Xi'an International Studies University
Xi'an International Studies University (XISU) (Chinese: 西安外国语大学; pinyin: Xǐ'ān Wàiguóyǔ Dàxué) is located in the city of Xi'an, China's ancient capital which is famous for the Terra Cotta Warriors. XISU covers an area of 107 hectares, with a floor space of 680,000 square meters. The university now has two campuses, the north campus(old campus), and the south campus(in Xi'an University City).
Xi'an International Studies University is one of the earliest four institutions of foreign language education in China （the other three located in Beijing, Shanghai and Sichuan, and the only one that taught most major foreign languages in Northwest China）. Based on the Russian Departments in the Northwest University and Lanzhou University, it was founded as the Northwest Russian College in 1952, which was affiliated to the Department of Education under the Northwest Military Political Commission. Later in 1958, it was renamed Xi'an Foreign Language Institute. In 1979, it initiated graduate programs in Foreign Linguistics and Literature, and in 1986, it obtained entitlement from the State Council to confer MA academic degrees. In 1995, it consolidated with Shaanxi Foreign Language School. Approved by the MOE (Ministry of Education) in 2006, it was renamed Xi'an International Studies University. In 2010, the University was approved by the State Council Academic Degree Committee to set up new doctoral programs.
The university experienced three phases of development in its history. During the first one, from 1952 to 1958, the academy produced many Russian graduates who were the main force in the early construction of new China.
The second one was from 1958 to 2006 when the institution used the name of Xi'an Foreign Language Institute. During this period, the institute experienced dramatic progress in its development with the introduction of undergraduate majors in English, German, Russian, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese, Arabic, Korean, Hindi,and Thai at different times after the Cultural Revolution, and with the Education Ministry's approval Master Degree programs in English, Russian, French, German, and Japanese.
The current and ongoing phase began in 2006 when the Education Ministry upgraded the institute to a university, because of its comprehensive majors and minors, and its academic force.Several generations of people at XISU started from scratch and forged ahead with enterprise, creating a success story of perseverance. XISU is a highly recognized foreign studies university, with a salient focus on Literature, Economics, Management, Law, Education, Science and Art.It is an important base for foreign language education and teacher development, playing an irreplaceable role in the country’s northwest and enjoying a positive reputation in the world.
Now the university has 30 academic schools, colleges, and departments with 41 majors and 7 minors. It has 19 graduate programs of different foreign languages. It is now considered by many to be one of the top five foreign language universities in China.
There are also 25 centers in fields such as foreign languages and literature, foreign language and teaching, human geography, bilingual dictionary compiling and editing.
Presently there are about 24,000 students studying in the university.Its graduates are well recognized in terms of “foreign language competence, interpersonal skills, work adaptability, professionalism and great potentialities”, thus ushering in a good influx of job opportunities. Alumni of XISU work all over the world, mostly in education. Many of them are working at universities in the U.S., England, Japan, Germany, and France. The university has established cooperative programs such as exchange programs with faculty, administrators, and students with most countries.
It places stress on international cooperation and exchange, opening up to the global context of education. To date, it maintains close scholarly ties with 157 institutions of higher learning in the world, conducts a Confucius Institute in Kazakhstan and Argentina respectively, delivers dual-campus PhD, MA and BA programs in collaboration with seventy-two overseas universities, and runs several internship bases in the US, Singapore, Thailand, France and the UK.
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