Guangxi Normal University is located in Guilin, a world-famous tourist city with a long history and culture. Situated in Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region in the southern part of China, Guilin is “renowned for its unique beauty of mountains and rivers”. Lijiang River, one of the well-known tourist attractions in Guilin, was listed by the US Cable News Network in 2013 as one of the world’s top 15 beautiful rivers worth visiting. Guilin’s Karst formation was selected into the World Natural Heritage in 2014.
Introduction to Guangxi Normal University
Guangxi Normal University, founded in 1932, is a key university in Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. It consists of 23 colleges (including one independent college – Lijiang College). Currently, it has 2,230 teaching staff, and a population of 21,949 undergraduate students, 5,716 graduate students, 122 PhD candidates, over 1,800 international students under various programs, and more than 13,000 correspondence and visiting students. The university has 3 campuses - Wangcheng Campus, Yucai Campus, Yanshan Campus - covering a total area of 300 hectares. Of them, Wangcheng Campus is known to be one of the most beautiful campuses in China and the only one school campus in the country cited as a 5-A tourist spot.
Guangxi Normal University offers Chinese courses ranging from short-term training, to undergraduate, Master’s degree and Doctor’s degree levels. The university is authorized to set up 3 post-doctoral research mobile stations, to grant Doctoral degree in 2 first-level disciplines and 12 second-level disciplines, Master’s degree in 22 first-level disciplines, 152 second-level disciplines and 15 specialties, and full-time undergraduate degree in 72 specialties. The university has 35 provincial level key disciplines, covering 12 categories such as philosophy, economics, law, education, literature, history, science, engineering, agriculture, medicine, management, and arts. The College of Chinese Language and Literature is a national training and scientific research base for basic education in liberal arts. Diploma awarded by the university enjoys good reputation and is well recognized by its educational counterparts across the world.
Guangxi Normal University has been enjoying fairly good reputation and influence internationally. It has established cooperative and exchange relations with over 200 universities and institutions of higher learning in more than 40 countries and regions. In the past 10 years or so, it has increasingly expanded its enrollment of international students, so far having received more than 15,000 short-term and long-term international students in total from more than 60 countries and regions. It has the authority to receive international students under the “Chinese Government Scholarship” awarded by China’s Ministry of Education, the “Confucius Institute Scholarship” by China’s State Office of Chinese Language Education (Han Ban), and “ASEAN Scholarship” by Guangxi Government. It is, in the meanwhile, the only university in Guangxi, approved by China’s Ministry of Education to be a Demonstration Base for foreigners studying in China, and approved by the Overseas Chinese Affairs Office under the State Council to be a Chinese language education base. The university has set up 3 Confucius Institutes with Prince of Songkla University in Thailand, Malang National University in Indonesia, and Hanoi University in Vietnam. It has attached great importance to the ASEAN studies, and has set up the “ASEAN Education Research Center”, “Vietnam Research Center”, “Indonesian Culture Center”, and “Thai Culture Center”. It has sponsored regular ASEAN education seminars and published a series of influential academic monographs. Built in 2012, the Vietnam School Memorial Hall has become a good platform for the Chinese people and the Vietnamese people to cherish their past history and to carry on their friendship in the future.