Cheeloo University

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Coordinates: 36°39′11″N 117°0′43″E / 36.65306°N 117.01194°E / 36.65306; 117.01194

Not to be confused with Qilu University of Technology.
Alumni Gate, formerly the main entrance to the Cheeloo University campus in Jinan

Cheeloo University (simplified Chinese: 大学; traditional Chinese: 大學; pinyin: Qílŭ Dàxué) was a university in China, established by Hunter Corbett American Presbyterian, and other English Baptist, Anglican, and Canadian Presbyterian mission agencies in early 1900 in China.


Campus map of Cheeloo University (1933)

1864, Yi Wen School Boy’s School at Tengchow established by Hunter Corbett.[1] Presbyterian missionary to Yantai, Shandong China.

1882, Calvin Wilson Matteer, an American Presbyterian, converted the Tengchow Boy’s School into Tengchow College in Dengzhou (part of Penglai), Shandong, China.

1884, British Baptists established Tsingchow Boy’s Boarding School, a theological college, in Qingzhou, Shandong, China.

1902, the American Presbyterians and English Baptists agreed to combine their schools in Shandong, forming an arts college in Wei County (Weixian, now part of Weifang), a theological college at Qingzhoufu (part of Zibo), and a medical college, in Jinan. The campus in Wei County was known as the "Courtyard of the Happy Way" (Chinese: 樂道院; pinyin: Lè dào yuàn) and was later used by the Japanese military as an internment camp for civilians during the Second World War.

1909, the colleges were consolidated as Shantung Protestant University (later changed to Shantung Christian University) in Jinan. The campus was designed by the Chicago architectural firm of Perkins, Fellows and Hamilton. The main buildings were Bergen Science Hall for Chemistry and Biology; Mateer Science Hall for Physics and Physiology, McCormick Hall for administration, and the Kumler Memorial Chapel in the center.

1914, construction began on Cheeloo Hospital of Shantung Christian University. It was completed in 1936.

1916 to 1923, the former Peking Union Medical College, the Medical Department of Nanking University, the Hankow Medical College, and the North China Union Medical College for Women all were moved to Jinan, combined to form the Cheeloo University School of Medicine.

1938-1945, during the Second Sino-Japanese War, the university joined five other universities to form West China Union University.

1952, the university was dissolved. The College of Medicine was merged with the Shantung Provincial Medical College and the resulting Shandong Medical College occupied the entire campus. The College of Science was merged with the new National University in Nanjing while the College of Theology joined Nanking Theological Seminary. The College of Humanities was merged with Shandong University.


During its existence, Cheeloo University received support from sponsoring as well as cooperating organizations[2]

Sponsoring organizations:

  • American Presbyterian Missions, North (美北長老會)
  • English Baptist Missionary Society (英國浸禮會)
  • Church Missionary Society, England (英國聖公會)
  • Canadian Presbyterian Mission (加拿大長老會), later merged into United Church of Canada (加拿大聯合教會)
  • Woman’s Foreign Missionary Society of the United Church of Canada (加拿大聯合教會女佈道會)
  • Woman’s Foreign Missionary Society of the Methodist Episcopal Church(美以美會女佈道會)
  • American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions(公理會)
  • Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts(中華聖公會)

Cooperating organizations:


Notable alumni and faculty[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Paul A. Byrnes; Ruth Tonkiss Cameron. "Hunter Corbett & Harold F. Smith Papers, 1862–1948" (PDF). The Burke Library Union Theological Seminary 3041 Broadway New York, NY 10027. Retrieved 26 September 2010. 
  2. ^ a b Cheeloo University - Ricci Roundtable

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