Dali University is a provincial full-time comprehensive university approved by the Chinese Ministry of Education.
It is located in the famous tourist city Dali, Yunnan, which was the capital of Nanzhao Country over 1,000 years ago. The University has two campuses, one is ancient city and the other is water lily. It covers an area of 2,500 mu or about 410 acres. And it covers ten academic disciplines, including education, management, economics, law, philosophy, literature, science, engineering, medicine, agriculture and art. The University has one college, sixteen schools, eight research institutes, forty-nine undergraduate degree programs, twenty-eight master’s degree programs and more than seventeen thousand full-time students. The university is located in the foothills of the Cang Mountains, overlooking Erhai Lake and the city of Dali. It is honored as University in the landscape, the landscape of the University.
Dali University specializes in research and teaching. It employs 971 full-time teacher, 122 professors, 287 associate professors. It has completed many international research and protection projects, national and provincial level research projects. The two most important projects are the Control and Management of Polluted Water Bodies and the Prevention and Control of the AIDS and Viral Hepatitis. As if 2013, the University has 71 China invention patents, published 115 Monographs and teaching materials and more than 2000 papers, which included 146 in SCI and EI.
Dali University is an international university that enjoys a high reputation in Southeast Asia and throughout South Asia.  As of 2013,there were more than 5000 international students graduated from Dali University. They were from 42 countries and regions, including Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Nepal, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, USA and South Korea. Presently there are 759 full-time international students. The University has established many exchange and cooperation projects and academic research working with more than 40 foreign universities. As of 2012, according to the Chinese Ministry of Education, Dali University ranked the most foreign bachelor’s degree students in Yunnan Province. It was 34 out of 2490 in the country for foreigners getting a bachelor’s degree.