Southwest University for Nationalities (SWUN) is a multi-disciplinary higher education institute that includes literature, history, philosophy, economics, management, law and natural science. The university was founded in July 1950 and was officially established on June 1st, 1950.
Directly under the control of the State Ethnic Affairs Committee, it is one of the earliest minority university in China and was cared for by the famous revolutionaries such as Zhou Enlai, Deng Xiaoping, Liu Bocheng, He Long, Wang Weizhou, and Approves by the State Education Department, the university was renamed as “Southwest University for Nationalities” from "South College for Nationalities" on April 16,2003 and was added as Doctor's degree conferring institute through the approval of the Degree Office of the State Council in September 2003.
The university has held the spirit of "Be united, self-confident and self-reliant" and has cultivated more than 80,000 various talents who have made outstanding contributions to the liberalization of various minorities, regimes establishment, cement of frontiers, and solidarity of nationalities, economic development and social advancement. Today, the university has become a minority higher learning institute that has a broad influence both to home and abroad.
Since the establishment of the university, it has achieved over 4000 scientific research projects, released over 7200 academic papers, and been granted 745 various academic rewards. The university has especially achieved outstanding academic achievements in the sectors of new materials research, farming vet theory and technology, classical literature, folk culture research (Tibetan, Yi, Qiang, Miao) and minorities language information treatment (Yi, Tibetan, Dai), which have great influence in the academies circle worldwide.
The academic publications mainly include SWUN Transaction (including philosophical and social edition and natural science edition) and internal publications of Yi Research, and Tibetan Research. The university is a key opening-up unit of Sichuan province. The goal of the university is to build into a modern nationality university with adequate scale, reasonable structure, strong adaptability, comprehensive development, high quality, high benefit and high reputation.