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Jilin University is a national key comprehensive university under the direct administration of Ministry of Education in China. Located in Changchun, Jilin Province, the university was founded in 1946. In 1960, it was listed as a national key university. In 1984, it was one of the 22 universities initially granted the permission to admit postgraduates. In 1995, it became one of the first "Project 211" universities, as determined by the State Education Commission of China. In 2001, Jilin University was listed as one of the “Project 985” key construction universities. In 2004, it became one of the universities under the direct administration of the Ministry of Education of China. In 2017, it was rated as one of the universities for building world-class universities in the “Double World-class Initiative”.

In 2000, Jilin University merged with the former Jilin University of Technology, the former Norman Bethune University of Medical Sciences, the former Changchun University of Science and Technology, and the former Changchun Institute of Posts and Telecommunications. In 2004, the former University of Military Logistics also joined.

Jilin University offers a wide range of disciplines, within 52 colleges or schools, covering 12 academic categories, namely: philosophy, economics, law, education, literature, history, science, engineering, agriculture, medical science, management, and art. Among them, archaeology, mathematics, physics, chemistry, materials science and engineering, philosophy, law, mechanical and bionic engineering, electronic science and technology, geological resources and engineering, and one health are selected as “Double First-class” constructing disciplines according to the list released by Ministry of Education. JLU has 141 bachelor degree programs, 63 master degree programs, 49 doctoral degree programs, and 2 interdisciplinary doctoral programs. It also has 44 post-doctoral research stations.18 disciplines rank in the top 1% of the ESI. Two of these disciplines are in the top 1‰.

Jilin University boasts outstanding faculties. There are 6,439 faculty members in total, among which there are 2,320 professors. There are 11 members of the Chinese Academy of Sciences or the Chinese Academy of Engineering (including 54 adjunct members), 7 senior professors of philosophical and social sciences, 15 members of the assessment group of the Academic Degrees Committee of the State Council, 49 faculty members in the “10,000 Talents Project”, 8 national-level outstanding teachers, 5 chief experts in research and construction projects of the Marxism theory in the central government, 6 chief scientists in the national “Project 973”, 15 young and middle-aged experts with prominent contributions, 34 experts in the National "Hundred-Thousand-Ten Thousand Project”, 37 winners of the “National Outstanding Youth Fund”, 42 winners of the “National Excellent Youth Fund”, and 89 faculty members selected as “Changbai Mountain Scholars” in Jilin Province.

Our university is now home to five state key laboratories, 1 national engineering laboratory, 6 national-local joint laboratories, 1 national engineering and technology research center, 1 national animal experimental center, 4 international science and technology cooperation bases, 6 humanities and social science key research bases of the Ministry of Education, 12 key laboratories of the Ministry of Education, 5 engineering research centers of the Ministry of Education, 1 joint laboratory of international cooperation of the Ministry of Education, 2 joint collaborative innovation centers, 1 field science observation station of the Ministry of Education, and 19 key laboratories of other ministries of China. Jilin University has undertaken a great number of research projects at both the national and the provincial level, generating considerable scientific achievements with good prospects for industrialization and high technical content.

We have established a high-level talent training system for the bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees. There are 72,830 full-time students, including 8,496 doctoral and 20,774 postgraduate students, 41,955 undergraduate students, and 1,605 overseas students.

Jilin University engages in extensive exchanges with foreign countries and in close cooperative projects with other universities. It has established cooperation and exchange relations with 303 universities, research institutions or international academic organizations in 40 countries and regions. Among these, 48 are world top 100 universities, and an additional 67 are world top 200 universities. In recent years, we have cooperated with first-class higher institutions abroad, setting up 40 joint research centers and labs with universities and scientific research institutions from 12 countries.

Adhering to the principles of “active development, standard management, and innovation through reform”, our university has been actively guiding and promoting the healthy development of the industry of science and technology based on standard management; we have been carrying out an all-out reform of companies in which our university exclusively invests, establishing and implementing a modern corporate system. We also promote the transformation and industrialization of the scientific achievements of our university, bringing about a great number of booming hi-tech companies combining production, learning, and research. In addition, our university’s Science and Technology Park has been identified as a National University Science and Technology Park.

The campuses in Changchun cover an area of 6.11 million square meters, which includes a building area of 2.76 million square meters. Our university has a Zhuhai Campus, covering an area of 3.10 million square meters. There are 7.91 million books of in the university library, which has been recognized by UNESCO, UNIDO, and the World Bank. Approved by the Ministry of Education, our university’s CALIS Northeast Center is recognized as one of seven such centers in China.

With the development strategy to “pillar our university with academic achievements, empower it with talents, make it prosper through innovation, enliven it with an open atmosphere, and take pride in its unique culture”, our university aims to become a high-level research university which is first-class in China and renowned internationally. It seeks to be an important base for training highly qualified innovative talents, for transforming high-level scientific research and achievements, and for introducing high-quality social services and advanced culture. And it strives to enable students to develop in an all-round way, and to make faculties proud and widely-recognized at home and abroad. We’re determined to build Jilin University into a world-class university by its centennial.

(Updated by December 31st ,2020)