Tibet University is a comprehensive university mainly engaged in the training of teachers in the Tibet Autonomous Region. It was established in July 1985 based on the former Tibet Teachers' college. Tibet University was originally founded in 1951 as the Tibet Cadres School.
Tibet University is located in Lhasa, the capital city of the Tibet Autonomous Region. The campus covers an area of 300,000 square meters, with a total dormitory space of 70,000 square meters.
Tibet University presently offers degrees in seven major areas of study: Tibetan Language; Chinese and English; Politics and History; Mathematics and Physics; Chemistry, Biology and Geography; Tibetan Art and Music; Economics Management. There are a total of 19 specialties, in 2 of which students can obtain Master’s Degrees, and 10 of which where they can obtain Bachelor’s Degrees. There are currently 9,300 students enrolled at Tibet University. In addition to local students, there are currently approximately 40 foreign students from over 10 different countries studying the Tibetan language. Tibet University boasts a staff of 320 full-time teachers, 35 assistant-professors and approximately 170 lecturers. Since 1952, nearly 10,000 men and women, in various areas of specialty, have been trained for service in the Tibet Autonomous Region.
Tibet University has a variety of facilities which contribute to a complete campus setting. In addition to a foreign students' dormitory and facility covering 3,000 square meters, the campus also houses a 22,000-volume library, 20 laboratories for various needs, one computer lab, as well as a computer network center which is connected to China's educational network. The network has allowed the facility to move beyond a closed model of education. In addition to the above, the school provides a clinic, a cafeteria, football field and track, a student centre, a teachers' center, and a guest house.
TU has also been active in the advancement of academic and scientific research. Included among the numerous research areas (centers) are: The Story of King Gesar
The Cosmic Rays Research Section
The Population Research Section
China-Korea Tibetan Cultural Arts Research Section
The University has been actively involved in the scientific research programs of the country and Tibet Autonomous Region. Many prizes have been won for scientific achievements in the field of Tibetan research, including the collating of folk music, development in Tibetan Art, development in Tibetan language computer software, the observation and research of cosmic rays, the development and use of natural resources, and Tibetan demography to name a few.
The school has had excellent results in developing relations with the outside world up to now; Tibet University has developed ongoing relations with 10 foreign institutes of higher education. Many teachers have been sent for training abroad and foreign experts and academicians have been invited to teach at the school. And since 1993, foreign students have been admitted for enrolment. Because of its unique location and commitment to higher learning, Tibet University has excellent conditions and a positive environment for the study of Tibetan language and customs. In addition to the current program of Tibetan language training since 1999, foreign students will be accepted to study Tibetan Music and Tibetan Art.