Chongqing University

Coordinates: 29°33′54″N 106°28′08″E / 29.5649°N 106.4688°E / 29.5649; 106.4688
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Chongqing University
耐劳苦, 尚俭朴, 勤学业, 爱国家[1]
Motto in English
Endure Toil, Cherish Thrift, Work Hard and Love the Country[2]
TypeNational Public
Established1929; 95 years ago (1929)
PresidentDr. Zhang, Zongyi
Academic staff
CampusThree campuses (A, B, C) downtown, one campus (Huxi) in suburbs, total 347 hectares [3]
AffiliationsExcellence League
Double First-Class Construction
211 Project
985 Project
Association of MBAs
University Alliance in Chongqing (UAC)
Chinese name
Simplified Chinese重庆大学
Traditional Chinese重慶大學

Chongqing University (CQU; 重庆大学) is a public university in Chongqing, China. The university is affiliated with the Ministry of Education of China, and co-funded by the Ministry of Education, the Chongqing Municipal People's Government, and SASTIND. The university is part of Project 211, Project 985, and the Double First-Class Construction.[4]

Chongqing University is especially highly recognized in Architecture, Electrical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Metallurgical Engineering, and Management Science.[5] According to Academic Ranking of World Universities 2021, CQU is ranked 201-300 in the world.[6]


Opening ceremony on 12th Oct. 1929

Chongqing University was founded in 1929, when some professors born in Chongqing, working at Chengdu University, decided to found a new University in Chongqing. The university was founded with the help of General Liu Xiang, whose involvement resulted in the founding of the Chongqing University Preparatory Committee. On October 12, the first term of Chongqing University began, and the Chongqing University Preparatory Committee published the "Chongqing University Founding Declaration", which declared talents and education to be the driving force of the country and the world's development.[7]

In 1937, the Capital Nanjing was occupied. the Chinese government ordered that all agencies move to Chongqing and continue resisting Japanese aggression. This order resulted in the relocation of the National Central University to Chongqing, where it was gifted 200mu of land by the Chongqing University, and a cooperative relationship was established between the two universities. Many distinguished professors taught at the two universities during third period, including Li Siguang, Xu Beihong, Wu Guanzhong, Ma Yinchu, He Lu, and Lu Zuofu.

In 1942, Chongqing University became a national comprehensive university consisting of six colleges in liberal arts, science, engineering, law, and medicine.

In 1952, the nationwide restructuring of higher education turned Chongqing University into an engineering-orientated multi-disciplinary university under the State Ministry of Education. In 1960, Chongqing University was designated as one of the first key national universities. Since the implementation of reform and opening-up policy in China, Chongqing University has stressed the development of disciplines like humanities, business management, art, and sports education, and has further sped up the process of developing the university into a comprehensive institution of higher learning.


Chongqing University has 28 schools plus the graduate school, the City College of Science and Technology, the College of Continuing Education, and the College of Online Education. The university now has a total enrollment of 50,000 students, of which 20,000 are master's and doctoral students, and 30,000 are undergraduate students. The university owns 24 mobile workstations for postdoctoral study, 133 doctoral programs, 256 master programs, 18 professional master's degree programs, namely MBA, EMBA, MPA, master of engineering, and 89 bachelor's degree programs in 8 academic categories of science, engineering, liberal arts, economics, management, law, agriculture and education.[8]

Currently, the university has a total number of 5,400 faculty and staff members, including 2,700 full-time faculty, 3 members of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, 12 contracted members from other institutions, 6 members of the Subject Evaluation Team of the Academic Degree Committee under the State Council, 4 chief scientists of National 973 Projects, 4 state-level "young experts with distinguished contribution", 500 doctorate supervisors, 1,700 full professors and associate professors.

Chongqing University covers a total area of 5,500 mu (about 178 hectares), with 1.60 million square meters of construction space. In 2001, Chongqing University Technology Park came into being, as one of the 22 state-level university technology parks in China.


