Sichuan International Studies University (SISU) is a full time regular undergraduate university run by the State. Located in Shapingba District, Chongqing, the fourth largest city in China, it aims to cultivate high quality foreign language professionals and professionals in foreign-related fields. It is the most important research center of foreign languages and cultures, foreign trade and business, and international relations in Southwest China.
The development of SISU has been highlighted with 6 important dates:
April, 1950: founding of the “PLA’s Russian Training Corps of Southwest University of Military and Political Sciences” with the support of Deng Xiaoping, Liu Bocheng, He Hong and other founding fathers of the People’s Republic of China.
January, 1951: renamed as the “Russian Training Brigade of No.2 Senior Infantry School of the PLA.”
November 1952: renamed as the “Russian Department of Southwest People’s Revolutionary University.”
March 1953: renamed as “Southwest Russian College.”
May 1959: renamed as “Sichuan Institute of Foreign Languages”.
May 1990: renamed as “Sichuan International Studies University”.
Location & Environment
One of SISU’s most acclaimed features is its beautiful campus at the foot of Gele Mountain by the Jialing River. Its avenues and streets are lined with evergreen trees, so that its campus imperceptibly blends in with tree-covered rolling hills above it. Its facilities have been designed to complement the natural beauty of its serene environment, and it is in many respects an ecological miniature of the mountainous city where it is situated.
Disciplines and Programs
Making full use of its advantages in foreign language education, SISU develops related disciplines, such as literature, economics, management, law, pedagogy, philosophy and the liberal arts. It offers undergraduate degrees in 36 programs, master’s degrees in 26 different degree programs, 1 professional degree, and doctor’s degrees in foreign language education. At present the university has 23 academic departments and subordinate colleges, 2 independent colleges, 2 affiliated high schools and one international school. It offers 11 foreign language courses while teaching about 25 other 4-year programs. It is engaged in education on different levels and in different forms, embracing post-graduate education, undergraduate education, international student education, continuing education and intensified language training courses. It has 5 ‘A-class key disciplines’ at the provincial level, 4 ‘Priority Programs’ at the state level and 8 ‘Priority Programs’ of Chongqing Municipality.
SISU boasts a strong faculty of devoted, qualified and experienced teachers with a high academic level. Some of the teachers have been recognized as ‘model teachers’ and ‘model educators’ of the state level or national “May 1 Prize” winners. Some have been granted the title of “experts with outstanding contributions” at the provincial/ministerial level; some are famous teachers of the provincial level; and some have been granted the title of “Chongqing’s model workers” or “excellent teachers of Chongqing” and other titles of honor.
In addition, some teachers have formed the ‘best education teams’ at the provincial level. Their concerted efforts for academic and professional excellence have made SISU one of China’s top universities of foreign language education with wide-ranging cultural and academic activities.
Prospective Students and Graduates
SISU’s mission is to cultivate high quality foreign language professionals with a broad international perspective, strong communication skills and the ability for creative and critical thinking. It enrolls prospective students from most of the provinces or cities in China. Graduates from SISU are highly sought after by institutions of higher learning and employers in diversified fields for their language competence and communication abilities. In addition to this, SISU has never ceased to strive for academic excellence and pedagogic reform. Currently, it has 10 ‘model units for pedagogic reform’ at the provincial level, including 5 ‘experimental centers for the development of a new mode of intellectual cultivation’, 3 ‘experimental teaching demonstration centers’, 1 postgraduate education innovation center, and 1 professional-degree educational reform center.
Apart from teaching, SISU also demonstrates excellence in academic research. In addition to its more than 20 institutions for academic research, SISU has 3 ‘key academic research centers’ for humanity and social studies at the provincial level: the Center for Linguistic, Literary and Cultural Studies, the Center for Comparative Literature and Comparative Cultural Studies, and the Research Center for International Business and Economy.
It has 1 international research center sponsored by the Ministry of Education i.e. the Center for German Studies. It also has 2 ‘key laboratories of the provincial/ministerial level’: the Key Laboratory of Cognitive Neuroscience and Foreign Language Learning and the Key Laboratory for Multi-lingual Corpus Linguistics.
Foreign Language and Literature, a journal published by the University, is a national core journal in Chinese, it is one of China’s top 100 journals in social sciences, and it is an ‘A-class priority journal’ supported by Chongqing Municipality.
Inter-college exchanges have been established between SISU and about 80 universities around the world. Extensive cooperation and exchanges have been going on between SISU and other Chinese or foreign colleges in the training of teachers and the education of teachers and the education of undergraduates and postgraduates. The University is, de facto, the only Chinese university officially recognized by Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF). In cooperation with education institutions of other countries, SISU has set up some foreign language centers on its campus, such as Alliance française de Chongqing, the Goethe Language Center, the Russian Language Center, the Cervantes Institute, and the South Korean Center, and it has established Confucius Institutes at Lome University of Togo and Nizhniy Novgorod Language University of Russia. Cooperating with the University of Newcastle, Australia, SISU is now offering an ‘International dual-degree’ joint program in Business English.
Materials and Resources
SISU has classrooms with multimedia facilities and sound labs for foreign language teaching, translation and oral interpretation - the best in southwest China. Advanced teaching facilities have helped to ensure that the highest quality teaching, academic research and management occurs at SISU. The university library boasts a collection of more than 1.6 million books which includes foreign language and literature works published in foreign countries, reference books and dictionaries on language studies. In addition, the library subscribes to about 3,000 periodicals in both Chinese and foreign languages.
Extra curricula Activities and Social Services
As a member of University Alliance of Chongqing (UAC), SISU offers foreign language courses for students from the other UAC universities trying to upgrade the international level of Chongqing Municipality, and contributing to regional economic and social development. The University lays great emphasis on the students’ participation in extra curricula activities, social services and internships.
Volunteers from SISU were frequently seen at Beijing Olympic Games 2008, Shanghai World Expo 2010, 2012 Asian Games held in Guangzhou, Chongqing Garden Expo and other grand foreign events. Their performance and services were greatly appreciated by those whom they helped - such as foreign guests, entrepreneurs, and journalists.
Since its establishment, SISU has graduated more than 100,000 talented professionals in foreign-related fields and many of them have become leaders and backbone members of their respective units. They work hard in various areas, fully utilizing their knowledge in specific areas and contributing to regional and national economic development, foreign exchanges, as well as playing a crucial role in developing the friendship between the Chinese people and the people in other countries and regions.