Qiqihar University has a history of more than 50 years. It is the only provincial, comprehensive regular institution of higher learning in the western part of Heilongjiang Province. It is located beside Labor Lake in the city of Qiqihar, the famous homeland of red-crowned cranes. It covers an area of 1.25 million square meters with building area of 720 thousand square meters. It is nicknamed “The Round Lake University,” and has been awarded titles of a “Garden University” and a “Provincial Model Unit” by the Heilongjiang Provincial Committee of the CPC and the People’s Government of Heilongjiang Province.
In recent years, Qiqihar University has successfully realized rapid development. Now, it consists of 22 colleges, including the college of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Computer and Control Engineering, Sciences, Humanities, Life Sciences and Engineering, Arts, Physical Education, Foreign Languages, Economics and Management, Light Industry and Textiles, Mechanical Engineering, Communication and Electronic Engineering, Education and Communication, and International Exchange.
The university also has several teaching and auxiliary teaching departments: a Computer Center, a Network and Audio-visual Education Center, a Department of Social Sciences, Libraries, and the Gmeiner Vocational Technical School (the term ‘School of Applied Technology’ is used in the university). This is a cooperative program with SOS Children's Village.
Qiqihar University offers fifty-seven undergraduate specialties that are subordinate to ten disciplines. Six of the specialties, including High Polymer Material and Engineering, English, Bioscience, Chemical Engineering and Technology, Light Chemical Engineering, and Management of Business Administration, are provincial key specialties. Three first-class disciplines and thirty-one second-class disciplines award master’s degrees. Three of these disciplines, Applied Chemistry, Genetics and Analytical Chemistry, are provincial key disciplines that award master’s degrees of engineering, and the University has been given sanction to work on a newly-added Doctor’s Degree Conferring Unit. The R&D Center of Flax-processing Technology is authorized as an engineering research center by the Ministry of Education. Four R&D Centers, including Deep Processing of Agricultural Products (corn), Fine Processing of Soybean, Linen Processing Technology, and Popular Polymer Composite Modification are provincial R&D centers of engineering technology of a provincial university. There are two key laboratories of provincial universities: a Laboratory of the Industry of Fine Chemicals, and a Laboratory of the Processing of Agricultural Products. The Training Center of the Industry of Fine Chemicals and the Training Center of the Processing Technology of Cereal, Oil and Foodstuffs are provincial talent training centers for rejuvenating the old industrial bases of Northeastern China. The university also has two provincial demonstrative centers of experimental teaching, and one provincial demonstrative base for innovation and the creative cultivation of postgraduates, which has an R&D base in Beijing.
Qiqihar University has a highly competitive faculty and a well-reasoned faculty structure. Among 1347 full-time teachers, with 26 foreign teachers being excluded, 72 hold doctoral degrees and 679 hold master’s degrees. That is 55.7% of the faculty. Nineteen experts enjoy special national government allowances. Three are tutors of postgraduate candidates, 168 are tutors of graduate candidates, 167 are professors, and 442 are associate professors. These numbers account for 45.2% of the faculty. Of the teachers, 87.4% are under 45, and they are the mainstay of the faculty. The university’s faculty is further enhanced by the fact that 70.4% of its teachers graduated from universities other than Qiqihar University.
The university enrolls students from 30 provinces, autonomous regions and municipalities which are under the control of the Central Government of our country. It has formed a perfect educational provisional system of 22,965 full-time undergraduates, 200 degree-eligible foreign students and 1,439 correspondence students.
Qiqihar University has advanced and enriched teaching conditions and facilities. These include 2,106,200 volumes in our library, six electronic reading rooms, six reading rooms specializing in social sciences or foreign language materials, 107 classrooms functioning as modernized language labs, multi-media classrooms, and 2 distance online teaching record-anchor multimedia classrooms. The school and students also enjoy 14 distance network classrooms, a gymnasium, a stadium, a natatorium and a music hall which are first-class in the province. Three academic periodicals by our university are published both at home and abroad: the Journal of Qiqihar University (Philosophy and Social Science Edition), the Journal of Qiqihar University (Natural Science Edition), and the Journal of Science of the Teachers College and University.
Qiqihar University’s guiding concept is to uphold Deng Xiao-ping’s Theory, and the important thought of the Three Representatives as guidelines, to advance the scientific concept on development as a command, to fully implement the Party's policy on education, to adhere to the unity of “large-scale, scientific organization, and fine quality with high efficiency,” and to follow the road towards developing these essential qualities. The university stands in Heilongjiang to serve local economic construction and social development, and to keep teaching as the central task, and to improve the quality of teaching as the lifeline of the university. The university unswervingly takes the cultivation of high-level professionals and senior specialists as the basic task to building the university into a provincial key comprehensive university.
Through years of exploration and practice, the university has formed its special features: “Carrying forward the fine tradition of working hard, with a pioneering spirit and a dedication to the frontier, of cultivating surefooted, industrious and competent high-level professionals.”
For years, the university, upholding the thought that “development is the first task,” has been unceasingly deepening programs of reform, development, and the construction of various undertakings, and has made great achievements.
The university lays emphasis on developing campus culture by holding colorful cultural activities. The Qiqihar University Symphony Orchestra enjoys a high reputation, and also frequently gives special performances. It also held an even entitled “Fine Art Spreads over Campus” in 2006, under the nomination of the Ministry of Education.
The University highly values academic exchanges, and has achieved many positive results by establishing inter-collegiate contacts. It has had academic exchanges and established ties with cooperatively-run schools with some domestic colleges, and also 24 colleges from eight foreign countries like the U.S.A., Great Britain, Japan, South Korea, Russia, Canada, Austria, and Ireland.
Qiqihar University has preserved and promoted its principles in running the university over the last 50 years. By working industriously, it has trained over 126,000 various talented persons. They are all over the country, but most of them take root in Longjiang. They have been well received at their posts because they are willing to work their way up, they are happy in bearing hardships, they dedicate themselves to their work, and they are good at learning and doing. In the past decade, they have completed more than 1,600 research projects, quite a number of which have been materialized in time to make great contributions to local economic construction and social development.
With the inspiring motto “Cultivation of Righteousness and Virtue, Construction of Refinement and Spontaneity”, Qiqihar University is geared to the needs of the future, seizes all opportunities, and promotes a truth-seeking and pioneering spirit necessary for building the university into a provincial key university.