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Hunan University

Hunan University is situated at the foot of the picturesque Yuelu Mountain and on the west bank of the rippling Xiangjiang River in the historically and culturally renowned City of Changsha, capital of Hunan Province. It enjoys the title of an "Ancient Millenarian Academy, Famous Centennial University". As one of the key and most comprehensive universities affiliated with the Ministry of Education, it has been included in the state's "Project 211" and "Project 985" for priority investment and construction. Professor Jiang Changzhong is the Party Secretary of the CPC Hunan University Committee and Professor Duan Xianzhong the President.

Carrying forward the celebrated traditions of quality education and personnel cultivation, Hunan University continues to focus on the essence of its motto "Seeking Truth from Facts; Daring to be Pioneers" and the style of "Be Profound, Intelligent, Diligent and Dedicated in the Pursuit of Knowledge". It has adopted distinctive teaching style featuring "solid foundation, active thinking, strong adaptability, and good comprehensive quality". Since the founding of the People's Republic of China, the university has produced numerous senior professionals, of whom large numbers of the graduates have grown into academic experts, entrepreneurs and high ranking officials in government and private sectors, while 27 alumni members have been elected as academicians of the Chinese Academy of Science and the Chinese Academy of Engineering. The employment rate of the fresh graduates keeps a record of over 90%.

Quick facts
Official name: Hunan University
Date of Establishment:976 AD as Yuelu Academy (Renamed: 1926)
Location: Changsha, Hunan, China
Campus: South (main campus), North
Chancellor: Xianzhong Duan
Nature of the university: Comprehensive

Schools and colleges: 23
Faculty and staff: 5,800
Number of students:
Undergraduate 20,600
Graduate 14,000
International: 1,740
Total:36,340

Full Introduction to Hunan University

Hunan University is situated at the foot of the picturesque Yuelu Mountain and on the west bank of the rippling Xiangjiang River in the historically and culturally renowned City of Changsha, capital of Hunan Province. It enjoys the title of an "Ancient Millenarian Academy, Famous Centennial University". As one of the key and most comprehensive universities affiliated with the Ministry of Education, it has been included in the state's "Project 211" and "Project 985" for priority investment and construction. Professor Jiang Changzhong is the Party Secretary of the CPC Hunan University Committee and Professor Duan Xianzhong the President.

Hunan University, an extension of one of the four famous Academies of the Song Dynasty, dates back to the period of the founding of Yuelu Academy in 976 AD. The university has maintained the glorious culture and education standards inherited from the historical institute in the process of the numerous changes faced with during the Song, Yuan, Ming and Qing dynasties. It was reconstructed into Hunan Institute of Higher Learning in 1903, renamed Hunan University in 1926, and subordinated to the Republic of China's Ministry of Education as one of several state universities in 1937. After liberation and the founding of the People's Republic of China, the Central People's Government appointed Li Da, a well-known philosopher and educator, as the first President of Hunan University. Chairman Mao Zedong inscribed the name of the University. In 1953, when readjusting China’s higher education institutions, Hunan University was named the Central-South Institute of Civil Engineering. Later it was renamed Hunan Polytechnic College, and was finally, named Hunan University in 1959. Since 1963, the University has been affiliated with the Ministry of Mechanical Industry and in 1978 it was approved as a key and comprehensive university of China, and became directly affiliated with the Ministry of Education in 1998. In 2000, Hunan University and Hunan Institute of Finance and Economics merged to give shape to a new wide-ranging Hunan University.

Carrying forward the celebrated traditions of quality education and personnel cultivation, Hunan University continues to focus on the essence of its motto "Seeking Truth from Facts; Daring to be Pioneers" and the style of "Be Profound, Intelligent, Diligent and Dedicated in the Pursuit of Knowledge". It has adopted distinctive teaching style featuring "solid foundation, active thinking, strong adaptability, and good comprehensive quality". Since the founding of the People's Republic of China, the university has produced numerous senior professionals, of whom large numbers of the graduates have grown into academic experts, entrepreneurs and high ranking officials in government and private sectors, while 27 alumni members have been elected as academicians of the Chinese Academy of Science and the Chinese Academy of Engineering. The employment rate of the fresh graduates keeps a record of over 90%.

