Jilin University

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Jilin University
Jilin University logo.png
Motto 求实创新 励志图强[1]
Type National
Established 1946
President Li Yuanyuan (李元元)
Administrative staff
Undergraduates 43,024
Postgraduates 24,021
Location Changchun, Jilin,  People's Republic of China
Campus 1,633 acres/6.61 km2
Nickname 吉大
Website www.jlu.edu.cn

Jilin University (JLU; simplified Chinese: 吉林大学; traditional Chinese: 吉林大學; pinyin: Jílín Dàxué; often abbreviated JLU or 吉大) is a leading national research university under the direct jurisdiction of China's Ministry of Education.[2]

Located in Changchun, the capital city of Jilin Province in Northeast China, the university has seven campuses in six districts that are home to 39 colleges covering 13 academic disciplines, including philosophy, international relations, economics, law, literature, education, history, science, engineering, agriculture, medicine, management, and military science. The university has 13 disciplinary areas, six national key laboratories, and seven national bases for the development of basic science. Other resources include five research bases for humanities and social sciences, 11 key laboratories sponsored by the Ministry of Education and 11 by other ministries.

Jilin University is one of the most prestigious "Top 10"[3][4] universities in China, and has research projects in automobile engineering, chemistry, computer science, electrical engineering and biology be identified as internationally renowned. JLU provides undergraduate and graduate programs in law, literature, philosophy, medicine and veterinary science etc. It is one of the key universities involved in China's Project 985, Project 211 and Project 2011.[5][6][7][8]

Jilin University is a comprehensive and national key university.[9][10] JLU offers a variety of degree programs. It has 115 undergraduate programs, 192 Master's degree programs, 105 doctoral degree programs, and 17 post-doctoral programs. In 2003 the university enrolled 59,000 full-time students, including more than 10,000 graduate students. At present there are 6,540 faculty members, with 20 members of Chinese Academy of Sciences and Chinese Academy of Engineering, 1270 full professors, and 1652 associate professors.


Founded in 1946 as the Northeast College of Administration in Harbin, Heilongjiang, Jilin University merged with many universities and colleges and changed its name many times. In May 1948, the Northeast Administration College merged with the Harbin University and was renamed Northeast Academy of Science. In November 1948, the Northeast Academy of Science moved to Shenyang, Liaoning and restored the name of Northeast Administration College. In 1950, it was renamed to the Northeast People's University. After the Korean War broke out, the Northeast People's University evacuated to Changchun, Jilin. In 1958, it was renamed Jilin University.[11]

In 2000, the Jilin University of Technology, the Bethune Medical University, the Changchun University of Science and Technology and the Changchun Institute of Posts and Telecommunications merged with JLU. On August 29, 2004, the University of Military Logistics became another campus of JLU. The Zhuhai campus was established in 2003.[12]


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There are more than 50 multimedia and language learning audiovisual classrooms. Special attention has been paid to the construction of 20 basic science laboratories.

The university library claims a collection of 5.26 million books and is designated as the library of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and World Bank. It serves as the Comprehensive Information Center of Liberal Arts of the Education Ministry, the only Foreign Scientific Text Book Center in Northeast China, and the National Humanities and Social Science Higher Education Books Import Center. It is one of the seven centers of China Academic Library and Information System (CALIS) Center in Northeast China.

Several campuses have gymnasiums, stadiums, and arenas for basketball, volleyball, table tennis and artistic gymnastics. The Nanling Campus Stadium, which has a grass soccer field surrounded by standard synthetic racetracks, has 10,000 seats. There are tennis and basketball courts throughout the campus.

Jilin University has established ties with more than 130 universities, colleges, and research institutes in 40 countries/districts. Over 1,200 foreign students currently attend the university.[citation needed]

Notable alumni and scholars[edit]

Alumni of Jilin University and its historical constituent schools have gone on to serve in prominent political positions at the provincial-ministerial level or above. These include Cui Shaopeng, Du Qinglin, Li Bin, Li Hongzhong, Li Jinbin, Lü Fuyuan, Sun Hongzhi, Wang Gang, Wang Jiarui, Wang Rulin (governor and later party chief of Jilin), Wang Yongqing, Xi Xiaoming, Zhang Baoshun, and Zhou Benshun.


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Coordinates: 43°52′48″N 125°18′04″E / 43.8800°N 125.3010°E / 43.8800; 125.3010