General Information of Ankang University
Ankang University (AKU) is a comprehensive four-year undergraduate state university administered by the Shaanxi Provincial Government. The origin of AKU can be traced back to the Ankang University of 1958, which was suspended in 1963 because of national economic difficulties. In 1978 it was reopened as a branch school of Shaanxi Normal University, and in 1984 it was renamed “Ankang Teacher’s College” with the approval of the Shaanxi Provincial Government. In 2004, the incorporation of Ankang Education Institute and Ankang Agricultural School into Ankang Teacher's College officially formed AKU. In February 2006, with the authorization of the Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China (PRC), it was approved as an undergraduate university.
AKU is located in Ankang City of Shaanxi Province, with an easy access to Xi’an, Chengdu, Chongqin, Wuhan and other cities. The University consists of two campuses: the Jiangbei Campus and the Jiangnan Campus, covering a total area of the approximately 550,000 square meters. Its buildings have floor space of about 275,807 square meters, and are equipped with a wide variety of the latest teaching equipment valued at nearly 63,366,300 RMB. The library houses 987,000 books, 535,000 electronic books, and nearly 1,500 different journals. The Gigabit campus network offers easy access to the China Journal Net Database, Wanfang Database and the Internet, which together provide a ready platform for teaching and scientific research for students and faculty.
AKU consists of 12 schools and departments offering students a choice of 34 undergraduate majors and junior college programs in the departments of Mathematics, Electronic and Information Engineering, Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Chinese, Foreign Languages, Politics and History, Education and Science, Arts, Economics and Management, Physical Education, Agriculture and Life Sciences and Adult Education, which covers 8 authorized disciplines of literature, science, agriculture, arts, administration and economics, engineering, laws and pedagogy. The University has been focusing on promoting high-level application-oriented talents cultivation and developing the disciplines of literature, science and agriculture related to the cultural study of the Hanshui River Basin, the protection and application of natural resources in the Qinling Mountains and Mt Bashan, special economic animal breeding while majors of Finance Management, Accounting, Pre-primary Education, Arts and other programs are developing rapidly with fast growth of student enrollment.
AKU has a high level team of faculty and staff of nearly 800 members, including over 520 full-time faculty and professional researchers of impressive educational and professional backgrounds. The university engages more than 118 senior scholars, including academics that are considered experts in their fields within China, as the university's emeritus professors.
Insisting on the guiding thought of “making teaching and academic research promote each other”, AKU makes many efforts to improve its teaching level, and also its academic research standard. Since being upgraded to the level of a comprehensive university of undergraduate education, teachers of AKU have undertaken approximately 1064 research projects in different levels and different categories, including projects of the National Social Science Fund Project, humanities and social science research of the Ministry of Education, and the‘13115’ major science research project of the People’s Government of Shaanxi Province. In addition, the teachers in AKU have published about 4,483 academic articles in domestic or foreign academic publications and 227 works or teaching materials (as the chief editor or participant). Moreover, AKU has established seven provincial research platforms, and sixteen municipal and scholastic research platforms. AKU also has established technology-cooperation relationship with such universities as the Southwest University, Northwest Agriculture and Forestry University, and Shaanxi Normal University; signed overall technology-cooperation agreements with the county governments in Shiquan, Hanyin, and Langao; and signed school-enterprise cooperation agreement with the Yangchen Animal Husbandry Technology Company. In such ways the economic and social service functions of AKU are being constantly improved.
Upholding the motto “Sincere in learning, initiative in action, tenacious in pursuing, and progressive in innovation”, AKU believes that molding students into competent citizens is its primary task. This approach contributes to an excellent campus culture and scholastic atmosphere. To improve students’ abilities in a comprehensive way, AKU exerts the greatest effort to organize diversified on-campus activities, community services and social activities. From 2013 to 2015, students of AKU have won more than 500 awards in different national or provincial competitions. The university has steadily exploited the employment market and actively implements the national college students` employment policy project. From 2013 the employment rate of our undergraduate graduates averaged to more than 90 percent.
We also attach importance to education exchanges, including cooperation with other universities, enterprises and organizations. AKU has established partnerships and cooperative relationships with Peking University, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, the Communications University of China, Shanghai Ocean University, Shaanxi Normal University, and some other highly regarded universities that offer regular assistance to AKU. International education initiatives are also in progress. We employ foreign teachers from the USA, the UK, Japan and several other countries throughout each academic year. AKU has signed cooperative education agreements with more than 20 universities in USA, UK, France, Italy, New Zealand, Malaysia, Korea and Taiwan.
We at AKU view the new century as an opportunity for development. China is vigorously promoting its national higher education programs and implementing the strategy of rejuvenating the country through science and education. We are seizing this great opportunity to promote AKU as a regional center of scientific research and higher education in southern Shaanxi Province. AKU intends to contribute a great deal to the future development of the Chinese higher education system and the building of a harmonious China.