Education profile

There are more than 60 universities in Shanxi province. And Shanxi keeps educating the status of the large province and realizing the strategic objective of higher education, higher education.As a noted historic and cultural city, Shanxi attracts millions of tourists from home and abroad with its unique charm. It is a good place to study in for its history of food culture.

The education system in Shanxi province, as elsewhere in China, can be simply summarized as "four educations" and "7 levels". The "four educations" refers to pre-school education, primary education, secondary education and higher education. The "7 levels" refers to kindergarten, primary school, junior high school, senior high school, higher college education, undergraduate education and postgraduate education.

About Shanxi university

Shanxi University is located in Taiyuan, which is the capital of Shanxi Province and boasts a history of 2,500 years. Its profound cultural heritage can be dated back to Sanli College in the Ming Dynasty and Jinyang College and Linde College in the Qing Dynasty. Shanxi University’s predecessor was the Shanxi Grand School founded in 1902. Shanxi Grand School promoted the integration of Chinese cultures with Western sciences, while also paying equal attention to arts and natural sciences. Great flexibility was required to manage the task of running a college and promoting advanced educational ideas. The school was one of the most important cradles of Chinese higher education and a crucial institution for spreading culture, science, and education in Shanxi Province for over a hundred years. Inheriting the glorious tradition of “Knowing the East and West; seeking goodness and truth; promoting the virtuous and the talented; being self-reliant and serving the country”. Promoting and abiding by, the excellent school motto of “being industrious, strict, honest and creative”, Shanxi University has cultivated excellent talents for the country and society, and successfully made a sterling contribution to educate people and invigorate our industry in modern China.

Fostering talent for more than a hundred years, it added another splendid chapter in the history of education, during those prosperous times. Since the policy of opening up and reform was introduced, Shanxi University has grasped the precious opportunities of invigorating our country through science and education, and the improvement of facilities of higher education. It has developed into a comprehensive university featuring the interaction of arts and natural sciences, clearly focused on administration and introducing a brilliant perspective for development. In 1998, Shanxi University became a key university sponsored by the People’s Government of Shanxi Province. In 2003, Shanxi University got the Excellency Award after an evaluation of undergraduate teaching was conducted by the Ministry of Education. Since the 100th anniversary of its foundation, Shanxi University has made great strides in all academic fields. In 2005, Shanxi University attained the opportunity of co-developed by the State Ministry of Education and the People’s Government of Shanxi Province.

The campus, covering a geographic area of 2,066 mu and a floor space of 987,000 square meters, has been awarded the titles of Green and Gardenlike University by the provincial government. With a collection of 3.02 million books and 603 GB e-books in its library, Shanxi University provides teaching and research instruments with a total value of more than 200 million yuan RMB. The campus consists of two parts: the northern part is characterized by elegant traditional designs, while southern one is proud of many stylish modern buildings. Towering trees form canopies over the avenues and beautiful floral displays decorate all buildings, the whole campus is full of a deeply humanistic and serene atmosphere suitable for both studying and living.

Shanxi University hosts over-all specialties and has built up a proud reputation for its profound research results. Eleven academic fields cover 69 majors for undergraduates and 18 majors for the double bachelor’s degree. At present, it has 48 doctorate programs (6 first grade disciplines) and nine centers for post-doctoral studies, 137 general Masters of Arts and Sciences programs (19 first grade disciplines), and 16 specialized M.A./ M.S. programs. Shanxi University has state key subjects, state key laboratories, key laboratories designated by the Ministry of Education, key research bases in humanities and social sciences under the Ministry of Education, an engineering research center approved by the Ministry of Education, laying its profound academic and scientific research foundation. In recent years, there is an increase in acquiring national projects, including 973 National Projects, 863 National Projects, the Projects of the National Natural Science Foundation, and the Projects of the Social Science Foundation. Sixteen projects won prizes for National Natural Sciences, National Technological Innovation, National Scientific and Technological Progress, Outstanding Achievements on the Study of Humanities and Social Sciences in Chinese Higher Educational Institutions and Natural Sciences of the Ministry of Education. Shanxi University is staffed by high-quality academic lecturers and has attained remarkable achievements in cultivating talents.

