Zhengzhou University was established on July 10, 2000 on the basis of the amalgamation of the three former individual universities, namely the former Zhengzhou University, Zhengzhou University of Technology and Henan Medical University. The former Zhengzhou University was the first comprehensive university established by the state in 1956. The former Zhengzhou University of Technology established in 1963 was the national key university under the direct administration of the former Ministry of Chemical Engineering in China. The former Henan Medical University founded in 1928 was the key medical college under the direct administration of Henan Province.
Zhengzhou University covers 12 fields of study, including science, engineering, medicine, literature, history, philosophy, law, economics, management science, pedagogy, agriculture and arts. It is among the group admitted into Project 211, the sole university in Henan supported by the Midwest Universities Comprehensive Strength Promotion Project and co-sponsored by Henan Provincial Government and the Ministry of Education.
Zhengzhou University has rich resources and facilities. It has altogether four campuses, i.e. the New Campus, the South Campus, the Institute of Technology and the Medical School. Of the overall area of 6,493 mu, the New Campus located in the New High-tech Zone takes up 4,845 mu, with a total construction area of 1.65 million square meters.
With large school-running scale and qualified academic staff, Zhengzhou University has at present over 52,000 full-time undergraduates, 15,000 full-time postgraduates and 1,400 international students. Meanwhile, there are over 6,000 full-time staff members, among whom 24 are members of CAS or CAE, with 6 being full-time and 18 part-time. Besides,the university has over 721 professors and 34 talents who have either won the ¡°National Science Fund for Distinguished Young Scholars¡± or become candidates of the ¡°100-, 1000- and 10000-talent Plan¡±, the national ¡°1000-talent Plan¡± or the provincial ¡°100-talent Plan¡±, as well as 1600 and more associate professors and more than 1,700 teachers with the doctorate degree.
Backed up with a sound talent nurturing system, Zhengzhou University has 46 faculties and 9 affiliated hospitals, offering 107 undergraduate programs, 55 master¡¯s degree programs of the first-level discipline, 237 master¡¯s degree programs of the second-level discipline, 21 doctorate programs of the first-level discipline, 124 doctorate programs of the second-level discipline and at the same time 1 professional doctorate, 19 professional master¡¯s degrees as well as 23 postdoctoral research stations. It has also 14 national high-quality courses, 14 national characteristic specialties, 2 national exemplary teaching centers, 2 national creative experimental zones for talent nurturing mode, 7 national engineering practice education centers, 210 national college student innovation entrepreneurship training programs, 4 national teaching teams, 5 national teaching masters and 2 national bilingual exemplary teaching courses. In addition, the university has 1 National Science Basic Scientific Research and Teaching Personnel Training Base, 1 National College Student Culture Education Base, 1 MOE College Counselor Training and Research Base, 1 Chinese Education Base under the Overseas Chinese Affairs Office, 6 National Key Disciplines, 37 National Key Clinical Specialists, and 214 provincial key disciplines, 4 disciplines (or fields) in top 1% of ESI ranking in the world.
Featured with a solid scientific research foundation, Zhengzhou University now owns more than 330 scientific research institutions of all levels/kinds, among which are 1 National Engineering Research Center, 1 National Technology Research Promotion Center, 1 National Chemical Safety Engineering Technology Center, 1 National Research Center for Safety Evaluation of Drugs, 2 National Drug Clinical Research Bases, 3 MOE Key Labs, 2 MOE Engineering Research Center, 1 Key Research Base of College Humanities and Social Sciences sponsored by the MOE and the Province, 1 Sports Culture Research Base under the Sports Culture Development Research Center of the State Sports General Administration, 1 National Intellectual Property Training Base, 6 Henan Provincial Collaborative Innovation Centers; Provincial Key Labs, Engineering Technology Research Centers, International United Labs, Key Humanities and Social Science Research Bases, Provincial Universities and Colleges Key Principles Open Labs, Engineering Technology Research Centers, State Key Laboratory Cultivation Bases total up to 104, and provincial key scientific and research institutions total up to 125, which indicates a strong capability on basic research, application research and development of science and technology.
With sound infrastructure and favorable school-running conditions, Zhengzhou University is honored as one of the Top 400 Afforestation Units by the State Afforestation Committee. With a total construction area of 84,000sqm, its library contains a collection of books of more than 7.971 million. The university has its own publishing house and issues 14 academic journals. Zhengzhou University also worked with other parties and established SIAS International College and the College of Physical Education.
Zhengzhou University has cultivated an active academic atmosphere and established a good mechanism for extensive exchange and cooperation. It has developed a sound cooperative relationship with more than 20 famous universities and academic institutions including Peking University, Tsinghua University, Chinese Academy of Sciences, and those in Hong Kong and Taiwan. It has also established intercollegiate cooperative relationship with nearly 170 universities from more than 40 countries, mainly the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Japan, Russia, Canada, Australia, South Korea, Kazakhstan, Belarus, Finland, Ukraine, etc.
Zhengzhou University is people-oriented, and attaches great importance to the enhancement of students¡¯ comprehensive qualities. It has cultivated a large number of qualified graduates for the society, and has won many honors and titles above the provincial level in such areas as the party construction, ideology and political sciences, teaching, scientific research, medical care, management, students¡¯ work and logistics services.
Zhengzhou University¡¯s development has received great care and support from the leaders of the central and local government. National leaders, mainly Li Keqiang, Liu Yunshan, Wu Bangguo, JiaQinglin, Li Changcun, He Guoqiang, Li Lanqing, Luo Gan, Liu Yandong, Lu Zhangong, Chen Zhili, GuXiulian, Cheng Siwei, Zhang Siqing, Xu Kuangdi, and Zhang Rongming, etc., have visited Zhengzhou University respectively for inspection and guidance. The chief leaders of the national Ministry of Education, the Provincial Party Committee, and the Provincial Government frequently come to the campus for investigation or on-site work. Under the care and support of these leaders, Zhengzhou University has achieved great progress and good momentum in the areas of personnel cultivation, teaching staff construction, academic disciplines, academic research, new campus development, the Party construction, ideological and political work, etc.
Zhengzhou University adheres to the main line of ¡°One University in A Province¡± and the key point of collaborative innovation to accelerate both the transition development and connotation construction, and improve its education quality and schooling level. Zhengzhou University aims to be a first-class university in China, being internationally well-known and regionally exemplary as well in the middle of this century and further contributes to the building of an overall well-off society and the rise of central China.
(Updated in September 2014)