Minzu University of China, or MUC, (originally Central University for Nationalities) is one of China's most important comprehensive universities, and it is one of the 38 key universities receiving direct development support from the Chinese government. The goal for Minzu University of China is to build up as 'a first-class ethnic university in the world'.
Minzu University of China has an advantageous geographical position, being located in an urban district of Beijing, and transportation is very convenient. There are many buses and a subway outside the front gate of MUC. MUC is situated in a university district, near the National Library to its south, and the Chinese 'Silicon Valley'-Zhongguancun High-Technology Industry Base to its north. It has a beautiful flower-garden style campus, something rarely seen in northern China.
Minzu University of China has a comprehensive set of university disciplines, and its ethnic characteristics are highly distinctive. Humanities is its main focus and ethnic studies is its defining specialty, with courses covering the liberal arts, science, engineering, medical science, management, education, finance and economics, politics and law, physical education, art and more. At present, MUC has 23 colleges and departments, 67 bachelor's degree programs, 64 master's degree programs, and 25 doctoral degree programs. Its ethnology, Chinese ethnic minority language and literature, Chinese ethnic minority art and so on which are number one in China and well-known in the world. All of the majors are open to international students. Today, MUC has a teaching faculty of 1,967 members, including 487 professors and associate professors.
At Minzu University of China, multiple cultures exist side by side harmoniously. It not only has a high-quality, top-level faculty representing many ethnic backgrounds, but also 2/3 of its 14,000 full-time students is ethnic minorities. In a sense, MUC is a microcosm of the big family of Chinese ethnic groups, and it is the only university in China where all of China's 56 ethnic groups are represented in its faculty and student body. The multiple cultures of the 56 ethnic groups harmoniously mix together here.
Minzu University of China is one of the most well-known institutions in the teaching of Chinese as a foreign language in China. It is one of the first eight universities in China that enrolled international students and began teaching and researching Chinese as a foreign language. The College of International Education (CIE) is a special agency that is responsible for recruiting, teaching, managing, and service to all international students at MUC. The college’s facilities are complete, with an excellent teachers' team, and over 90% of the full-time teachers have qualification certificates for teaching Chinese as a foreign language. For international students, CIE provides Chinese language instruction in small classes (5-15 persons). The teachers have a great deal of teaching experience, and outside of the classroom there are tutors and study partners who help in solving the difficulties in study, and daily life.
Minzu University of China offers scholarships to a portion of the excellent international students who study in regular degree programs.
International students from all over the world are welcome to study at Minzu University of China. At present, the CUN is to carry forward its tradition and further its reforms. Through explorations and renovations, the University is forging a pattern with CUN’s characteristics with higher level and better achievements. The University is heading towards a comprehensive, research-oriented and internationalized world-class university to contribute itself to the great revitalization of China.