At present, Shanxi University has 1,982 full-time lecturers, among whom 1,058 have obtained advanced academic titles. Also the university has academicians from the Chinese Academy of Sciences, national outstanding talents on expertise, “Cheung Kong Scholars Program”. Special appointed professors and visiting professors, state-level middle-aged experts with the title of “Prominent contributors”, winners of the national projects of the science foundation for eminent youths, state-level model teachers, leading teachers approved by the Ministry of Education, and nearly 100 experts with a special state-sponsored allowance. Moreover, the university hosts state-level innovation and research groups, the state-level teaching team, and the ministerial innovation group. Of the courses for the students, three were selected as state-level fine courses. Seven textbooks compiled by the academic staff from Shanxi University were selected as state-level materials of the "Eleventh Five-Year" plan. Six doctors were awarded the National Excellent Doctoral Dissertation Award or won the honor of being nominated. At present, 17,114 undergraduate and 6,643 graduates are studying in this university. In recent years, the students won 13 first prizes, including the National Mathematical Contest in Modeling, "Challenge Cup" Competition of Extracurricular Science and Technology, Electronic Design Competition, Advertising and Art Contest.

Shanxi University has increasingly enlarged its international exchanges. It has established intercollegiate relationship with over 50 universities and institutions from the United States, Japan, South Korea, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Canada and other countries. In addition, Shanxi University collaborates with the Yerevan State Linguistic University after V. "Briusov" of Armenia and the Pfeiffer University of the United States respectively to set up two Confucius Institutes. The establishments of these two Confucius Institutes have provided more opportunities for both Chinese students to join in tertiary education abroad, and international students to study in China.

While the glorious heritage of the last century has been remarkable, today's Shanxi University is facing up to new opportunities and challenges. In order to evolve into a local exemplary research-oriented university, Shanxi University will adhere to principles to blossom in the fierce competitive atmosphere by improving the educational quality, developing via its distinct characteristics, showing vitality by carrying out reform, and reaching maximum efficiency through dedication to an open minded policy.

About Taiyuan University of Technology

Taiyuan University of Technology (TUT) is based in Taiyuan, the capital city of Shanxi Province, Northern China. It is about a four-hour train or one-hour flight from Beijing, the capital of China. Moreover, it is about one-hour from the Pingyao Ancient City, three-hour from the Yungang Grotto and four-hour from the Wutai Mountain-all World Cultural Heritage sites. Taiyuan is a well-known city with a long history of more than 2500 years; therefore, here you can experience not only Chinese abundant traditional culture ranging from architecture and ancient sites to folk arts, but also the atmosphere of a modern Chinese city.

TUT is located in downtown Taiyaun and has a 110-year-old history tracing back to 1902. There is easy access to both the train station and airport about 15 and 30 minutes respectively. It is only university in Shanxi Province to be nominated as one of the top 100 universities by a national higher education program-“Project 211”.

At present, there are more than 20,000 undergraduates, over 6,000 postgraduates and PhD candidates engaging in studying social sciences, sciences, business and management, fine arts and sports at TUT. It offers 70 bachelor’s degree programs, 120 master’s degree programs, 43 doctorate programs, and also 6 post-doctor research centers. Presently, the academic staff numbers 2,007, of whom there are over 1,354 professors and associate professors, and 121 doctoral tutors, 4 chairs of the National Chinese Academy of Engineering.

TUT began recruiting international students in the early 1990s, and since then has had international students from 21 countries covering the U.S.A., Canada, Chile, Peru, Venezuela, Australia, France, Italy, UK, Spain, Belgium, Germany, Romania, Cameroon, Zambia, South Africa, Japan, South Korea, Thailand, Mongolia, and Afghanistan. Apart from learning about Chinese culture and language, international students can also study for bachelor’s degree, master’s degree and doctorate degree