Southwest University (SWU) is a key comprehensive university directly affiliated to the Ministry of Education, a university included by the construction of “211 Projects” and Innovation Platform for Advanced Disciplines of “985 Projects” which is located in Beibei District of Chongqing Municipality. Originating from East Sichuan Normal School established in April, 1906, SWU was founded in July, 2005, by means of merger of the former Southwest Normal University and Agricultural University of Southwest. With the hundred-year development, SWU has by now built up the spirit of “uniqueness over the Southwest and academy reaching the world”, as well as the characteristic educational operation of absorbing the nature and humanities of Southwest, cultivating practical and creative talents, enriching the society and the country and people’s welfare, and integrating with the world’s development. Since the establishment of the university, it has cultivated more than 200,000 talents specializing in all industries and walks of the society, in particular with the experts, scholars and celebrities including Longping Yuan, Mingzhu Wu, Zhonghuai Xiang, Jinchu Hu and Lu Zhang.
In this university, a wide range of disciplines are set up, covering the 12 disciplinary categories of philosophy, economics, law, education, liberal arts, history, science, engineering, agriculture, medicine, management and arts, as well as 55 first-level disciplines. It now has 32 colleges (divisions), degree granting rights for doctors of 21 first-level disciplines and for masters of 44 first-level disciplines, 1 professional doctorate, 19 professional master’s degrees, and 144 undergraduate programs. It also 3 national-level key disciplines, 2 national-level key disciplines (under cultivation), 37 provincial and ministerial (municipal) first-level key disciplines and 22 centers for post-doctoral studies.
The university is built with a Beibei National University Science Park, a national key lab, a National Center for Engineering Research, 1 National Key Lab Cultivation Base under joint construction by both the Municipality and the Ministry, 10 key labs of the Ministries of Education and Agriculture, 2 National Field Stations for Scientific Observation, 2 comprehensive experiment stations of the Ministry of Agriculture, 2 field bases of the Ministry of Land and Resources, 3 Research Centers of the Ministry of Education, 2 National Innovation Bases, 3 innovation teams of the Ministry of Education and 1 Key Research Base for Humanity and Society of the Ministry of Education.
There are about 2,800 full-time teachers in the university, among whom there are over 2,000 professors and associate professors (including research fellows), nearly 300 doctoral supervisors, over 1,200 master tutors, 3 on-job academicians from both of the Academies (One is from the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the other two are from the Chinese Academy of Engineering), a senior professor, 3 national famous teachers, 15 national experts with outstanding contributions, 4 national teaching teams, 6 Cheung Kong scholars, 9 qualifiers for “1000 Talents Program”, 2 grantees of “National Outstanding Youth Fund”, 2 chief scientists of “973 Project”, 13 national-level candidates for “Hundreds, Thousands and Ten Thousands Talents Project” and 7 members of Academic Degree Commission of the State Council and of Discipline Appraisal Group.
The university now has an enrollment scale of over 50,000, including nearly 40,000 ordinary undergraduates, over 11,000 masters and PhD candidate students and more than 1,000 foreign students.
SWU also attaches great importance to international communication and cooperation. It has established long-term and cooperative relationships and carries out the academic communication and scientific cooperation with more than 80 universities and institutes from over 30 countries and regions, including US, Canada, Thailand, Japan, Korea, Vietnam, Australia, Russia and etc.
With the motto of “Broad tolerance to produce magnificence, and inheriting the past excellence to open a future”, the University will vigorously carry forward the college spirit of “uniqueness over the Southwest and academy reaching the world”, hold on to the cultivation of moral personality, adhere to the path of connotative development with an open attitude towards educational operation, comprehensively deepen the overall reform and speeding up the process of internationalization.