Zhengzhou University of Aeronautics is a full-time ordinary institution of higher learning. It was founded in 1949 as the Financial School of Pingyuan Province. After several changes of its name and site, it was renamed as Zhengzhou School of Aeronautical Industry in 1964 when the 16 aeronautical schools in China were readjusted and merged. Then it changed its name again in 1978 into Zhengzhou College of Aeronautical Industry Management and in 1984 into Zhengzhou Institute of Aeronautical Industry Management (undergraduate), which acquired the authority to confer bachelor’s degree in 1989. In 1999, the University, which had been previously affiliated with AviationIndustry Corporation of China, began to be under the joint jurisdiction of both central and local government, with its daily operation being administered by Henan Provincial Government. In 2013, it obtained authority to confer master’s degree approved by the 30thmeeting of the State Council’s Academic Committee, pushing ZUA’s overall performance to a new height.
Adhering to its motto of Being strict, pragmatic, pioneering and enterprising, the university has been exploring a model for talents cultivation that can both meet the needs of the local economy and the development of aeronautical industry over the past 6 decades. Now it has formed its own talent cultivation style of highlighting the discipline of management with a combination of management and polytechnics, and established its strong competitiveness in the fields of aeronautical industry management and technology application research. With notable advantages in the discipline of management and coordinated development of various disciplines, it serves as an important base, producing application-oriented interdisciplinary talents.
The well-established facilities for teaching, research, living and physical education provide sound conditions for the university’s further development. Currently, the University has three campuses: East campus, South campus and North campus, covering a floor area of over1900 muand a building area of over 970,000 square meters, with its asset value totaling RMB1billion. It boasts of 35 teaching and research laboratory centers such as Management Engineering Laboratory Center, Accounting Laboratory Center as well as Information Technology Laboratory center, etc.. Among them, Ceramic Material Interface Lab, Aeronautical Logistics Lab and Lab of Pavement Material with High Water Permeability are listed as the Provincial Engineering Labs in Henan Province. Aeronautical Material and Engineering Technology Lab are listed as the bases of nursing key labs in universities of Henan Province. Aeronautical Manufacturing and Equipment Research Center, High Performance Civil Engineering Materials Research Center and Environment Engineering Technology Research Center are listed as the provincial research center on engineering in universities of Henan Province. Management Engineering Laboratory Center and Accounting Laboratory Center are listed as the Experimental Teaching Demonstration Center of Universities in Henan Province. The total area of these labs stands at 66,000 square meters. It also has a library with a collection of 1.96 million books, 1,200 kinds of Chinese and foreign periodicals and magazines as well as 21 databases of various professions. Currently, the university has established a modern campus network system with 10000Mbit/s trunk at the core layer, 1000Mbit/s trunk at the distribution layer and 100Mbit/s at the desktop. There are about 28,000 information points covering teaching, research and living places of the whole university, and a modern digital campus is taking shape.
The university now has 7 disciplines, including management, economics, engineering, law, literature, science and art, with 21 schools, departments and teaching divisions, namely School of Accounting, School of Business Administration, School of Economics and Trade, School of Information Science, School of Management Science and Engineering, School of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, School of Foreign Languages，School of Law, School of Civil Engineering and Architecture，School of Computer Science，School of Mathematics and Physics，School of Humanity and Social Sciences，School of Electronic and Communication Engineering，School of Art and Design, School of Aeronautical Engineering，School of Civil Aviation, School of Logistics, School of International Education, School of Continuing Education, Teaching Department of Ideological and Political Theory, and Department of Physical Education. It also has a School of Software, 66 undergraduate majors as well as 8 junior college majors. Among them, the majors of accounting, industrial engineering and auditing as well as electric engineering and automation are listed as special majors at the state level while the majors of archives, project management, human resources management, marketing, statistics, information management and information system, financial management, machinery design, manufacturing and automation are listed as special majors at the provincial level. The university’s five teaching teams in accounting, industrial engineering, economics, financial management and archives are listed as the Teaching Teams of Universities in Henan Province. Its 4 experimental teaching centers in management engineering, accounting, material engineering and electromechanical engineering are listed as the Demonstration Centers for Experimental Teaching in Henan Province. Industrial engineering, accounting and economics are among the pilot projects of Henan Province in comprehensive reform of majors. Management science and engineering, business management, library information and archive management have been identified as the Key Disciplines under the Grade 1 Disciplines of the Province, while mechanical engineering and automation, material science, structural engineering as well as regional economics as the Key Disciplines under the Grade 2 Disciplines of the Province.