The University has Graduate School and 23 colleges and departments. Professional disciplines involve 11 subject categories, namely philosophy, economics, law, education, literature, history, science, engineering, management, medicine and arts, which offer 25 first-order disciplines authorized to confer Ph.D. degrees, 41 first-order disciplines authorized to confer Master's degree, and 22 academic degree authorizations, 2 key first-order disciplines and 14 key second-order disciplines honored at the national level, as well as 25 post-doctoral programs.

It has a staff of over 4,000 with a faculty of more than 1800, of which, over 1,100 are professors and associate professors, 6 are members of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Chinese Academy of Engineering, 3 are invited-members at both Chinese Academies of Sciences and Engineering, 41 are members of the state's Thousands Talents Program, 10 are members of the state’s Ten Thousand Talents Program, 18 are distinguished professors of the Changjiang (Yangtze River) Scholars Programme, 21 have been honored with financial support from National Outstanding Youth Fund, 5 are members of the Academic Degree Commission under the State Council, 23 are members of the state's Outstanding Talents Project of the 21st century,134 are reputed as New Century Excellent Talents in support programs of the Ministry of Education, 49 are members of Hundred Talents Program of Hunan Province, 15 are chair Professors of the Lotus Scholarship Program of Hunan Province,201 are Council Experts for Special Allowance, 4 are winners of the National Distinguished Teacher Prizes, 2 innovative research groups are supported by the Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC), 8 innovative teams are supported by Program for Cheongkong Scholars and Innovative Research Team in Universities, and 11 groups are supported by the Natural Science Foundation of Hunan Province.

The student body totals nearly 30,000, of which over 20,600 are undergraduates and 14,000 are graduates.

The University has established national basic-course teaching bases in science and engineering (chemistry), national demonstration software college, national undergraduates' cultural-quality education base, 7 national-level teaching teams, 6 bilingual model courses, 6 innovation experimental talent cultivation, 4 national model experimental teaching centers, 4 national comprehensive reform pilot majors for the Program of Culturing Outstanding Engineers, and one national VR experimental teaching center.

In recent years, the University has witnessed numerous achievements, such as one First Prize and 7 Second Prizes in the National Teaching Achievement Assessment; 25 courses were rated as national Excellent Courses; 8 video courses were national Excellent Open Courses; and 22 courses were national excellent courses for resource sharing. In the past five years, students from Hunan University have won nearly 1200 awards for contests above provincial level, including first prize in the National Extracurricular Academic Science and Technology Work Competition, Champion of the CCTV Cup English Speaking Contest, first prize for the Mathematical Contest in Modeling (MCM), and perseverance award at the Formula SAE. 

Hunan University is equipped with 2 state key laboratories, 2 national engineering technology research center, one national-level international research center, one national-level international cooperation base, one state laboratory of engineering, one key discipline laboratory of the Commission for Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense (COSTIND), 5 key laboratories of the Ministry of Education, 4 engineering technology centers of the Ministry of Education, 14 key laboratories of Hunan Province, one engineering technology research center of Hunan Province, one provincial engineering laboratory, 4 key laboratories of institutions of higher learning of Hunan Province, 3 key laboratories of mechanical industry, and 15 provincial-level social science research bases. In the past decade, the university has undertaken around 10,000 scientific research projects at various levels, gained 3 second-class awards for the national natural science, 4 second-class awards for the national technological invention, one first-class award and 18 second-class awards for the national Science and Technology Advancement, one Gold Prize of China Patent Award,14 first prizes and 27 second prizes for the Outstanding Scientific Research Achievements of the Institutions of Higher Learning under the Ministry of Education, and 8 first prizes and 26 second prizes for Outstanding Achievements in Humanities and Social Sciences of Hunan Province.

Besides, a national science and technology park and 56 advance-level platforms for Enterprise-University-Research Institute have been set up, whereas an Enterprise-University-Research Institute Cooperation base has been established in Lugu High-tech Industrial Park, Changsha. The Enterprise-University-Research Institute Cooperation relationship covers 32 provinces (districts, cities) and thousands of enterprises. The National Supercomputing Center in Changsha has been put into operation, serving the governmental departments and institutes.

Hunan University enjoys academic exchanges with 140 universities and research institutes across the world. More than 300 recruited experts come every year for long or short term courses. The enrollment of overseas students from over 40 countries and regions is around 1000. Confucius Institutes of Honam University, University of Regina, and Colorado State University have been established, which make Hunan University the one who set up most overseas Confucius Institutes in the province.

