Located in Kunming, a city in China boasting its spring-like climate all the
year round, and as one of the earliest higher institutions for ethnic minorities
(including Han People) established on August 1, 1951, Yunnan University of
Nationalities (YUN) is a key university at provincial level jointly developed by
the State Ethnic Affairs Commission and Yunnan Provincial Government. It has
been listed by the Ministry of Education as a candidate university to start
doctorate degree programs.
Due to 60-year painstaking efforts, YUN is now a university offering a complete range of subjects at various academic levels through diverse school forms. The fields of study cover philosophy, literature, history, education, economics, management, law, science and engineering. YUN has started one joint Doctor’s degree program, established 10 academic disciplines and 60 specialties in Master’s degree, 8 Professional Master’s Degree and 67 undergraduate majors. The teaching and administrative staff in YUN totals over 1,000, of whom 150 have academic titles of professorship and more than 300 associate professorship.Apart from 12,000 adult students, the total enrollment of full-time students is 20,000, including undergraduates, graduates, Ph.D. candidates and international students. The university has 20 schools, YUN has established the China- ASEAN Language and cultural training base and Culture and International Training Base.
YUN is featured by such areas of study as ethnology, sociology, history, ethnic languages and literatures, language and culture in Southeast Asia, Chemistry, ethnic art. Outstanding achievements have been made in the building of and research in areas of ethnology, sociology and history, which has led to the important ethnological research base in China, which has won the National Award for Outstanding Teaching, Awards for teaching and research and Provincial Award for teaching and scientific research.
YUN began to accept international students in 1984. As a key university teaching Chinese to foreigners, YUN has Established the cooperation and exchanges, including student exchanges, cooperation in exchange credits, with over 60 universities and academic institutions in the United States, Norway, Japan, South Korea, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam and Sri Lanka. It now offers both Bachelor’s degree program and master’s degree to international students. Some 4,000 students from all over the world are currently enrolled at YUN. International education at YUN includes degree programs and non-degree programs, and the latter covers short and long term training course and advanced studies in various specialties. Degree programs are carried out in accordance with the curricula issued by the State.