Tibet University

Tibet University

Tibet University Auditorium (2007)
Motto 团结,勤奋,求实,创新
Motto in English
United, diligent, realistic, innovative
Type Public
Established 1985
Administrative staff
Students 28,000
Undergraduates 9,417
Postgraduates 600
Location Lhasa and Nyingchi, Tibet, People's Republic of China
Campus Urban, 2 Campuses
Tibet University
Chinese name
Simplified Chinese 西藏大学
Traditional Chinese 西藏大學
Tibetan name
Tibetan བོད་ལྗོངས་སློབ་གྲྭ་ཆེན་མོ་

Tibet University is the largest university in Tibet. It has two campuses: one in Lhasa and one in Nyingchi.


The precursor to Tibet University were informal classes established by Tibetan cadres in 1951.[1] In May 1983, the State Council of the PRC officially approved to established the University of Tibet in the basis of the existing Teachers College in Lhasa. Tibet University was formally established on July 20, 1985. Since 1999, the art school of the Tibet Autonomous Region, the Tibet Medical College, the Medical Department of the Tibet Institute for Nationalities and the Tibet Autonomous Region Finance School have been incorporated to Tibet University, giving it a more rounded profile of academic subjects. In December 2008, it was included into the ranks of the national 211 Project of key universities.

Student life

About 7500 students are enrolled at the university, and nearly 20% are in the Department of Tibetan Studies, which is a draw for international students as well as locals.[2]

Tibetan language study is mandatory at Tibet University.[3] As of 1995, 92% of its students are from ethnic minority groups. Ethnic Tibetans form 67% of the student body.[4]


Lhasa campus of the existing staff of 863 people, 523 full-time teachers. 327 Tibetan teachers, accounting for 62.5%, about 14,020 students.

The school has 11 colleges: Faculty of Arts, Science, Engineering, Agronomy, College of Medicine, School of Economics and Management, School of Tourism and Foreign Languages, Arts, Teachers College, School of Continuing Education, the Central Radio and TV Tibet Institute. It has a Tibetan-word literature, Tibetan history, Tibetan art, public affairs management, crop cultivation, ecology, and prevention of veterinary science, musicology, eight master's degree awarded points.


  1. Zhang, Cheryl (2008-11-12). "Tibet University witnesses to development of TAR education". China Tibet Information Center. Retrieved 2010-11-19.
  2. "Tibet University World's Biggest Cradle of Tibetan Studies". Xinhua. 2004-06-14. Retrieved 2010-11-19.
  3. "University Launches Degree Exams on Tibetan Language". People's Daily. 2002-04-27. Retrieved 2011-08-15.
  4. Sautman, Barry (1999). "Expanding Access to Higher Education for China's National Minorities: Policies of Preferential Admissions". In Postiglione, Gerard. China's National Minority Education: Culture, Schooling, and Development. Psychology Press. p. 187.

Coordinates: 29°38′45″N 91°08′43″E / 29.64590°N 91.14541°E / 29.64590; 91.14541

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