Jilin University, founded in 1946, located in Changchun, the capital city of Jilin Province, is a key national comprehensive university, under the direct jurisdiction of the Chinese Ministry of Education, supported by Project 211 and Project 985. In 2000, the former Jilin University merged with four other universities, namely former Jilin University of Technology, former Norman Bethune Medical University, former Changchun University of Science and Technology, and former Changchun College of Posts and Communications. In 2004, the former University of Military Logistics also became part of Jilin University.
Jilin University has become the biggest university in China by its largest enrollment. It offers the programs covering 13 disciplinary categories, including philosophy, economics, law, education, literature, history, science, engineering, agriculture, medicine, management, military science and arts. It offers 124 undergraduate programs, 299 master’s program, 237 doctoral programs and 41 post-doc programs.
Jilin University has eight campuses, seven of which are in Changchun and one in Zhuhai, Guangdong Province. Jilin University covers an area of 6.11 million square meters in Changchun and 3.34 million square meters in Zhuhai. The main university library is recognized by UNESCO, UNIDO and the World Bank, and boasts a collection of 6.98 million volumes. It also serves as the northeast China center for the “China Academic Library & Information System,” one of only seven centers across China.
In 2013, Jilin University ranked No. 8 in China’s College and University Rankings, published by the China University Alumni Association and 301-400 in the world, according to the Academic Ranking of World Universities, conducted by Shanghai Jiao Tong University. Chemistry, material science, physics, engineering, clinical medicine, geo-science, biology and bio-chemistry rank in the top 1% of the Essential Science Indicators global ranking. Moreover, material science ranks 38th and chemistry ranks 55th, putting both of them in the top 1‰ in the world.
Jilin University has 6,630 faculty members, of whom 2,051 are full professors and 1,213 are doctoral supervisors. 24 faculty are members of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and/or the Chinese Academy of Engineering (15 adjunct members), and 6 eminent professors in humanities and social sciences. Jilin University is home to 69,000 full-time students, including over 24,000 graduate students, 43,000 undergraduate students and 2,000 international students from 102 countries. More than 400,000 students have graduated from Jilin University, and more than 70 alumni are members of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and/or Chinese Academy of Engineering.
In an increasingly international society, Jilin University has set up collaborative relationships with over 227 universities and institutions from 38 countries and regions. With its unique geographical position, Jilin University has also made remarkable contributions to studies on Japan, DPRK, ROK, Russia and Mongolia.Each year, more than 1,000 scholars come to visit and work at Jilin University, many of them are presidents of universities, Nobel Price Laureates, and leading experts in their respective areas. Jilin University has co-established 18 joint labs or research centers with top–level universities in the world, including JLU-GT Joint Institute on Theoretical Sciences, JLU-UIUC Research Base for Contemporary Agriculture, JLU-UC Davis Joint Center on Food Science, JLU-UGA Joint Center on Bioinformatics, JLU-California State University Northridge Center for Comparative Management Research, JLU-GM Pace Research Center, JLU-AU Research Center on Public Diplomacy, JLU-Rutgers Joint Centers on China and American Studies, etc.
In September 2010, H.E. Madam Liu Yandong, the former State Councilor, and current Vice Premier of the People’s Republic of China, inaugurated the China Hanban Northeast Center for International Chinese Language Education and Jilin University Center for Chinese Language Teachers Training. As headquarter of the China Hanban Northeast Center of International Chinese Language Education, Jilin University has promoted the talents training and research in Chinese studies. International students, including students under the “Confucius China Study Plan”, come to Jilin University to study Chinese language, culture, history, politics and economy. Jilin University Center for Chinese Language Teachers Training have trained and sent 400 volunteer Chinese language teachers to Thailand, Mongolia, Chile, Japan, ROK, Russia, Spain, Indonesia, Ecuador, Australia, etc. Three Confucius Institutes have been set up, with Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey in the USA, National Taras Shevchenko University of Kyiv in Ukraine and University of Buenos Aires in Argentina.