Yulin University (YLU) is located in Yulin, designated by the China State Council as a city of cultural and historical importance. The university specializes in energy and chemical engineering, with the advantage of being situated in one of China's major energy bases - Yulin City. YLU is run directly by the Shaanxi Provincial Government, and is entitled to offer both degree and non-degree programs. YLU grew out of Suide Teachers’ College, established in 1958. In 1991 the college was renamed Yulin College after merging with Yulin College of Agriculture and Forestry, which was set up in 1985. In 2003, with the approval of the Ministry of Education, the college, which used to offer non-degree programs only, was upgraded to a university, thereby becoming entitled to offer both degree and non-degree programs.
YLU covers an area of 640,000m2 with a building area of 457,000m2. YLU staff total 911, of which 706 are faculty, including 67 professors, 148 associate professors and a number of who have returned from overseas. Of the faculty, 63 have a PhD degree and 239 have an Master's degree. With 15 colleges and departments, four research centers and eight research institutes, YLU provides a complete range of education programs, including 45 bachelors programs and 24 non-degree programs. In 2014, YLU got the qualification to do postgraduate programs with Northwestern University and Northwest A & F University.
YLU is actively engaged in international exchange and cooperation programs. YLU has built up strong ties with 20 overseas universities and international organizations, such as Arkansas State University and Valparaiso University in the US, University of Wolverhampton in the UK, University of Canberra in Australia, ESIC Business and Marketing School in Spain, University of Malaya and Northern University in Malaysia, National Normal University in Belarus, Osaka University in Japan, and Tamkang University in Taiwan. In addition, YLU conducts a three-week “English Summer Program” together with MIT of the US and also organizes study tours regularly with Dong-A University of Korea. In 2014, YLU started the joint-postgraduate program with Valparaiso University, and will start the joint-undergraduate program with University of Wolverhampton in 2015.
YLU began to recruit Chinese Language Program international students from 2005. With the rapid economic development of Yulin City and the incremental growth of YLU, the number and the nationality of our international students are also increasing year by year. Currently, more than 20 international students are registered in our Chinese Language Program, coming from the United States, the United Kingdom, Japan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Israel, Zambia, Uganda, Yemen, Pakistan, Romania, Indonesia, and some other countries. YLU has a group of highly qualified and experienced teachers, experts in teaching Chinese as a foreign language. The teachers are highly enthusiastic and always get on well with students. In order to maximize international students’ opportunities to communicate with their teachers in Chinese, international students’ classes at YLU are all held in small groups. The students, based on their levels of Chinese, are divided into separate classes. This guarantees that our international students will be able to study in depth in a small class. YLU also provides comfortable apartments and responsible student counselors for international students. The student counselors do their best to solve students’ daily learning and living problems. All students will receive a warm welcome at Yulin University.