Pingdingshan University

Pingdingshan University (PDSU), ratified by the Ministry of Education ofChinaand managed by the Government of Henan Province, is a full-time and comprehensive university. Standing on hills and by water, and overlooking the Pingxi Lake and the Baiguihu National Wetland Park, it takes pride in its beautiful natural environment and rich humanistic cultural atmosphere.

PDSU grows up from Pingdingshan Normal School, founded in October, 1959. In August, 1977, junior college classes were attached to Pingdingshan Normal School, and in 1984 it was named Pingdingshan Teachers Training College. In May, 2004, approved by the Chinese Ministry of Education, it was upgraded to be a tertiary education institute, Pingdingshan University. Actively responding to the national and provincial requirements concerning the classification and development of higher education, she has been carrying out the in-depth transformational development, which paves the way for her Construction Unit for Master's Degree Conferment Project, the Pilot University in Transformational Development of Henan Province, one of Henan Province Undergraduate Colleges of Applied Technology. From then on, she has been developing well and playing her important roles of talent cultivation, scientific research, community commitment, and cultural inheritance & innovation, greatly inspired and motivated by her operation motto (namely, Morality, Erudition, Factualism and Innovation), and by her ethos (that is, Rigorous, Realistic, Harmonious, and Striving), and by her school spirit (namely, Effort, Hardship, Self-improvement, Solidarity, and Devotion).

PDSU owns two campuses at present, covering an area of 1,546,000 square meters (154.6 hectares). Its building area adds up to 637,400 square meters and the teaching equipment is worth 161 million yuan (RMB). The collection of paper books in the library is more than 2,741,400 copies. There is a staff over 1,400, of whom over 900 teachers have got master's or doctor’s degrees and over 400 teachers are full professors, associate professors or senior experimentalists. It is fully equipped with cultural and athletic facilities, including a PE training hall, a concert hall, a studio, etc.

Persisting in serving local industries, PDSU has formed such a disciplinary layout as is dominated by some engineering or applied disciplines with multidisciplinary coordinated development. It has 18 teaching units or colleges, 55 undergraduate majors, 8 junior college majors, covering ten disciplines including engineering, management, science, humanities, law, and art and so on. It has 1 national extramural training base, 8 provincial specialty construction units, 8 provincial pilot majors for comprehensive reform, 4 provincialqualitycourses, 2 provincial online open quality courses, 2 provincial teaching teams, and 4 provincialdemonstration centersfor experimental teaching.

PDSU owns several good research institutes and technological development bases: 5 provincial key disciplines,1 provincial key laboratory, 1 provincial innovative technology team, 3 provincial research center for engineering technology, 3 provincial engineering laboratories, 1 provincial key research base of humanities and social sciences, 1 provincial research base for non-material cultural heritage, 1 provincial key laboratory by Forestry Administration of Henan Province, 3 municipal research centers for engineering technology, 4 municipal key laboratories. PDSU is the Provincial Talent Cultivation Base for Cultural Reform and Development, the Provincial Quyi Culture (Chinese Folk Art Forms) Base for International Promotion of Chinese Language, the Provincial Research Base for Cultural Industry Development, the Provincial Academician Workstation, and the Provincial Post-Doctoral Research and Development Base.

