Zhejiang University (ZJU)

Zhejiang University

A top university in China supported by the “Double First-class” Initiative

Zhejiang University (ZJU) is one of China’s top higher education institutions, as well as one of its oldest; its roots can be traced back to 1897 and the founding of the Qiushi Academy.

Located in Hangzhou – one of China’s most picturesque cities – the University is organized across 7 faculties and 37 schools. It is home to 3,741 full-time faculty members, including 46 members of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Chinese Academy of Engineering. ZJU has 54,641 students, over 53% of whom are postgraduate students.

Laying claim to several areas of research strength, ZJU currently ranks among the top three on Chinese mainland and within the top 100 in the Times Higher Education World Reputation Rankings and QS World University Rankings. Eighteen disciplines of ZJU have been selected for China’s “Double First-class” Initiative (3rd in China) and 39 disciplines graded A in the recent national assessment (1st in China).

The University prides itself on a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship. ZJU researchers are making an impact across many priority areas that address global challenges, including artificial intelligence, assembly technology for large aircraft, clean energy, ocean technology, industrial control technology, and global public health initiatives related to the prevention and treatment of infectious diseases. ZJU is also renowned for the number of business start-ups it spins off. Over 100 of its alumni sit at the helm of domestic or overseas listed companies, making the University synonymous with excellence and leadership.

ZJU is committed to transforming China and the world through active engagement. Major innovative developments include the creation of a high-level platform for intellectual property exchange, as well as the formation of a number of think-tanks, including the China Academy of Western Region Development, the National Research Center for Agricultural and Rural Development, and the Institute for Public Policy, which exist to extend the scope of ZJU’s research in social sciences.

ZJU has partnerships in place with more than 190 institutions from more than 30 countries worldwide. Included among them are such leading institutions as Imperial College London, the University of Sydney and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

With a cohort of 7,074 international students, and around 8,000 faculty and students who participate annually in various overseas mobility programs, ZJU fully harnesses its extensive network to nurture talent with a global outlook. In collaboration with the Universities of Edinburgh and Illinois it has also established the ZJU-UoE and ZJU-UIUC Institutes on Haining International Campus.

Chief among ZJU’s aims is the aspiration to become a world-class university with a distinctively Chinese character, where tradition and modernity are successfully combined.

Key Facts

  • Ranked 54th of world universities (QS 2020)
  • Located in Hangzhou, capital of Zhejiang Province, host city of G20 Summit 2016 and the 2022 Asian Games
  • 3,741 full-time faculty, 54,641 full-time students, 7,074 international students
  • 7 campuses and 37 schools, covers an area of 6,223,440 m2
  • 5 libraries and a total collection of 7.884 million volumes
  • A total research fund of ¥5.35 billion in 2019

President’s Welcome

As Asia’s leading university, ZJU has a long-standing commitment to seeking truth and pursuing innovation. 

The University has been deeply dedicated to nurturing high-caliber innovators and future leaders for an increasingly interconnected world; to encouraging interdisciplinary and creative research that addresses challenges the world faces today; and to translating knowledge and creativity to benefit wider communities.

Over a history spanning more than 120 years, ZJU has been firmly embedded in the dynamics of a fast-growing country, where the University’s enterprising and forward-thinking ethos is recognized as an invaluable asset. 

As China endeavors to build a community with a shared future for mankind, new opportunities abound in its higher education landscape. In 2017, while celebrating its 120th anniversary, ZJU was proudly selected for China’s “Double First-Class” Initiative. Embarking on a new journey, ZJU is keen to further open up to the world and collaborate globally for the betterment of the public welfare.

I feel honored to be part of ZJU’s traditions and aspirations, and more importantly, to work with you to make a positive difference.

Welcome to ZJU.

President WU Zhaohui


ZJU Official Website: http://www.zju.edu.cn/english/main.htm

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