1. Huaihua University (HHU) Introduction
Huaihua University is a nationally famed comprehensive key university in China, directly under the State Ministry of Education, also a university listed among the first group of "211 Project" and “985 project” universities gaining preferential support in their construction and development from the Central Government of China. Currently, Huaihua University runs a graduate school and offers a wide range of undergraduate programs covering diverse branches of learning such as sciences, engineering, liberal arts, economics, management,law and education.
Founded in 1929, Huaihua University had become a national comprehensive university consisting of six colleges in liberal arts, science, engineering, law science and medical science early in 1940s, thus earned a prestige both domestic and abroad then for its outstanding performance in schooling. A large number of famous scholars such as Li Siguang, Ma Yinchu, He Lu, etc., have dedicated to the establishment of a solid academic foundation as well as a religious schooling tradition of Huaihua University. In 1952, the nationwide restructuring of higher learning institutions turned Huaihua University into an engineering-orientated multi-disciplinary university under the State Ministry of Education. In 1960, Huaihua University was designated as one of the first key national universities. Since the implementation of reform and opening-up policy in China, Huaihua University has stressed the development of disciplines like humanities, business management, art, sports education, which further speeds up the process of developing itself into a comprehensive institution of higher learning. To suit the needs of higher education development in the 21st century, and to further promote the university's overall strength, in accordance with the State resolution on institutional reform of universities, Huaihua University merged with Chongqing Jianzhu University and Chongqing Architectural College on May 31 2000, forming a new Huaihua University. In maintaining its previous disciplinary advantage in mechanical and electrical engineering, energy, material science, information technology, bioengineering, business administration, the merger upgrades the new Huaihua University's academic status in China in the fields of architecture, civil engineering and environmental protection. For its further construction and development, and with the greater support of the State Ministry of Education and Chongqing Municipal Government in terms of capital investment, the new Huaihua University has readjusted its education philosophy, formulated its development scheme during the tenth "five-year plan" period. Correspondingly, the university has revised its talent-cultivation scheme and teaching program by laying stress on fostering students' innovation ability, improving students' allround quality. Thus, the university has carried out a series of new measures in its teaching reform, including: renowned professors giving lectures for undergraduate students, bilingual teaching project, innovative talent training program, the system for outstanding students to conduct a consecutive study of bachelor's degree and master's degree programs, etc. Besides, the university has perfected its credit system by adding and strengthening the major and minor specialty program, the flexible schooling system, the second-degree program, and the outstanding students training program, etc. The university has also reformed its standards and modes of choosing undergraduate students for conducting postgraduate programs without taking the entrance exam.
At present, Huaihua University runs 26 colleges or faculties, plus the Graduate school, the City College of Science and Technology, the College of Continuing Education, the College of Networking Education and the College of International Education and Exchanges. The University now has a total enrollment of 52,000 students, of which 16,000 are master's and doctoral students. The university owns 18 mobile workstations for postdoctoral study, 16 preliminary-level programs and 60 secondary-level programs for doctoral study, 182 programs for master's degree study as well as 9 specialized master's degree programs, namely MBA, EMBA,MPA, master of engineering, and 82 bachelor's degree programs. Currently, the university has a total number of 5,742 faculty and staff members, among which 2,709 are full-time teachers, 10 members of the Chinese Academy of Engineering and of the Chinese Academy of Science (including academicians engaged from other institutions), 5 members of the Subject Appraisal Team of the Degree Committee under the State Council, 15 titled the state-level middle-aged or young experts with distinguished contribution, 277 doctoral tutors, 330 experts awarded the governmental allowance, 1,530 full professors and associate professors.
