Minzu University of China is located in the Haidian District of Beijing, where it already houses several different universities and colleges. The campus sits right next to the National Library to the south and the Zhong Guan Cun Science and Technology to the north. The university site is exotically adorned reflecting its ethnic-based studies. All the while, it is quaintly situated in a scenic backdrop of nature. Originally established by the Community Party of China as Nationalities Institute in Yan’an in 1941 and then Central Institute for Nationalities in 1951, the university was renamed to what is recognized today as Minzu University of China in 1993.
Since its founding, Minzu University of China has produced more than 100,000 graduates from every corner of China’s richly diverse ethnic communities. Among the graduates, there are several prominent professional figures from all walks of civil society: leading academics and scholars, minority leaders and cadres at the provincial or ministerial level, and non-minority prefectural leaders and cadres at county level. The alumni of Minzu University of China have made some outstanding contributions on a national scale, as well as to their respective fields. But in equal importance, the university takes pride in knowing that it is the leading recruiter and educator of diverse minority talents across China.
The location of the campus covers an area of 378,000 square meters and houses more than 3,000,000 volumes of books and electronic content. The in-house university press is recognized for its publishing of academic textbooks and research articles based on ethnic minorities. Some of their titles include the Journal of Minzu University of China and the Journal of Research on Education for Ethnic Minorities, which are research publications that are circulated domestically and abroad. As hosting a leading Anthropology department, the campus boasts a Museum of Ethnography, which showcases more than 30,000 pieces of precious national relics of cultural value.
Since reforming, Minzu University of China has enhanced its research programs by encouraging more collaborative exchanges between international academics. The university’s agenda on strengthening its scientific and technological research is demonstrated by effectively investing in facilities, resources, and the recruitment of talents. The university has signed cooperative agreements with several leading international institutions of higher learning: Yale University, Columbia University, University of Rome, University College of Dublin, Boston University, Queen’s University of Belfast, Humboldt University of Berlin, University of Paris 13, Seoul National University, etc. Minzu University of China has initiated, organized, and participated in the first national joint conference (mainland China, Hong Kong, Macao, and Taiwan) on the Principles of Teaching and Scientific Research Institutions for Ethnology and Anthropology. Other hosted scholastic events include the International Symposium on History of the Qing and Manchu and the Chinese Forum of Ethnology and Anthropology, which is considered an important venue for the exchanging and collaborating of scholarships within these social-scientific fields.
At present, under the guidance of Scientific Outlook on Development and in accordance with the strategic requirements of national economic and social development and the needs of national unity and development cause, all the faculty, students and staff of the university focus on the two major themes of enhancing the quality of personnel training and scientific research innovation ability, implement the three strategies of establishing characteristics, promoting quality and developing talents, unswervingly take the road of superior quality, principal connotation and sustainable development, and march towards the goal of renowned research-based top world-class university for nationalities with unique characteristics.