Introduction to Shandong University
Introduction to Shandong University
Shandong University, under the direct jurisdiction of the Ministry of Education, is a key comprehensive university with a long history, a variety of disciplines, strong academic strength, and distinctive characteristics, which has great influence both at home and abroad. Shandong University is a member university of Project 211 and Project 985, two national key construction projects to support the development of high-quality universities.
|In 1901, the Imperial Governor of Shandong, Yuan Shikai, submitted the "The Existing Constitution of Tentative Establishment of a College in Shandong" for Emperor Guangxu's royal approgval.|
|Graduation diploma of Shandong Advanced College (1905)|
|The group photo of the staff and students on the inauguration of Shandong Imperial College|
Since its birth, Shandong University has gone through several stages of significant growth and change: starting as the Shandong Imperial College, it was then reborn as the National Qingdao University, the National Shandong University, Shandong University, and the Shandong University in its present form, which is the result of the merger of Shandong University, Shandong Medical University and Shandong Industrial University. For more than 100 years, Shandong University has been following the mission of “Preparing talents for the world; Striving for the prosperity and strength of the country.” For this aim, it has cultivated over 400,000 talented young men and women of various specialties, and has been making significant contributions for the country and the regional economic and social development.
As one of the first universities finding its name on the list of Project 211 and Project 985, Shandong University has been developing by leaps and bounds in recent years, and each of its undertakings has reached unprecedented levels. The educational quality and competitiveness of the university have been remarkably improved. This improvement in the quality and capability of teaching has greatly increased both its international clout and its ability to serve the country and the local regions. The university has essentially accomplished its transformation from a teaching and research-oriented university to a research-oriented one. On the list of The Competitiveness of China’s First-rate Universities released recently by the Scientific Evaluation Center of Wuhan University, Shandong University ranks seventh, and the Center also gave the appraisal that Shandong University has been the fastest rising in China for the last two years. The latest version of Webometrics Ranking of World Universities (WRWU) was released by the Cybermetrics Lab (Spanish National Research Council, CSIC) on February 7th, 2013. SDU was ranked 90th of all universities worldwide, being the 3rd of the 5 universities in Mainland China entering the world top 100.
|Campus of Qilu Software College|
The university currently has 4 affiliated hospitals, 3 non-subordinate affiliated hospitals and 11 teaching hospitals. It also enjoys a teaching and administrative staff of 10,200 (including those at the Weihai Campus and the 3 affiliated hospitals included). Its full-time student population totals up to 60,000, of which 41,437 are undergraduates, 16,034 are postgraduates and 1,737 are international students. It also has an excellent faculty team of 1,107 professors, including 907 Ph.D supervisors. And now there are 9 academicians of the Chinese Academy of Sciences or the Academy of Engineering, 39 distinguished professors and part-time professors from the "Changjiang Scholars Program" of the Ministry of Education , 32 winners of the "National Outstanding Youth Foundation” award, 45 posts for distinguished professors and experts from the "Taishan Scholars" of Shandong Province and 9 “National Renowned Teachers”. Seven academic innovation teams found themselves in the Innovation Team Development Plan of the Ministry of Education, and another three academic innovation teams were chosen as the Innovative Research Groups of National Natural Science Foundation of China. Shandong University provides 2 national key first-level disciplines (including eight second-level disciplines), 14 national key second-level disciplines, 3 key national second-level disciplines under cultivation, and 70 provincial key disciplines, covering the 4 disciplinary fields of liberal arts, science, engineering and medicine. Such a comprehensive disciplinary system helps it to achieve coordinated development between different disciplines. The university has eight state scientific research platforms, including a key national laboratory, a state engineering technology research center, a state engineering laboratory and a state engineering technology promotion center. It also has 5 state "111 Innovation and Education Planning Projects," 4 key social science research bases approved by the Ministry of Education, and a large number of provincial key laboratories and provincial engineering technology research centers.
Shandong University is one of the largest ranges of academic disciplines in China. There are at present 12 general disciplines for undergraduates and postgraduates, namely philosophy, economics, law, education, literature, history, science, engineering, agriculture, medicine, management, and fine arts. There are 41 first-level doctoral programs, 55 first-level master degree programs, 28 professional doctoral and master degree programs, 116 programs for undergraduates, 29 mobile post-doctoral research stations, forming a complete system for cultivation of talent.
The growth of the university over the years has seen SDU rise to the forefront of many fields in China. In the 1930s and 1950s, when Shandong University was located in Qingdao, it was the home to many nationally famous scholars who paved the way for great success especially in the fields of literature and history. Up to this day, Shandong University is well-known for its strong liberal arts programs, and published the highly reputable academic journal Literature, History & Philosophy. These two periods also laid a good foundation for the university in natural sciences, enabling it to find itself among the noted institutions in China. Since the merger at the end of the last century, the university’s newly- developed disciplines of financial mathematics, crystal materials, condensed matter physics, colloid and surface chemistry, micro-biology, machinery, material science, cardiovascular functional recovery, new drug manufacturing, and classical Chinese philosophy have all risen to the first-class level within the country, and some are even known abroad.
With the opening of the recent National Educational Conference and the implementation of the “Education Planning Outline” in July, 2010, China’s higher education has yet another new opportunity for a historic leap, and all institutions of higher learning are standing at a new historic starting point. Facing the unprecedented opportunity, Shandong University has set a grand educational objective: initially becoming a world-class university by its 120th anniversary. At new historical starting point, Shandong University will seize the opportunity, and adhere to the way of potential tapping, quality promotion and feature building, to the strategy of institution existence by academia, strengthening by talents, prosperity by features, and management by law. Meanwhile, the university is to promote the internationalization of it, implement the Operation for Academic vitalization. With an already strong academic foundation and even more untapped potential, we are sure to achieve the goal of becoming one of the world’s highest ranking universities.