Lishui University is a distinguished public institution of higher education situated in Lishui City, Zhejiang Province. With the authority to confer master's degrees, the university boasts a rich history dating back to its establishment in 1907 as Chuzhou Junior Normal School. In 2004, it underwent an upgrade, becoming Lishui University. The university has successfully passed the evaluation and assessment for undergraduate teaching qualifications conducted by the Ministry of Education. Furthermore, it has been recognized as a pilot demonstration university for applied construction in Zhejiang Province. In 2021, Lishui University was granted the status of a master's degree-granting institution, authorized to confer master's degrees in the fields of education, agriculture, and nursing.


Lishui University encompasses two campuses located in Liandu District and Songyang County, covering a total area of 1,257.4 acres, with a building area spanning 460,000 square meters. The university prides itself on its remarkable library collection, which includes 1.68 million printed books, 1.47 million e-books, 870 printed journals, and 34 electronic resource databases, including 5 foreign language databases. The academic structure of Lishui University consists of 12 faculties, namely Ethnic, Teacher Education, Ecology, Mathematics and Computer Science, Engineering, Medicine, Business (Overseas Chinese), Chinese Celadon, Music, Marxist Faculty, Vocation and Technique, and Continuing Education. With a student body exceeding 13,300 full-time students, Lishui University fosters an environment of learning and growth. It is supported by a dedicated faculty and staff team of over 1,100 members, including 116 individuals occupying senior professional and technical positions. The university takes pride in hosting 6 national-level talents, including academicians of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and individuals recognized under the esteemed Million Talents Project. Additionally, it is home to 6 talents at the provincial and ministerial levels, consisting of top-level experts and participants in the provincial key talent attraction plan. Furthermore, the university houses 1 academician (expert) workstation and 2 provincial-level postdoctoral workstations.


Lishui University is a comprehensive and applied institution known for its distinctive characteristics and its commitment to a balanced approach between humanities and sciences. It is at the forefront of rapid development in emerging disciplines. The university offers a wide range of 10 major disciplines, encompassing law, economics, education, literature, science, engineering, agriculture, medicine, management, and arts. Among these disciplines, there are 4 provincial first-class disciplines that excel in their respective fields, namely ecology, ethnology, mechanical engineering, and stomatology. Currently, the university offers 46 undergraduate majors, showcasing its diverse academic offerings, including 2 national first-class undergraduate majors, 11 provincial first-class undergraduate majors, 2 advantageous majors, and 7 distinctive majors. The university takes pride in its accredited nursing, elementary education, music, physical education, and preschool education programs, which have received recognition from the Ministry of Education. The university has demonstrated exceptional achievements in teaching and research, earning numerous accolades at the national, provincial, and higher levels, including awards for teaching achievements and scientific and technological progress. Furthermore, the university has established several provincial-level experimental teaching demonstration centers and teaching teams, contributing to innovation and pedagogical advancement. It has also made notable contributions to education by developing national planning textbooks and provincial excellent textbooks and offering first-class undergraduate courses and high-quality online open courses. Over the past five years, the university has undertaken over 200 national and provincial research projects, alongside over 700 horizontal projects. These endeavors have resulted in numerous prestigious awards and recognition, highlighting the university's dedication to advancing knowledge and making significant contributions to various fields of study.


The university is dedicated to meeting the local demands and practical needs, playing a pivotal role in the economic and social development of the region. Notably, it has established the China (Lishui) Liangshan College, which houses two provincial-level think tanks and has spearheaded the development of the first national guideline for ecological product value assessment standards. Additionally, the university has set up the Rural E-commerce College and the Industrial Technology Research Institute, contributing to Lishui City's remarkable progress in high-quality development. In collaboration with the Lishui Municipal Education Bureau, the university has jointly established a teacher training center and constructed platforms for technical innovation services in the traditional Chinese medicine industry, as well as an experimental animal center, which offer comprehensive support for basic education and the training of grassroots medical and health professionals. Distinguished as the sole Ethnic College in East China, the university also serves as a training base for ethnic cadres and cultural industry creative bases, garnering recognition from the Ministry of Education and the provincial collaborative innovation center. Furthermore, the university has formed a partnership with the Longquan Municipal Government to establish the China Celadon College and collaborated with Thailand's Eastern University to establish the world's first China Celadon Academy. This collaborative effort aims to lead the integration of urban and rural areas in ethnic regions and drive the development of the Celadon intangible cultural heritage industry.


The university places great importance on openness and cooperation, fostering collaborative relationships with various countries including the United States, South Korea, Spain, as well as universities in Taiwan, China. A notable collaboration is with Jönköping University College in Sweden, where the university jointly offers a bachelor's degree program in nursing. This initiative positions the university as one of the few newly established local undergraduate institutions authorized to conduct Sino-foreign cooperative education. To enhance global engagement, the university has established international student education programs, attracting nearly 120 students from 30 countries across Asia, Africa, Oceania, and other regions. This diverse student body contributes to a multicultural learning environment. Additionally, the university has forged counterpart assistance relationships with seven esteemed universities, including Zhejiang Sci-Tech University, Hangzhou Normal University, Zhejiang A&F University, Ningbo University, Zhejiang University of Technology, Wenzhou Medical University, and Hangzhou E-technology University. These partnerships involve collaborative efforts in joint training programs for over 290 postgraduate students, promoting academic and research excellence.