Renmin University of China

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Renmin University of China
Renmin-University-of-China-logo 3.png
Motto 实事求是[1]
Motto in English
Seeking truth from facts[2]
Established 1937
Type National
President Chen Yulu (陈雨露)
Academic staff
1,827 (January 2012)[3]
Students 23,999 (January 2012)
Undergraduates 11,074
Postgraduates 10,844
Location Beijing, China
Campus Urban
Renmin University entrance

Renmin University of China; RUC, also known as People's University of China (simplified Chinese: 中国人民大学; traditional Chinese: 中國人民大學; pinyin: Zhōngguó Rénmín Dàxué), colloquially Renda (Chinese: 人大; pinyin: Réndà), is one of the most prestigious and selective universities in China. Located in the Haidian District of Beijing, the university was founded by the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China in 1937.[4] RUC has leveraged its close relationship with the communist party ever since to become renowned within China for social sciences and social policy, with its Chongyang Institute for Financial Studies listed in official media as one of China's top ten most influential think tanks.[5] Many graduates of RUC have risen high within the communist party, and the university is home to many outstanding scholars in law, economics, and journalism.


The university has its roots in the Shanbei Public School (T: 陝北公學, S: 陕北公学, P: Shǎnběi Gōngxué), established in 1937 by the Communist Party of China in order to "bring up hundreds of thousands of revolutionary comrades to meet the needs of the Anti-Japanese War."[4] Later it was renamed the North China United University and North China University. Several institutions were merged to form a single Renmin University of China was officially established in 1950. Wu Yuzhang, Cheng Fangwu, Guo Yingqiu, Yuan Baohua, Huang Da, Li Wenhai and Ji Baocheng have successively held the presidential posts. The current university president is Prof. Chen Yulu, a renowned professor in the finance field.[citation needed]


The rock holding the engraved motto of the university, "seeking truth from facts"[2]

Currently Renmin University consists of 23 schools, 13 research institutes and the graduate school, with 60 specialties for undergraduate, 8 specialties for the second-bachelor's degree students, 140 specialties for the master's degree candidates and 92 specialties for the Doctor's degree candidates. Renmin University is entitled 25 national key disciplines, ranks No.5 of China, 13 national key research bases of humanities and social sciences, ranks No.1 of China, and 6 national teaching and research bases of fundamental arts disciplines, ranks No.1 of China.

The University library has 2.5 million holdings, and is recognized as the Information Center of Arts Literatures by the Ministry of Education. The new library building opened in the second half of 2011. The Renmin University of China Press is one of the most famous publishers and the first university press in China which has published a large number of academic works in humanities and social sciences.

Renmin University has established its communications with 125 universities and research institutions of 32 countries and regions, which enables the University to be the center of academic and cultural communications between China and foreign countries. Many famous scholars have given lectures or attended special seminars in Renmin University, including the Nobel Prize in Economics winners Robert Mundell, Joseph E. Stiglitz, Michael Spence, John Forbes Nash, Edmund S. PhelpsMyron Scholes and Reinhard Selten.

Renmin University of China is one of the leading humanities and social science-focused universities in China, gaining national recognition for excellence in theoretical economics, applied economics, legal studies, sociology, and journalism & communication. According to the evaluation report of Ministry of Education of China, Renmin University of China Law School, School of Finance,School of Economics, School of Sociology, School of Journalism rank top one among China's universities. Generally speaking Renmin University is considered as one of the best places for social science students in China.

Schools and departments[edit]

Rural Reconstruction Center of Renmin University[edit]

Rural Reconstruction Center of Renmin University was established in 2005 and is based in Beijing, China. Its main mission is to explore the theory and practice of rural reconstruction. It partakes in fair trade advocacy and coordinating urban and rural green energy initiatives as well as the promotion of fair education.[13]


Quadrangle in front of Number 2 Teaching Building.

Renmin University is located at No.59 Zhongguancun Street, Haidian district, and is less than 5–10 minutes drive away from other top schools in the nation, for example, Peking University, Tsinghua University, Beijing Institute of Technology and Beijing Foreign Studies University. It is also only less than 10 minutes away from the Old Summer Palace and Summer Palace.