Academic organisation[edit]


Faculty of Arts and Sciences
  • Institute for Advanced Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Liberal Arts College
  • School of Economics and Business Administration
  • School of Public Affairs
  • School of Foreign Language
  • School of Arts
  • School of Journalism and Communication
  • Law School
  • Meishi Film Academy
  • School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering
  • School of Bioengineering
  • School of Physics
  • School of Mathematics and Statistics
  • School of Physical Education
  • School of Life Sciences
Faculty of the Built Environment
  • School of Architecture and Urban Planning
  • School of Civil Engineering
  • School of Urban Construction and Environmental Engineering
  • School of Construction Management and Real Estate
Faculty of Engineering
  • School of Mechanical Engineering
  • School of Electrical Engineering
  • School of Power and Energy Engineering
  • School of Material Science and Engineering
  • School of Resources and Environmental Science
  • School of Aerospace Engineering
  • Chongqing University and University of Cincinnati Joint Cooperative Institute(JCI)
Faculty of Information Science and Technology
  • School of Computer Science
  • School of Automation
  • School of Communication Engineering
  • School of Opto-Electronic Engineering
  • School of Software Engineering
  • International School (College of International Education)
  • City College of Science and Technology
  • College of Continuing Education
  • College of Networking Education

Teaching and research[edit]

Chongqing University is in possession of 17 state key subjects and 14 key subjects under the state "211 Project", 38 provincial or ministerial key subjects. The university sets up 14 specially appointed professor posts under the "Yangtze River Scholar Award Program". It has established 3 national teaching bases for fundamental courses and a national quality education base for college students, 9 national key labs and ministerial key labs, 71 provincial key labs, and 130 labs of different specialties. Moreover, Chongqing University has constructed the distance education center, multi-media classrooms of large scale and interactive audio-visual classrooms, labs or training centers in cooperation with world-famous enterprises such as Siemens, Microsoft, IBM, Rockwell, Omron, etc. The university has a national key publishing house, a national first-class architectural designing institute, and a first-class institute for planning and design.

In recent years, the university has undertaken over 100 national key scientific projects of different types, and won 13 National Awards for Invention, 40 Awards for Scientific and Technological Advancement, 4 Awards for Natural Science, 968 ministerial and provincial awards, 283 Awards for Teaching Achievement.


University rankings
BCUR National[10] Domestic 34
Wu Shulian National[11] Domestic 26
CUAA National[12] Alumni 31
QS National[13] General =35
THE National[14] General 26–30
QS Asia
(Asia version)[15]
General =167
THE Asia
(Asia version)[16]
General =119
ARWU World[17] Research 201–300
QS World[18] General =561
THE World[19] General 351–400
USNWR World[20] General =379

Top ranked disciplines in China[21]

National Rank Major
4 Mining Engineering
4 Urban Planning
5 Architecture
5 Industrial Engineering
5 Electrical Engineering
5 Instrumentation Science and Technology
6 Bio Medical Engineering
6 Metallurgical Engineering
7 Landscape Architecture
8 Mechanical Engineering
10 Civil Engineering
11 Safety Science and Engineering
11 Software Engineering
13 Theater and Film Art
14 Topography
16 Law
17 Business Management
18 Public Management
18 Power Engineering
19 Chemical Engineering
19 Management Science and Engineering
20 Computer Science and Technology

Library collections[edit]

The university library is well equipped with modern facilities and a collection of 3.90 million volumes, 6000 kinds of Chinese and foreign periodicals, and 2.0 million volumes of E-books. In addition it has 5 electronic reading rooms with 65,000 e-books and journals. The China Education Research Network (CERNET) Chongqing Central Node is set up in the library.

Key laboratories[edit]

