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 nurture talents with morality and erudition.
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 accumulate knowledge from 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.
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.