Southwest University

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Southwest University
SWU logo.png
Former names
Southwest China Normal University
Southwest Agricultural University
Type National university
Established 1906
President Zhang Weiguo[1]
Administrative staff
Students 60000
Undergraduates 34637
Postgraduates 5731
Other students
Location Beibei District, Chongqing, China
Campus Urban 9,600 Chinese mu, 600 hectares
Nickname SWU
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Southwest University (SWU, simplified Chinese: 西南大学; traditional Chinese: 西南大學; pinyin: Xīnán Dàxué) is a comprehensive university in Chongqing, China.[2][3]

The university[edit]

Southwest University (SWU) is a comprehensive and national key university sponsored by the Ministry of Education of China. SWU was founded in July 2005, by the merger of Southwest Normal University and Southwest Agricultural University. The history of both universities can be traced back to 100 years ago. It is one of the "211 Project" universities (top 100) which get preferential support for their development and construction from the Central Government of China. The total number of the students at SWU is more than 80,000, of which 50,000 are full-time students. There are many international students working for their bachelors, masters, doctors degrees and advanced studies in SWU every year.

SWU is located in Chongqing municipality, which is the central city in the Western China Development Project. The Three Gorges, Dazu Stones Carving and Hotpot Food are worldwide famous and unique. Southwest University began to enroll international students in the 1950s. It is also one of the universities designated by the Ministry of Education to enroll Chinese Government Scholarship students. Most of the international students in SWU are now majoring in Chinese language, Pedagogy, Psychology, Economics, Business in China, Chinese Minorities Studies, Life Sciences, Food Sciences, Agriculture, Fine Arts, and Chinese Martial Arts for example. The qualified International students in Southwest University have the privileges and chances to get Chonqing Mayor Scholarships and SWU Excellent Overseas Students Scholarship. In addition, SWU is donating a share of Integrative Insurance for Medical Care and Accidents for every long term overseas student.

The university covers a broad range of academic disciplines including philosophy, economics, law, pedagogics, literature, history, science, engineering, agriculture and management. It offers 40 national key disciplines, 66 doctoral programs, 9 postdoctoral programs, 159 master’s programs and 97 bachelor’s programs.[when?][citation needed] SWU is known nationwide for its teaching methodological and agricultural studies.[citation needed] Studies in Pedagogics, psychology and agriculture have distinguished predominance in China; The Research of Silkworm genome is top in the world.[citation needed] A great deal of creative research works have been achieved in the fields like Zero Tillage Cultivation, Silkworm Genome, Studies on the Education and Psychological Behavior of Minorities in Southwestern China, and the Research on Human Time Cognition.[citation needed]

Colleges and departments[edit]

  • College of Animal Science and Technology
  • College of Plant Protection
  • College of Agronomy and Biotechnology
  • College of Horticulture and Landscaping
  • College of Food Science
  • College of Textiles and Garment
  • College of Engineering and Technology
  • College of Computer and Information Science & College of Software
  • College of Resources and Environment
  • School of Material Science and Engineering
  • School of Geographical Science
  • College of Biotechnology
  • College of Life Sciences and Biological Technology
  • College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering
  • College of Physics and Technology & College of Electronic Information Engineering
  • School of Mathematics and Statistics
  • College of Historic Cultures & College of Nationalities
  • School of Fine Arts
  • College of Music
  • College of International Studies
  • College of Chinese Language and Literature
  • College of Physical Education
  • Department of Psychology
  • Department of Education
  • College of Culture and Social Development
  • College of Economics and Management
  • College of Political Science and Public Management
  • School of Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • School of Journalism and Communication
  • School of Law
  • College of Hanhong


Republic of China[edit]

Southwest University(Chinese: 西南大學) was originally established in 1906, during the Qing Dynasty. Much of its development occurred after the Republic of China was established.

The beginning of People's Republic of China[edit]

The modern university was established in July 2005, which absorbed the former Southwest China Normal University and Southwest Agricultural University, after the approval of the Chinese Ministry of Education.

During the Culture Revolution[edit]

Southwest University is located near Jialing River, and is located at the foot of Jinyun Mountain, in Beibei District, Chongqing Municipality. The Southwest University is regarded as the top university and for agriculture research in Western China.[citation needed] Before the merger, the two universities were among the top comprehensive universities in Chongqing municipality.[citation needed]

Campus buildings[edit]

View of the SWU campus.

The following buildings are on the campus:[citation needed]

  • Art Gallery
  • Basketball Building
  • Soccer Court
  • The Eighth Teaching Building
  • The Thirty-third Teaching Building
  • Life Science Building

Southwest China Normal University[edit]

Southwest China Normal University was one of the key comprehensive universities under the administration of the Chinese Ministry of Education. Originally it was created as the Southwest Teachers College. The college was the result of several mergers of the former National Women's Teachers College and the Sichuan Provincial Educational College in 1950. It was then established as Southwest China Normal University in 1985.

Southwest Agricultural University[edit]

Southwest Agricultural University was created in 1950, as the Southwest Agricultural College. The college was the end result of several institutions which were Sichuan Provincial Educational College, the Western China University and Xianghui College.

In 1979, it was authorized by the State Council to be one of the national key universities. It was restructured as Southwest Agricultural College. In 1958, the college was upgraded as Southwest Agricultural University.

In 2001, Sichuan Animal Husbandry and Veterinary College and the Citrus Research Institute of Chinese Academy of Agriculture were absorbed into Southwest Agricultural University. This marked the beginning of a new Southwest Agricultural University which specializes from teaching, pedagogy, psychology, agronomy and agriculture.

Prior to the merger, Southwest China Normal University and Southwest Agricultural University were neighbors with only a wall separating the two universities. Both universities had a long historical relationship, which could be located back to their common origin, i.e. East Sichuan Teachers College in 1906.


Southwest University employs 2,650 full-time teachers, and 300 professional researchers, 349 professors (research fellows), and 739 associate professors (associate research fellows, 113 PhD supervisors, and 513 Master's degree tutors.[when?][citation needed]


Southwest University over 50,000 students. Its scale and levels are ranked ahead of other higher education institutions in western China.[citation needed]


There are three libraries in school: the central library, the north section library and the south section library. The central library which was built on 2005 is the newest and largest one. The university library holds 3,800,000 volumes of items in total by January 2014.[when?][citation needed]


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  2. ^ "South West University",, Study in China 
  3. ^ "Southwest University". China Scholarship Council. Retrieved 26 January 2014. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 29°48′50″N 106°24′46″E / 29.8139°N 106.4129°E / 29.8139; 106.4129