The university attaches great attention to the development of its teaching staff who are becoming increasingly competitive as a result of intensified efforts to cultivate and introduce teachers. Currently, it has 900 full-time teachers, of whom 400 are professors or associate professors. One is the candidate of the “National Talent Project”. 3 are “Outstanding Talents of the New Century” honored by the Ministry of Education. 11 are among the specialists receiving the Government Allowances from the State Council. 5 are Excellent Teachers at the national level. 5 are specialists or academic leaders at the Provincial level and 89 are academic and technological leaders or key teachers honored by the Education Department of Henan Province. It also has many distinguished part-time professors, including 5 academicians of the Chinese Academy of Engineering such as Guo Chongqing and Zhang Yanzhong, and nearly 100 well-known experts from home and abroad such as Guo Daoyang, Qi Ershi and Bi Qiang. 3 of its teaching staff are recruited as doctoral tutors and 52 are recruited as postgraduate tutors by some other universities.
The university has established its own philosophy of putting moral education in the first place and taking teaching as the central task while giving top priority to the quality and morality of its students. It always upholds its own feature of “combining management science with engineering” and puts emphasis on arousing students’ awareness of innovation. Thanks to these efforts, it has improved the quality of its students and produced more than 120,000 talents of various kinds for different sectors of the country, the national defense industry in particular, thus becoming an important incubator of talents in aeronautical industry, management, and technology.
Currently, there are more than 28,000 full-time students in the university, who have won over 100 prizes above the provincial level at such national contests as Mathematical Contest in Modeling, English Contest for College Students and Industrial Design Contest, and some students’ activities like “the Challenge Cup”. Moreover, the university has been given the honor of “Advanced Collective in Social Practice for College Students” at the state or provincial level for years. And the employment rate of its graduates has also been kept above 95% over the past years, taking the lead among the universities in Henan Province.
To achieve the goal of upgrading its research level, the university has initiated a series of policies and measures to strengthen its research infrastructure. As a result, it has won many research projects, including 1 project of Chinese National Science Foundation for Outstanding Young Scholars, 52 projects of the National Natural Science foundation, 12 projects of international cooperation based on NSFC and 21 projects of the National Social Science Foundation. Over the past 5 years, it has won 63 national defense research projects and over 760 projects at the provincial or ministerial level.
The university has about 20 research institutions, including the Research Center for Quality and Productivity Improvement of China’s Aeronautical Industry, Accounting and Finance Research Center, CAD/CAM Research Institute as well as the Research Institute of Civil Engineering and Management Technology, etc.. It has held many influential academic meetings such as the Forum on Construction of Logistic Industry System in the Central Area of China at the 10thAnnual Meeting of China Association for Science and Technology, the Annual Academic Meeting of the Accounting Education Committee of the Accounting Society of China 2011, the International Meeting on Quality Management and Economic Development, China-Korea International Meeting on Quality Science and Productivity Promotion, etc., which have greatly facilitated academic exchanges and cooperation.
Adapting to the needs of Henan Province forsocial-economicdevelopment and China’s aeronautical industry, the university has given full play to its own advantages and participates in the construction of Zhengzhou Airport Economy Zone to grasp the opportunity and sharpen its competitive edges. It has established a Collaborative Innovation Center for Aviation Economy Development and a Collaborative Innovation Center for Aviation Material Technology. It has also invited Professor John Kasarda from the University of North Carolina, U.S. and author of the book Aerotropolis to be the Chief Scientist of the Collaborative Innovation Center for Aviation Economy Development and set up John Kasarda’s Workshop (China). So far this Center has been integrated into the Program of Henan Province for Construction of Collaborative Innovation Centers.
The University has been pushing forward in-depth international exchanges and cooperation in various fields and all directions. In April 2013, it co-established a Confucius Institute at the University of Dodoma, Tanzania which was the 3rd overseas Confucius Institute established by Henan Province following the suit of Zhengzhou University and Henan University and the 1stConfucius Institute established in Africa by the province.
The university has won many honorary titles such as Model Unit of Zhengzhou City and Model School of Henan Province etc. In 2009, it was on the list of “Top Ten Henan Education Brands with the Most Public Trust”; in 2011 it was listed as the “Top 20 Universities of Henan Province in Overall Competitiveness”; in 2012, it won the honor of “the Demonstration University of Henan Province with the Biggest Competitiveness in Employment”; and in 2013 it was honored as one of the “Universities of Henan Province with the Satisfying Quality of Higher Education”. Looking to the future, ZUA aspires to become a world-known university in China.