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Characterized by aeronautics and astronautics, Shenyang Aerospace University (SAU) is a multi-disciplinary university, which, while focusing on engineering, also covers such areas as science, liberal arts and management. Founded in 1952, the university was initially administered by the National Ministry of Aeronautical & Astronautical Industry, and later by the China General Corporation of Aeronautical Industry. Since 1999, SAU has been under the administration of the Liaoning Provincial Government, and is the only university owned by the China Industry and Information Technology Ministry and the Liaoning Provincial Government. It is also one of the eight universities constructed by the former China National Defence Ministry and local provincial governments. In addition, it is the only university of aeronautical and astronautical engineering in Liaoning Province.
Since its foundation, the university has been striving to further its development under the guidance of national education policies. Its ongoing focus on innovation has ensured its status as an organisation making a valued contribution to the enhancement of China's modern construction, especially to the aeronautical and astronautical industry.
At present, the university comprises 17 schools, with over 900 lecturers, including 400 professors and associate professors. There are 20,000 full-time students in SAU. The university has over 50,000 graduates, whose competence, loyalty and achievements have been well accepted by the society. A great number of them are now working as senior engineers or executives. The recent employment of the graduates has been maintained at the average of 95.7%.
The innovative spirit of the university could be traced back as early as the 1950s, when its independently developed aircraft Shenhang No.1 flew into the sky successfully. Since 1990s, SAU has been successively awarded the Torch Research-oriented University by Shenyang Municipal Government
Every year, the university sends lecturers abroad for study, academic exchanges and scientific cooperation. Close academic and cooperative ties have thus been established between SAU and foreign institutions, which extends more than 30 universities from different countries, such as the USA, UK, Russia, Australia, Korea, Japan, etc.
The university derives a great sense of pride from its 60 years' history. We've endured the pain and reaped the rewards. Now the university is marching towards the future filled with hope and challenge. The people of SAU will devote their wisdom, courage and energy to ensure the university's success over the long term.
Shenyang,the largest city in Northeast China, is the political, economic, and cultural center of Liaoning Province. It is also an important industrial base and a famous historical city. As the host city of the 2006 International Horticultural Exposition and venue for the football (soccer) matches of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, Shenyang will soon be the focus of world-wide attention.
Shenyang is located in the central part of Liaoning Province. Its climate is relatively dry most of the year with spikes in precipitation during the summer months due to the influence of monsoons. Temperatures vary as much as 10 degrees Celsius from daytime to night, and in winter they can drop below 0 degrees Celsius, so the smart traveler will plan to dress in layers.
Among the natural wonders of Shenyang the most impressive and unusual is Strange Slope (Guaipo), an 'anti-gravity'slope more than eighty meters (about 87.5 yards) long. Cars and bikes must accelerate to go down the hill but easily roll upward toward the top. Walkers experience a similar reversal in energy required to walk up and down.
Famous traditional dishes and snacks in Shenyang will definitely make your mouth watery. And there are plenty of pubs, KTVs (karaoke bars), cafes, and tea houses available to meet your food and entertainment needs A visit to Shenyang can be both entertaining and relaxing.
As a significant city in Northeast China with abundant resources, Shenyang has made great efforts to provide good lodging, dining, transportation and recreation for tourists from all over the world. Altogether there are several five-star hotels in Shenyang , and the services and facilities of the other star-rated hotels in the city are all good enough to make you feel at home. In addition, you can find less expensive accommodations at local university hostels.