Introduction to Pingdingshan University

Pingdingshan University (PDSU), ratified by the Ministry of Education of China and runby the Government of Henan Province, is a full-time and comprehensive university. Standing on the Guoding Hill and overlooking the Baigui Lake in Xinhua District of Pingdingshan, PDSU takes pride in its beautiful natural environment and rich humanistic atmosphere.

PDSU is originated from Pingdingshan Normal School that was founded in October 1959. In August 1977, junior college classes were approved. Afterwards, Pingdingshan Normal School was renamed as Pingdingshan Normal College in 1984. In May 2004, approved by the Chinese Ministry of Education, it was upgraded to be a tertiary education institute and became the current Pingdingshan University. In November 2012, the qualified assessment of undergraduate teaching work by the Ministry of Education was passed. Actively responding to the national and provincial requirements concerning the classification and development of higher education, PDSU has been carrying out the in-depth transformational development with various supporting programs, including “Construction Unit for Master’s Degree Conferment Project,” “the Pilot University in Transformational Development of Henan Province” and “Exemplary Undergraduate College of Applied Technology in Henan Province.” Inheriting the operation motto (namely, Morality, Erudition, Factualism and Innovation), PDSU has developed its unique ethos (that is, Rigorous, Realistic, Harmonious, and Striving) and school spirit (namely, Effort, Hardship, Self-improvement, Solidarity, and Devotion). It plays an important role in talent cultivation, scientific research, community commitment, cultural inheritance & innovation, and international exchange & cooperation. Furthermore, PDSU is rapidly advancing the second phase of its construction as an exemplary provincial university.

PDSU owns two campuses at present, covering a total area of 1,546,000 square meters (154.6 hectares). The total teaching equipment is valued 260 million yuan (RMB). The collection of paper books in the library exceeds more than3,025,000 copies. The total number of full-time students is over 20,000 with 13,000 additional part-time students. There are over 1,600 staff, including more than 1,100 full-time teachers, 900 of whom have got Master's or Doctor’s degrees and over 400 teachers are full professors andassociate professors. Among the teachers, there is one provincially academic/technical leader, 16 provincially exemplary teachers, three provincially famous teaching teachers, (and) one provincially innovative science and technology team. In addition, four staff (members) (have been) selected into a support plan for scientific and technical innovation talents in universities and colleges in Henan Province. A group of distinguished professors and part-time professors have also been recruited by PDSU, including the Fellow for International Eurasian Academy of Science, Yangtze River Scholars, State Council Special Allowance awardees, Chinese Arts and Crafts Masters and other leading talents. The school also has plenty of cultural and athletic facilities, e.g., sports training halls, concert halls, studios, etc.

Active in serving local industries, PDSU has formed such a disciplinary layout that is coordinated among many disciplines, with engineering and other applied disciplines as the main subject. It has 18 teaching units, 54 undergraduate majors, covering nine disciplines including engineering, management, science, humanities, medicine, pedagogy, economics, law, art, etc. PDSU focuses on the construction of a national-level professional group of six majors in electric power information, chemical and environmental, economic management, cultural creativity, teacher education, and medical and health. There are more than 100 provincial teaching quality projects, including one national-level first-class major construction site, 14 provincial-level first-class major construction sites, one nationally-recognized first-class course, and 31 provincially-recognized first-class courses.

PDSU boasts a number of provincial scientific research institutions and technology development bases. It has 5 provincial-level key disciplines including high voltage and insulation technology, chemical engineering, ecology, radio and television arts, and Chinese modern and contemporary literature, 2provincial-level key Laboratoriesincluding Henan Province Central Plains Ancient Ceramics Research Key Laboratory, Henan Province Eco-economical Woody Plant Germplasm Innovation and Utilization Key Laboratory, 1 Provincial Humanities and Social Sciences Key Research Base, 1 Henan Provincial International Joint Laboratory, one Central Plains Scholars Workstation, 11 Provincial Engineering Technology Research Centers,ProvincialEngineeringLaboratories andProvincialEngineeringResearchCenters; 1 NewBrandThinkTank in Henan universities,1PostdoctoralInnovationPracticeBase, and1 ProvincialScientific andTechnologicalInnovationTeam.Besides, PDSU is the bases for several training programs. It simultaneously acts as the Northern-China ceramic product design training base, Henan cultural reform and development talent training base, Henan cultural industry development research base, Henan Intangible Cultural Heritage research base, and Henan creation base of the all-media science popularization center.

