Hengshui University is the only full-time university co-built by Hebei Province and Hengshui City, and administrated mainly by Hengshui City. The predecessor of the school was the Sixth Normal School of Zhili (the former name of Hebei Province) founded in 1923. Since then, it has undergone the development stages of the South-Hebei Military and Political Cadres College, Hebei Ji County Normal School, Hengshui Normal School, Hengshui Normal College. In 2004, it was upgraded to Hengshui University. It got the right to confer bachelor’s degree in 2008 and passed the undergraduate qualification assessment by Ministry of Education with a unanimous vote in 2015. In 2016, it became one of the master’s degree granting construction units of Hebei Province. In 2019, it will be audited by the Ministry of Education in order to make sure that educational goal set by the University is achieved.
Covering an area of over 321,000 square meters, Hengshui University has a total floor area of 338,000 square meters. The fixed assets totals 470 million RMB, including 73.668 million RMB for the teaching and research equipment. In the library, there are 1.02 million paper books, 979 kinds of paper journals, 1.38 million E-books, 10692 kinds of electronic journals and 6 literature databases.
Hengshui University has 1048 staff members, including 1033 teachers, 412 of whom have senior professional qualifications and 788 have doctorate or master’s degree. The teachers have been awarded many honors, including State Council Expert for Special Allowance, Nationally Model Teacher, Zeng Xianzi Prize Winner, Provincial Outstanding Contribution Experts, Provincial Teaching Master, Provincial Middle-aged and Young Social Science Experts, Provincial “333” Talents, Provincial Excellent Teachers and Provincial and Municipal Professional and Technical Experts.
Hengshui University has 15 departments (for majors) and 3 public education departments (for non-majors), providing 50 majors for undergraduates, covering nine disciplines: literature, science, engineering, education, economics, management, art, law and agriculture. At present, it has 12788 full-time enrolled students, including 11699 undergraduates, 1081 junior college students from 30 provinces and autonomous regions. In addition, it has also 12000 correspondence students.
Since the upgrading to a undergraduate university, Hengshui University has kept on developing itself based on the situation of Hengshui by taking the initiative to meet needs of social and economic development in Hengshui. A lot of fruitful work has been done in promoting Dongzi culture (a great Confucianism), health industry research, county economic development, industrial structure upgrading, joint development of Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei, and air pollution control. The experts in the evaluation group of the Ministry of Education think highly of the school-running orientation, ideas and practices of Hengshui University.
Hengshui University actively deepens education and teaching reform, closely integrates with the needs of regional economic and social development, and steadily advances the construction of disciplines. There is a provincial-level "Pilot Program of Professional Comprehensive Reform", three provincial-level key development disciplines, one provincial-level experimental teaching demonstration center, and three provincial-level quality courses. It won 6 provincial awards for outstanding teaching achievement, 5 awards for provincial and ministerial-level scientific research achievement, and achieved 3 conversions of important scientific and technological achievements. Henghui University adhere to integration of professional construction and regional industries, and seeks development with characteristics. Through structural adjustment, 14 key construction specialties and 11 specialties with characteristics have been formed, and 5 professional groups have been established that are closely linked with local economic and social development. So far, a discipline-specialty layout has been formed where the University can achieve all-round integration with the local development needs. China Education Daily carried a series of reports on the University’s experiences of professional construction practice.
The University adheres to discipline-guided principle, and relentlessly improves scientific research. In recent years, it has got 5 planning projects of humanities and social sciences sponsored by the Ministry of Education, 6 NSFC(Natural Science Foundation of China) projects, and 7 national patents. It also owns five scientific research achievements at provincial level and above, and 7 important scientific and technological achievements have been transformed. In the past three years, the University undertook and completed two projects funded by NSFC, 176 scientific research projects at the provincial level and above, published 21 monographs and translated works and 2019 papers, including 105 SCI、EI、ISTP papers. Hengshui University Journal is awarded “Journal of Excellent Social Science of National Institutions of Higher Learning” for three consecutive years, and “RCCSE China’s Core Academic Journals (expanded edition)”. Besides, the University has 157 off-campus practice training bases and 23 cooperative institutions of industry-university-research.
The University pays great attention to the integration of discipline platform with discipline construction, and has co-built 26 cooperative institutions of industry-university-research with the local units. Hengshui University has been named “ Hebei Province Research Base of Philosophy and Social Sciences ”, “Research Base of Hebei Intangible Cultural Heritage”, “Research Base of Hebei Province Ecological Civilization Construction and County Territory Economy Development ”, “ President Unit for Hebei Dong Zhongshu Research Society”, “Comprehensive Training Base of Hebei Minority Sports ”, “Teaching Base of Bridge for College students of Hebei Province”, and “China’s Training Base of Quality Sports Robots ”.
Adhering to the teaching philosophy of “progressive education” and school motto of “keeping fine traditions whilst blazing new trails”, the University’s talents training has been steadily improved. In recent three years, graduate employment rate and passing rate on College English Test and the Computer Rank Examination are higher than that of the universities of same kind in Hebei province. Students published 73 papers and works and won 5 international competition awards, 258 national level awards and 619 provincial level awards at all levels of competitions, including National Undergraduate Mathematical Modeling Competition, National College Students’ Career Planning Competition, College English Speech Contest, Bridge Competition, Robot Competition, “Challenge Cup” , Extracurricular Academic Science and Technology Works Competition.
Valuing international exchanges and cooperation, the University has established the stable cooperation with 8 foreign universities successively, including Wonkwang University, Kwangju Women’s University, Chonnam National University, Concordia University, University of West Georgia and so on by various kinds of activities such as teachers exchange, credits mutual recognition, students exchange and language training. In the past 5 years, the University has sent 60 teachers to foreign countries for academic visits or to acquire doctor’s degree. At present, the University is actively applying for “China -UK High-level Applied University Construction Projects”, aiming to communicate and cooperate with high-level applied universities in Europe, and improve the applied talents training and international school-running level.
With the rising of the University’s social prestige, many media such as Guangming Daily, China Education Journal and Xinhuanet carry out special report on the University’s achievements of talent training and scientific research. The university has been awarded “National Civilized Unit”, “National Advanced Unit of Mass Sports Work”, “National Advanced Collective of Network Training for College Teachers”, “National Language Standardization Demonstration School” and the “Top Ten Social Organizations Influencing Hengshui”. At present, the University is making efforts in promoting the integration of education resources, deepening comprehensive reform and transformation, and constantly strengthening the connotation construction to seize the development opportunity in the context of joint development of Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region.