Liaoning University is located in Shenyang, the central city of northeastern China. In the course of over half a century's development, Liaoning University has grown into a multiple-discipline comprehensive university, embracing Chinese language and literature, history, philosophy, economics, law, foreign languages, art, natural science, engineering and management.
One of its predecessors is Shenyang Commercial College set up by the People's Government of the Northeast in November, 1948. The September of 1958 saw the amalgamation of the Northeast Institute of Finance and Economics, Shenyang Normal College and Shenyang Institute of Russian, which led to the birth of Liaoning University. Marshal Zhu De wrote an inscription of the school name for the University. At present, the University has an area of 2,138 mu, i.e. 1,420,000 square meters (including the University proper, Liaoyang Foreign Languages College and the Xinchengzi Campus), with a building area totaling 600, 000 square meters.
Liaoning University is one of the key universities listed in the nation's "Project 211" and affirmed by the Ministry of Education. The University has fifteen colleges, namely. Altogether, the University has forty-three undergraduate disciplines, fifty-three master-degree-granting disciplines, including MBA and JM. The University is also invested with authority to grant doctorate of philosophy in theoretical economics (the first level discipline) and nine other doctorates (the second level discipline). Furthermore, the University has three mobile stations for post-doctoral studies to its credit, with two national key disciplines of world economy and national economy in addition to a base for cultivating personnel of basic national economy, and a key base for research on humanities, and a center of research on the system of comparative economy as designated by the Ministry of Education. The University has eleven province-level key disciplines and one test and detection center.
At present, Liaoning University has a teaching body of 1,116 full-time faculty members, among whom there are six hundred and fourteen professors and associate professors. The University has 18,700 students of different kinds, ranging from undergraduates and graduate students to foreign students. Since it was founded, Liaoning University has established formal friendly relationships of academic cooperation and interflow with over forty higher schools and research institutions in fourteen countries, and has since fostered over a hundred thousand full-time students for the country and over 5,000 foreign students as well from forty-two countries including the United States, Japan, Russia, Italy, the United Kingdom, France, the Republic of Korea and Thailand.
The construction of the public service system on the campus has begun to take shape. The University's library with its 18,500 square meter building area, equipped with modern advanced facilities, is stocked with over 1.6 million volumes, including over 300 kinds of rare and treasured books, which are affirmed by the United Nation as the exclusive possessions of the University's library. The University also has a history museum and a museum of natural history. They have a collection of over two thousand pieces of art treasures and eleven thousand pieces of biological specimens respectively.
Confronted with opportunities and challenges of the new century, Liaoning University is accelerating its reform, innovation and development. Now with the strengthening of disciplines as its propelling force, teaching and research as its dominant attention, the building up of teaching and managing staff as its foundation, the improvement of campus environment as its supporting condition, reform as its motive power, the intensification of administration work as its means of achieving its goal, and last but not least, strengthening Party-building and ideological and political work as its bulwark, the University will double its effort to build itself into a teaching-and-research type university at a fairly high academic level and with certain international influence in five to ten years.
Explanation of University's Emblem
The colors of the University's emblem are composed of red, yellow and blue. They are fresh and bright.The yellow ring, harmonizing with the skin of Chinese, embodies the nation's glorious achievements.Red represents a high-spirited ardor, inspiring people to work harder while blue is a symbol of being deep, srious and rich in a profound scientific rationality. The body of the emblem is disguised abbreviation for "L" and "D", which are the initials of "Liao-Da", a Chinese phonetic notation of Liaoning University. The upper part of the ring is "Liaoning University, China" in English. Its lower half of the ring is "1948", the birth year of the University. In the emblem, the shapes of red and blue are a disguised design of the Chinese character "Liao". Red color takes the shape of a shuttle. Its rising way is a denotation of rousing oneself as if transmiting a red signal of a new scientific or technologic invention which shoots up to the sky. The use of blue and white in the emblem has its own implication. Blue represents the pouring of the Liao River's water into the sea, imparting to people the location of the University as well as an urge to explore the mystery of the Universe. The composition of the emblem has a strong feeling of rising and prancing, which signifies the University's spirit of advancing at full speed.