Xidian University, under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Education, dedicates primarily to the electronics and information education and research, with an integration of a wide range of academic subjects covering engineering, science, management, economy, arts and social sciences.
It is one of the universities funded by Project 211 and Project 985 Innovation Platform for Superiority Subject, one of the universities funded by Project 2011 that is National Collaborative Innovation Plan, and one of the first 35 universities having a national demonstration School of Software, as well as one of the first 9 universities having a national demonstration School of Microelectronics. It is an essential base of IT talents training and high level scientific research innovation.
Xidian University has two campuses, north campus and south campus, occupying an area of 270 hectares, with the building area of over 1.3 million square meters. Its two libraries boast a collection of 6.14 million volumes, of which there are about 2.34 million printed documents and about 3.8 million electronic documents. The journals in foreign languages total 1300, and there are about 120 databases in Chinese and foreign languages on 45 platforms, covering all the disciplines and specialties of the university.
Xidian has over 31,000 students including 21,650 undergraduate students, 9,293 master students, and 1,779 Ph.D. students. At present, there are over 1900 full-time faculty, of whom 289 are professors and 845 are associate professors.The university consists of 17 schools. There are 4 state key laboratories and 15 university research institutes and centers. At present, Xidian has 7 national key disciplines, 40 doctoral programs, 77 master’s programs and 52 undergraduate programs. In the fields of communication networks, signal and information processing, information security, microelectronics and mechatronics, Xidian possesses distinctive advantages and features in cultivation and scientific research at home and abroad. In the national assessment of the first-level disciplines in China in 2012, its “information and communication engineering” ranked the second and its “electronic science and technology” ranked the fourth.
In recent years, Xidian has been implementing the Internationalization Initiative Program to improve the cultivation quality and upgrade the education level. Up till now, Xidian has established cooperative relationships with over 100 universities and institutions in more than 80 countries. 54 joint laboratories have been founded with multinational corporations, including Microsoft, IBM, Intel, SAP, TI, AD, etc.. Faculty mobility is ever more frequent. More than 1500 faculties home and abroad participate in the international academic exchange per year. Nearly 7% Xidian students study abroad annually through various collaborative education programs, such as 3+X, double master degree etc.. More than 600 foreign students from 43 countries study at Xidian. Two Chinese-foreign cooperative undergraduate programs have been approved. One is with Polytech Nantes in France, and the other is with Heriowatt University in Britain. In 2014, Xidian ranks among the top 100 worldwide in the number of published papers in engineering disciplines according to ESI database.
Since its establishment in 1931, Xidian has cultivated more than 200,000 graduates and postgraduates in the fields of engineering and technology. In the new era of knowledge economy and in the digital age, Xidian has been making great efforts to upgrade itself into an international, innovative university with distinctive features, first-rate in China and famous in the world.