Minjiang University is based in Fuzhou, the capital city of Fujian Province. In 2002, with the approval from the Ministry of Education, Minjiang University began to offer full-time bachelor’s degree programs. The university is supported by both Fujian Province and Fuzhou Municipality, with the latter playing the major role. Being on the priority list for development of the Fujian Provincial Government, and the provincial program of building “top-level discipline”, Minjiang University is a pilot institution offering professional master’s degree programs that “serve the country's special needs” and a model institution for deepening the reform of innovation and entrepreneurship education.
Minjiang University is an amalgamation of Fuzhou Teachers’ College, established in 1958, and Minjiang Vocational College, established in 1984. President Xi, the Party Committee Secretary of Fuzhou, doubled as the president of Minjiang University for 6 years (June 1990 - May 1996). He propounded the philosophy of “quality and adaptability over size and dimension” and the principles of building a locally-based and market-oriented institution with a focus on quality and practicability of education. Minjiang University has grown into a fairly influential, and application-oriented university with a fairly complete range of disciplines and satisfactory education quality.
Minjiang University has 15 colleges that offer 1 MBA degree program and 61 bachelor’s degree programs in all the eight major disciplines, covering economics, law, liberal arts, history, science, engineering, management and art. The university has one provincial level top-class discipline, 3 provincial level key discipline, 6 provincial level specialty programs, 2 national level specialty programs, 1 national level top-class specialty program, 7 specialty programs in service industry, 3 provincial level application oriented demonstrative program clusters.
Minjiang University currently enrolls 1,6500 full-time students, with a faculty of more than 1000. 88.77% of the faculty hold master’s or higher degrees, among which 33% hold doctorate degrees. The university has 11 provincial level Scientific Innovation Team of Institutions of Higher Learning, 101 faculty members on national level, ministerial level or provincial level talent programs. There are 33 provincial level scientific research innovation platforms, 4 provincial level key laboratories.
Minjiang University comprises 4 campuses, covering 150 hectares, with 541,600㎡floor space.The University owns 332 million yuan’s worth of equipment for teaching and research, 19,3 16 volumes of paper-based books and 14,017 e-books.
Minjiang University is open to partnership and maintains extensive cooperation with the districts and counties in Fuzhou, as well as high-caliber universities like Peking University, Renmin University of China and Wenzhou University. Besides, Minjiang University and universities in Taiwan, including Fu Jen Catholic University, Chinese Culture University, Shih Chien University, and Chung Hua University jointly offers application-oriented undergraduate programs. Minjiang University is working with over 30 universities in the Unites States, Australia, Canada and Japan. The university runs the Confucius Institute at Brock University, Canada, and established Fujian’s first Sino-foreign joint venture with an independent legal personality-Fuzhou Melbourne Polytechnic.
Minjiang University has gained support from both the provincial and municipal CPC committees and governments as well as various sectors. The Fujian Department of Education and the Fuzhou Municipal Government jointly formulated an implementation plan to support the development of Minjiang University. Besides, the municipal Government issued a special document bearing Fuzhou Municipal Government’s suggestions on supporting the comprehensive upgrading of Minjiang University. Social charity funds, entrepreneurs and overseas Chinese leaders also donated generously, among which Fujian Fashu Foundation alone has donated more than 1000 million CNY.
During the 13th Five-year Plan Period, acting in line with the principle of building socialism with Chinese characteristics, Minjiang University will continue to work toward the objective of building a high level application-oriented university with its own characteristics.
（Data as at 30 June 2020）