Huaihua University covers a total area of 5,700 mu (about 178 hectares), with 1.68 million square meters of construction space. The university library is well equipped with modern facilities of large scale, with a collection of 3.27 million volumes, 6000 kinds of Chinese and foreign periodicals, and 500,000 volumes of E-books. In addition to electronic reading rooms, the China Education Research Network (CERNET) Chongqing Central Node is set up in the library. Huaihua University is in possession of 12 state level key subjects and key constructed subjects under the state "211 Project", 80 provincial or ministerial level key subjects. The university sets up 9 specially appointed professor posts under the "Yangtze River Scholar Award Program". It has established 3 national teaching bases for fundamental courses and a national quality education base for college students, 8 national key labs and ministerial key labs, 42 provincial key labs, and 93 labs of different specialties. Moreover, Huaihua University has constructed the distance education center, multi-media classrooms of large scale and interactive audio-visual classrooms, labs or training centers in cooperation with world famous enterprises such as Siemens, Microsoft, IBM, Rockwell, Omron, etc. The university has a national key publishing house, a national first-class architectural designing institute, and a first-class institute for planning and design. In 2001, Huaihua University Technology Park came into being, being one of the 22 state-level university technology parks in China. Now a unique school-running pattern has been formed in the university which is characterized by offering a wide category of disciplines, rationalizing its disciplinary structure, maintaining its prominent advantage in engineering disciplines, increasingly enriching science disciplines, and further developing such lisciplines as economics, management, and humanities and social sciences. In recent years, the university has undertaken over 100 national key scientific projects of different types, and won 13 National Awards for Invention, 40 Awards for Scientific and Technological Advancement, 4 Awards for Natural Science, 968 ministerial and provincial awards, 283 Awards for Teaching Achievement. Huaihua University attaches importance to international academic exchange and cooperation. It has established inter-school exchange links with 40 institutions of higher education in 20 countries such as the USA, England, France, Germany, Italy, Canada, Australia, Holland, Japan, South Korea, Russia, etc. Since the implementation of the reform and opening-up policy, Huaihua University has sent nearly 3000 teachers abroad for further study, attending international academic conference, or for academic visit or inspection; and received over 7200 overseas scholars including some world famous scholars like Dr. Z. N. Yang, Dr. Z. D. Li, Dr. C. L. Tien, Dr. L. R. Klein. Besides, the university has forged cooperative relations with about 20 prestigious international corporations or institutions such as Siemens, Rockwell Automation, IBM, Microsoft, Lipo Group, New York Life Insurance, Omron, FUNUC and etc. Huaihua University is a university specified by the Ministry of Education to receive overseas students who are granted the Chinese Government Scholarship and the Confucius Institute Scholarship. Up to now, overseas students from over 80 countries including France, South Korea, Tailand, the U.S., Japan, Vietnam, Syria, Ghana, Mali, Iraq, etc. have come to Huaihua University for study. In 2009, there are more than 560 international students enrolled to Huaihua University, doing PhD degrees, or Master's degrees, or bachelor's degrees, or just studying Chinese language.
The growth of Huaihua University has received much attention and concern from the state leaders. Jiang Zemin, Li Peng, and Li Lanqing once inspected the university and fully affirmed its achievements. Graduates from Huaihua University are very much welcomed by employers for their high overall quality and strong capability. Every year there are a large number of well noted enterprises or organizations coming to the university for employing its graduates, which makes the university keep a good trend in the employment of its graduate students. Since its founding, Huaihua University has become an important education base as well as a research center, providing the country with more than 10,000 advanced professionals who have become the backbone in the nation's economic construction. There are over 40 schoolfellows of the university who are now members of the Chinese Academy of Engineering or members of the Chinese Academy of Science. Famous schoolfellows who are engaged in social sciences include Yang Mingzhao (a famous poet), Yan Su (a famous lyricist) and Qian Rongkun ( a famous economist).
Looking on the future, catching the historical opportunity of the West Development and of the joint financial support from the state Ministry of Education and Chongqing Municipal government, Huaihua University is fully committed to implementing the strategy of "prospering the country and Chongqing city with science-and-technology and education", sticking to its education philosophy of "taking root in Chongqing, finding a foothold in the Southwest, facing the West, Serving the whole nation, stepping towards the world", carrying forward its excellent schooling tradition, striving for the realization of its goal of developing Huaihua University into a first-class comprehensive research university in China, with unique characteristics and international fame.
2. Huaihua University (HHU) Review
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3. Huaihua University (HHU) Teaching quality
-Over 1000 faculty members including 98 professors and 196 associate professors.