Southwest University

Learn more about the University of Auckland China Learning Centre at Southwest University in Chongqing, China.

University of Auckland students at Southwest University
University of Auckland students at Southwest University, 2019

The University of Auckland China Learning Centre at Southwest University (SWU) will enable some of our students who cannot travel to New Zealand due to the Covid-19 crisis, to have an on-campus experience while continuing their studies online.

Students will be supported by a learning facilitator during their studies at SWU and academics from the University of Auckland will deliver online content for their programme.

Life at Southwest

Find out what daily life at SWU is like from Science student Kevin Cao:

About Southwest University

Southwest University in Chongqing municipality is located near the beautiful Jialing River, at the foot of Jinyun Mountain. Surrounded by nature in a renowned scenic spot, it is known as a garden-like campus.

SWU is a long-standing partner of the University of Auckland, offering a joint programme for students of Data Science at masters level, and is a Double First Class Discipline University under the direct administration of the Chinese Ministry of Education.

Established in July 2005 with the merge of Southwest Normal University and Southwest Agricultural University, SWU can trace its history back more than 100 years to their common foundation, East Sichuan Teachers College in 1906.

The university has more than 50,000 full-time students, including many international students at undergraduate, masters and doctoral levels.
SWU is home to key ministerial laboratories, a research base for arts and social sciences, as well as a national engineering research centre, providing students with superb facilities.

For the past five years, the number and funding of research projects has been on the rise at SWU. The university has won more than 700 major national commissioned projects in China and has been honoured with a National Science and Technology Progress Award.

About Chongqing

Chongqing is an important industrial centre and is famous for being a temporary capital of China from 1937 to 1946. One of China’s largest cities with almost 30 million people, it is home to many cultural, historical and natural attractions.

Students based at SWU campus can sample the city’s spiciest dishes, explore the stunning Yangtze River and surrounds, or visit the Dazu Rock Carvings, Ciqikou Ancient Town, and the Fengdu Ghost City.

Jiefangbei, Chongqing’s busy downtown area, is a bustling hub of activity with shops, restaurants and little street stalls. The central square is known as the “Times Square” of Chongqing. At night, the high rise buildings and malls light up this vibrant district.

University of Auckland students at the China Learning Centre

Students at the University of Auckland China Learning Centre will have access to a range of great services on the SWU campus including libraries, sports, and other recreational and health facilities. They will have access to on-campus housing or accommodation nearby.

Students coming to SWU to join the University of Auckland China Learning Centre will be provided with financial support of up to NZ$1000 to relocate and to cover accommodation costs.