Remarkable scientific or academic achievements have been made in collaborative innovation to meet the needs of industries and enterprises. PDSU has Henan Provincial Engineering Laboratory of Intelligent High-Voltage Apparatus, co-built with Pinggao Group Co. Ltd, jointly conducting research and production of intelligent high-voltage apparatus, and achieving many products with independent intellectual property rights, which have been successfully applied in such domestic and overseas projects and enterprises as Petro China Shaanxi Changqing Oilfield Company, Pinggao Group Co. Ltd, Eaton Electrical Ltd., and the Project of Transmission of Electricity from Anhui Province to East China. Pingdingshan University, together with China Academy of Forestry and Henan Province Forestry Administration, has built up a key Laboratory of Ecological Restoration of Hilly Areas, an Academician Work Station for Ecological Restoration of Hilly Areas, and a postdoctoral research and development base. It has built a forestry industry public welfare project test base under China’s State Forestry Administration (SFA), has joined China Forest Biodiversity Monitoring Network sponsored by Biodiversity Committee of China Academy of Sciences (CAS) and has completed a series of national, provincial and municipal key projects, making contributions to Henan’s ecological environment protection, reasonable utilization of resources and sustainable development. Funiushan Culture Circle Research Center brings together experts and scholars at home and abroad, conducting an in-depth study of the traditional cultural quintessence around the area. A series of academic works have been published, high-level films and television programs have been made, and some TV columns have been set up with local mainstream media, playing importing roles in the exploration, inheritance and innovation of the regional culture. The Ceramic Research Institute undertakes the complex technical imitation project of the Tang Dynasty Junware, restoring the production technology lost for over one thousand years and filling the vacancy in this field; based on this, Lushan Colored Porcelain (also called Tangjun Porcelain, meaning Tang Dynasty’s Jun Porcelain) Industrial Park was established in Lushan county, Pingdingshan. PDSU’s Court Music Play reproduces the ritual and musical culture of the palace of ancient Ying State (now the City of Pingdingshan) at the Fifth Beijing Traditional Music Festival, drawing the attention of its counterparts at home and abroad.

PDSU adheres to her opening-up and cooperation policy. With some domestic universities including Zhengzhou University, she jointly offers master degree’s programs, and with some foreign universities in theUnited States,Britain,Canada,Singapore,Australia, etc., she carries out cooperation in teaching and scientific research. WithPingdingshan Municipal Government,China Pingmei Shenma Group, Pinggao Group Co. Ltd, Yakun Group, Dahe Net,ChinaBuilding Ceramics and Sanitaryware Association, PDSU develops school-enterprise cooperation and production-teaching integration, and establishes some enterprise colleges such as Pingmei Shenma College, Pinggao College and Yakun College.Together with Development Research Center of Henan Provincial Government, Henan Bureau for Letters and Calls, and Publicity Department of CPC Pingdingshan Municipal Committee and so on, she has co-built such new think tanks as the Transformational Development Institute for Resource-based Cities, Henan Institute of People's Letters-Calls and Social Issues, Pingdingshan Cultural Industry Research Institute. PDSU makes great innovations in talent cultivation, and enhances her capacity of serving regional economic development and social progress.

PDSU pays much attention to students’ comprehensive qualities and innovative ability, so their extracurricular academic, scientific and technological activities and social practice activities are flourishing. She is rewarded as National May Fourth Red Flag League, National Top Unit in Social Practice of Three Services in Rural Areas (that is, going to rural areas to spread scientific and literacy knowledge or to offer medical service to villagers), as well as Provincial Advanced Social Practice Unit for College Students. Over the past three years, she has won over 2000 honor titles in such competitions as National “Challenge Cup” College Students Entrepreneurship Design Contest, National Mathematical Modeling Contest, National Chemical Design Competition for College Students, China Robot Competition, and National IT Competition and so on. She has also received such great honors as Henan Provincial Model Unit (namely, arole model in comprehensive progress), one of Henan’s Satisfying Universities in Higher Education Quality, one of Henan’s Recommendable Education Cards, and one of Henan’s Top Ten Model Universities of Applied Technology.

At the new historical starting point, PDSU strives to put into practice her schooling philosophy (that is, valuing virtue, ability, and application), sticks to her development strategy (namely, stressing education quality, attracting excellent scholars, strengthening scientific research, and building exclusive features), and spares no efforts to speed up her transformational development and quality construction, working hard to building herself into a quality university of applied technology with distinctive characteristics, prominent advantages, and strong ability to serve regional economic and social development.