Yanan University is the first comprehensive university established by the Communist Party of China, which is located in the revolutionary holy place of Yanan. In 1941, Mao Zedong established Yanan University by merging the Shanbei Public School with the Woman’s University of China, the Zedong School of Young Cadres, the Yanan School of Natural Sciences, the School of Nationalities, the Shanganning Border Region School of Administration and the Xinwenzi Cadre School. Through the Shanbei Public School, the history of Yanan University dates back to 1937.
With the hard work of more than seventy years, Yanan University has developed into a comprehensive university of liberal arts, science, engineering, administration, medicine, education and law. Today the university has eighteen schools, one independent college in Xian and five affiliated hospital schools. There are fifty-nine undergraduate programs, including such disciplines as literature, science, engineering, management science, medicine, pedagogy, economics, history and agriculture. Among these schools there are twelve first-class postgraduate programs of the province, twenty-two postgraduate programs, five key disciplines of the province, two key laboratories of the province, an engineering research section of the province，two national key disciplines, three provincial key disciplines, eight professional disciplines and four key research institutes of the province. Moreover, there are more than forty institutes such as the institute of Energy Chemical Engineering of Northern Shaanxi, the institute of Regional Economy of Northern Shaanxi, the institute of Endemic Diseases of Northern Shaanxi, etc. Yanan University has its own journal: Journal of Yanan University (Natural Science Edition, Social Science Edition, Medical Science Edition and Edition of Education).
There is a faculty of more than 1400 members, including over three hundred professors. Among them fifty-four teachers have Doctor’s Degree and five hundred and thirteen Bachelor’s Degree; also one hundred and seventy are supervisors of postgraduates. There are seven experts who have been awarded Special Government Allowance of the States, one expert who has made an outstanding contribution to the province, four Three-Five talents of the province, two Distinguished Teachers of the State and ten Distinguished Teachers of the province. In addition, more than one hundred and fifty well-known experts and scholars at home and abroad are invited as part-time professors in our university.
Yanan University is surrounded by mountains and a river, with Yanhe river in front and Yangjialing Site to the south. There are Lanhui Garden, Tongxin Garden, Wenhui Mountain, statues of Wu Yuzhang, the first president of Yanan University, and Lu Yao, a master in literature in China on the campus. In the new century, all the staff of Yanan University are determined to grasp the opportunity, meet the challenge, and work in cohesion to develop this comprehensive university with traditional spirit and modern features.