Hunan University of Arts and Science (HUAS),a multidisciplinary university, accredited by the Hunan Provincial Ministry of Education, has a history of over 50 years in the historic and cultural city of Changde. Located in the northwest of Hunan, Changde lies near the vast Dongting Lake to the east. Beyond the city, Changde stretches to Yiyang City in the south, the Wuling Mountains in the west, and the cities of Jinsha and Yichang in the north. Changde has a railway station and a domestic airport, offering convenience for travel around China. Changde has received national awards for excellence as a tourist destination, as a garden city, for its culture and cleanliness.
The university covers an area of nearly 103 hectares. HUAS has a teaching faculty of 722 members, including 273 professors or associate professors. Among them are 301 Doctor#s or Master#s degree holders, 11 recipients of special grants from the government, 12 recipients of the State Education Commission’s Zeng Xianzi Education Fund Award, and 44 “Young Backbone Teachers” at the provincial level. HUAS comprises 23 departments and one college, which offer 35 specialties covering fields of literature, science, engineering, economics, management, law, agriculture, history, and education.
HUAS has an enrollment of over 13000 full-time students from 28 provinces and municipalities around China. From the year 2000 to 2004, HUAS has undertaken 107 scientific programs at both the State level and Provincial level, among which are 3 National Philosophical and Social Science Fund Programs, 2 State Natural Science Fund Programs, 1 State Spark Program and 5 key Programs of Ministry of Education. In 2005, HUAS has accomplished the program of: “Exploration & Practice of running Local Universities” which has been awarded the second prize of State Teaching Achievements.
The “Appreciation of culture and art” has been determined to be the course with fine quality at the State level. In the same year, approved by the Ministry of Science & Technology and Ministry of Education, HUAS became the State Linux Technology Training Center. In December, 2005, as a newly built university, HUAS got “good” level in the Undergraduate Teaching Evaluation of the Ministry of Education. This indicates HUAS has ranked one of the top universities of the same kind in China.
In the Foreign Language Department there are about 2,000 students who will receive four-year courses during their college life supported by 50 teaching staff. A minimum of 6 international teachers are also employed by the department at any one time, teaching the English majors oral English, English writing, Literature, culture, so on and so forth.
At present, HUAS has established friendly relationship of exchanges and cooperation with many universities and organizations in America, England, Russia, Canada, Japan, etc and it has made great achievements in this regard. Many renowned experts and scholars have made lectures in this university in succession. Since 2004, HUAS has started education towards overseas students and students from Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan.
We look forward to friendly cooperation with other education organizations, universities and colleges and we warmly welcome international teachers and students to Hunan Universities of Arts and Science. We sincerely hope that the friendship and cooperation can be deepened through extensive exchanges and contacts, thus promote mutual common development.