Overview of International Cooperation and Exchanges

Chengdu University, founded in 1978, is a comprehensive undergraduate college jointly established by Sichuan Province and Chengdu City and is a high-level applied city university in Chengdu. It ranked 266th in the Best Chinese Universities Ranking released by Shanghai Ranking. It ranked 277th in the 2020 Universities Ranking of China released by the Chinese University Alumni Association and won the honor of a three-star university and regional first-class university in China. In 2020, it ranked 823rd in the world and 162nd in China in the university rankings released by Natural Index. Chengdu University is the university where the Athletes’ Village of the 31st FISU Summer World University Games in 2021 is located, the second university in Sichuan Province that has established a Confucius Institute overseas, which has won the title of “The Confucius Institute of the Year” awarded by Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban). It is the executive director unit of China Education Association for International Exchange (CEAIE) and the secretary-general unit of "Chengdu International Sister Cities Higher Education Institutions Alliance", and it is also one of the top 100 state-owned universities with entrepreneurial competitiveness in China.

Chengdu University focuses on the"internationalization" development strategy, devotes itself to integrating the first-class international cooperation resources, and trains high-quality applied talents with patriotism and international vision by focusing on personnel training, construction of teaching staff, scientific research, and serving the opening up of the country and region.

Chengdu University will incorporate the "high-level implementation of the first-class international projects" into the "six first-class" construction goals in the next five years, and implement the project that one college aligns with one world-class discipline (university). At present, it has established cooperative relations with 119 universities and institutions from 34 countries and regions, including 26 world-renowned universities, such as Universidad Complutense de Madrid, University of Bonn, University of Hawaii at Manoa, La Trobe University in Australia, University of Stirling in Britain, Chiang Mai University in Thailand, University of New Hampshire in the United States, and Yeungnam University in South Korea; 10 world-renowned young universities, such as University of Haifa in Israel, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in Australia, Tunku Abdul Rahman University in Malaysia, Ajou University in Korea, University of Central Lancashire in Britain, Naresuan University in Thailand, and I-Shou University in Taiwan; 37 universities in the international sister cities of Chengdu, such as VIA University College in Denmark, Kasetsart University in Thailand, Waikato Institute of Technology (Wintec) in New Zealand, and Zuyd University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands.

Talent Training 

Chengdu University has trained 2,560 international students from 54 countries and regions. Chengdu University has cooperated with friendly universities in New Zealand and South Korea in five Chinese-foreign cooperative education projects, including the Chinese-foreign cooperative education project in Electrical Engineering and Automation with Gachon University in South Korea, the higher junior college education projects in Art Design and in Broadcast, Film and TV Production with Waikato Institute of Technology (Wintec) in New Zealand, and the higher junior college education project in Engineering Cost with Yeungnam University in South Korea. The number of students in these projects is nearly 1,000. At present, Chengdu University is establishing a Chinese-foreign cooperatively-run school with a non-independent legal entity with the University of Stirling. Chengdu University has carried out 40 multi-level and multi-discipline overseas joint training programs at undergraduate, postgraduate, and doctoral levels, with 100% coverage of school specialties and more than 300 students, including more than 200 masters and doctors. Chengdu University has carried out more than 40 overseas inter-university exchange programs in more than 10 universities outside China, with a total of nearly 1,000 students.

Teaching Staff 

Chengdu University attaches great importance to the internationalization of teaching staff, has held the international exchange week for five consecutive years and holds about six international conferences every year, with nearly 600 foreign experts who come to Chengdu University to teach, give lectures and be engaged in scientific research. Chengdu University also hired distinguished experts of Nobel Prize winner, foreign academicians, and other high-end talents as honorary deans and honorary professors, including Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn of Thailand. Thai distinguished expert Chaphiporn Kiatkachatharn was awarded the "Jinsha Friendship Award" of Chengdu City, "Tianfu Friendship Award" of Sichuan Province, and the "Chinese Government's Friendship Award", the highest honor granted to foreign experts by the Chinese government. Every year, Chengdu University sends more than 200 teachers and administrators to study abroad, and participate in exchange and cooperation programs. Chengdu University has also established Thailand Research Center in Sichuan Province, the only national research platform approved by the People's Government of Sichuan Province, which has been selected into the record list of State and Regional Research Centers registered in the Ministry of Education.

Chinese International Education

 Chengdu University actively participated in national Chinese international education. In 2010, it cooperated with the University of New Hampshire to establish Confucius Institute at the University of New Hampshire and successively built four Confucius Classrooms with local school districts and schools, including Confucius Classroom at Oyster River Cooperative School District, Confucius Classroom at Portsmouth High School, Confucius Classroom at Berwick Academy and Confucius Classroom at John Stark Regional High School. Confucius Institute has won the global recognition of Hanban twice. Wang Yige, Director of Confucius Institute at UNH, was rated as the "Global Confucius Institute Advanced Individual". Confucius Institute won the title of "The Confucius Institute of the Year" in 2019 and was the first overseas Confucius Institute to complete the transfer work in August 2020. Since 2011, Chengdu University has cooperated with the Thai government and the education administrative departments and organized students of relevant specialties to attend the internship programs of teaching Chinese as a foreign language in Thai primary and secondary schools every year, with more than 1,000 students participating.

Serving the Opening-up Course of the City 

Chengdu University takes the construction of the higher education community of "Belt and Road Initiative" as its own responsibility, pragmatically promotes educational cooperation and cultural exchanges with countries along the "Belt and Road", and promotes the establishment of international sister city relations between Chengdu and Chiang Mai, Thailand and Hamilton, New Zealand. Chengdu University cooperated with the universities of countries along the "Belt and Road" to build two cooperative research centers to jointly promote transnational scientific research and high-level personnel training, including the Chengdu-Chiang Mai "Belt and Road Sister Cities Research Center" with Chiang Mai University, and the "Belt and Road Asia-Europe E-Commerce Research Center" with Merseburg University of Applied Sciences, Germany, and Naresuan University, Thailand.

Chengdu University attaches importance to building an international platform for a multilateral cooperation, leads the establishment of "Chengdu International Sister Cities Higher Education Institutions Alliance" and serves as the secretariat and the first executive chairman unit of the Alliance. The Alliance is the first multilateral exchange and cooperation platform for higher education established by Chengdu using the resources of international sister cities. Through educational cooperation and cultural exchanges, Chengdu University has promoted the establishment of international sister city relations between Chengdu and Chiang Mai, Thailand, and Hamilton, New Zealand.

The College of Chinese & ASEAN Arts of Chengdu University was established in 2017, which has enrolled more than 300 international students from countries and regions along the "Belt and Road". Chengdu University has always insisted on starting at a high point and developing at a high level. Highlighting the "high-end, internationalized and featured" development characteristics, facing ASEAN and serving the construction of "Belt and Road Initiative", it actively promotes art education and cooperation, multicultural exchanges and cultural inheritance and innovation between China and ASEAN countries, striving to create a new platform for humanities exchanges and cooperation along the "Belt and Road" and serving the construction of Chengdu as a western cultural and creative center and world-famous cultural city.

(Data updated in October 2020)