Lofty Taihua Mountain rises thousands of meters above the sea; ten thousand mountains skirt vast Dianchi Lake. Nearly a century ago, upon the hills of Taihua Mountain and by the shores of Dianchi Lake, borne in the Eastern Continent (Donglu) was Yunnan University. Over the decades, she has received and nurtured hundreds of masters, and strived for the justice of the whole world. In 2017, a group of astronomers with a common goal arrived at Yunshan Mountain and created the South-Western Institute for Astronomy Research (SWIFAR). They stand firmly on the solid ground, gaze deeply into the starry sky, and explore the universe.
SWIFAR is aimed to become an international centre of excellence that promotes basic research in astronomy and astrophysics in China with the highest standards. It is designed to be a forum for global scientific exchange, an incubator for innovative projects, and a training centre for national and international postdocs and postgraduates. Profession, dedication and devotion are our motto.
Over just a few years, SWIFAR has already grown to be a high-standard, high-quality international research centre, boasting over ten full-time researchers and postdocs, and dozens PhD and M.Sc students. SWIFAR is sailing SWIftly at full speed toward her goal in the FAR.