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Wuhan University

Coordinates: 30°32′27″N 114°21′40″E / 30.54083°N 114.36111°E / 30.54083; 114.36111
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Wuhan University
自强 弘毅 求是 拓新[1]
Motto in English
Self-improvement, Perseverance, Truth-seeking, Innovation[2]
Established1893; 131 years ago (1893). Reformed as university in 1923.
PresidentZhang Pingwen
Academic staff
Location, ,
CampusUrban, 3.5 km2
Chinese name
Simplified Chinese武汉大学
Traditional Chinese武漢大學

Wuhan University (WHU; 武汉大学) is a public university in Wuhan, Hubei, China. It is affiliated with and funded by the Ministry of Education of China. The university is part of Project 985, Project 211, and the Double First-Class Construction.


In 1926, National Wuchang University, National Wuchang University of Commerce, Hubei Provincial Medical University, Hubei Provincial University of Legislation, Hubei Provincial University of Liberal Arts, and the private Wuchang Zhonghua University were merged into National Wuchang Sun Yat-sen University (also known as National Second Sun Yat-sen University). The school has an undergraduate department and 6 subjects including liberal arts, science, law, economics, medicine, and preparatory courses, 17 departments, and 2 departments.[3][4][5][6]

In 1928, the Nanjing National Government officially established the National Wuhan University based on the former National Wuchang Sun Yat-sen University, with four colleges: liberal arts, law, science, and engineering.[3][4][5][6]

A congratulation calligraphy given to the first class of graduates of National Wuhan University by Cai Yuanpei

In 1949, National Wuhan University was taken over by the Communist Party and renamed Wuhan University.[3][4]

Former library situated on top of the old dorms, as depicted in the university's logo.
Qing Guangxu Emperor's approval of establishing the Ziqiang Institute.


In 2018, Wuhan University's student body consisted of 29,405 full-time undergraduates and 19,699 full-time master's degree candidates, 7,163 Ph.D candidates and 2,453 international students.[7]

Reputation and rankings[edit]

University rankings
BCUR National[8] Domestic 9
Wu Shulian National[9] Domestic 6
CUAA National[10] Alumni 10
QS National[11] General 8
THE National[12] General 10
QS Asia
(Asia version)[13]
General 36
THE Asia
(Asia version)[14]
General =30
ARWU World[15] Research 101–150
QS World[16] General 194
THE World[17] General =164
USNWR World[18] General =150

Wuhan University is ranked in the top 200th global universities by major international universities rankings, including the Academic Ranking of World Universities, the QS World University Rankings, the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, the Center for World University Rankings, and the U.S. News & World Report.[19][20][21][22][23]


Wuhan University is ranked among the top 10 universities in China.[24]

In 2016, CUAA ranked it the 4th.[25]

In 2015, CUAA ranked it the 4th[26] and Wu Shulian ranked it the 7th.[27]

In 2014, CUAA ranked it the 5th[28] and Wu Shulian ranked it the 7th.[29]


In 2022, QS World University Rankings ranked it 194th in the world and 8th in China.[30]

In 2022, U.S. News & World Report ranked it 150th in the world, 24th in Asia and 11th in China.[31]

In 2022, Academic Ranking of World Universities ranked it between # 101-150 in the world and 15th in Asia.[32] In 2020, it ranked 23rd in Greater China (including Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan).[33]

It came 157th in the 2022 Times Higher Education World University Rankings where it ranked 25th in Asia and 8th in China.[34][35]

Internationally, Wuhan University is regarded as one of the most reputable Chinese universities by the Times Higher Education World Reputation Rankings where it ranked 126th globally in 2023.[36]

In Q4 2020, it was ranked 7th globally and 1st among Asia and Oceania universities by the amount of venture capital funding raised by unicorn startups founded by its alumni.[37]


Regarding scientific research output, the Nature Index 2023 ranked Wuhan University the No.14 university in the Asia Pacific region, and 33rd in the world among the global universities.[38] The 2023 CWTS Leiden Ranking ranked Wuhan University 22nd in the world by total publications and 45th in the world based on the number of their scientific publications belonging to the top 1% in their fields for the time period 2018–2021.[39]

Former library situated on top of the old dorms, as depicted in the university's logo.
The administrative building houses the president's office.
School of Law
The building that housed the College of Chinese Language and Literature and School of History
School of Economics and Management (previously known as the School of Business)
College of Foreign Languages and Literatures


Campus map of Wuhan University (excluding the Medical Campus)
Cherry blossoms in Wuhan University

The university has rolling physical features with the scenic Luojia Hill and the beautiful East Lake. Its campus is heavily wooded and green, with fragrant flowers everywhere year-round. Wuhan University is widely known as one of the most beautiful universities in China, especially for its cherry blossom garden. A cherry blossom festival is held every spring.[40]

Most stylish old buildings were designed by F. H. Kales (1899–1979).[41] Educated in MIT, Kales was a pioneer to blend western architectural styles with traditional Chinese elements, which is most evident from his roof designs.

Wuhan University boasts a campus covering an area of 5508 mu and has a floor area of 2.42 square kilometres. The university's libraries have a collection of approximately 5.4 million volumes and subscriptions to more than 10,000 Chinese and foreign periodicals.[42]


Wuhan University has established cooperative relationship with more than 300 universities and research institutes in over 40 countries and regions.

Notable alumni[edit]

As of 2017 at least 29 billionaires had graduated from Wuhan University, ranking third place in the South Central China region and 9th nationally.[47]


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30°32′27″N 114°21′40″E / 30.54083°N 114.36111°E / 30.54083; 114.36111