State Key Laboratories(Engineering Centers)
Key Laboratories of the Ministry of Education of China
  • Opto-electronic Technology and Systems
  • China Southwest Resource Exploitation and Environmental Disaster Control Engineering
  • The Three Gorges Reservoir Region's Eco-Environment
  • Center for Supervising, Inspecting and Testing Transgenic Biological Product Ingredients
  • Upland Urban Construction and New Technology (under construction)
  • Center for Industrial CT Non-destructive testing Engineering (under construction)
Discipline Innovation Bases for Higher
  • Education("111 Project")
  • Innovative Base of Biological Mechanics and Tissue-Repair Engineering
  • Innovative Base of Power Transforming and Transmission Equipments and System Safety Technology
Provincial Key Laboratories
  • Manufacturing System Engineering
  • High Voltage Technology and System Information Monitoring
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Metallurgical Engineering
  • New Technology in Electrical Engineering
  • Software Engineering
  • Exploitation of Mineral Resources and Environmental Damages and Engineering Disasters in the Three Gorges Reservoir Region
  • Automation Engineering
  • Thermal Engineering
  • Rock and Soil Engineering
  • Material Physics Building Environment and Installation Engineering
  • Carrier Test and Monitoring and Remote Sensing Information Transmission Technology
  • New Building Materials and Engineering
  • Pollution Prevention and Waste Recycling Architectural Technology
  • Municipal and Environment Engineering


Chongqing University covers a total area of over 3.65 square kilometres, consisting of four campuses. With green mountains surrounded and the Jialing River flowing by, the four campuses are set amidst delightful sceneries and awarded the title of “Garden University” by Chongqing Municipality.[22]

Outreach and cooperation[edit]

It has established inter-university exchange links with over 100 institutions of higher education in 20 countries such as the USA, England, France, Germany, Italy, Canada, Australia, the Netherlands, Japan, South Korea, Russia, etc.[23]


Chongqing University has many notable alumni including:[citation needed]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ 校训. Chongqing University. Archived from the original on December 24, 2020. Retrieved June 24, 2014.
  2. ^ "About the university". Chongqing University. Archived from the original on June 24, 2014. Retrieved June 24, 2014.
  3. ^ "Overview". Chongqing University. Retrieved March 10, 2020.
  4. ^ 教育部 财政部 国家发展改革委 关于公布世界一流大学和一流学科建设高校及建设 学科名单的通知 [Notice from the Ministry of Education and other national governmental departments announcing the list of double first-class universities and disciplines]. Ministry of Education.
  5. ^ "ShanghaiRanking-Univiersities". Retrieved 2022-09-25.
  6. ^ "ShanghaiRanking's Academic Ranking of World Universities". Retrieved 2022-09-25.
  7. ^ Original text: “人类之文野,国家之理乱,悉以人才为其主要之因。必人才日出,然后事业日新,然后生机永畅。世界所以进化无疆,国家所以长存不敝,胥赖于此。”
  8. ^ [1] Archived January 21, 2013, at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ "Faculties and Schools-Chonqqing University". Retrieved 2022-09-25.
  10. ^ "2023 Best Chinese Universities Ranking". Shanghai Ranking. 2023. Retrieved March 5, 2024.
  11. ^ "Wu Shulian University Ranking". Chinese Academy of Management Science. 2023. Retrieved March 5, 2024.
  12. ^ Chinese Universities Alumni Association (2024). "Alumni Association (22nd Edition): Chinese University Rankings 2024". Retrieved January 16, 2024. Alternative URL
  13. ^ "QS University Rankings 2024 - China (Mainland)". Top Universities. 2024. Retrieved June 27, 2023.
  14. ^ "THE University Rankings 2024 - China". Times Higher Education (THE). 2024. Retrieved October 21, 2023.
  15. ^ "QS World University Rankings: Asia 2024". QS Quacquarelli Symonds Limited. 2024. Retrieved November 8, 2023.
  16. ^ "Asia University Rankings 2023". Times Higher Education. 2023. Retrieved August 21, 2023.
  17. ^ "Academic Ranking of World Universities". Institute of Higher Education, Shanghai Jiao Tong University. 2023. Retrieved August 20, 2023.
  18. ^ "QS World University Rankings". QS Quacquarelli Symonds Limited. 2024. Retrieved June 27, 2023.
  19. ^ "THE World University Rankings". Times Higher Education. 2024. Retrieved October 21, 2023.
  20. ^ U.S.News & World Report (2022). "Best Global Universities - US News". Retrieved July 20, 2023.
  21. ^ "建筑学专业大学排名2018最新排名". 中国校友会网. Retrieved 2018-06-09.
  22. ^ "University Profile-留学重大". Retrieved 2022-09-25.
  23. ^ "University Profile-留学重大". Retrieved 2022-09-25.

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