About Qinghai University

Qinghai University is located in the ancient city of Xining, a well-known summer resort on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau. The University was originally established in 1958, under the name “Qinghai Institute of Technology”. In November 1960, it was merged with the Qinghai College of Agriculture and Animal Husbandry, Qinghai College of Medicine and Qinghai College of Finance and Economics, to form Qinghai University, but this was abolished at the beginning of the Cultural Revolution. In 1971, Qinghai College of Agriculture and Industry was reestablished, with industry and agriculture as its major disciplines. In 1988, Qinghai University was reestablished, and, in October 1997, absorbed Qinghai College of Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Medicine. In January 2001, Qinghai College of Agriculture and Forestry, Qinghai College of Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Medicine and Qinghai Vocational School of Finance and Economics were incorporated into Qinghai University, as was Qinghai College of Medicine in 2004.

During the past 60 years of trials and hardships, our university has created a history of entrepreneurship and self-improvement. Qinghai University is now based upon teaching and research structured around four major disciplines-engineering, agriculture, medicine and management-while developing other disciplines in a coordinated manner. Since 2001, six top-rated national universities, namely Tsinghua University, Northwest A&F University, China University of Geosciences, Beijing (CUGB), East China Institute of Chemical Technology, Shanghai Jiao Tong University and Beijing University of Chemical Technology, have been providing paired assistance to Qinghai University. In 2004, Qinghai University became subject to co-sponsorship by the People’s Government of Qinghai Province and the Ministry of Education (MOE). In 2008, it was included in the “Project 211”. In 2012, it was selected as one of 14 universities for the “Project of Enhancing the Comprehensive Strength of Key Universities in Central and Western China”. In 2016, it was listed in the first batch of 100 Model Universities of Innovation and Entrepreneurship. In 2017, it was selected as a national university for the establishment of “world first-class disciplines”. In 2018, it became a university under the joint development of the MOE and the People’s Government of Qinghai Province.

Covering an area of over 200 hectares, our university is open to students from all over the world, as well as the 31 provinces, municipalities and autonomous regions of China. Of over 25,000 students now attending our university, 2,850 are graduate students (including 206 doctoral students) and 22,000 are undergraduate and junior college students (including 3,838 students at Kunlun College). There are now 5,372 faculty members (including 3,050 in Qinghai University Affiliated Hospital) and 1,365 full-time teachers. Of the full-time teachers, 476 (35%) hold doctoral degrees, while 86% hold master’s, or higher, degrees.

Our university now has 1 world-class discipline, 2 national first-class disciplines and 1 provincial first-class discipline; 1 national second-level key discipline and 1 national (“incubation”) key discipline; 12 provincial first-level key disciplines and 5 provincial second-level key disciplines; 1 authorized first-level doctoral degree-awarding department, 2 authorized second-level doctoral degree-awarding departments, 17 authorized first-level master’s degree-awarding departments, 1 authorized cross-disciplinary master’s degree-awarding department and 85 authorized second-level master’s degree-awarding departments. Our 9 authorized master’s degree categories include 50 professional fields. We have 1 postdoctoral research station, 67 undergraduate majors include 6 national-level specialty majors, and 4 national teaching teams. We possess 1 national experimental zone for innovative talent training, 1 model national experimental teaching center, 1 model national high-quality bilingual course, 3 national high-quality video open courses, 7 national first-class courses, 5 national first-class majors, 9 national excellence programs, 1 national off-campus practical education base for college students, and 1 national comprehensive professional reform program. We also possess 1 state key laboratory, 3 state key sub-laboratories, 3 national & local joint engineering laboratories (research centers), 3 MOE key laboratories, 2 MOE engineering research centers (including 1 incubation center), 1 MOE scientific field observation research center, 5 Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs laboratories/centers, 1 National Forestry and Grassland Administration key laboratory, the Guoyu Huayu VR World Laboratory, 18 provincial key university laboratories, 23 provincial key science and technology laboratories (including 1 sub-lab); 1 national university science and technology park and 1 national research institute for rural development.

