, 2virtual simulation experimental teaching projects at the provincial level, 1Huang Danian teaching team in Yunnan Province, 1 collaborative educationalprogram for outstanding talents in economics in Yunnan Province and 175 nationaland provincial teaching quality projects,we have achieved remarkable progressin discipline and specialties.
Notable effects of the building of teaching staffhave been achieved. The university now has a faculty and staff team of 1,063 membersin service, among whom, there are 163 doctoral students (including those whoare still pursuing their PhD degrees). Among all the faculty and staff, thereare 765 full-time teachers, 70 teachers with senior titles, and 231 teacherswith sub-senior titles. This means that teachers with senior titles accountfor39.35% of the full-time teachers, master supervisors and doctoral advisors accountfor over 75.56% full-time teachers.Among all the full-time teachers,there are58 teachers who have accepted the appointment to be master supervisors inShanghai Normal University, Yunnan University and Yunnan Normal University.There are 20 teachers who enjoy special expert allowance granted by the StateCouncil, titled as national outstanding teachers, rated as provincial distinguishedexperts or granted special expert allowance by the provincial government, ortitled as provincial middle and young aged academic and technical leaders andbackup talents, and distinguished teachers. In addition,the university has 6 workshopsfor distinguished teachers of Yunnan Province,and it has invited 78 visitingand part-time professors and 13 foreign experts to work on campus annually. Thefaculty and staff team, with a high political ideology and professionalteaching competence, can satisfactorily meet the demands of undergraduateeducation.
Research and innovation capacity has been enhancedincreasingly.We now have established 1research base on the leader ship of thestate general administration of sports,1 provincial philosophy and socialscience research base, 3 university key laboratories, 2 provincial philosophyand social science innovation teams, 1 university science and technologyinnovation team,5 provincial teaching teams, science and technology innovationteam, 2 provincial experimental demonstration areas for innovation of talentcultivation mode; and have taken on 40 national social science fund projects,solely or jointly conducted 34 national natural science fund projects, 6national arts fund projects, and 1545 scientific research projects indifferentfields. Moreover,the faculty and staff members have published over 300 monographs,compilation works,collections of fine arts, and textbooks, as well as more than8690 papers, of which 780 dissertations were included into SCI, EI andISTP as well.With regard to the prizes and awards, we have won 92 prize for ouroutstanding achievements at provincial or ministerial level,111 prizes forteaching of various realms at provincial or national level and above, 162awards for outstanding achievements in social science of Qujing, 24governmentawards for literary and artistic creation along with a large number ofhigh-quality research achievements.
The capability of serving social and economicdevelopment has been strengthened continuously. In the last five years, we havecompleted more than 10 subjects such as “research on fostering of leading industriesin Qujing” and “study of industry transformation and upgrading” and undertakenspecific subjects, for example,“blue book on economic development of Qujing”,which are all of vital value for reference for decision-making of the governmentand related departments. The great opera Sound Of Billows created by our alumniGui Taosheng for commemorating the 70th anniversary of the victory of theAnti-Japanese War, and the opera Foot steps of the Young rehearsed forcommemorating the 80th anniversary of victory of the Red Army’s long march weresuccessfully performed in public and gain wide praise, which sets typicalexperience for art teaching reform and collaborative innovation. Wesuccessfully held the Silk Road —Southwest Minority Watercolor Art Exhibition“Southwest Silk Road ” and the “Maritime Silk Road”, the National ArtsFund Project, showing watercolor art achievements of the southwest regions andart education and talent training results of our school. In November 2017,“Qujing Normal University Ercuan Peisheng Character library” was officiallylaunched,which is rooted in Chinese traditional culture, to inherit and promoteErcuan calligraphy. Meanwhile, we have set up 7 independent research instituteand 1school-government joint independent research institute, namely QujingTourism Development Research Institute.
Internationalization of school-running has beenstrengthened gradually.We have founded Qujing Branch of the Preparatory School forStudy Overseas in Yunnan, become one of the third batch of Chinese educationbase under the leadership of People's Government of Yunnan Province,andcommenced such joint talent cultivation programs as “2+2”, “3+1”,“3+1+1”etc.with Chiang Mai University in Thailand, MansfieldUniversity of Pennsylvania in the USA and New Zealand College of Business andLincoln University. In recent years, we have established formal exchangesand cooperation relations with many foreign universities and educational organizationsin many countries and regions including those from the UK, the USA,Canada,Australia, New Zealand, France, Ireland etc. In addition, we have hired foreignteachers from the UK, the USA, Canada and Thailand to teach in our universityover a long period of time ,recruited 1000 long-term and short-term overseasstudents, also established1 international Chinese language education promotion centerin Thailand, become a member of the International Communication Association onEducation of Chinese Language and initiated 1+2+1 Sino-America talentcultivation programs. On the whole, the internationalization of school-runninghas been strengthened year by year.
During the 13th Five-year plan, our university hasbeen adhering to innovative, connotative, transformation and characteristicdevelopment and always taking high moral values establishment and peoplecultivation as the fundamental task of education. We have carried out sevenprograms including cultivation of high-quality innovative talents,plateaudiscipline construction, improvement of service capability,introduction andtraining of leading talents, opening and integration,enhancement ofinfrastructural service capability, creation of top-quality cultural productsto constantly improve talent cultivation, scientific research, social serviceand cultural inheritance and innovation level, and enhance comprehensivestrength and core competitiveness of the school, and realize overalltransformation of school-running pattern as well. Only in this way, can wesucceed in realizing our goal of becoming an application-oriented universitythat can facilitate regional economic and social development with highcomprehensiveness, remarkable advantages in humanistic and social science andstriking features of teachers' education and finally lay a solid foundation forbuilding a local high-level university with striking features.