China has just created its largest university by merging four universities in eastern Zhejiang.
Senior state officials including vice-premier Li Lanqing attended a grand ceremony held in Hangzhou, the provincial capital.
There will be at least 30,000 full-time undergraduates, more than 5,000 postgraduate students and more than 10,000 staff.
The merger signals a breakthrough of great significance in China's higher education reform programme said Li Lanqing.
University president Pan Yunhe said: "We plan to build Zhejiang into a top university in Asia by 2005 and one of the world's best by 2015."