Zhengzhou University (ZZU) is the one of key construction on the list of National Project 211, the Midwest Universities Comprehensive Strength Promotion Project and the Co-construction Project jointly-sponsored by the Ministry of Education and the People’s Government of Henan Province. With a total area of about 1,000 acres, ZZU is composed of four campuses, i.e. the main campus (No.100, Kexuedadao, Zhengzhou City), the southern campus (No.75, Daxuebeilu, Zhengzhou City), the northern campus (No. 97, Wenhua Road, Zhengzhou City), and the eastern campus (No. 40, Daxuebeilu, Zhengzhou city). At present, it has an enrollment of over 56,000 full-time undergraduates and 15,000 full-time postgraduates enrolled from all over China as well as 1,600 international students from over 60 countries and regions.
Medical education of ZZU dates back to the National 5th Zhongshan University established in 1928 (the predecessor of National Henan University founded in 1942). This national university moved to Zhengzhou in 1952 and established Henan Medical College (the first batch of its kind authorized to confer doctoral degrees in China) as the forerunner of the higher medical education in Henan province. The former Zhengzhou University, the first comprehensive university established by new China in 1956, was listed under National Project 211 in 1996. Zhengzhou University of Technology, a national key university under the direct leadership of the Ministry of Chemical Industry, was founded in 1963. A large number of distinguished scholars and experts have either taught or worked at this university, including Professor Ji Wenfu, educator, historian and philosopher, Huo Bingquan, physicist professor, Professor Hou Debang, chemist, Zhong Xiangchong, academician of Chinese Academy of Sciences, expert in refractory, Professor Sun Guoliang, expert in civil engineering, Professor Dong Minsheng, expert in otolaryngology, Professor Shen Qiong, the founder of the esophageal cytology, Professor Su Shouzhi, expert in the human parasitology. On July 10, 2000, the new ZZU was established after the combination of three universities: the former Zhengzhou University, Zhengzhou Industrial University and Henan Medical University.
The long history of ZZU has cultivated a distinctive culture of its own. Influenced by the broad and profound culture of the Central Plains of China, people at ZZU have inherited and developed the quality of being generous, inclusive, energetic and daring. Students at ZZU come from over 30 provinces and autonomous regions in mainland China, as well as over 60 overseas countries and regions in the world. Thus various cultures have harmoniously existed and been blended with one another at ZZU, generating a cultural atmosphere of communication and integration among regional and ethnical cultures. Knowledge convection and culture clashes, along with a balanced development of the 12 disciplines, have helped ZZU to create a favorable atmosphere of cultivation, which is characterized by inter-disciplinarization and inter-complementation among arts, science, engineering and medicine. Being both inheritor and practitioner of the time-honored distinctive culture, the three campuses of ZZU has solidified and furthered developed their distinctive culture, which has facilitated the school ethos, i.e., “Being faithful, sincere, prudent and assiduous”. While strengthening the construction of its own culture, ZZU also exerts itself to take a lead in cultural and social activities so as to promote the local economic and social development.
In the past 15 years ZZU has witnessed steady development and laid a solid foundation for a comprehensive university. It has established 12 major disciplines: science, engineering, medicine, literature, history, philosophy, law, economics, management science, pedagogy, agriculture and arts, among which 6 sub-disciplines are of national key ones, namely the condensed matter physics, material processing engineering, history of ancient China, organic chemistry, chemical technology, pathology and pathophysiology. Besides, 4 disciplines (or fields) have ranked top 1% in ESI ranking across the globe: chemistry, clinical medicine, material science and engineering. There are 21 doctoral programs of first-level disciplines, 3 doctoral programs of independent second-level disciplines, 55 master programs of first-level disciplines, 1 granting unit of doctorate professional degree, 21 granting units of professional master degree, and 24 post-doctoral exchange centers as well.
Four academicians of the Chinese Academy of Science and three more academicians of the Chinese Academy of Engineering work at ZZU, namely HuoYuping, Wu Yangjie, Shen Changyu, Marty (non-Chinese nationality), Liu Jiongtian, Yang Shengli and Wang Fuming. Five talents are elected into the national “1000-talent Plan”, two talents into the Yangtse River Scholars Program, and 7 talents have acquired the National Science Fund for Distinguished Young Scholars. At present, Professor He Jilin, academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, assumes the presidency of the Resources & Industrial Materials Technology Research Institute of Henan Province. And Professor Nick Lemoine, fellow of the UK Academy of Medical Sciences, serves as Dean of the Academy of Medical Sciences at ZZU. What is more, ZZU has attracted social celebrities to conduct teaching here, such as Nan Zhenzhong, a famous journalist, Zhang Hai, a well-known calligrapher, and Er Yuehe, a distinctive novelist.
