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Yunnan University, founded in 1923, is one of the oldest universities in China and was put into the world-known Concise Encyclopedia Britannia as one of the fifteen internationally prestigious universities in China. Yunnan University has been developing rapidly by availing itself of “Project 211” (100 institutions of higher education and key disciplinary areas strengthened as a national priority for the 21st century) membership status.
Yunnan University receives intensive support from the national government in teaching Chinese as a foreign language and was conferred as one of the ten key institutions that facilitate Chinese teaching in neighbouring countries under the guidance of the Office of Chinese Language Council International. The university is one of the few HSK (Chinese Proficiency Test) centers for all levels. The university attaches importance to enhancing the mutual understanding and friendship between the Chinese people and other peoples of the neighbouring countries, and promoting economic and trade cooperation as well as scientific, technological and cultural exchanges between them.
Widen the vision of the students, cultivate talents with international vision:
Yunnan University takes part in the “Sino-America 1+2+1 Dual Degree Program” and more than 40 student exchange programs with Universities in India (Visva-Bharati University), Greece, Germany (Saarland University) and France (Montpelier Business School). It also cooperates with Peking University and Taiwan University in community engagement. More than 300 students of the University go abroad for overseas experience every year. Yunnan University is a partner of American Fullbright Program.
An internationalized team of teachers:
College of International Students of Yunnan University has hosted more than 15,000 students and overseas Chinese teachers from some 30 countries. Currently, there are more than 30 full-time teachers in the college, among whom there are 4 senior professors, 6 associate professors. 4 of the staff hold doctorate degrees, while 10 hold master’s degrees. Most of the teachers have taught or studied in Spain, the United States of America, Australia, Italy, Japan and Thailand. The teachers are experienced in teaching Chinese as a foreign language and have saturated in diversified cultural contexts.
As a famous cultural city and the capital of Yunnan province, Kunming is the center of politics, economy, culture, science and technology, education, business, tourism, information and finance and a hub traffic and communication. The city is a first-degree port city which connects the inland cities and southwestern cities of China with Southeast Asian and South Asian countries. Kunming is located in the center of Yunnan-Guizhou plateau which governs five districts, a city and eight counties, with a total area of 21,018 square km. and a population of 5.02 million.