The university covers a total area of 1,552,520 square meters with a construction area of over 1,024,480 square meters. Boasting a total collection of over 6.5 million books and 76 TB of digital resources (Chinese and English), the university is equipped with advanced IPv6 campus network, with 10Gb wired cable backbone network covering all the teaching buildings, office buildings and students' apartments, accompanied by simultaneous coverage of wireless campus network. The computers connected with the campus network amount to over 30, 000, enjoying a bandwidth of 5.2 G, which realizes a multi-channel informationized teaching, administration and service based on mobile technology. The digital campus of Hunan University is taking shape.

Since the founding of the People's Republic of China, this institute has received great attention and high praise from the senior leaders of both the Central Government and local authority, such as Liu Shaoqi, Hua Guofeng, Hu Yaobang, Jiang Zemin, Hu Jintao, Zhu Rongji, Wen Jiabao and Li Keqiang. On their visits and inspection they have commended Hunan University with "Cradle of the Talents of Xiang and Chu", "The Kingdom of Chu, unique home of talents; today's academy of Yuelu, the prosperous cradle of all", and "Ancient Millenarian Academy, Famous Centennial University".

Official url of Hunan University  (Chinese): http://www.hnu.edu.cn/

Official url of Hunan University (English): http://www-en.hnu.edu.cn/

Thematic priorities of the university in the BRICS Network University

  1. HNU Computer Science and Electronic Engineering
    url (Chinese): http://csee.hnu.edu.cn/
    url (English): http://csee.hnu.edu.cn/en/      
  2. HNU Economics and Trade
    url (Chinese): http://cet.hnu.edu.cn/
  3. HNU Electrical and Information Engineering
    url (Chinese): http://eeit.hnu.edu.cn/  

The educational programmes, which the university offers to the partner NU universities in the framework of the thematic priorities of BRICS NU.

Short Description for Hunan Unviersity College of  Computer Science and Electronic Engineering ( HNU CSEE)

The College of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering at Hunan University has more than 30 years of history, and consists of the departments of Computer Science, Communication Engineering, Software Engineering, Information Engineering, Computer Engineering, Cyber Security, Computer Applications and the Center For Experimental Computing. Three provincial key laboratories are the Embedded Systems and Network Computation Lab, the Trusted Systems and Networking Lab, the Advanced Manufacturing Technologies Lab. We have constructed an innovative experimental zone of “learning by doing” which follows the national talent training model. Hunan implements this model through our provincial IT training base for graduate students, encompassing the Hunan information technology experimental center, a computer network and machine learning lab, a network and application software lab, a super computer and cloud computing institute, an Internet and media lab, a digital media institute, a biological information detection and processing institute, a biological information processing institute, as well as a big data processing and industry application research center. The extent of interdisciplinary research and the absence of departmental boundaries among disciplines in the information technologies is a hallmark feature of our campus.

We have strong undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Our college currently has one post-doctoral mobile station of computer science and technology; two doctorate level disciplines of computer science & technology, software engineering; three master degree level disciplines of computer science and technology, information & communication engineering, and software engineering. Areas of particular research strength include seven undergraduate-level programs of computer science & technology, communication engineering, information security (security management), intelligent science & technology, internet of things (IOT) engineering, software engineering, and digital media technology. Among these, communication engineering and software engineering are the two national-level specialty concentrations. Moreover, the computer science & technology program is the key concentration in Hunan province. Students at all levels are attracted to our very flexible programs of study and the integration of faculty research into the curriculum.

In recent years, we have sped up the pace of internationalization and have engaged more than 10 international elites and well-known scholars as visiting or adjunct professors from distinguished universities around the world. We have carried out numerous academic exchanges and research cooperation with those universities. More and more returned overseas Chinese PhDs have joined our faculty and the number is gradually increasing. We have offered and enrolled international students for bachelor’s, master’s and Ph.D. programs under a full English teaching environment since 2001. Our international students come from over 20 countries worldwide.