The implementation of morality education has required ZZU to shape a self-contained system of talent cultivation. Nowadays as many as 108 undergraduate specialties have been offered on the main campus. All schools and departments on main campus and the International School on the southern campus enroll students whose scores gained in the National College Entrance Examination should reach the admission requirement of key universities, while the School of Software and Applied Science &Technology on the northern campus enrolls those whose scores must meet the admission requirement of ordinary universities and colleges. ZZU has been successively listed in the national projects to cultivate and train excellent engineers, law talents and physicians. The Publicity Department of Henan Provincial CPC Committee has agreed to make joint efforts with ZZU to run the School of Journalism and Mass Communication so as to cultivate outstanding journalist talents. ZZU has 14 specialties with national characteristics, 5 National Experimental Teaching Demonstration Centers, 6 National Comprehensive Reform Pilot Projects for undergraduate specialties, 3 National Comprehensive Reform Pilot Projects of Professional Degree Education, 2 National Experimental Zones for Innovative Model of Talent Cultivation, 7 National Centers for Engineering Practice Teaching, 1 National Base for Basic Science Research and Teaching Talent Personnel, and 1 National Base of Cultural Quality Education for College Students. In addition, ZZU offers 14 National Excellent Courses, 2 National Bilingual Demonstration Teaching Courses, 4 National Excellent Open Video Courses, 14 National Excellent Resource-shared Courses. It has 4 National Teaching Teams and 5 National Distinguished Teachers, and has so far won 9 National Teacjomg Achievement Awards. In the past years, as many as 500,000 students have graduated from ZZU, who have made important contributions to the national construction and social progress.
ZZU persists in science and technology innovation and innovative service so as to promote development. Now a number of scientific research institutions have been set up at ZZU, such as the National Rubber-plastic Mould Engineering Research Center, the National Technological Research and Promotion Center of Calcium Magnesium Phosphate Compound Fertilizer, the National-Local-Joint Engineering Laboratory for Measuring and Repairing Major Infrastructures, the National Research Center for Drug Safety Evaluation, and the National Collaborative Innovation Center of Territorial Sovereignty and Maritime Rights and Interests. ZZU has built two National Research Bases for Drug Clinical Research, one National Training Base of Intellectual Property. Altogether there are 6 key laboratories, engineering research centers and key research bases for the study of the humanities and social sciences sponsored by the Ministry of Education, 7 provincial collaborative innovation centers of materials, resources and other subjects at ZZU. There have also established several school-level research institutes, such as the ZZU Academy of Medical Sciences, the ZZU Institute of Pharmacology, the Henan Provincial Industrial Technology Research Institute of Materials and Resources, the Industrial Technology Research Institute of ZZU, the Test and Calculation Center of ZZU and so on.
In recent years, over 100 projects have been undertaken by ZZU, like the National Key Special Projects, National Program 973, Project 863, Project supported by the National Key Technology Research and Development Program and so on. Meanwhile, ZZU has acquired over 1600 projects of the National Natural Science Foundation and the National Social Science Foundation. It has won 5 National Award for Science and Technology Advancement, 1 National Technological Invention Award, 1 National Natural Science Award. The university has published 7 theses in the academic journal of Science and Nature. In 2015, ZZU succeeded in acquiring 35 projects sponsored by the National Social Science Foundation (including 1 major project and 5 key projects), 214 projects financially assisted by the National Natural Science Fund (including 2 key projects).
Efforts have been made to stick to open schooling, broad international exchange and the combination of industry, university and research institute. ZZU has established the International Joint-Research Center of Micro-nano Molding Technology, and the International Joint-Research Center of Cellular and Gene Therapy. ZZU has also established intercollegiate cooperative relationship with more than 180 universities in over 40 countries and regions, including USA, UK, etc., run Chinese-foreign cooperation programs in education with Monash University and University of Wollongong in Australia, Warsaw University, University of Lodz, etc. The mechanism of student-exchange has also been built with Portland State University, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, and University of Duisburg-Essen. Every year ZZU homes more than 1, 000 overseas visitors and students, and simultaneously sends hundreds of teachers and students to visit and study abroad. ZZU has also set up a Confucius Institute in India. More than 1,300 students each year have been recommended for admission of post-graduate programs to Beijing University, Tsinghua University, Chinese Academy of Sciences, etc.
ZZU has initiated and undertaken the construction of the National University Science Park in Henan province. ZZU has established collaborative relationship with local governments and more than 200 well-known enterprises. There are altogether 9 hospitals attached to ZZU, providing more than 20,000 sickbeds with an annual outpatient amount of over 10 million person times. Zhengzhou New Cape Electronics Co., Ltd, listed in the securities market in 2011, has taken the second position among companies of its kind in terms of performance. The annual output value of ZZU Comprehensive Design and Research Institute Co., Ltd. has reached RMB¥240 million, taking the lead in the field of civil building design in Henan province.
In 2015 the first charter of ZZU was promulgated and implemented, enabling the University to embark on the new journey of ruling the school by law. ZZU targets at building itself into a comprehensive and research-oriented university. A new development thinking has been established, that is, adhering to the main principle of“One University in One Province,”starting from collaborative innovation, accelerating the process of transformation, speeding up development and connotation construction, improving the overall quality of education and teaching. Meanwhile, ZZU has also made a comprehensive reform scheme of “4231”. In accordance with the significant instruction of Premier Li Keqiang, ZZU is now striving to build itself into a first-class university in China, a highland for training talents, a base of scientific research as well as a center of exchanges and cooperation in Central China. People of ZZU will exert themselves to create first-class disciplines and first-class university, make new contributions to the great cause of building an overall well-off society and achieving the rising of Central China and great renaissance of the Chinese nation.