Introduction to SNU
Sichuan Normal University (SNU) is the largest provincial key university with the most complete course offerings among the provincial universities and colleges in Sichuan Province. Located on the beautiful Lion Hill in the eastern suburbs of Chengdu, SNU covers an area of 3,000 mu, and its total building area is about 1 million square meters. There are about 3,000 faculty and staffs. Of this figure, 770 are professors and associate professors, and 150 have Doctor’s degree. There are 17 academicians of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Chinese Academy of Engineering who have accepted SNU positions as chief, part-time or emeritus professors.
SNU now has a main campus, the Eastern Campus and Caotang campus. It consists of 18 colleges: Chinese Language and Literature, Mathematics and Software, Continuing Education and others. Approved by the Ministry of Education, SNU set up two separate colleges. These campuses boast 21 research institutes and sectors, 69 undergraduate specialties and 42 specialties entitled to grant master’s degrees. SNU is also authorized to enroll students for master’s degree in education and students for certificates in various specialties at graduate level. In addition, SNU has 29 key disciplines and laboratories as well as personnel training centres.
SNU has a well-defined approach of how to operate the university. While emphasizing basic theory, basic knowledge and basic technical ability, SNU attaches importance to social work, internships, teaching probation, work-and-study program and other activities, making great efforts to strengthen the cultivation of students’ quality and ability. SNU Aesthetic Education School is regarded as the first school of the same kind ever set up in the country. It offers more than 100 quality-oriented courses to students for all-round development, and over 40, 000 students graduated from this school in the past years. Accordingly this school has been appraised as the National Art Education Advanced School. On many occasions, many honors at national, provincial and municipal levels have been given to this school for students’ social work activities. In addition, it has been granted as the National Advanced Work-Unit for 10 years in succession.
SNU attaches importance to campus cultural development and artistic quality cultivation. On SNU main campus, there is a wall of relief sculpture for the purpose of patriotism education. This wall is regarded as the largest one among the institutions of higher learning in the country. In order to further improve teaching quality, SNU has implemented a series of measures to deepen reforms in teaching. In addition, among the universities and colleges in Sichuan Province, SNU has taken the lead in using the credit system by the name of 1+2+X Personal Training Mode. This purpose is to train students in a wide variety of disciplines so as to form high-quality personal with solid theoretic base, some scientific research ability and strong capability of putting into practice what they have learnt. Over the past 50 years, about 200,000 students graduated from Sichuan Normal University. During their stay on campus, they studied for bachelor or master degrees; some for associate diplomas; and the others for continuing education. These graduates are well received by work-units in the society due to their solid theatrical base, wide knowledge, an adaptability and down-to-earth style. A large number of them are now the mainstay, working in elementary and middle schools, colleges and universities, institutes of scientific research, as well as in the administration offices of the CPC party and government at different level or other sectors.
SNU is strong force in scientific research work. In the past years, great achievement has been made in the fields of the theoretical research of education science, basic theory, applied technique as well as the efforts made to popularize scientific and technical result. SNU has a number of renowned professors, scholars and experts at international or national level. In accordance with the data from the Science Citation Index (SCI), Index to Scientific Reviews (ISTP) and Engineering Index (EI), academic papers and theses published by SNU faculty staffs in the fields of natural sciences have ranked very high all the time among Chinese universities and colleges. The research work in liberal arts is one of the best kind in the nation. SNU has set up the Bashu Cultural Research Centre, and it is one of the few research bases of the humanities and social sciences that have been designated by the Ministry of Education to a few provincial universities in the country. In the past five years, SNU faculty staffs have undertaken over 400 research projects that come from the National Social Sciences Foundation, the National Natural Sciences Foundation, the Xinhuo Program at national level, the National 863 Key Program of High Technology, the Tenth-Five Years Planning of the National Education Science as well as other scientific and technological programs at ministerial or provincial level. In addition, SNU faculty staffs have published over 500 academic books and 5,000 academic theses and papers. 380 of these were printed out by SCI, EI, or ISTP journals. SNU faculty staffs also have obtained 130 prizes by the name of the Scientific and Technologic Awards at national or provincial level, the Invention Awards, the Philosophy and Social Sciences Achievement Awards and the High Quality Teaching Achievement Awards.
SNU is one of centers among the institutions of higher learning in Sichuan Province to operate overseas academic exchange and co-operation. Since 1980, on a regular basis, SNU has established academic relations with the institutions of higher learning in more than 20 countries and regions and accepted over 1,000 overseas students. At the same time, SNU has sent over 300 faculty staffs abroad for academic visits, research collaborations, and degree or advanced studies. SNU is designated by the Education Department of Sichuan Province to set up Foreign Language Training Center to offer courses to prospective faculty staffs who are selected from the Institutions of Higher Learning in Sichuan and prepared to go abroad for academic program. SUN is one of the regular institutions of higher learning designated by the Ministry of Education to enroll students from Hongkong, Macao and Taiwan.
SNU library is the third largest one in Sichuan Province, and it has a collection of bound volumes of 300,000 titles. SNU has fixed assets that amounts to a total of 1 billion yuan. In addition, SNU has advanced laboratories, apparatus, and facilities that offer convenience for teaching and research work on campus.
At present, all the faculty staffs in Sichuan Normal University follow the educational policy issued by the Communist Party of China. They uphold the socialist approach to operate the university. At the same time, they keep up with the current development, deepen reforms and explore all possibilities of innovation in order to improve SNU teaching quality, enhance its research level and obtain more beneficial result through the university operation. They will work harder to turn SNU into a teaching-and-research typed university, featured with teachers’ education.
Chengdu (Panorama), located in southwest China, is the capital of Sichuan province. Since 1999, drawing the support of “Western development Policy”, Chengdu has made earthshaking changes. In 2010, Forbes unveiled top 10 fastest growing cities in the next decade and Chengdu won the first place. In 2015, Chengdu was also selected in The New York Times’ list of the world’s 52 must-see places. Till now, Chengdu has become the most important economic, cultural, and transportation center in Western China. Chengdu enjoys nice weather and is also widely known as “The City Impossible to Leave after Coming”.
More than four thousand years ago, the pre-historic culture of Jinsha was established in this region. The fertile Chengdu Plain, on which Chengdu is located, is called Tianfuzhiguo in Chinese, which literally means “the Country of Heaven”, or “the Land of Abundance”. Second only to Beijing, Chengdu owns five UN World Heritage sites. Numerous gorgeous scenic areas, including The Giant Panda Breeding Base, have solidified Chengdu’s reputation as an ultimate tourist destination.
China’s state council has designated Chengdu as the country’s western center of logistics, commerce, finance, science and technology, as well as a hub of transportation and communication. It is also an important base for manufacturing and agriculture. By June 2015, 265 Fortune 500 companies had set up branches in Chengdu, ranking as the first in terms of the number of Fortune 500 companies in Central and Western China.
The United States Consulate General at Chengdu opened on October 16, 1985. It was the first foreign consulate in west-central China since 1949. Currently fourteen countries have consulates in Chengdu. The United Kingdom also has a visa application center in Chengdu.
Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport (CDIA) is 16km southwest to the center of Chengdu City. The airport is connected with downtown through highway. It also has long-distance buses to major cities within Sichuan Province and buses and taxies services as well. Until December, 2014, there are altogether 241 routes, 78 of which are international (regional) routes. Chengdu airport realizes air traffic to 187 domestic and international (regional) destinations. Chengdu International Airport is the largest aviation hub in central and western China, and aims to form the national aviation hub in mainland China and the World Best 10 airport.