Zhejiang University’s motto is “seeking the truth and pioneering new trails”.
Its precursor, Qiushi Academy, was founded in China in 1897, making it one of the country’s oldest and most prestigious higher education institutions.
Zhejiang went through several incarnations before settling on its present-day name in 1928. At that time, it consisted of three faculties: the School of Engineering, the School of Liberal Arts and Science, and the School of Agriculture.
Rapid expansion followed however, and in 1958, it merged with the newly founded Hangzhou University, with further mergers taking place in the late 1990s. Today, Zhejiang University – sometimes known as Zheda – is under the administration of China’s Ministry of Education and is home to more than 47,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students.
The institution also has more than 3,500 academic staff within its seven faculties and 32 schools. A total of 15 faculty members have been elected to the Chinese Academy of Sciences, while 18 are members of the Chinese Academy of Engineering.
The university is situated alongside the West Lake in the historical city of Hangzhou, and attracts students from across the globe. Last year, almost 6,000 international students from more than 130 countries were enrolled on programmes at Zhejiang.
Just as attractive is the university’s extensive library, which contains a collection of around 7 million volumes, making it one of the largest research libraries in China.
Notable alumni include Chen Duxiu, co-founder and first chairman of the Chinese Communist Party, and Olympic volleyball champion Zhou Suhong.