Founded in 1955, Zhejiang International Studies University (ZISU), formerly Zhejiang Education Institute, is a government-funded tertiary institution, located in Hangzhou, capital city of Zhejiang province in Southeast China.
ZISU has an educational history marked by progressive development and efficient service for local economy. While strengthening its traditional teacher education, ZISU aims at a future institutional development with foreign languages and international trade implemented as the focus of its discipline system, with the education and training of foreign-affair-related interdisciplinary talents as its major task. Within 10 to 15 years, ZISU will work hard to shape itself into a multidisplinary university with unique features and high education quality, a base for the cultivation of foreign-affair-related talents in Zhejiang Province, a base for teacher’s professional training, an international education exchange center, and an education and research center of languages and cultures.
At present, ZISU has two campuses housing 8 sub-schools it has a student population of 5568 and a faculty and staff of 507. ZISU’s external exchange and corporations are increasing steadily. In 2008 an agreement with Beijing Foreign Studies University was signed and an all-around cooperation has been developed between the two institutions with regard to teaching, research and management, and long-term corporative relationships were also established with colleges and universities of the U.S., Germany, Great Britain, Australia, etc..