Shanxi University is one of the oldest institutions of higher learning in China. Jointly established by the Ministry of Education of the People's Republic of China and the People's Government of Shanxi Province, Shanxi University has been included in the national construction project of world-class universities and disciplines (Double World-class for short).
The school's predecessor was Imperial University of the Province of Shansi, which was founded in 1902. Its long history can be traced back to Jinyang Academy, Sanli Academy and Lingdetang Academy in the Ming and Qing dynasties. Shanxi University Translation Academy is the second translation academy established by modern Chinese universities, which once greatly promoted cultural exchanges between China and the West.
In the early days of New China, Shanxi University had six colleges of literature, law, science, engineering, agriculture and medicine, with more than 1,000 staff and nearly 2,200 students, making it a veritable socialist comprehensive university. In the 1950s, the Law School was renamed the School of Finance and Economics and merged into Renmin University of China; the Department of Law was merged into Peking University; the Department of Metallurgical Engineering was merged into Beijing Iron and Steel Institute; the Department of Textile Engineering and the Department of Mining Engineering into the Northwestern Polytechnical University; College of Engineering, College of Agriculture and Medical College separated from the university and became independent. Shanxi University, so to speak, has made an important contribution to the adjustment of the layout of national higher education.
Since the reform and opening-up, Shanxi University has made brilliant achievements, with a series of major breakthroughs in doctoral programs, national key disciplines, national key laboratories, key research bases of humanities and social sciences of the Ministry of Education, academicians and national science and technology awards. In 1998, Shanxi University became a key university sponsored by the People's Government of Shanxi Province. In 2005, Shanxi University became one of the universities co-developed by provincial governments and the Ministry of Education. In 2012, Shanxi University was inducted into the Comprehensive Strength Improvement Project of Central and Western Universities. In 2018, Shanxi University became a university jointly built by the Ministry of Education and the People's Government of Shanxi Province. In 2022, Shanxi University successfully joined the ranks of national Double World-class construction universities. Shanxi University, sticking to its original aspiration and progressing with steady pace, has realized the historical leap from a local university to a member of the "national team" of higher education.
After the vicissitudes over centuries, Shanxi University has formed the glorious tradition of "connecting Chinese and Western cultures, seeking truth and highest good, respecting the virtuous and talented, and striving to be strong to serve the country" and the excellent school spirit of "diligence, preciseness, faithfulness and innovation". It has cultivated a batch of outstanding talents for the country and society and made important contributions to the development of higher education in China. At a new starting point, Shanxi University is moving forward to build a high-level comprehensive research university and achieve the goal of becoming one of the excellent and famous universities in China.
Shanxi University has 19 first-level doctoral degree programs, 35 first-level master's degree programs, 24 master's professional degree categories, 14 mobile post-doctoral stations, 6 doctoral and master's degree programs in sub-disciplines outside the catalogue, and 2 doctoral and master's degree programs in interdisciplinary disciplines. Philosophy and physics have been selected as national "Double World-class" construction disciplines. Philosophy of science and technology as well as optics have been selected as national key disciplines. Eight disciplines, including chemistry, engineering, materials science, environment/ecology, physics, computer science and technology, plant and animal science, and agricultural science, have been ranked in the top 1% of ESI. There are 1 national key laboratory, 1 key research base of humanities and social sciences supported by the Ministry of Education, 2 collaborative innovation centers jointly established by Shanxi Province and the Ministry of Education, 2 key laboratories supported by the Ministry of Education, 1 key laboratory supported by the Ministry of Environmental Protection, 1 engineering laboratory jointly established by the central government and the local government, 2 engineering research centers supported by the Ministry of Education, and 1 national base for international cooperation in science and technology.
Shanxi University has adhered to the mission of fostering virtue through education, attracting and cultivating talents from all over the world. There are 24,155 full-time undergraduates, 7,366 full-time master students, 1,550 part-time master students, and 977 full-time doctoral students. There are 87 undergraduate majors, covering 10 major disciplines, including literature, history, philosophy, science, engineering, economics, management, law, education and arts. There are 23 national first-class majors and 19 provincial first-class majors. Physics was selected as the 2.0 base of the Ministry of Education's Basic Discipline Top-notch Student Training Program. Shanxi University is committed to strengthening education in innovation and entrepreneurship. It has built 3 national experimental teaching centers and 2 national virtual simulation experimental teaching programs, and has been selected as one of the first batch of national innovation and entrepreneurship education reform demonstration universities and one of the top 50 universities with typical experience in innovation and entrepreneurship. In recent years, students have won numerous achievements in the "Challenge Cup" National College Students Extracurricular Academic Science and Technology Works Competition, Internet+ College Students Innovation and Entrepreneurship Competition, ASC World Student Supercomputing Competition and other competitions, winning nearly 130 national awards. They have won more than 10 gold, silver and bronze medals in the Olympic Games, Asian Games and National Games.
Shanxi University regards the construction of teaching staff as an important basic task. There are 3,265 faculty and staff members, including 2,083 full-time teachers and 1,228 teachers. The university has 1 innovative research group supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China, 2 teams of teachers like Huang Danian, 1 national advanced collective team of professional and technical talents, 2 national teaching teams, 3 innovation teams of the Ministry of Education and 22 provincial high-level research teams.
The university adheres to the principle of open education and expands cooperation both at home and abroad. In recent years, with the implementation of the joint construction plan of the ministry and the province, it has established partnership with Peking University, Zhejiang University, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Nankai University and other domestic first-class universities, carrying out in-depth cooperation in discipline construction, talent training, scientific research and innovation, faculty construction and other aspects. It has also established cooperative relationships with more than 100 universities and research institutes in the United States, Japan, Korea, England, France, Germany, Canada and other countries and regions. Nearly 1,000 international students are enrolled in the university for long- or short-term study. The university has actively expanded international exchange channels for undergraduates and established cooperative cultivation mechanisms with more than ten famous foreign universities, creating good conditions for students to pursue further studies abroad.
Shanxi University currently has three campuses, including Wucheng Campus, Dongshan Campus and Dadongguan Campus, covering a total area of 3,008 mu (over 2 million square meters) and a building area of 1,166,400 square meters. It has been awarded the titles of the National Civilized Campus, the Garden Unit in Shanxi Province and the Green School. The existing teaching and scientific research equipment assets of the university are worth 1.356 billion yuan, and the undergraduate teaching and experimental equipment has reached 21,259 sets. The school library is a national key protection site for ancient books, with a collection of 2.3 million books and 1.1 million electronic journals.
Rejoicing in the flourishing age and going forward with great passion, Shanxi University is now bursting with unprecedented vitality and ushering in brighter prospects of development. The school will unswervingly follow the road to high-quality and rich-connotation development, forge ahead towards building itself into a high-level comprehensive research university and one of the well-known universities in China, and compose a new chapter in promoting learning and educating people. In this way Shanxi University will make new and greater contributions to promoting the high-quality development for Shanxi Province in an all-round way, to fully building a modern socialist country, and to realizing the Chinese dream of the great rejuvenation of the nation.
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