Situated in the beautiful coast of the Shandong province, Qingdao University sits between two natural backdrops: the Yellow Sea to its south and Mount Fushan just behind. The university features history and culture within the atmosphere of a modern campus.
Formerly recognized as the Private Qingdao University, the campus was founded in 1924. Through the years, the institution took on different names, including National Qingdao University and National Shandong University. Amongst the notable educators and scholars having taught at the university are Yang Zhensheng, Zhao Taimou, Wen Yuiduo, Shen Congwen, and Liang Shiqiu. One of the more famous alumni is Luo Ronghuan, a member founder of the modern China.
In 1956, the medical school separated from the National Shandong University and became an independent academic institution of its own, designated as Qingdao Medical College. Meanwhile in 1958, Shandong University was relocated to Jinan, the capital of the province. Thereafter in 1985, the State Education Commission, as reported by the Shandong Provincial Government, approved the renovation of Qingdao University. By 1993, all three major colleges — Qingdao Medical College, Shandong Textile Engineering College, and Qingdao’s Teachers’ College — merged with the former university to incorporate Qingdao University.
With the passage of time, Qingdao University has inherited important vestiges of past traditions, all the while making internationalization as its themed centerpiece as a campus. In fact, the school has been accepting overseas students since 1987. It is one of the earliest universities in China to open admission to the outside world. Currently, there are over 1000 international students registered from 24 countries of Asia, Africa, Europe, America and Australia.
Qingdao University takes pride in establishing a vast network of exchange and cooperative programs with 130 universities from 20 countries, such as the US, Britain, Germany, Japan, South Korea, Russia, Canada, Australia, Sweden, Singapore, and Israel. Sister-school agreements have been created with 40 schools located in these countries. The university employs 62 full-time specialists and researchers every year, while 100 part-time lecturers comprise of the faculty. The university highly encourages its faculty members and students to embrace study-aboard and academic-exchange programming. As noted, Qingdao University celebrates a globalized perspective in higher education.
Devoted to exploring, innovating, applying and imparting knowledge, Qingdao University continuously pursues the ideal for truth, advocates academic tolerance, and embraces diverse cultures. The university envisions an open education where talented minds are cultivated, so that they can contribute to further social development and community.