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Overview of HQU

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Huaqiao University (HQU) is a comprehensive university, directly under the Overseas Chinese Affairs Office of the State Council of China and jointly run by the Overseas Chinese Affairs Office of the State Council, the Ministry of Education (MOE) of the People’s Republic of China and the Fujian Provincial People's Government. It is the National Base for Chinese Language Teaching, the National Base for Cultural Quality Education of College Students, the National Demonstration University for Deepening Innovation and Entrepreneurship Education Reform and the National Demonstration University for Teacher Evaluation Reform.


HQU was established in Quanzhou, Fujian Province, with the approval of former Chinese Premier Zhou Enlai in 1960. The first president was Liao Chengzhi, one of the state leaders. The university was once closed in 1970 and rehabilitated in 1978. In 1983, HQU was listed as one of China's Prioritized Fostered Universities by Chinese Central Government. Since 1996, it has been jointly constructed by the Overseas Chinese Affairs Office of the State Council and the Fujian Provincial People's Government. In 1997, the former Jimei Overseas Chinese Tutoring School was incorporated into the university and renamed as the Chinese Language and Culture College. In 2006, Xiamen Campus of the university was officially launched. In 2003, HQU achieved "Excellence" in MOE’s first Undergraduate Teaching Performance Assessment. In 2018, the university was selected into the construction plan of first-class universities and first-class disciplines (also named as Double First-Class Initiative) of Fujian Province.


HQU Board of Directors was founded in 1980 with Zhuang Xiquan, Hu Ping, Huang Changxi, Jia Qinglin, Chen Mingyi, Song Defu, Wang Gang successively served as chair of the board. The current Chair of the Board is Cai Dafeng, Vice Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress and Chairman of the China Association for Promoting Democracy. Edmund Ho Hau-wah, deputy chairman of CPPCC and the former chief executive of Macao SAR, serves as the Board's honorary chair.


HQU enjoys over 2,800 remarkable teaching and auxiliary staff, among which, more than 1,700 are full-time teachers, including 54% with senior titles, 65% with doctoral degrees, 35% with the experience of overseas education, 68% under the age of 45, 6 double-employed academicians, over 100 high-caliber talents including National Leading Scholars, and high-level research teams including innovation teams in key areas supported by the Innovative Talent Promotion Plan of the Ministry of Science and Technology.  


Educating students both morally and intellectually, HQU aims at producing high-quality talent with innovative spirit, practical ability, global vision and social responsibility. Over 200,000 students of all levels have graduated from the university since its establishment, among which around 50,000 currently live overseas, mainly distributed in Hong Kong, Macao, Taiwan and countries or regions along the Maritime Silk Road, and are committed to promoting friendship, communication and cooperation between China and those countries. HQU has 25,700 full-time undergraduates and 4,338 graduates, among which 6,140 are students from Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan and over 80 countries and regions. HQU is one of the universities that recruit the largest number of overseas students in China. It currently houses 26 colleges with 90 departments and centers, among which 11 are national first-class undergraduate programs, 9 are provincial first-class undergraduate programs and 16 have achieved international and domestic profession certifications. HQU boasts 4 national first-class undergraduate courses and 35 provincial first-class undergraduate courses and has established about 80 teaching and research platforms at national and provincial levels including national and local collaborative engineering research centers, provincial and ministerial collaborative innovation centers, engineering research centers of the Ministry of Education, virtual simulation experiment centers, experimental teaching demonstration centers, etc.


Strengthening the discipline construction, HQU offers 11 categories with a coordinately developed discipline system that combines arts with science, integrates science with engineering and couples engineering with management. There are 8 Doctoral programs of the first-level disciplines, 25 Master's programs of the first-level disciplines, 21 professional Master's programs, and 5 Post-doctoral research centers in the university. Steady progress has been made in its research strength, with 41 state or provincial key disciplines and 17 provincial peak and plateau disciplines, among which Engineering ranks among the top 5% and Material Science and Chemistry rank among the top 1% in ESI (Essential Science Indicators).


