|Motto||To be honest, modest and natural|
32 Qingquan Avenue
Yantai University was established as a modern comprehensive university along the coast in Yantai, in July 1984, from a generous bequest by Sir Zhang Chengxian (Chinese: 张承先). Zhang Chengxian was appointed the first president.
Yantai University's motto is 'to be honest, modest and natural'. Its coat of arms is constituted by a dolphin and ocean flows, delegating intellectual and mind opening respectively. The majority of students registering in Yantai University are Shandong natives, and its graduates are best known as honest, diligent, and erudite.
In 2008, the university had 21 faculties and provides 49 programs covering arts, law, science, education, management, medicine, music, engineering, continuing education, international culture.
The university library serves the community with 1,680,000 physical bibliographies and 700,000 electronic items.
Yantai University has stable communication with academic institutes in the United Kingdom, Canada, Norway, Australia, Korea, Germany, and the United States. Each year, about 500 international students accept their admissions from Yantai University. A number of teachers from the United States, United Kingdom, and Canada are working for the university. It is also home to international students who are studying Chinese language.
The university is along coast and a 25-minute ride from downtown by bus No. 7 or No. 10, both of which terminate outside the railway station and quite close to one of the several long-distance bus stations in the city. The Coal College now named Shandong Institute is no more than a 15-minute walk from the university's north gate.
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