We persist in the College mission of "Student-Centered, Teacher-Oriented" education philosophy. In the aim of cultivating talents with research, innovation, management, and internationalization abilities, we attach great importance to improving the quality of teaching and to implementing a curriculum responsibility system. Our College offers two national excellence courses and four provincial excellence courses. We also focus on improving students’ practical skills and innovative ability by implementing the idea of "Research serves for Teaching, Practice serves as the Teaching Guide". In recent years, our students have won gold and silver medals in the international ACM/ICPC Asia Regional Contest; gold, silver and bronze medals in the National Challenge Cup Entrepreneurship Program, the special award of BlackBerry Application Development in national universities contest, the first prize of the National Undergraduate Electronic Design contest, the first prize of the National Undergraduate Internet of Things (IOT) Embedded Networking Design contest, and the first prize of National English Competition.

Our College carries out academic and non-academic degree education, software development, and other IT services. In cooperation with the China International Talents Exchange Foundation, we have constructed an international training base (Changsha) for national software talent. We have signed cooperative agreements with Huawei, Baidu, Microsoft, IBM, Jinshan, Lenovo and other companies so as to cooperate in talent training, faculty exchange, subject construction, scientific research and practice base construction. We have also set up long-term, excellent off-campus practice bases with Huawei, ZTE and other large IT companies. 

 

Hunan University CSEE: College of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering

BRICS Summer University: YES

 

1. Big Data, Machine Learning and Knowledge Fusion

Analytics, infrastructure, algorithms, fundamentals, applications, visualization, intelligent systems, computer vision
Master degree program courses HNU CSEE is offering: Advanced AI; Advanced Data Structure and Algorithm
Faculty exchange: Big Data Faculty

2. High Performance Computing, Scientific Computing and Complex System Simulation

Parallel algorithms, distributed systems, supercomputers, models, system modeling, applications
Master degree program courses HNU CSEE is offering:
Advanced Computers, Systems, Structure
PhD degree program/Postdoc courses HNU CSEE is offering: Parallel Algorithms and Analysis
Faculty exchange:
HPC and Cloud Computing Faculty

3. Software Engineering

Algorithms and theory, critical software engineering, technologies, domain applications
Master degree program courses HNU CSEE is offering:
Multimedia Processing

4. IT Security and Encryption

Hardware security, software security, encryption, information theory
Master degree program courses HNU CSEE is offering: Network and Information Security
Faculty exchange:
Network and Information Security Faculty

5. Cyber physical systems

Smart grid, smart cities, robotics, computer networks, digital production, internet of things
Master degree program courses HNU CSEE is offering: Embedded Systems; Wireless Sensor Networks; Internet Technology
Short term program/training: Embedded System Design
Internship: Design of Internet of Things
Faculty exchange: Computer Networks Faculty; Embedded Systems Faculty

url (Chinese): http://csee.hnu.edu.cn/

url (English): http://csee.hnu.edu.cn/en/      

Contact information:

  1. LUO JIawei, HNU CSEE Associate Dean, luojiawei@hnu.edu.cn
  2. LUO Juan, HNU CSEE Assistant Dean, juanluo@hnu.edu.cn
  3. Rosie YU Rizhen, HNU CSEE Communications Officer, rosieyu@qq.com

responsible for 1-5 of the programme

Short Introduction for HNU College of Economics and Trade 

The history of economics disciplines at Hunan University can be traced back to the Faculty of Business established in 1926. The prestigious Chinese economist and educationist, Kainan Ren, was appointed as professor, who later became the chair of economics department after WWII. The School of Business was founded in 1946, and professor Yugan Wu, one of the pioneer Chinese researchers in international trade, was appointed as the first dean of the school. The School of Economics and Trade was created by merging the economics and trade disciplines of former Hunan University and Hunan Institute of Finance and Economics. It has soon developed into a leading academic institution by carrying on the educational traditions of the “Ancient Millennium Academy,” relying on Hunan University’s advantages, and highlighting interdisciplinary infiltration of arts, science and engineering disciplines.

The school now confers master’s and doctoral degrees in two first-level disciplines: theoretical economics and applied economics, the latter of which offers post-doctoral positions. The master’s program also features a third field in Taxation and International Business. Disciplines offering bachelor’s degrees include International Trade, Economics, and Finance and Taxation, among which International Trade is designated the National Key Discipline, and International Economics and Trade is the National Featured Discipline. The school currently has an enrollment of over 2,000 students, including 1,300 undergraduates, 550 master students, 150 doctoral students and around 100 international graduate students.