HQU attaches great importance to academic research and reinforces its capabilities of scientific and technological innovation and cultural innovation. It is one of the universities in Fujian province that enjoy the most projects supported by National Natural Science Foundation and National Social Science Foundation every year. The university has also won the National Science and Technology Progress Award and published academic papers in Nature, China Social Science and other journals. It has been ranked in the national Top 100 of the Annual Nature Index for four consecutive years. Two of our professors have been consecutively selected as "Highly-cited Scientists" in the world.


HQU actively carries out social services and promotes the integration and innovation of industry and education to make a contribution to the building of a moderately prosperous society in all respects. Taking root in Fujian, the university helps Fujian province achieve all-round high-quality development through efforts including hosting the entrusted legislation project - Fujian Provincial Regulations on Promoting Ecological Civilization Construction, participating in the world heritage applications of Xiamen and Quanzhou, working with the local governments to promote the construction of "the Belt and Road" Qiaoze Garden in Quanzhou and Automobile Town in Xiamen and building high-end learning platforms of "HuaDa Lecture" and "Jimei Lecture". HQU has established cooperation relationships with 8 cities of Chongqing municipality and Fujian province, offered pairing assistance to Putian College and North Minzu University and helped with poverty alleviation in Southwest Guizhou Pilot Area and Gansu Jishishan County.


Engaging itself in international exchanges and cooperation, HQU has signed cooperation agreements with over 210 universities, research institutes and governments from 46 countries and regions in 5 continents. The university is one of the officially acknowledged universities that enroll international students funded by Chinese Government Scholarship. It now has 90 admissions offices across the globe.


 Dedicated to recruiting students from abroad, Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan, HQU aims to serve the overseas Chinese and spread Chinese culture so as to contribute to the course of overseas Chinese affairs and assist the construction of the Belt and Road. The Blue Book of Overseas Chinese has been published for ten consecutive years. The Maritime Silk Road Research Institute has been selected as one of the most influential university think tanks of "the Belt and Road" by the National Development and Reform Commission for three consecutive years and "the Belt and Road" research think tank by Chinese Academy of Social Sciences Evaluation Studies. Institute of Thailand was selected as the international and regional studies center of the MOE, Center of Malaysia Studies was selected as “the Belt and Road” international and regional studies center of the National Civil Affairs Commission, and Institute of Overseas Chinese and Institute of Urban Construction and Economic Development were selected as the key think tanks of Fujian province. In order to foster closer ties between peoples, HQU has held Chinese Class for Foreign Government Officials for 15 consecutive years, training a large number of outstanding talents dedicated to promoting friendship between China and other countries along "the Belt and Road". HQU has made great efforts to promote Chinese language education, training teachers, compiling textbooks and conducting traditional Chinese cultural experience for more than 570 Chinese schools in 55 countries around the world, all these contributing to the standardization, normalization, and specialization of Chinese language education of China.


Committed to the humanistic environment for education on campus, the university boasts a unique campus culture of One-culture Oriented, Multi-culture Integrated, Diversities but Harmony, and has thus been listed as Excellent Traditional Chinese Cultural Heritage Base of National Colleges and Universities. It has also won the first prize of Excellent Achievements of National University Campus Cultural Construction for two consecutive years and formed culture brands like “Chengzhi Chinese Culture Festival” and “Dialogues among Civilizations in Splendid Asia. The HQU Men's Basketball Team won nine championships in Chinese University Basketball Association (CUBA) and, on behalf of China, won the first championship of 3x3 FISU World University League Finals.


HQU has two campuses in Quanzhou and Xiamen respectively, covering an area of 2,147,800 square meters, among which are 1,073,000 square meters of built-area. Books and materials in the university amount to more than 4,965,000 copies.


Facing the future, HQU adheres to the guidance of Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era, fully implements the important guiding principles of General Secretary Xi Jinping's key speeches. With the development strategy of running an excellent university for overseas Chinese, the university comprehensively deepens reform, improves the quality of education and strives to become a first-class university in China with international reputation for the promotion of exchanges and mutual learning between Chinese and foreign civilizations, the building of a community with a shared future for mankind and the realization of the Chinese dream of great national rejuvenation.


Data collected up to October 25, 2020

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