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Hebei University is one of the top universities in Hebei Province. It is situated in Baoding, a city with a long history and rich cultural heritage, and is also within easy access to Beijing. Hebei University was founded in Tianjin in 1921. Since its foundation, Hebei University has undergone successive changes in its name. The school’s original name was Tianjin Industrial & Commercial Institute and later became Jingu College, Tianjin Normal School, and finally Tianjin Normal University for a while. In 1960, it was transformed into a comprehensive university with its current name Hebei University. The university was moved to Baoding in 1970.

As a comprehensive university, Hebei University offers a variety of courses covering a wide range of fields, including Biology, Philosophy, Economics, Law, Education, Literature, History, Science and Technology, Engineering, Medicine, and Management. The 15 colleges provide 56 specialized undergraduate majors leading to bachelor's degrees. The university also awards master's degrees in forty-four subjects and Ph.D.’s in six fields. Ten of our specialized subjects and two of our laboratories are at the provincial-appointed level. The province appointed the Chinese Language & Literature department and the Chinese History department as the basis for research and cultivation of talents in liberal areas. Currently the university has an enrollment of 17,862 students, including 845 graduates and 17,000 undergraduates. There are approximately 16,972 students in the continuing education program and 46 international.

Hebei University has assembled a teaching faculty well known for maintaining its intellectual vigor, among which there are quite a few accomplished scholars and experts. There are 2,100 faculty and administrative staff, including three members of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and 550 professors and associate professors. Among them, professor Yin Xiangchu, a member of CAS, takes the lead in the systematics study of the locust. Prof. Yin's work entitled, "The Habitat of the Locust Order and a Bibliography of References" is considered the most exclusive and systematic in this field. Prof. Song Daxiang, who is renowned as the chief expert in the study of spiders in China, is the author of "The Arachnids of China". Professor Wei Chunjiang, a distinguished microbiologist, is considered to be the authority on the study of lichen by his fellow scholars in China and abroad. In addition, the study of the Song Dynasty, headed by Prof. Qi Xia, is among the best in China. Qi's work, "The Economic History of the Song Dynasty", remains the cornerstone for the study of economy in ancient China. The study of the history of education in foreign countries, led by Prof. Teng Dachun, has contributed enormously to works in this field. Teng's book, "The History of Education in the United States", is one of his most important achievements. In addition to these eminent scholars, the university also boasts a staff of talented young teachers who are beginning to display their talents in their own academic fields. They are the backbone of teaching and research.

The University campus covers an area of over 700 acres. It is well equipped with first-class facilities, notably in the areas of science and technology. The University library has a collection of 2,770,000 books and 5,000 periodicals published in China and abroad. It has one of the largest collections of rare books among the universities in China. The University museum houses more than 8,000 historical relics over 70 of which enjoy the highest degree of national protection. Furthermore, the museum also possesses some rare specimens of animals and plants. The university is one of the first 100 universities and colleges that entered the Chinese Education and Research Net (CERNET), and the net of Hebei University, HEBUNET, is on its way to rapid development. With the support of the Municipal Party Committee and the local government of Baoding, Hebei University launched ambitious plans for expansion. We have recently purchased a further 1,545 acres of land in Baoding and are about to invest RMB 800,000,000 to establish a new and modernized campus in accordance with the modern theories of higher education. The plans for the new campus have already been completed and the construction programs are under revision and will be started within a few days.

The University insists that scientific research should be combined with the development of the local economy. In the light of this principle, the University has contributed to the development of the economy, the advancement of science and technology, and the progress of society in Hebei Province. In many fields of study, Hebei University has become the center of scientific research and serves as a window in academic exchange. In social science and humanities, we claim a leading position in the study of the History of Ancient China, Chinese Classical Literature, the History of Foreign Educational Systems and Japanese Economy. In natural science, our researches in basic mathematics, optics and physics of materials, analytical chemistry, organic chemistry, and biology are among the most advanced in the world. Since the ninth Five-year Plan was implemented, the University has produced more research papers than any other universities in Hebei Province and some papers have been recorded in SCI. As for high-tech and applied research, the researchers in this University have developed a computer program that can recognize Chinese characters, electrostatic precipitation, Prawn bait additives and a series of achievement, such as bait additive of prawn, control of prawn's sex, cloning the enzyme gene of acylization of enicillin, low cost technology of high quality, all of them are international advanced or leading in China.

The academic exchange between Hebei University and the universities and institutions in China and overseas is brisk and extensive. Taking full advantage of its convenient location close to Beijing & Tianjin, the University has started a “bring-in” program. Its purpose is to invite members of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and other nationally distinguished scholars to give lectures. We have also reached agreements with ten sister universities and institutes in Japan, Russia, Mongolia and USA, and to exchange students and establish friendly relationships with many universities and institutes in Canada, Australia, South Korea, and Germany. In the last few years, over a hundred scholars and experts from more than ten countries have been invited to Hebei University for teaching, short-term lecturing, and joint research. Especially since 1997, the University has held a number of important and influential international academic conferences and symposia. They include The 7th international symposium on Fine chemistry and the seventh international meticulous chemistry and high polymer of function scientific seminar, China's ancient literature theory international scientific seminar, the 11th annual meeting、International Song history seminar, the ninth annual meeting of research association of China's history of Song, the fifth international nonferrous metals hold and the thing and catalysis scientific seminar in place with a net. The International student programs include the short-term and long-term language training, bachelor-degree, master-degree and doctor-degree programs.

In the past 80 years since its foundation, Hebei University has educated 76,000 young intellectual students for the nation. Now they are working all over China. Some have been playing an important role in bringing about a great advancement in the nation’s educational and scientific development; some have become experts in certain fields, or noted public figures; and some have become senior leaders of the Party. Among them are Yao Yilin, the former member of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee and deputy Prime Minister of the State Council, Yuan Jian, world-famous physicist, Zheng Hanjun, Chairman of the Housing commission of the Hong kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR), Fan Gang, a distinguished young economist, Xin qi, noted expert in the study of the Taiwan problem, Qie Xiushu, one of the ten outstanding women in China.

With a view to adjusting to the development of Hebei Province with technology and education, Hebei University is quickening its steps in the reforming of the internal administration system. Meanwhile, we have put forward the ambitious goal of building a nationally first-class University. A building & developing plan geared to the needs of the 21st century has been made for the University and now is being implemented. We defined our guiding principle to meet the challenges of the new century, Hebei University is upholding the great banner of Deng Xiaoping’s Theory, quickening our reforms, and developing at a great speed. Our priority is reinforcing the courses, and teaching is our focus. On the other hand, we also give vigorous support to scientific research, a combined program of teaching with research and production, and carry on quality education effectively. For all this, we have one goal: to cultivate qualified graduates for the building of the economy, the development of science and technology and the advancement of society in Hebei province.

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