Remarkable achievements have been made in collaborative innovation to meet the needs of industries and enterprises. The school and Pinggao Group Co. Ltd jointly carried out the research and production of high-voltage intelligent electrical apparatus, and achieved 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. The wireless discharge positioning system IST-701, proposed by PDSU, has already replaced imported products. The multi-channel detection system of substation grounding grid using non-destructive testing technology successfully increases substation grounding grid corrosion detection efficiency by more than ten times, which realizes the precise positioning of the grounding grid corrosion branch without excavation and enables state-of-the-art substation grounding grid corrosion detection technology. Together with the China Academy of Forestry and Henan Province Forestry Administration, PDSU has built up a key Laboratory of Ecological Restoration of Hilly Areas, an Academic Work Station and postdoctoral research & development base for Ecological Restoration of Hilly Areas, a forestry industry public welfare project test base under China’s State Forestry Administration (SFA). It has joined the 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 domestic and foreign experts to conduct an in-depth study of the quintessential cultural around the area. A series of academic works have been published, high-level films and television programs have been made, and some TV shows have been set up with local mainstream media, which help the exploration, inheritance and innovation of the regional culture. The project on imitation technique of the Tang Dynasty Jun ware, undertaken by the Ceramic Research Institute in PDSU, successfully restores the production technology lost for over one thousand years and fills a gap in knowledge in this field. These achievements further promote the establishment of Lushan Colored Porcelain (also called Tangjun Porcelain, meaning Tang Dynasty’s Jun Porcelain) Industrial Park in Lushan, a town in Pingdingshan. PDSU has also published the "Thirteenth Five-Year" national key book “The Complete Works of Chinese Ceramic Sculptures in the 20th Century”, with 12 volumes in total, containing more than 4000 pieces of representative kilns in mainland and Taiwan regions in the 20th century. This book conducts systematic and comprehensive research and analysis on the development of Chinese ceramic sculpture, which has filled a gap in the related field. The school’s dragon & lion dance and softball teams have won gold medals in national competitions several times. The dragon & lion team has also been invited to South Korea and Italy for cultural exchanges, which have received much attention and reports from domestic and foreign media. 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 extensive media attention worldwide.

PDSU adheres to open education and has established cooperative relationships with universities in more than 30 countries, including the United Kingdom, the United States, and Spain. It has cooperated with the University of Malaga in Spain to hold an undergraduate program on the Internet of Things Engineering and cooperated with Kyungwoon University in South Korea to hold an undergraduate program in mechanical and electronic engineering. The Spanish Center of PDSU was approved as the first Chinese-foreign cooperative education institution featuring Spanish in Henan Province. PDSU develops school-enterprise cooperation and production-teaching integration with Pingdingshan local government, China Pingmei Shenma Co. Ltd, Pinggao Co. Ltd, Dahe Net, China Building Ceramics and Sanitary Ware Association. Eight industrial schools have been established, including the first Kunpeng Industrial College in China and Nylon New Material School, approved as the first batch of provincial key modern industrial colleges in Henan Province. Together with Henan Bureau for Letters and Calls, Publicity Department of CPC Pingdingshan Municipal Committee and other departments, PDSU 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 has made significant innovations in talent cultivation to better contribute to regional economic development and social progress.

PDSU attaches great importance to cultivating comprehensive and innovative abilities of the students and has carried out a multitude of extracurricular academic, scientific and technological activities and social practice activities for students. In the past three years, students have won more than 3000 awards in either the provincial or national-level in various skill competitions such as the China International “Internet+” Graduate Student Innovation and Entrepreneurship Competition, the National Graduate Student Mathematical Modeling Competition, the National Graduate Student Chemical Design Competition, the China Robotics Competition, and the National Information Technology Level Competition. PDSU is also rewarded as the 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 Graduate Students. It has also successively won the “Civilized Campus of Henan Province,” “Top Ten Demonstration Universities of Henan Applied Technology” and “Henan Province ‘three complete education’ ComprehensiveReformPilotUniversities”

Standing at a new historical point, PDSUwill,under the strong leadership of the school's party committee, promoting high-quality career development with high-quality party building, strive to practice the school-running philosophy(valuing virtue, ability, and application) and adhere to the developmentstrategyby stressing education quality, attracting excellent scholars, strengthening scientific research, building exclusive features and furthering opening up, and will do its utmost to build a high-level application-oriented university with distinctive characteristics, outstanding advantages, and strong ability to serve regional economic and social development.