Education of foreign students in Lanzhou University first started in 1983, and the self-supporting program begun to enroll foreign students in 1989. In accordance with the education history of Lanzhou University over 100 years and based on its profound schooling capability, our school earnestly implemented the national guideline for international students education and carried on innovative exploration. Now, we have made great progress in expanding the scale, optimizing the structure, guaranteeing the quality and improving the management. Over the past 30 years, our university has recruited over 4,000 international students; currently, about 700 registered international students, from 64 countries and regions across 5 continents, are studying at LZU.
In light of the national guideline “expanding the scale, optimizing the structure, guaranteeing the quality and improving the management” in the area of international students education, the number and nationalities of international students has increased year by year, student subject has shifted from only Chinese language learners to bachelor’s degree, master’s degree and doctoral degree.
Now we have a faculty of 28 teachers, among whom, the number of Chinese language teachers is 17 and managerial staff is 11. We have formed a mechanism for international student education which focuses on teaching, scientific research and management, and formed a favorable environment where we share the same aspiration and make our own contribution to our school. In this way, we also created a platform for for Lanzhou University to expand exchange and communacation with other parts of the world.
Our school always attaches great importance to the cultural cultivation for international students and the introduction and spreading of Chinese culture. In addition to various levels of Chinese language teaching, we also opened diverse courses ranging from Chinese culture, martial arts, calligraphy and painting, Chinese classical poems appreciation, ceramic experience, Peking opera introduction and paper-cut arts. Moreover, we have organized and launched various activities for international students, for instance, Chinese Bridge Contest, Stay in China, Experience China, Cultural Festivals of international students and so on. At present, we have nurtured a lot of excellent international students.