Zhejiang Yuexiu University of Foreign Languages (ZYUFL), a full-time institute offering regular undergraduate education, is located in Shaoxing, hometown of the famous writer Lu Xun and a well-known ancient city with rich cultural heritage. The history of ZYUFL dates back to its founding in 1981. After decades of development, it was accredited in 2008 by the National Ministry of Education of China as a four-year university.
The present ZYUFL comprises two campuses, i.e., Jishan Campus and Jinghu Campus, covering an area of 1,300 mu (approximately 214 hectares) with a total floor area of about 420,000 square meters. The library possesses a collection of 1.82 million conventional books/publications and 1.14 million e-books.
Presently, the university has an enrollment of over 16,000 full-time undergraduates against a teaching staff of more than 1,000. Over 42% of the 1,000 regular teachers are full or associate professors, and 80% have received master’s and/or doctoral degrees. Also engaged in the university’s teaching and research are 100 or so foreign teachers/experts from such countries as the US, Britain, Canada, South Korea, Japan and so on.
The university consists of 14 colleges/schools and the curriculum involves 15 foreign languages in it, including English, French, German, Russian, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Japanese, Korean, Arabic,Thai,Czech,Turkish,Polish and Bahasa Indonesia.
ZYUFL has established an overall structure of majors and disciplines which revolve around a variety of foreign languages and literature, characterized by a focus on liberal arts and accompanied by a range of academic courses in economics, business management, network communication, etc. It facilitates the complementary interaction between subjects and disciplines, enabling their coordinated growth. Consequently, ZYUFL has won official recognition at different levels due to merits in its disciplinary construction and development. For instance, the university has been ranked in the provincial list of main subjects for its key discipline of Foreign Languages and Literature; in the municipal list for its key disciplines of Foreign Linguistics and Applied Linguistics as well as French Language and Literature,Chinese Language and Literature and Japanese Language and Literature.Meanwhile, ZYUFL’s Korean language subject is recognized as a key major in Zhejiang Province and given priority for support. Some other majors including English, French, network communication, and international trade & finance, have been honored as emerging majors with distinctive local features.
As a member of the United Nations Academic Impact, ZYUFL has made steady progress in scientific research. In recent years, the university had 23 projects supported by National Foundations, 66 programs sponsored at provincial or ministerial level, and as many as 228 items concerning educational reform won project approval at the municipal level (Shaoxing).
ZYUFL possesses advanced equipment and facilities for teaching and practice. It boasts a provincial-level center for foreign language experiments, and four municipal-level demonstration centers for teaching practice. All the centers are equipped with laboratories of one kind or another, such as Simultaneous Interpreting, Language Lab, Lab for International Business and Trade, and other relevant apparatus as well. And there are language salons for minority language learners.
In May 2015, Xia Baolong, then Party Secretary of Zhejiang Province, paid an inspection visit to ZYUFL, during which he pointed out with satisfaction that the university was making vigorous strides forward with clear and practical goals and had made great achievements.
In the coming years , the university is to achieve its set goals with painstaking efforts and innovative practice, so as to be fully obliged to the duty of an accredited university in pursuing excellence in teaching and scientific research, in developing students in accordance with the requirements of the society and employers.
(The data is as of Dec 30, 2019)