Shandong University is one of the oldest and prestigious universities in China. Shandong University was founded in 1901 and is the second national university established soon after Jingshi University (the Metropolitan University ) in the country. Recently, the Ministry of Education approved the university as a “national key comprehensive university.” In 2001, it was listed among the 21 national key construction first-class universities by the Ministry of Education.
Situated in Jinan, the capital city of Shandong Province, Shandong University covers an area of 3.849 square kilometers. The province is located in the eastern coastal part of China and the lower reach of Yellow River. Not only is it one of the most economically developed coastal provinces in China, but also a major contributor to the ancient Chinese culture—the auspicious birthplace of Qilu culture.
Shandong University consists of 31 schools/colleges and a graduate school. Courses are offered in 11 main academic disciplines: philosophy, economics, law, literature, history, natural sciences, engineering, management, medicine, education, and military. There are 104 undergraduate degree programs, 209 master degree programs, 127 doctoral degree programs, and 15 post-doctorate mobile stations. In addition, there are 7 professional master's degree programs in law, business management, engineering, clinical medicine, public health, dentistry and public administration respectively. The student population totals to about 95,000, of which 40,978 are fulltime students, 10,755 are postgraduate students, and over 1,000 are international students.
Shandong University embraces an abundance of scientific research facilities, a strong teaching staff, and favorable studying environment. At the university, there exist 35 national, provincial, and ministerial key academic disciplines; 2 national key research labs; 20 provincial and ministerial key research labs; a national engineering and technology promotion center; 19 provincial technology research centers; 4 national basic scientific research and personnel development bases; 4 social science key research bases approved by Ministry of Education; and 4 national fundamental science personnel development bases. The university also has a group of reputed scholars known home and abroad, of which 922 are professors. There are 29 academicians(including adjunct academicians) who are members of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Chinese Academy of Engineering.Three general hospitals, including Qilu Hospital and 12 teaching hospitals are affiliated with the university. Over 175 experimental labs, teaching and research facilities are well-equipped. The university library houses a collection of about 5,600, 000 volumes.
Shandong University is a higher learning institution open to the world. Over the years, Shandong University has established a broad international network for educational cooperation and has signed exchange agreements with over 70 universities from over 50 countries. The university remains active in academic cooperation and exchanges with over 100 educational and research institutions worldwide. The university becomes an important education base for international students. Since 1980, Shandong University has received over 10,000 students from over 60 countries.