About NMU

  

      North Minzu Universityis the only university built by the central ministries and commissions in minority autonomous region. It was co-built by the State Ethnic Affairs Commission and the Ministry of Education, and it is under the direct control of the State Ethnic Affairs Commission of the P.R.C. The University, located in Yinchuan city, the capital of Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region---“An Oasis in the Hinterland”, covers an area of 1,624 mu (1 hectare=15 mu). The University (former Second Northwest University for Nationalities) was built in 1984 and renamed North Minzu University in 2008.


  The University serves the ethnic minorities and economic & social development of ethnic regions by adhering to socialist orientation for running a school, implementing the Scientific Outlook on Development in an all-round way, combining the CPC’s educational policy and policy towards nationalities, combining the basic principle of higher education and the features of higher education for nationalities, and sticking to the overall requirements of "firm political stand and civic leadership, excellent professional skills and pillars of society". The University is an important base for cultivating excellent minority college students, for studying ethnic theories & policies and for carrying forward excellent culture of nationalities. It is also an important window for foreign exchange and presenting China's ethnic policies.


  There are over 20 thousand postgraduates, undergraduates and preppies from 56 ethnic groups from 31 provinces, cities and autonomous regions studying in the University, making it a miniature of the big family of the Chinese nation. For over 30 years, the University has produced more than 30 thousand talents for ethnic minorities and economic & social development of ethnic regions. Those talents are familiar with the cultural traditions and customs of ethnic groups as they work in ethnic regions. They have become the practitioners of "ethnic unity and common development", the builders of ethnic minorities and economic & social development in ethnic regions, the group of people who carry forward and publicize excellent ethnic cultures, defend ethnic unity and reunification. They have contributed their efforts, their youth and wisdom to economic construction, social development and ethnic harmony in ethnic regions. They have made positive contributions to the cause of ethnic unity and progress. The University has been awarded as "Advanced Collective for Ethnic Unity and Progress" for many times. With good teaching conditions and elegant environment, the University was awarded as "National Top 400 Units in Afforestation" by National Afforestation Environmental Protection Commission and was named as "Garden-Style Unit" by Yinchuan Municipal People’s Government.


  The disciplines and specialties of the University cater to the needs and development of the ethnic region. Up to now, there are 10 disciplines including literature, science, engineering, law, history, management, economics, arts, pedagogy and medical science; 71 undergraduate programs including International Economics and Trade, Information Engineering and Animation, etc.; 16 provincial and ministerial key disciplines which include History of Chinese Ethnic Minorities, Linguistics and Applied Linguistics, etc.; 4 specialties with national characteristics including Materials Science and Engineering, etc.; 9 specialties with provincial and ministerial advantages & distinctive features including Chinese Language and Literature, etc.; 4 provincial and ministerial key specialties including law, etc.; 7 provincial and ministerial key specialties of the "13th Five-Year Plan" including Automation, etc.; 6 First-Level Disciplines for Master's Degree including Ethnology; 31 Second-Level Disciplines for Master's Degree including Chinese Ethnic Economics, etc.; 3 Professional Master's Degrees including MPA, etc.; 1 national-level Teaching Demonstration Center---Center for Materials Science Experiment and 9 experiment centers at or above provincial and ministerial level including the Basic Experiment Center for Chemical Engineering, etc.


  The University, by adhering to “Enhancing University by Talents” strategy and focusing on cultivating & introducing talents, has built a teacher team, which includes 1 double-employed academician, 2 teachers selected as national-level candidates for “Hundred-Thousand-Ten Thousand Talent Project”, 1 teacher selected in “Leading Talent in Culture & Theory, Journalism, Publishing, Literature and Art Project”, 7 teachers enjoying special government allowances of the State Council, 1 national-level excellent teacher, 2 teachers selected in “Program for New Century Excellent Talents” supported by the Ministry of Education, 4 experts with outstanding contributions to ethnic work awarded by State Ethnic Affairs Commission, 1 teacher selected in “Top Talents in Ningxia” of Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region and 4 teachers enjoying special government allowances of Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region.


  While cultivating outstanding minority talents, the University also carries out scientific researches focusing on economic development in ethnic region. The University enhances exchanges and cooperation with local government, establishes a joint mechanism for cooperatively running school and conducting research, which relies on, incorporates in and serves the local development. The University accelerates its cooperation with local government and enterprises so as to realize its mission and value via serving the society. The University has formed its features and strengths of the research on powder material and special ceramics, waste residue recycling, halal food research and development, halal livestock breeding, grape planting and wine brewing technology, literature sorting and study of other Western Xia history outside Ningxia and China, Rock Painting of Barley Field in the Helan Mountains, Islamic culture of the Hui people, art of the minority groups, history of the minority groups and northern languages. It also builds five provincial and ministerial key laboratories, such as Key Laboratory of Biotechnology for Fermentation and Brewing Engineering and so on.


  Upholding the principle of running school in an open manner, the University actively carries out exchanges and cooperation with international and domestic institutions of higher learning, scientific research institutions, local governments, industries and enterprises. It establishes and maintains a sound relationship of cooperation with universities at home and abroad, such as Peking University, Hefei University of Technology, Xi'an Jiaotong University, University of Science and Technology Beijing, Lanzhou University, Louisiana State University, University of Wisconsin at Stout, Tilburg University, University Utara Malaysia, Technological University of Malaysia-UTM, Université Du Vin, Chiang Mai University, Khartoum University and Benha University.


  By implementing the education model of innovation and entrepreneurship, the University establishes a three-in-one practice platform featuring “innovation and entrepreneurship team + innovation and entrepreneurship practice + school-enterprise cooperation practice” backed by resource sharing, interest-driven, interdisciplinary, respect for individuality, independent study and self-management. As a result, the platform effectively promotes entrepreneurship by innovation and promotes employment by entrepreneurship. The University was awarded by the Ministry of Education as the first batch of “College Students’ Entrepreneurship Incubator of Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region", top 50 universities of promoting college graduates’ employment and the first batch of demonstration colleges and universities to deepen innovation and entrepreneurship education reform.


  Standing at a new historical starting point,North Minzu University will deepen the reform in an all-round way, promote the development of the University with more connotations and strive to build itself into modern ethnic university with distinctive features and high standards at an early date.