The former Zhangjiakou Medical College (ZJKMC) was upgraded to an undergraduate college in 1982 and then successfully certified to award undergraduate degrees by the Ministry of Education. The former Zhangjiakou Teachers College was founded in 1923, and the former Zhangjiakou Advanced Postsecondary Agronomy School (ZJKAPAS) was founded in 1954. All the three colleges have a long history and contribute greatly to talent discovery, education, and social development.
The main courses of the university focus on full-time undergraduate education together with postgraduate, postsecondary and adult education. At present, there are 22,267 registered students.
Up until now, the university has educated more than 100,000 students for the nation and more than 1500 overseas students from 70 countries.
The university boasts of 12 colleges: Biomedical College, college of medicine, the first College of Clinical Medicine, the Second College of Clinical Medicine, College of Literature, College of Science, College of Agronomy and Horticulture, College of Veterinary Medicine, College of Foreign Languages and Adult Education. There also three teaching departments, two scientific research centers as well as eight affiliated teaching facilities of the University.
The University possesses a strong teaching force with 1366 on staff. Its equipment for teaching and scientific research is valued at $13 million, 1.40 million volumes of books in the library, as well as two affiliated hospitals and five nonaffiliated hospitals with 3000 patient beds. The first affiliated hospital, situated at the intersection of Hebei Province, Shanxi Province, Beijing and Inner Mongolia, is a first-class hospital with an excellent environment and advanced infrastructure and equipment.
The existing academic areas of the university cover ten academic classifications, which are medicine, agronomy, literature, pedagogy, law, management science, history, economics, science, and engineering, belonging to 76 academic areas of undergraduate and postsecondary specialized schooling. Clinical medicine is a traditional and specialized academic area. Laboratory medicine, medical information management, and information system were first set up among other universities in Hebei province, so also was forensic medicine among the first in universities of Hebei province.
Graduates of the University are appreciated by their employers all the time, and the schools quality has been approved of by the society. Now, the employment rate for medical graduates of Hebei North is highly ranked compared to other universities, while the employment rate of laboratory medicine undergraduates is now 100% and the supply of all agronomy graduates falls short on demand.
After many years of development, we possess numerous superior academic areas, such as pathology and pathophysiology, human anatomy, histology and embryology, pharmacology, clinical laboratory test diagnostics, mathematics, computer application, Chinese literature and linguistics, animal and plant reproduction, and veterinary science. These courses have a strong influence in Hebei province, and even in the whole country. The papers published in ''Science Citation Index'' have been increasing year by year and the ability to blaze new trails has been raised in the university. Pathology, pathophysiology, human anatomy, histology and embryology, pharmacology, etiology, crop cultivation and plowing, internal medicine, preventive veterinary, ancient Chinese literature and basic mathematics are key academic areas in the university. Among those, we also offer Master's degrees in pathophysiology, human anatomy, histology and embryology, pharmacology, microbiology, and immunology.
Pathophysiology and Experimental diagnostics are two provincial elite courses. Pathophysiological department of the university takes the lead in the country conducting lymphatic microcirculation investigation in vivo, of which physiological and pathological investigation in lymphatic microcirculation is characteristic in Hebei province, with its research achievements being internationally recognized and receiving provincial awards several times.
The staff of the University actively investigates and examines new teaching methods to improving students’ ability, and has been applying them and receiving better results. According to the philosophy of education that is to Broadening Knowledge, Enforcing Basic Knowledge, Improving Ability and Raising Quality of life, the syllabi have been revised; the ratio of compulsory courses to elective courses has been adjusted and the content of quality education has been increased. In the University, the designated elite courses and provincial renowned courses have been constructed. After the necessary investments and implementation of this policy, not only were twenty-five courses selected as the university's elite courses, but also the quality of teaching staff has improved with Experimental Diagnostics and Pathophysiology being the two provincial elite courses.
At present, the university possesses eleven research institutions, which are Pharmaceuticals, Lymph Microcirculation, Immunology, Psychiatry and Psychology, Medical Imaging, Food-science, Animal Husbandry, Economics, Culture Resource and Property, Applied Chemistry, Art Studies and Design research institutions. All these institutions play important roles in social development.
The university attaches great importance to its textbook editing. In the recent years, lots of professors held the post of chief editor for many textbooks, such as Pharmacology, Human Anatomy, Histology and Embryology, which was organized by the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Health. Many of our textbooks, i.e. our Pharmacology textbook, have received national prizes.
The university possesses a strong teaching force, with 223 professors and 327 associate professors, while engaging more than 80 distinguished scholars from home and abroad as well as honorable professors or part-time professors. Among our teachers are 30 provincial-managed excellent experts, government sponsored experts and middle-aged or young experts with prominent achievements. Professor Zhangjing, the only winner of the First National University and College Excellent Teaching Prize, was elected outstanding contributing expert in Zhangjiakou, and Niu Chunyu and Zhang Danshen were selected provincial excellent talents.
In recent years, the university has been increasing its investments in teaching and research infrastructure. The campus Internet, Medical Testing Center, DNA Testing Center, Multi-media classrooms, frequency modulation and foreign language broadcasting station have been set up. In the library, there are 2922 kinds of journals, electronic reading rooms, documents disk checking system and more than ten kinds of databases, including PQDD, Spinger, and Link.
The university owns more than 236 practical bases with excellent condition for teaching practice. Among them, the First Affiliated Hospital the largest and most comprehensive department in Hebei, Shanxi and Mongolia Interchange, with advanced equipment, high-level clinics, medical treatment, teaching, research, prevention, and rehabilitation.
At present, three campuses have been constructed and put into use. The east campus covers 1.14 million square meters of teaching and office complexes with 4000 students. In 2007 the west campus had 300 million RMB worth of investment put into it.
The University has reinforced its cooperation with foreign higher learning institutions. Up to date, many scholars from institutions in America, Canada, Australia, Japan and other countries have been invited as guest professors in the university from time to time, while schooling cooperation agreements between the university and some Universities in Germany, Australia, Mongolia and other countries have been reached. Lots of teachers have been sent overseas to study and gain experience, so the overall knowledge standard of the teaching staff has been rising, and our university has benefited greatly.
The Journals of Hebei North University i.e. Hebei North University Journal, Neurology and Pharmacology Academic Journal and Hebei North University Newspaper are in publication and distribution nationwide.
In this modern era, the teaching and management system have been reformed and strengthened. At the same time, all amenities and infrastructures have been improved. By a strategic plan placed on graduate education, there is an actively developing postgraduate education that adapts to social needs, serving the local economy, reinforcing science construction and improving teaching quality. The leadership and staff are doing their best to build the university into a modern and open multi-faculty university and a symbol that represents hard work and determination. We believe that our vigorous multi-faculty university will one day be the best of its kind in the north of China.
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