Our university fully employs 1 Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) academician, with 7 further CAS academicians dual-employed, 2 professors dual-employed, 5 distinguished professors in the MOE “Changjiang Scholars Program”, 1 National Natural Science Foundation of China “Excellent Youth Project” winner, 2 National “Thousand Talents Plan” experts, and 2 National “Outstanding Youth Fund” winners. 22 of our talented staff have been selected for the National “Ten Thousand Talents Program”, National “Hundreds and Thousands of Talents Project” and the MOE’s “New Century Excellent Talents Support Program”. 34 talented staff enjoy a “State Council Special Allowance”, while 19 have won awards such as the National Innovation Competition Award, the Hong Kong Ho Leung Ho Lee Foundation Science and Technology Innovation Award, the Fok Ying Tung Education Foundation Young Teacher Award, the Chinese Overseas Chinese Community (Innovative Talents) Contribution Award, and the only Basic Medicine Award to have been won by a developing country scientific university. Our university has over 30 nationally and provincially-renowned teachers, outstanding teachers and educators, and over 60 provincial-level outstanding experts, professionals and technical personnel. 241 talented staff and 4 team projects have been included in the Qinghai Province “Thousand High-end Innovative Talents Plan”, and over 220 have been recognized as provincial “135” high-level talents and leaders in natural science and engineering technology. One team has been included in the MOE “Innovative Research Team Development Plan”, one awarded the honorary title of “National Huang Danian Style Faculty among Colleges and Universities” (named for the eminent Chinese physicist), and 16 research teams have been recognized as centers for cultivating top sci-tech talent in Qinghai Province.

Qinghai University is actively promoting deep integration of enterprises, universities, and research institutes, and actively serving the national and regional strategies for economic and social development. In terms of classification of disciplines, our university focuses on both typical traditional industries, and emerging strategic industries strongly promoted by both the state and Qinghai Province. These include ecological protection in the Sanjiangyuan (“three river sources”) region, and the establishment of a “circular economy” in the Tsaidam Basin. Our university has developed distinctive strengths and characteristics in disciplines including the ecological protection of the Sanjiangyuan region, and in plateau agriculture & animal husbandry, plateau medicine, Tibetan medicine, salt lake chemicals, new energy and new materials. We have trained a large number of human resources with applied skills, making a great contribution to Qinghai’s economic and social development.

Over the past five years, Qinghai University has approved 1,687 scientific research projects, including 6 national key research and development programs, with total research funding of over RMB 1.2 billion. From these, 612 scientific research achievements have been identified, of which 16 have been recognized as internationally leading, and 68 as internationally advanced, while 29 new plant varieties have been cultivated. Our university has won 1 National Scientific and Technological Progress Award Second Prize, 2 National Awards for Excellence, 2 National Teaching Achievement Award Second Prizes, 2 Ministry of Education Scientific and Technological Progress First Prizes, 45 awards at provincial and ministerial level, and 1 Award for its Significant Contributions to Science and Technology in Qinghai Province. Our staff have published 7,969 academic papers in various journals in China and internationally, including four inScienceandNature.

Our university adheres to a philosophy of opening up through constantly increased external exchange and cooperation. With the strong support of Tsinghua University, Northwest A&F University, China University of Geosciences, (Beijing; CUGB), East China Institute of Chemical Technology, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Beijing University of Chemical Technology and other universities, Qinghai University has achieved excellent development and progress from perspectives including its disciplines, faculty, personnel training, and scientific research. We have signed memorandums of exchange and cooperation with, and carried out practical cooperation with, universities in over 20 countries and regions, including the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan. We have the “Silk Road Agricultural Education and Research Innovation Alliance”. We have been selected by the Program 111, which was developed by the MOE to attract high performing researchers from prestigious universities to China. We have launched a new round of “Three Brothers” (Tsinghua University - the University of Auckland - Qinghai University) model cooperation, continuously promoting international exchange and cooperation.

At this new historical starting point, Qinghai University continues to adhere to its motto: “Aspirations lofty, like majestic Kunlun Mountain, ever seeking knowledge, like Yangtze and Yellow Rivers”. Perpetuating the new Qinghai spirit, our university is striving to develop into a distinctive, high-level, modern university, with a basis in morality and human development, supporting innovation while serving economic and social development.

(Note: The above data is as of March 2021)