Established in 1929, Chongqing University has a reputation as one of South West China’s leading universities. Upgraded to a national university 13 years later, with courses encompassing science, engineering, liberal arts, law and medicine, it has since added management, agriculture and education programmes.
In 2000, it merged with the Chongqing Jianzhu University and the Chongqing Architectural College, growing significantly in size. It became the ninth member of the Excellence League, an alliance of 10 high-performing Chinese universities, in 2010.
One of five universities in the city of Chongqing, it is particularly noted for its engineering, technology, built environment and business departments. One of China’s five core cities, Chongqing’s population is among the highest in the country. A port city, its climate is humid for most of the year, with long, hot summers and relatively mild winters.
With four campuses covering more than 3.8 km², the university lies west of both the city centre and the Jialing River, a tributary of the Yangtze, and south of Gele Mountain. The institution has educational exchange links with more than 100 other universities in 20 countries, including the UK, France, the US, Germany, Canada, Italy, Japan and South Korea.
The university’s alumni include a number of well-known physicists and politicians, Huawei Technologies founder Ren Zhengfei and the playwright Yan Su. The economist Qian Rongkun and the actor Fang Paidi also attended Chongqing University.