The English Corner at Renmin University is very famous in Beijing. Every Friday evening, people gather at the Qiushi Garden near the east gate to practice English. It is a good place to meet and communicate with the students of the university and the common people of China.

Renmin University is host to about 1,165 international students at present and many of the students are from South Korea. There are so many South Korean students that the International Students Dining Room has a separate Korean menu aside from their traditional Chinese menu.

Notable faculty[edit]

  • Huang Da (黄达) - Professor Emeritus, School of Finance; President, Renmin University of China (1991-1994).
  • Jin Canrong (金灿荣) - Professor, School of International Studies.
  • Liu Xiaofeng (刘小枫) - Professor, School of Liberal Arts
  • Mao Shoulong (毛寿龙) - Professor, School of Public Administration.
  • Pan Suiming (潘绥明) - Professor of Sexology.
  • Shi Yinhong (时殷宏) - Professor, School of International Studies, see zh:时殷弘
  • Song Xinning (宋新宁) - Jean Monnet Professor, School of International Studies.
  • Wang Liming (王利明) - Professor and former dean (2005–09), School of Law, renowned scholar of civil law.
  • Wen Tiejun (温铁军) - Professor and dean, School of Agricultural Economics and Rural Development.
  • Wu Xiaoqiu (吴晓求) - Professor, School of Finance.
  • Yang Ruilong (杨瑞龙) - Professor and dean, School of Economics.
  • Zeng Xianyi (曾宪义) - Professor Emeritus and former dean (1990-2005), School of Law, renowned scholar of legal history.
  • Zhang Ming (张鸣) - Professor, School of International Studies.
  • Zhou Xiaozheng (周孝正) - Professor of Sociology.

Notable alumni[edit]


  • Liu Yu (刘瑜) - Political scientist at Tsinghua University, author of national bestseller "Details of Democracy." Liu earned PhD from Columbia University, conducted postdoctoral work at Harvard and taught at Cambridge University for three years.
  • Qian Liqun (钱理群) - Professor, Department of Chinese Language and Literature, Peking University.
  • Wu Shuqing (吴树青) - President of Peking University (1989-1996), economist.
  • Zheng Wentong (郑文通) - Associate Professor, University of Florida Levin College of Law. Zheng earned PhD in economics and JD from Stanford University.
  • Zhou Qiren (周其仁) - Economist (PhD, UCLA), Director of the National School of Development (previously known as the Chinese Center for Economic Research, CCER), Peking University.

Law and politics[edit]

Business and media[edit]



Global reach[edit]

Renmin University maintains collaborative relationships and exchange programs with many well-known universities around the world, such as Boston College Law School, Columbia University, Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Princeton University, University of Geneva, McGill University, King's College London, Waseda University, Carleton University, the University of Chicago, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, and the University of Michigan[16] and Yale University. In January 2010, Zhang Lei, a graduate of Renmin University and Yale School of Management (SOM), donated US$8,888,888 to the SOM, the largest alumni gift the school had received.[17] Under the auspices of the gift, Renmin University students study at Yale through a summer program.

Renmin University School of Labor and Human Resources maintains an exchange relationship with the Huamin Research Center and the School of Social Work at Rutgers University. Every year since 2010, study abroad students and faculty from Rutgers exchange with their Renmin University counterparts. Renmin University is a popular destination for visiting foreign dignitaries. During his state visit to China in January 2008, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown visited Renmin University with Premier Wen Jiabao to talk with students, scholars, athletes and entrepreneurs.[18]

The research and opinions of Renmin University professors are frequently cited in influential media outlets, such as the New York Times. Professors cited in the New York Times in recent years include Chen Weidong, Hou Dongming, Jin Canrong, Pan Suiming, Shi Yinhong, Zhang Ming, Zhou Xiaozheng, among others, and their expertise covers law, economics, sociology, political science and international relations.

Renmin University students are actively engaged in academic and exchange programs overseas, such as the National Model United Nations conference held annually in the New York City.[19]

The University of Chicago Center in Beijing,[20] which opened in September 2010, is located at the Culture Plaza on the Renmin University campus.

High school[edit]

The High School Affiliated to Renmin University of China is one of the most prestigious high schools in Beijing, and a sister school of Phillips Academy in Massachusetts, Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire and Punahou Academy in Honolulu.

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