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The university was established in 1958 as a result of Chairman Mao’s proposal. On September 10th of the same year, Chairman Mao himself wrote the name of the school and enjoined the authorities to work hard to make a success of it.
The university has 20 faculties and teaching divisions, 72 bachelor degree specialties, 19 first-level disciplines for master’s degree, 115 master’s degree programs, 4 master specialty degree programs, 17 doctor’s degree programs, 5 postdoctoral stations.
The university boasts a beautiful campus and excellent teaching and working facilities. It has a staff of 1475, among whom there are 3 inter-university academicians,1 Changjiang Scholarship holder (a program jointly financed by the tycoon Li Ka-shing and the Ministry of Education), 2 national outstanding young science foundation holders, 1 teaching state-level group, 2 famous state-level teachers, 6 excellent state-level teachers, 1 model state-level teacher, 42 outstanding teachers entitled to special subsidies from the State Council, 10 distinguished professors of Hunan “Furong Scholar Program”, 2 excellent social science experts of Hunan Province, and 1 sci-tech leading talent of Hunan Province. The library has a collection of 2,426,000 books and 2,846 periodicals in Chinese and foreign languages. The scale and administration of student apartment buildings are first-class in China.
The university actively performs the “Three-High” sci-tech development strategy of applying high-class project, attaining high-level achievements, and building high-level platform, sticks to the idea of “Serving for Support, Contributing for Development”, and aims at being the “Think Bank, Talent Bank, Sci-Tech Bank”, resulting in the significant scientific and sci-tech developmental achievement. Since the Ninth Five-Year Plan, the university has taken 175 items of state-level scientific projects, including “973”, “863”, national outstanding young science foundation, national social science foundation, key project of national natural science foundation, national climbing program, national military engineering program and key project of national R & D program, and also taken 609 items of provincial scientific projects.
In recent 5 years, the university has achieved 42 items of national social science foundation project, 65 items of natural science foundation project and 363 items of provincial and ministry project, and has taken 791 items of vertical scientific project with various levels. The conversion keeps the leading place in Hunan provincial universities, which obtains the excellent economic and social benefits supplying the powerful intelligent and technical support for the economic construction and social development of local area. 
Following the motto “Knowledge, Action and Virtue”, Xiangtan University has spared no effort to improve the quality of its education, which has an excellent social reputation. The teaching pattern is focusing on the undergraduate education, with the stable development of graduate education. There are 19,083 full-time undergraduate students and 3,727 graduate students for master’s or doctor’s degrees. Most graduates of the university are well received for their rich knowledge, remarkable competence and pioneering spirit. The employment rate remains above 95 per cent. After leaving school, many students choose to pursue postgraduate studies. In some classes of certain faculties, more than 45 percent of candidates were admitted into postgraduate studies.
In the past decades, the universityl has been expanding its exchange and cooperation with over thirty universities in more than twenty countries, including France, Spain, Japan, Russia, USA, Britain, and Australia. In China, the university is the only non-military institute training reserve army officers. It has been chosen by Guangzhou Military Command as a base for the selecting and training of reserve officers, and by the Army 61046 under the PLA General Staff as a base for the training of postgraduates. Training officers and soldiers suited for both military and civilian jobs is a feature of training talent in Xiangtan Universtity. Every year many graduates leave the school to work for Guangzhou Military Command, South China Sea Fleet, Chengdu Military Command, Beijing Military Command, and the other army units.
Following the principles of rejuvenating China through science and technology and strengthening Hunan through education, the university is determined to liberate its mind and deepen the reform in the hope of turning out first-rate graduates. Thus, we will focus on the development of disciplines and properly handle the relations between the size, the structure, the quality and the efficacy of the education. In short, we will seize the opportunity, forge ahead and work for a better Xiangtan University.

Welcome to study at Xiangtan University(湘潭大学)