Leshan Normal University

Why Study at Leshan Normal University, China

Leshan Normal University (LSNU) was built in 1978. It is located in Leshan City which is the world natural and cultural heritage site and also world cultural celebrity Guo Moruo's hometown. Leshan is situated in the southwest of Sichuan Province, and is the Capital city of Sichuan Province and Fourth largest city in China. LSNU has 12 department and schools with 38 majors for bachelor's degree which covers a very broad range of studies including philosophy, science, engineering, pedagogic, economics, management, law, and art. The total full-time student population of nearly 15,000 includes about 11,500 undergraduates and over 3,500 correspondence students.

(1) History 

Leshan Normal University was founded in 1978 and is one of the premier higher educational institutes for teacher education under the Sichuan Educational Commission & Education Bureau in Sichuan Province of China. It is located in the city of Leshan, hometown of world-famous cultural master Guo Moruo, and a unique natural & cultural heritage site in western China. Situated where three great rivers (Dadu, Mingjiang & Qingyi Rivers) converge, Leshan City is full of beautiful natural sights, and posses a broad range of artistic and historical examples of China’s brilliant and long traditional culture. The campus in Leshan City center stands beside the Dadu River across from Leshan Grand Buddha to the east, and is a short distance from Emei Mountain in the west. The campus is built on rivers and heavily-wooded hills, and it is an ideal place for studying and working. Since the approval of the Sichuan Educational Commission in 2001, many international students from the U.S.A., Canada, Japan, Holland, Africa and others have been registered at LSNU.

(2) Discipline and programs

Leshan Normal University offers over 54 bachelor’s degree programs in and among 15 departments and schools such as Dept. of Chinese Language and Literature, Tourism College, Foreign Language Dept., Music, Fine arts, Physical Education Depts. In addition, the Dept. of Chinese Language and Literature offers some special Chinese language courses for oversea students to help them improve their Chinese and Leshan Normal University also offers Chinese language courses for oversea students as language-learners, not providing educational background service. All these programs are distributed over the areas of liberal arts, natural sciences, engineering, economics, education, management and law and feature a coordinated pattern with educational programs as core and liberal & natural sciences programs as mainstream.

(3) Academic facilities and Scientific research 

Leshan Normal University (LSNU) boasts a strong faculty dedicated to scholarly excellence and professionalism. Members of the teaching/research, library, administration, and supportive faculties number more than 1200, including over 800 who work in teaching/research, nearly 70 professors and around 230 associate professors. Moreover, every year, many prominent foreign experts are invited to serve as guest professors. 

LSNU consist two campuses: the old and the new campuses. With tranquil and graceful surroundings, and advanced teaching and studying facilities, it is an ideal place for studying, living and communication. The university has a complete system of sport facilities such as Gym, Basketball courts, football playground, Pingpang playground, and swimming pool. There are also electronic reading rooms. The university has 2 province-level key humanities & social scientific research bases, which are Sichuan Tourism Development & Research Center and the Sichuan Guo Moruo Research Center.

In addition to this, LSNU also has 16 college-level academic institutes or centers, a World-Heritage Research Institute, Research Institute of Higher Education, Research Center of Course & Teaching Reform, Research Center of Community Development, Research Center of Leshan Economic Development, and Research Institute of Emei Martial Arts.  

(4) Leshan Normal University Achievement

The university has been awarded the top national prize, first national prize, and second national prize four times for Excellent Teaching Achievement in four consecutive periods (one period per four years) by the Educational Ministry of the P.R.C. In addition, the University has always placed stress on educating its students about the importance of social practice after class. LSNU was also awarded as a National Leading Mass Sports Unit by General Administration of Sports of China and a National Leading Arts Educational School by Educational Ministry. 

Students from LSNU won the first prize in National Mathematical Models Competition in 2004, and the national university & college students’ art demonstration held at Great Hall of the People in Beijing in 2005. Interestingly, more than 99 percent of LSNU graduates find their ideal jobs, and from the year of 2003 to 2008, the university was consistently awarded the title of Leading Employment University & College for Graduate’s Employment.

(5) Communication and international cooperation

Leshan Normal University pays great attention to international education exchange and cooperation. In recent years, LSNU has successively established international exchanges and cooperation with Stockholm University of Sweden, University of Wales, Daiwa Language Teaching School of Japan, Heartland Community College of America, etc. The University has established the cooperation on experts' giving lectures, teachers' advanced learning, and students’ exchange. International students from the U.S.A., Canada, Japan, Holland, Africa and others have been registered at LSNU.

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