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Beijing Language and Culture University

By china tour on 11/10/2009 9:09:00 AM | Beijing Tours

Beijing Language and Culture University
Beijing Language and Culture University was founded in 1962, and was originally named the higher preparatory School for Foreign Students. In 1964, it was renamedas Beijing Language Institute by the State Council. And then in 1996, with the approval of the Ministry of Education, the school was designated as Beijing Language and Culture University. It is the only international university in China with its main task set at teaching the Chinese language and culture to foreign students.Meanwhile it also undertakes the tasks of teaching foreign languages as well as Chinese, computer science and technology, finance and accountancy to Chinese students, providing training courses for teachers specialized in teaching Chinese as a foreign language, and offering predeparture language training to candidates intending to go abroad.
Beijing Language and Culture University has the longest history, the largest scope, and the most qualified teaching faculties of its kind in the area of teaching the Chinese language and culture to foreigners. Over the past 40 years since its establishment, the university has trained hundreds of thousands of foreign students who are proficient in Chinese and familiar with the Chinese culture, from over 160 countries and regions in the world. And it has a full-time teaching staff of more than 800.

Beijing Language and Culture University comprises of 11 teaching units and 13 research institutions, with the number of teaching and administrative staff totaled 1425, including 829 in teaching and researching, 303 of which have advanced titles. At present,BLCU has 9 doctoral programs, 24 postgraduate programs, and 22 undergraduate programs, including 1 national key discipline, 2 municipal key disciplines, and 1 humanities and social sciences key research base of regular universities designated by the Ministry of Education. The education scope covers a wide range of fields, including literature, economics, history, law, engineering, education, and management. Now there are over 13,000 students in the university, including 9,000 foreigners and 4,000 Chinese.
Beijing Language and Culture University publishes three kinds of core periodicals, namely, “Language Teaching and Research”, “International Chinese Teaching”, “Research on the Chinese Culture”.Up till now, the university press has published some 1,500 text books in diversified fields, and made widespread influence both at home and abroad. Educational institutions and training organizations of various kinds in around a hundred countries have adopted the text books of teaching Chinese as foreign language published by Beijing Language and Culture University press.