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|Motto||求是 明德 卓越|
|Location||Chengdu, Sichuan, China|
Xihua University (西华大学 "West China University") is a university in Sichuan province, People's Republic of China. Approved by the State Ministry of Education, Xihua University (XHU) was founded on April 16, 2003, formed by the merger of the former Sichuan University of Science and Technology and the former Teacher's College. The former Sichuan University of Science and Technology, once called the Sichuan Mechanical College of Agriculture, was founded in 1960. The former Teacher's College, located in Peng Zhou County, was founded in 1971.
XHU covers about 2,850 mu (469.5 acres) in the Hi-tech zone of Chengdu. The campus has a tributary of Ming Jiang River winding through it, and the Ancient Irrigation Project—Du Jiangyan and its national scenery zone is to the west. XHU's school motto is “Diligence, Virtue and Excellence”.
The university consists of 16 schools, one department and 52 undergraduate programs, covering the fields of Science, Management, Liberal Arts, Technique, Economy, Law and Education. Currently, the university enrolls students from 23 provinces and is qualified to enroll foreign students. There are about 22,000 full-time students, including 16,000 undergraduates and 400 graduates. It has been a Provincial Key Base for Personnel Training and Scientific Research. It has set up a campus network and the library houses about 1.5 million volumes, of which some are digital books.
Besides four Engineering master's degree programs, the university offers 18 other master's degree programs. It has four key provincial disciplines, five provincial priority laboratories, one provincial engineering center, seven personnel training bases for bachelor's degree, one model center for the basic teaching program and over 30 research and assessment centers. XHU is qualified to admit four-year course equivalent ME applicants and hold graduate courses, enroll foreign students, and offer doctoral programs jointly with other national principal universities.
XHU shows good potential and strength in developing scientific research. It has undertaken the state 863/CIMS Projects, the State Natural Science Fund Projects, the Projects of The 8th Five-Year Plan of the Ministry of Machinery Industry, the State Major Project of the 9th Five-Year Plan and the 10th Five-Year Plan, the Major Teaching and Research Projects of Personnel Training and Fostering For the 21st Century of Ministry of Education and many other ministerial and provincial major scientific research projects as well, and has won several science and technology achievement prizes and science and technology advanced prizes at the ministerial and provincial levels.
XHU tries to cultivate well-rounded and developed students. They have won the first and the second national prizes in the National Electronic Design Competition for six years, the second national prize in Mathematical Model Design Competition, two national third prizes and organizing prizes in the Challenging Cup Competition in 2002, and a national third prize in 2000.
The university held the Table Tennis Game of the 6th National Game of the Undergraduates and won both the men's and women's gold and silver medals of the team title. In 2002, the university held 11 meetings of the 2002 Anniversary of China Scientific Committee. The university is the National Art Education Model and has been awarded the prize of a National Model for excellent organization of students practice work. Therefore, employers for their creative and diligent spirit welcome students of XHU. For years, the employment rate has been above 85%.
XHU sets the strategy of developing the university through opening to the outside world. It has established collaborative relations with more than 20 universities from nearly 14 countries and signed the 1-2-1 Educational Program with four American state universities, providing its students an opportunity to earn dual degrees from Chinese and American universities over the course of four or five years.
For its good reputation, XHU has collected funds in many ways to develop itself. In 2002, the university signed an agreement with the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China and secured a loan of RMB one billion yuan. In 2002, the university signed another agreement with Xin Tiantong Co. Ltd, which will invest one-billion-yuan to build an extension of the campus.
XHU will take part in the worldwide talent competition and strive to build first-class provincial disciplines. It aims to become a first-class provincial comprehensive university through having the society and the world in view and continuing to further the reforms of existing tertiary education and talent-cultivation models. In all, XHU will make great contributions to the development of the West and the Sichuan Province.
Having paid great attention to the faculty building, XHU now has 1,400 teachers and staff members, among whom 380 teachers have the title of senior post. XHU has invited three academicians to be directors of the key provincial laboratories, 14 other academicians and 43 distinguished professors to be part-time professors.
- Official website (English version)
- XiHua Online student journal – An online student journal from students of China West Normal University