威尼斯游戏网址，Kurbanjan Tewukel serves a chicken specialty at his halal restaurant in
Wuhan University on Wednesday. Chen Zhuo / for China Daily
As a center of learning with a history of more than 100 years, Wuhan
University continues to quicken the pace of becoming a truly
international institution, as Zhao Xinying and Liu Kun report from
Wuhan, Hubei province.
Kurbanjan Tewukel, a 34-year-old postgraduate student at Wuhan
University, is very different from other students – he owns 17 halal
restaurants at 12 universities in Hubei and Hunan provinces.
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“My business is small, but it is very meaningful,” the Uygur student
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Kurbanjan is owner and chairman of Tarim Halal Food Co in Wuhan, capital
of Hubei province. His business has attracted a number of his relatives,
neighbors and friends to work and live in the city.
“WHU’s goal is to promote internationalization, which is important to
any university if it wants to be a worldclass or prestigious one.”
“With the experiences of working and living in such a large and modern
city, my hometown fellows have improved not only their own literacy, but
also their children’s education,” Kurbanjan said.
LI XIAOHONG WUHAN UNIVERSITY PRESIDENT
Kurbanjan was born in Bayawat township in Kashgar of the Xinjiang Uygur
autonomous region. He enrolled with high honors at Wuhan University in
1999 to study electrical engineering and automation.
Wuhan University, located in the capital of Hubei province, is stressing
its strategies of internationalization to extend its prestige across the
At that time the school had only about 40 Uygur students out of a total
enrollment of 40,000, and its halal restaurant provided just a few halal
dishes for the students. Halal foods adhere to Islamic law’s dietary
This year, the university was listed for the first time among the top
400 in the QS World University Rankings, a widely recognized
international list published annually by Quacquarelli Symonds in the
United Kingdom. Wuhan ranked 335.
“The students and I did not adapt to the diet and I discussed with some
of my fellow Uygurs about opening a halal restaurant of our own when we
were in grade four and had some spare time,” Kurbanjan said.
In 2011, the university was among the top 400 on the Times Higher
Education World University Ranking, another list.
With the support of Wuhan University, Kurbanjan invested 20,000 yuan
($3,200) to open his first halal restaurant at the university in 2005.
But Wuhan is not satisfied with what it had achieved. Its latest goal is
to break into the top 200 and become a world class university by 2020,
according to Li Xiaohong, the school’s president.
Due to a lack of experience, Kurbanjan suffered a deficit of 17,000 yuan
in the first six months.
“WHU’s goal is to promote internationalization, which is important to
any university if it wants to be a worldclass or prestigious one,” Li
He then interned at another restaurant on campus and tried to learn
about management from scratch.
He added that the school’s international reputation has evolved in
recent years. Its joint venture with Duke University in the US — to
create Duke Kunshan University — is one example.
Kurbanjan soon started to make money in his restaurant and expanded his
halal catering to other universities and colleges in Wuhan, including
Central China Normal University, Huazhong University of Science and
Technology and Zhongnan University of Economics and Law.
Receiving final approval from the Ministry of Education in 2013, DKU was
founded in Kunshan, Jiangsu province.
In 2009, Kurbanjan established Wuhan Tarim Halal Food Co, which was the
first halal food enterprise in the city catering especially to
Li said the concept succeeded for three “inevitable” reasons:
His restaurants are one of the students’ favorite canteens on campus.
“The two universities have a lot of similarities in terms of
disciplines. We are both very strong in the humanities and some other
areas,” he said.“And we share the same dream to be international.”
Bao Zhenyu, a first-year finance major from Qujing, Yunnan province,
said he likes Kurbanjan’s restaurant for its friendly environment,
authentic Xinjiang food and reasonable price.
Richard Brodhead, president of Duke, said educators there began to think
of the possibility of a cooperative in China in 2009, and then started
looking for a Chinese partner. During the search, they were introduced
to Wuhan University.
Ablikem, a sophomore majoring in electrical engineering, likes more than
just the Xinjiang specialty dishes at Kurbanjan’s restaurant. “Here, I
can communicate in Uygur,” he said.
“You can see the advantages: WHU is a Top 10 university, the same as
Duke is. They entered with a spirit of adventure. They gave their time,
their effort and became truly good partners,” Brodhead said.
So far, Kurbanjan provides halal food to more than 4,000 students and
teachers from the Uygur, Hui and Salar ethnic groups.
Welcoming its first group of students in August, DKU unveiled the first
phase of its campus — 16 hectares in Kunshan — on Nov 17.
“Now I have 180 employees, of whom half are from my hometown Xinjiang,”
What was also unveiled on the same day was the establishment of the
WHUDuke Research Institute for the school, a joint research platform
that will facilitate research on some global issues, including health,
economics and environment.
One of Kurbanjan’s employees said,”We met some difficulties in living
and working at first, because we could not speak Mandarin very well.”
However, the employee added, “Our boss takes care of us like our
Brodhead said people from Wuhan and Duke have forged an interesting
working relationship since both sides signed their first agreement in
Most of the employees are around 25 years old.
- Now, the new institution provides a site for partnerships not only
between Duke and WHU but potentially for other universities as well.
“I organized them to learn Mandarin during winter and summer vacations
when our business was not so busy,” said Kurbanjan.
Li said the research institute is the first one to be formed in a
Sinoforeign joint venture university.
Kurbanjan is currently continuing his postgraduate study of business
management at Wuhan University.
“By bringing experts in the fields of, for example, business, health and
some other areas together to do research, we hope to boost the
development of DKU and build it into a model of its kind. We want to
make the research institute a worldclass one in the future,” he said.
His next plan is to build a Muslim food-processing plant to supply
Li was also proud to share the news that WHU was ranked at 105 on the
recently released 2014 Nature Publishing Index, which lists institutions
according to the number of primary research articles they publish in
“It’s a huge leap for our university, and it’s a recognition of Wuhan’s
research ability,” Li said. “It’s also one of our dreams to enter the
Top 100 on the NPI list in the near future, which we believe is a
realistic and achievable goal.”
Developer of hybrid rice views food security as vital to country
From the son of a farmer to a scientist working on hybrid rice, Zhu
Yingguo said his original intention of attending Wuhan University and
studying biology after he graduated from high school in 1959, was to
Now a professor at Wuhan University and an academician of the Chinese
Academy of Engineering, the 75year old said he had realized his dream
with the success of honglian, a type of hybrid rice he developed.
With its good adaptability and high yield, honglian has been popular in
many provinces of China, as well as some Southeast Asian and African
countries, including Indonesia, Vietnam, Myanmar and Guinea. A total of
6.7 million hectares of land across the country and the world have been
covered with Zhu’s hybrid rice.
In July 2013, President Xi Jinping came to Zhu’s rice experimental base
during his visit to Hubei province.
“President Xi praised our achievements and encouraged us to make a
continuing contribution to the food security of the country,” Zhu
Born in a small county of Hubei province in 1939 and growing up at a
time of economic hardship, Zhu, the oldest of his parents’ three
children, knew what hunger Meant.