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A Brief Introduction to Liaoning Shihua University

As the first petroleum school of New China, Liaoning Shihua University (LSHU) was founded in Dalian in 1950, relocated to Fushun in 1953 and renamed Fushun Petroleum Institute in 1958. When transferred to the governance of the Liaoning Provincial Government in February, 2000, the institution changed its name to Liaoning Shihua University with the approval of the Ministry of Education (MOE) in February, 2002. In March, 2010, a partnership agreement was signed between LSHU and Liaoning Provincial Government, China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC), China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (SINOPEC) and China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC).

With the development for the past 69 years, LSHU has evolved into a comprehensive university, specialized in petroleum and petrochemical engineering with eight well-coordinated disciplines which include engineering, science, economics, management, literature, law, education and art.

LSHU was graded as excellent in the 2007 MOE Undergraduate Teaching Assessment. Designated by the Ministry of Education, the university is now a training base for high-level ethnic talent and a preparatory base for ethnic undergraduates. Meanwhile it is a training base for urgently-needed undergraduate talent in petrochemical industry in Liaoning province.

Up to now, this university has turned out over 120,000 graduates for China’s petroleum and petrochemical industry, most of whom have become backbones in management and technology.

To achieve quality development, LSHU highlights key roles in talent cultivation by upgrading disciplinary structures and teaching resources, which has now greatly improved teaching efficiency and comprehensive strength.

The university covers an area of 1890 mu (126 hectare), and a floor area totaled 532000m2. The campus library houses 2.9343 million paper or electronic books and 42 research databases. Various sports grounds cover 92.700m2. The teaching and research facilities reach 68 million yuan.

The university consists of a college and 16 schools with 52 undergraduate majors. On-campus full-time students total 18,400. It offers 2 joint doctoral programs, 14 first-tier master’s programs, 62 second-tier master programs, and 6 master degree programs including Master of Engineering (covering 10 fields), Master of Business Administration (MBA), Master of Public Administration (MPA), and Master of Professional Accounting (MPAcc), Master of Translation and Interpreting (MTI) and Master of Fine Art (MFA). It is also listed as a first-class discipline (Grade A) university in Liaoning province.

In this university, 4 majors are listed as national feature-programs, 6 (1 Master) are selected into the training program of excellent engineers by MOE, 1 pilot program of national comprehensive reform. The university has established 2 national engineering training centers, 3 national experimental teaching centers, 2 national simulated and physical training centers. Besides, the university has two national virtual labs for teaching experiments, and 4 majors certified by CEEAA. We have one provincial feature-program, 2 programs on the provincial comprehensive reform scheme, 7 reform programs of engineering talents, 5 reform programs of entrepreneurship and innovation, and 2 programs specially supported by Liaoning province.

Eleven majors are selected as the first-batch provincial experimental programs for application-oriented transformation and 4 of them are model programs. The  university has 8 provincial teaching centers, 6 provincial simulated and physical training centers, 1 provincial training center, 3 provincial engineering training centers, 8 provincial off-campus training centers, and 1 provincial base for innovation and education. The university offers 9 provincial online courses and 2 provincial open courses.

In this university, students are active in innovation and entrepreneurship. In the past three years, the students have won over 830 national awards and 1290 provincial or ministerial awards in academic competitions and technological innovation events. The university is awarded as the KAB entrepreneurship education center and KAB entrepreneurship club for college students by the Communist Youth League Central Committee.

LSHU has a high-level faculty, totaling 1528. Among them, 960 are full-time teachers, 407 with doctor's degree, 427 with professor or associate professors, and 332 are doctor and master supervisors. The university has employed 1 academic leading master, 2 academicians, 2 Yangtze River scholars and 1 Liaoning Climbing scholar. Currently there are 20 beneficiaries of the State Council Governmental Special Allowance, 4 Liaoning Provincial distinguished professors, 9 hundred-tier talents and 24 thousand-tier talents on the Liaoning Hundred-thousand-myriad Talent Scheme, 14 Leading Teachers in Liaoning province, 6 Outstanding Talents, 26 Outstanding Technicians, 18 Outstanding Young Scholars, and 3 Provincial College Innovation Groups.

Along with efforts to construct a research and technology innovation platform, the university has established one national and local joint engineering laboratory, 26 provincial key laboratories and engineering technology centers, 1 provincial demonstration center for technology transfer. We have also set up a joint petrochemical laboratory with Sinopec (Fushun) Petrochemical Research Institute and Liaoning Branch of China Huanqiu Contracting & Engineering Corporation, and the Fushun-LSHU Petrochemical Industry Institute. The university has established partnership with over 100 high-tech enterprises for production, education and research.

LSHU actively participates in the construction of the Five Bases in Liaoning Key Economic Belt, Five Regional Development Strategies and Rural Revitalization Strategy. More than 247 professors and doctors have provided technology support for 161 provincial enterprises and institutions, conducted over 300 technical consultations, collected over 500 pieces of technological information, offered over 100 trainings and solved over 200 technical problems, making contributions for economic entities to upgrade. The university carried out in-depth service for rural economic development, strengthening cooperation with enterprises from Zhangwu, Kazuo and other counties. In 2019, a joint project was recognized as a major landmark achievement by the Liaoning Provincial Government Department of Education.

Following the strategy of opening-up education, the university strengthens exchange and cooperation with oversea universities. We have established long-term cooperation with 47 universities and research institutes from over 17 countries, including the United States, the United Kingdom, Russia, Japan,Finland,Greece and South Korea. A number of joint undergraduate and postgraduate programs include “2 + 2”,” 1 + 2 + 1”, “2 + 1 + 1” have been carried out with these world-known universities like the University of Edinburgh. The “4 + 1”postgraduate program with University of Edinburgh has been successfully implemented for over 15 years. An undergraduate program in chemical engineering and technology has received approval of the Ministry of Education. Designated by MOE, LSHU is now the recipient institution of oversea students with Chinese government scholarships. There are currently over 1000 oversea students on campus.

LSHU aims to create a shining campus culture. The motto of “persistent in learning and sincere in character-cultivating” has been handed down for generations of students. The Lei Feng Spirit has penetrated its culture construction and aspects of education, and can be compared to a flame-loyalty to the Party, a brick-devotion to work, a nail-hard work for learning, a drop of water-friendship and cooperation, a leaf-whole-hearted dedication. LSHU has also established its cultural brands including the Lecture Room, College Culture and Art Festival, College Sports and Culture Festival, Community Culture Festival, and organized two state-level sports teams in badminton and fencing.

LSHU has won many honor titles such as the National May 1st Labor Certificate, the National Model Unit of Professional Ethics Cultivation, the National Staff Home, the National Advanced Trade Union in Education, Culture, Health and Sports Section, the National May 4th Red Flag Youth League Committee. In Liaoning province, the university has been rated as the Advanced Party Committee, Culturally Advanced Unit, and the Advanced Basic-level Party Organizations for Excellence and the Brand College on Campus Culture Cultivation. (Updated in October, 2019).