Communication University of China

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Communication University of China
Communication University of China logo.png
CUC Logo
Former names
Beijing Broadcasting Institute (1959 - 2004)
Motto 立德、敬业、博学、竞先 (Chinese)
Motto in English
Integrity, Professionalism, Erudition and Competence
Type National
Established 1954
President Liao Xiangzhong
Academic staff
Administrative staff
Students 15,307
Undergraduates 9264
Postgraduates 3512
Location Beijing, China
Campus Urban
116.88 acres (473,000 m²)

The Communication University of China (CUC) (Chinese: 中国传媒大学; pinyin: Zhōngguó Chuánméi Dàxué) is a public university in Beijing. Formerly known as the Beijing Broadcasting Institute (BBI) (Chinese: 北京广播学院; pinyin: Běijīng Guǎngbō Xuéyuàn), it is one of the Project 211 key universities directly administered by the Ministry of Education of the People's Republic of China. The predecessor of the school was a training center for technicians of the Central Broadcasting Bureau that was founded in 1954. In April 1959, the school was upgraded to the Beijing Broadcasting Institute approved by the State Council. In August 2004, the BBI was renamed into the Communication University of China.


Communication University of China is one of the top public universities in China. It is a Chinese Ministry of Education Double First Class Discipline University, with Double First Class status in certain discuplines.[1] It is ranked No.1 of media education and ranked No.1 among language universities in China. According to 2012 China Discipline Ranking approved by the Chinese Ministry of Education, Communication University of China is ranked 1st in "Journalism and Communication" and "Drama Film and Television", 6th in Art Theory, 9th in Design, 17th in Fine Arts, 23rd in Politics and 32nd in Chinese Language and Literature in China.[2][3]


The Soviet Style Teaching Building of the Newly Established School of Foreign Languages

CUC's history dates back to March 3, 1954 when the first training class for broadcasting professionals was held by the then Central Radio Administration. This then led to the founding of Beijing Broadcasting College in 1958. On September 7, 1959, CUC's precursor Beijing Broadcasting Institute (BBI) was established. During the ensuing four decades, BBI remained a relatively small college and only known among the circles of Chinese media professionals.[citation needed]

On August 19, 2004, the State Council of the People's Republic of China approved the renaming of the institute to the Communication University of China. It has now developed into a comprehensive institute of higher learning with broadcasting, film production, journalism, drama, animation, advertising, newscasting, creative cultural industry, Communications engineering, foreign languages (especially minority language), management and media law education as its major academic disciplines.[4]


CUC's 116.88 hectare main campus is located in Dingfuzhuang, eastern part of Chaoyang District, Beijing. It is just outside the Eastern 5th Ring Road, and is just along the Beijing-Tong County expressway. With increasing number of students and fast development, the university has expanded its campus to nearby areas to provide more space for student and staff accommodation and research institutions. The main campus is composed of teaching and administrative buildings, theatres for cultural activities, large compounds of student dormitories and staff apartments, media production studios and scientific research centers. The campus is linked by the Communication University of China Station of Beijing subway Batong Line.

Student societies[edit]

CUC has over 50 Student Societies, the mains are:Amigos Latin Dance SocietyAssociation of Green HopeAssociation of Luxun StudiesBudai Drama SocietyDrama SocietyExperimental Drama SocietyGuitar ClubMinority Languages SocietyTYP Animation Society

Foreign languages teaching[edit]

CUC offers 30 foreign languages since its establishment, which includes English (since 1958), Spanish (since 1959), French, Russian, German, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese (since 1960), Italian (since 1960), Hindi (since 1965), Bengali (since 1964), Nepali (since 1964), Assamese (since 1965), Urdu (since 1962), Tamil (since 1959), Sinhalese (since 1965), Pashto (since 1964), Persian (since 1988), Zulu (since 1965), Swahili (since 1960), Esperanto (since 1959), Turkish (since 1959), Swedish, Hausa (since 1965), Malay, Hebrew, Greek (since 1964),Hungarian, Dutch (since 1965),Laos (since 1965). It is still the only university in China offers degree courses of Bengali, Tamil, Pashto and Esperanto.And its affiliation "CUC Nanguang Institution (Known as "CUC Nanking")" offers other languages like Arabic, Czech, Thai and so on.According to "2012 Wushulian's Chinese University Ranking", CUC ranks 1st among the "Language Universities" of China.

Chinese language teaching for foreigners[edit]

The Chinese language school for foreigners is inexpensive but gets relatively poor reviews from students due to relatively disorganization and inexperienced faculty, according to a Global Times report.[5][6]

In cooperation with National Office for Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language or Hanban, CUC also operates several Confucius Institutes with its overseas partner universities, providing Chinese language and cultural education for learners outside of China.[citation needed]


Up to now, the CUC has established cooperative relations with more than 200 colleges, science research institutes and media organizations in over 50 nations. Besides, several research institutions like research centers for Asian media, European media and Asian animation, etc. have been established.[7]

The CUC is a member of CILECT.[8]


In September, 2004, in cooperation with Nanjing Meiya Educational Investment Co. Ltd., CUC co-founded a private college in the southern city of Nanjing, Jiangsu Province. The Communication University of China, Nanjing (CUCN) is directly supervised by the board of directors, with CUC's former president as the honorary head of the board.

CUC also has some affiliated institutions that provide commercial training and educational service for the public. The CUC press is the only publishing house in China that exclusively publishes media and journalism related books and audio-visual products.


  1. ^ "教育部 财政部 国家发展改革委 关于公布世界一流大学和一流学科建设高校及建设 学科名单的通知 (Notice from the Ministry of Education and other national governmental departments announcing the list of double first class universities and disciplines)".
  2. ^ 2012 China Discipline Ranking 0503 Journalism and Communication
  3. ^ 2012 China Discipline Ranking 1303 Drama Film and Television
  4. ^ "History & Tomorrow". Archived from the original on 18 November 2011. Retrieved 8 November 2011.
  5. ^ "How do Beijing's best universities compare for students?". Global Times. June 2, 2011. Archived from the original on 2 September 2011. Retrieved 8 November 2011.
  6. ^ "Breaking down the best universities for studying Chinese". Global Times. June 2, 2011. Archived from the original on 2 September 2011. Retrieved 8 November 2011.
  7. ^ "Cooperation & Exchanges". Archived from the original on 7 October 2012. Retrieved 8 October 2012.
  8. ^ "member of CILECT in China". Archived from the original on 25 September 2013. Retrieved 8 October 2012.

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Coordinates: 39°54′33″N 116°33′01″E / 39.909106°N 116.550162°E / 39.909106; 116.550162