The School of Economics and Trade hosts Hunan Key Base of Social Science for International Trade , Hunan Key Laboratory of Logistics Information and Simulation Technology, and International Research Center for Human Resources (IRCHR). It has also undertaken national key academic research programs, including the Key Disciplinary Development Project entitled “Research on China’s Opening Economics System,” which is subject to the “211” Project, and the Philosophy and Social Science Innovation Base for “Economic Opening up and Trade Development,” which is subject to the “985 Project”. Over the past five years, the school has undertaken a total of 38 state-level research projects, published 372 papers on Social Science Citation Index (SSCI) and domestic top journals. We have received 17 scientific awards, such as National Science and Technology Progress Award and Ministry of Education Science and Technology Advancement Award.

The school has 14 staff and 76 faculty members, of which 29 are professors. Over half of the faculty received doctoral degrees from prestigious universities. Our distinguished faculty has received various honors, including National Outstanding Youth, Chang jiang Scholars, State Education Teachers, Council experts for Special Allowances,  national candidate of “Hundred, Thousand, and Ten Thousand Talents Program,” and Ministry of Education New Century Outstanding Talents. The school has a national-level teaching team, a national-level innovative training laboratory and two national quality courses.

“As heaven maintains vigor through movements, one should constantly strive for self-perfection. As earth's condition is receptive devotion, one should hold the outer world with broad mind.” By carrying such an aspiration, the School of Economics and Trade of Hunan University will follow its legacy of solidarity and enterprise, as well as its rigorous attitude in research, and engage in promoting professional education, elevating disciplinary platforms, increasing scientific research strength and enhancing international openness. The school is committed to making a significant and due contribution to academia and China’s economic development while it moves forward on its path to excellence.

url (Chinese): http://cet.hnu.edu.cn/

Short Introduction for HNU Electrical and Information Engineering

The discipline of electrical engineering at Hunan University has 95 years of school history and cultural heritage. Its origins date can be traced back to the Department of Electric Machine of the Public Industrial Specialized School in 1921, one of the earliest institutions that founded the discipline of electrical engineering in China. This discipline relies on “National Power Conversion and Control Engineering Technology Research Center”, “Robot Visual Perception and Control Technology National Engineering Laboratory” and “Key Laboratory of National Defense of Electric Drive and Servo Technology”. Professor Luo An, academician at Chinese Academy of Engineering, is the academic leader, except that a lot of top talents gather here, such as Professor Duan Xianzhong, Professor Cao Yijia, Professor Shen Zheng and so on. The department has made great achievements in the fields of intelligent electrical technology and equipment, and formed distinct features. The Department of Electrical Engineering has five core areas of expertise which are well known in the industrial and academic community; both locally and internationally. They are: 1) Smart Grid analysis and control including power system stability and control, demand response and energy management, complex energy system security and vulnerability, renewable energy generation, smart grid interactive dispatch, Microgrid and Vehicle-to-grid technologies; 2) High-efficiency special power machine technologies including wind generation technology, electricity energy storage technology, electric vehicle technology, and complex motor system and control strategy; 3) Power electronic and energy conversion technologies including sustainable electricity conversion system, harmonics suppression and reactive power compensation, power quality control for distribution systems, and integrated energy saving techniques; 4) High voltage and insulation technologies including high voltage test and measurement technology, breakdown behavior of gases and its application, and power equipment fault diagnosis and on-line monitoring technology; 5) Power circuit and electromagnetic theory including testing and fault diagnosis of circuits and systems, intelligent information processing, and electromagnetics and applications, and integrated electrical circuit.

url (Chinese): http://eeit.hnu.edu.cn/

Contact information of the people, responsible for the work with the BRICS Network University:

  1. Katrina LIU Lei, HNU Section Head for Division of International Programs, Link to the personal page, (86) 731-88822480, katrina_leiliu@sina.com
  2. LUO JIawei, HNU CSEE Associate Dean, ITG member, Link to the personal page, luojiawei@hnu.edu.cn
  3. LUO Juan, HNU CSEE Assistant Dean, Link to the personal page, juanluo@hnu.edu.cn
  4. Rosie YU Rizhen, HNU CSEE Communications Officer, Link to the personal page, rosieyu@qq.com