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Shandong University

Updated: Apr 9, 2018 Print

Shandong University is one of China’s first institutions of higher learning. It was established in 1864 and initially called the Tengchow College of Liberal Arts (Dengzhou Wenhuiguan). Here the medical program originated and it was the predecessor of Cheeloo University and signified the beginning of modern Chinese higher education.

Shandong University was the first university to be established that was runned in accordance with a chartered constitution. This constitution was called the ‘’Constitution of Tentative Establishment of Shandong Imperial College’’. This university Charter, the first of its kind in Chinese history, was designated by the Qing government as an exemplary model for the subsequent founding of other imperial universities within China. The Charter not only paved the way for modern education in China, but also served as the blueprint for all the other modern institutes of higher education which were emerging at that time.

In 1901, Yuan Shikai, the Imperial Governor of Shandong in the Qing Dynasty, submitted the “The Existing Constitution of Tentative Establishment of a College in Shandong” for Emperor Guangxu’s royal approval. This document can be seen in the image below.

The history of Shandong University is closely connected to the big changes that modern China has undergone. Since its founding, Shandong University has gone through several stages of growth and development. In the beginning it started as Shandong Imperial College and subsequently changed to National Qingdao University, National Shandong University and later Shandong University. The present day Shandong University, grew out of a merger of Shandong University with Shandong Medical University and Shandong Industrial University in 2000. For more than a century, it has gone through name changes, suspension, reconstruction, mergers, and relocation. In addition, it has been merged with various kinds of universities and separated from more than ten institutions of higher learning, making unique contributions to the forming of the current higher education system in China. School Gate of Shandong University in Qingdao in the 1950s

Shandong University is a key comprehensive university with a long history, a variety of disciplines, strong academics, and distinctive characteristics. It is a member of Project 211 and Project 985. These are two national projects that support the development of high-quality universities. After nearly sixteen years of growth since the merger of the three universities that constitute modern day Shandong University, the university has undergone a transformation into a research-oriented university. This insured that the educational quality and competitiveness of the university improved remarkably. This improvement in the quality and capability of teaching has greatly increased both its international standing and its ability to serve the country.

Why Choose Shandong University?

For the education of international students, SDU adheres to the education idea of cultivating high-quality talents that are excellent in majors, sound in personalities, brave to assume responsibilities, law-abiding and friendly to China. Our education idea is based on the need of international students and is beneficial to their future.

The advantages of SDU are as follow:

1. Regional Advantage

Shandong University is located in Shandong Province, the most developed eastern coastal economic belt of China. Shandong Province is situated between Beijing and Shanghai and it only takes 90 minutes to drive from Jinan to Beijing. The GDP of Shandong Province ranks third in the nation.

As the birthplace of Confucius, founder of Confucianism, Shandong Province is also one of the birthplaces of Chinese culture and is abundant in cultural resources.

The campuses of SDU are all located in big cities with low living cost while these cities are prosperous and livable.

2. University Advantage

1) Size of SDU: 8 campuses, located in 3 cities, covering over 5 square kilometers (including 2 square kilometers of Qingdao Campus)

2) Faculty of SDU:10,200 faculty (including faculty of Weihai Campus and 3 affiliated hospitals), 1,107 professors, 907 doctoral supervisors, 8 academicians of Chinese Academy of Science and Engineering, 43 double employed academicians, 9 nationally outstanding teachers, 22 Distinguished Professors of the Thousand Talents Program, and over 70 foreign teachers

3) Enrollment Size: over 60,000 full-time students, over 3,000 international students

4) Disciplines:13 major disciplines including philosophy, economics, law, education, literature, history, science, engineering, agriculture, medicine, military science, management and arts;15 subjects ranking 1% in the globe (according to 2016 ESI)

5) International Cooperation: cooperation with 156 overseas universities in over 20 countries, construction of 8 Confucius Institute and 1 Confucius Classroom overseas

3. Course Advantage

Plenty of courses and activities are provided, including professional knowledge learning, professional practices, Chinese culture and general situation, “China Opportunity” cutting-edge lecture, investigation on society and culture, Chinese learning, moral cultivation, mental health learning, Chinese laws, knowledge of traffic and fire safety, club and volunteer activities, “Study Partner” program, sports activities, intercultural communication and so on.

4. Characteristic Advantage

The international education of SDU features its education scheme of “Enjoy Chinese Culture and Share Chinese Opportunities”. SDU gives full expression to its traditional advantage on literature and history and makes the most of its regional advantage on economy, thus provides the international students with characteristic courses that are related to Chinese culture and opportunities and are keeping pace with the times. SDU aims to cultivate high-quality talents that are knowledgeable about China with global prospective and competitiveness.

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