Hefei University is an institution of higher learning in Hefei, capital of Anhui Province, the People's Republic of China. It was founded in 1980, after the merger of former Hefei Union University, Hefei Education College and Hefei Normal School.Hefei University has 16 departments, 5 centers of research together with a further education college, offering 40 bachelor degree programs with a full-time student population totaling 12,527（as to December 2007）on two campuses, the Downtown Campus (or Huangshan Road Campus) and the Nanyanhu Lake Campus. The university's strength lies in engineering, economics and management, and it also comprises literature, science and education.
The vision of HU is focused on“regionalization, practicability and internationalization”.HU aims at educating students to become specialized professionals with practical knowledge and skills to meet the needs of regional job markets with international perspectives.
Aiming to serve the regional economy,HU sticks to its philosophy “nurturing students with morality through practical curriculum and teaching methods”. HU has always been encouraging teaching reforms so as to equip its graduates with practical competence and skills for their future career. In the recent years “N+2 Assessment System” has been introduced at HU, by which students are evaluated on the basis of their academic learning together with the final exams at each semester. The “9-Semester System” is specially designed in which sophomores are required to have a single semester for field learning before continuing their further academic studies in order to strengthen problem solving skills required for the professional career in the future.
HU has extraordinary faculty and efficient administrative staff to ensure the quality of service to its students.HU encourages its faculty to participate in the development of regional economy,by which they will nurture its students with academic training combined with the industry skills. Professors at HU are also involved in natural science research programs at provincial, national and international level. Various prizes have been awarded for their academic excellence for their papers and books published in Chinese, English and German magazines.
Young as HU is, HU has been contributing to mutual growth and international cultural cooperation through exchanges programs with universities and institutions around the world. HU has been engaged in various programs with Germany for faculty training, exchange of students and joint development for some of its departments since the early 1980s. HU now has 9 sister universities in Germany，mainly with the applied science universities in line with HU's mission.Programs of student exchange and faculty training have been expanding with cooperation on some dual degree programs since 2000. HU started similar programs in South Korea since the late 1990s and so far it has 7 sister universities in South Korea with exchange programs for students and faculty and dual degree programs in language, Tourism Management, Computer Science and Chinese Teaching.
Diversity is one of the distinctive features of HU. Each year some 50 foreign students are admitted into HU for Chinese language and culture learning. And joint workshops and internship/thesis writing are also arranged on the campus for international students from sister universities. International seminars on education, rural development, tourism management and environmental protection were also hosted with participants from Germany, Korea, Japan, Singapore and other countries. In addition to Germany and Korea, HU also has cooperation relations with universities in the United States, Austria, Thailand, Britain and Spain as well. International professors from Germany, Korea, the United States, Canada, Australia and Japan are recruited to teach and research on the campus each year.
HU takes the overall development of its students as prime priority besides academic learning. Various clubs, organized and administrated by the students, are sponsored by HU to meet the physical, moral, cultural and social interests and needs of students. Students excel in academic studies and are active in sports and other events in and outside of campus. Fencing and robots design enjoys prestigious reputation in China.Students from HU are awarded in the National Undergraduate Electronic Design Contest. The Foreign language club ( English, German, Japanese and Korean )is well known in Hefei City and attracts foreign language learners. Students fulfill their social and civic responsibilities by doing volunteer work in local communities and rural areas. For many years the graduates of HU have been well-accepted for their honesty and dependability with practical competence and skills.