China Foreign Affairs University

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 China Foreign Affairs University (CFAU, 外交学院) is the only institution of higher learning which operates under the guidance of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China. It aims at preparing high calibre personnel who are competent to discharge their official duties in fluent foreign languages in the fields of foreign service, international studies, and international business and law. 

At the suggestion of Premier Zhou Enlai, China Foreign Affairs University, the predecessor of which was the Department of Diplomacy of the Chinese People’s University, was founded in September 1955. Vice Premier and Foreign Minister Chen Yi, was President of CFAU between 1961 and 1969. The University was forced to close during the years of Cultural Revolution. It was reopened in 1980 under the auspices of Deng Xiaoping. The incumbent President is Ambassador Wu Jianmin, President of the International Bureau of Exhibitions, Under-Secretary-General and Spokesman of the National Committee of the CPPCC and Executive Vice President of China National Association for International Studies. The incumbent Secretary of CFAU Party Committee is Dr. Qin Yaqing, professor of International Studies.

China Foreign Affairs University has always been blessed with kind attention from government leaders ever since its establishment. Premier Zhou Enlai, Vice Premier Chen Yi, Vice Premier Qian Qichen and the successive foreign ministers have all visited the University and given their valuable instructions. On the occasions of the 40th and 50th anniversaries of the University, President Jiang Zemin, Premier Li Peng, Vice Premier Li Lanqing, Vice Premier and Foreign Minister Qian Qichen, wrote congratulatory inscriptions for CFAU, showing their high expectations of the University.

China Foreign Affairs University has earnestly implemented the Party’s guidelines for education and followed the 16-character code of conduct formulated by Premier Zhou Enlai in its efforts to turn out ethically qualified and professionally competent personnel for foreign service, namely, “Unswerving Loyalty, Mastery of Policies, Professional Competency and Observance of Discipline” .

CFAU advocates integrating theory with practice, nurturing among students a rigorous style of study based upon seeking truth from facts, while giving emphasis on students’ all-round development ethically, intellectually and physically. In ethical education, focus is laid on the culture of virtues, especially on patriotism, esprit de corps, principles of socialism, awareness of current national conditions, and the fostering of sense of discipline. Pedagogically, attention is given to both teaching of basic theories and training of basic skills and aptitude development, to the raising of foreign language proficiency and mastery of knowledge related to foreign service, economics and law in order to bring out talents competent and proficient in politics and specialties, in Chinese and foreign languages, in theories and practice. Since 2003, CFAU has invited renowned experts, scholars and leaders in all fields from inside and outside China to speak at China Foreign Affairs University Forum for 36 times, thus enlivening the academic atmosphere on the campus and broadening students’ horizon.

In recent years, CFAU has made earnest efforts to implement President Jiang Zemin’s instruction embodied in his congratulatory inscription written for CFAU’s 40th anniversary, to gear its operation “to serve the needs of the nation, open itself to the changing outside world, look into the future, and train generations of worthy talents”. CFAU has followed the guidelines put forth by Qian Qichen, Vice Premier and Foreign Minister, to orient its teaching to the needs of “the outside world, the future, the society and the practical situation”. 

CFAU has been making greater efforts in carrying on pedagogical reform. It has decided to enroll more graduate and double-degree students step by step and to strengthen in-service training of foreign affairs personnel to meet the growing needs in the diplomatic sector while maintaining the current scale of undergraduate enrollment and no more junior college students shall be enrolled. With regard to the system of pedagogical administration, credit system has been adopted; in curriculum planning of specialties and course components, more specialties shall be added thereto, the array of courses readjusted, and contents of relevant courses updated, so as to effectuate an overall enhancement of quality of education and a favorable input-output ratio.