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Central South University

Updated: Apr 9, 2018 en.csu.edu.cn Print

Central  South University (CSU) is situated in Changsha, a famous historical and  cultural city in Hunan, China, and covers an area of 3,924,000 m2 (with a floor area of 2,760,000 m2),  with its campuses distributed on the east and west of Xiangjiang River.  Backed by the majestic Yuelu Mountain and facing the grand Xiangjiang  River, CSU has pleasing scenery and is ideal for study and research.

As  a top university directly under the Ministry of Education (MOE) of the  People's Republic of China, CSU is one of the first universities  admitted into “Project 211” (the Chinese government's endeavor aimed at  strengthening about 100 institutions of higher education and key  disciplinary areas), “Project 985” (the Chinese government's effort to  found world-class universities), and “Plan 2011” (the Chinese  government's another initiative to improve universities' innovation  forces). In September 2017, CSU was enlisted as one of the A-Level  "Double First Rate" universities by the State Council. Currently, the  Secretary of the CPC Committee of CSU is Yi Hong and the President is  Tian Hongqi.

CSU  was established in April 2000 by a merger of the former Hunan Medical  University (HMU), the former Changsha Railway University (CRU) and the  former Central South University of Technology (CSUT). The predecessor of  CSUT was Central South Institute of Mining and Metallurgy founded in  1952 and that of CRU was Central South College of Civil Engineering and  Architecture founded in 1953; their main disciplines originate in Mining  & Metallurgy and Civil Engineering, two disciplines of  Hunan Industrial College established in 1903. The predecessor of HMU  was Xiangya Medical College founded in 1914 as one of China's earliest  colleges offering western medicine courses.

Based  on its over one hundred years of experience in operation as an  education institution, CSU actively responds to the reform of China's  higher education, advocates “Learning by Doing and Learning for Using”  and pursues “Virtue, Truth, Perfection, Inclusiveness”. Sticking to its  own operation characteristics and orienting at major demands of the  country, CSU has made great progress in its overall strength through  teamwork, innovation and commitment to excellence.

CSU  has complete disciplinary systems for Non-ferrous Metals, Medicine,  Rail Transit, etc., covering Philosophy, Economics, Law, Education,  Literature, Science, Engineering, Medicine, Management and Art, and   Military Science was embraced. At present, it has 6 national key primary  disciplines, 12 national key secondary disciplines, 1 national key  discipline (in development) and 61 national key clinical specialties,  and sets up 31 schools with 104 undergraduate majors, 29 primary  disciplines authorized for the doctoral degree, 44 primary disciplines  authorized for the master’s degree, 2  doctoral degree categories, 21 master's degree categories and 32  post-doctoral research centers. ESIs (Essential Science Indicators) of  11 disciplines including Materials Science, Engineering, Clinical  Medicine, Chemistry, Pharmacology and Toxicology, Biology and  Biochemistry, Neuroscience and Behavior, Mathematics, Computer Science,  Molecular Biology and Genetics, and Social Sciences are among the top 1%  in the world and the ESI of materials science is among the top 1‰ in  the world. Besides, CSU possesses three large Grade-A Class-Three  comprehensive hospitals, i.e., Xiangya Hospital, the Second Xiangya  Hospital and the Third Xiangya Hospital, and also has Xiangya  Stomatological Hospital and the Affiliated Cancer Hospital, Haikou  Hospital and Zhuzhou Hospital of Xiangya School of Medicine.

CSU  insists in strengthening by talent cultivation, so it has created has a  strong faculty including 2 academicians of Chinese Academy of Sciences,  14 academicians of Chinese Academy of Engineering, 57 selectees of “The  Recruitment Program of Global Experts” in China, 19 chief scientists of  “Program 973” (National Basic Research Program) (2 for the youth  project), 46 distinguished and chair professors of “Chang Jiang Scholars  Programme”, 7 national famous teachers, over 1,500 professors and  personnel with corresponding senior professional titles and 496 experts  who enjoy the special government allowance.

CSU  values moral education and high-quality cultivation, so it has been  bettering its talent training model. It has over 55,000 full-time  students, including over 34,000 undergraduates, over 20,000 graduate  students and nearly 1,000 overseas students. The university has 57  national excellent courses, 8 national teaching teams and 7 national  experimental teaching demonstration centers. Since it took the lead to  set up the innovation-oriented experimental class for advanced  engineering talents, it became a pilot university implementing MOE's  education and training program for excellence engineers, excellent  physicians and excellent legal talents. CSU is one of China's first  pilot universities offering eight-year medical education (Doctor of  Medicine) and China's first university offering master's programs  involving command-skill integration for military officers in active  service. In addition, CSU is included into China’s first model  universities experienced in graduate employment and is one of the 10  most popular universities among China’s top 100 enterprises.

Orienting  at the major demands of the country, the university drives  collaborative innovation and serves the development of the national  economy and the modernization of national defense. It has 21  national-level innovation platforms, including 3 national key  laboratories, 4 national engineering research centers, 5 national  engineering laboratories, 2 national engineering technology research  centers, 3 national clinical medical research centers, 1 key national  defense science and technology laboratory and 1 national engineering and  innovation capacity building platform. Furthermore, it has led the  construction of 2 national “Collaborative Innovation Centers 2011”.  Since 2000, the university has won  86 national Three Major Awards for Science and Technology (Award for  Natural Sciences, Award for Technological Invention and Award for  Scientific and Technological Progress), including 14 first prizes  (special prizes) of national science and technology, and 9 projects have  been selected into the “Top Ten Progresses in Science and Technology  made by Chinese Colleges and Universities”.

CSU  is an open university. It has established long-term cooperation with  more than 200 universities and research institutes in over 20 countries  and regions, such as the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia,  Canada, Japan, France, Germany and Russia, and has been extensively  engaged in industry-university-research cooperation with a large number  of multinational enterprises. Overseas students from more than 100  countries and regions study here.

CSU  employs the principal accountability system under the leadership of the  CPC committee to ensure correct governance, realize more scientific CPC  construction and ideological and political work and provide a strong  ideological, political and organizational guarantee for the reform,  development and stability. The university has been rated as Advanced  University for National CPC Construction and Ideological and Political  Work, Advanced Organization for National Spiritual Civilization  Construction and Advanced Model Organization of National Grassroots  Ideological and Political Work.

The  CPC and state leaders are concerned with and fully recognize the  construction and development of CSU. In recent years, more than 20 CPC  and state leaders, including Xi Jinping, the General Secretary of CPC,  and the other eight members of the Standing Committee of the Political  Bureau of the CPC Central Committee, have visited the university and  spoke highly of its reform and innovation, talent training, scientific  research, social services and other work.

Shouldering  the historical responsibility on China’s high-level university  construction, CSU will accelerate its comprehensive reform and  connotative development to grow up into an internationally  well-known research university with its own characteristic and make  greater contributions to the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation.

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