SNNU Motto: Morality, Learning, Aspiration and Action
Morality, or Hou De in Chinese, is a phrase excerpted from the Chinese classic IChing (The Book of Changes), meaning to prioritize on nurturing young students’ high morality and call on faculty and staff to set examples for them.
Learning, or Ji Xue in Chinese, is a phrase excerpted from the Chinese classic Wenxin Diaolong (The Literary Mind and the Carving of Dragons), meaning to work and study hard to accumulate knowledge through extensive learning.
Aspiration, or Li Zhi in Chinese, is a phrase excerpted from the Chinese classic Baihutong Delun (Baihutong Essays on Virtue), meaning to educate students with honesty, integrity, diligence and aspiration to shoulder social responsibilities.
Action, or Dun Xing in Chinese, is a phrase excerpted from Chinese classic Li Ji (The Book of Rites), meaning to take action to apply knowledge and virtue to practice.
Academic Atmosphere: Uphold Truth, Maintain Integrity, Embrace knowledge, Shoulder Responsibility
“Uphold Truth, Maintain Integrity, Embrace knowledge, Shoulder Responsibility”, these phrases in eight Chinese characters excerpted from ancient Chinese texts often appear in the calligraphic works of late SNNU calligrapher Mr. Wei Junxiu, which advocate for upholding truthfulness and integrity, revering scholarship and knowledge, cultivating moral character and applying knowledge and skills to shoulder social responsibility.
In addition to the Chinese and English names of the university and the year of its establishment, the central element in the emblem is a Chinese character design in the seal script, which is a combination of parts of two Chinese characters: “Shan” referring to Shaanxi province, and “Shi” meaning teacher.