Qingdao University (abbreviation: QDU; simplified Chinese: 青岛大学; traditional Chinese: 青島大學; pinyin: Qīngdǎo Dàxué) is a key provincial research university located in Qingdao, China. Qingdao University traces its origin to 1909, when Deutsch-Chinesische Hochschule (German-Chinese College), the oldest predecessor institution of Qingdao University, was jointly established by the Chinese and German governments in Qingdao. In 1993, the former QDU, Qingdao Medical College, Shandong Textile Engineering College, and Qingdao Normal College, merged to form the new QDU. At present, QDU is one of the best comprehensive universities in Shandong Province, recognized as a member of the national « Excellent Engineer Education and Training Program. » With a strong profile in Medical Sciences, Textile and Design, Business, and liberal arts, QDU serves 35,000 full-time undergraduate students, 9,800 graduate students, and 1,600 international students.
The University persists in implementing the strategy of open running and promoting of international exchanges and cooperation in all respects. It has established relations with 176 universities in over 20 countries and regions, including the USA, UK, Germany, France, Austria, Japan, Korea, Russia, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Uruguay, etc. It has also developed over 60 education programs at various levels including teacher and student exchanges, joint training, and Chinese-foreign cooperatively-run education.
QDU College of Medical Science is recognized by the World Health Organization and is listed in the World Directory of Medical Schools. QDU is also authorized by the Ministry of Education of China to be one of the institutions of higher learning to offer courses in English for majors of Clinical Medicine.
Recruiting international students since 1987, Qingdao University was appointed as the « Chinese Educational Base » of the Overseas Chinese Affairs Office of the State Council in 2004, and the « Demonstration Base for International Students » of the Ministry of Education in 2014. Annually around 1,600 students from different countries and regions study at Qingdao University for both long and short-term programs. It has also established two foreign Confucius Institutes—Confucius Institute of Korea Sehan University and Confucius Institute of University of South Florida.
In 2007, the governments of Shandong Province, China and Bavaria, Germany established two special institutions—the Sino-German Cooperation Center of Colleges and Universities here at Qingdao University in Shandong and the Higher Education Center of Bavaria for Chinese Students at the University of Bayreuth, so as to further improve the educational cooperation between colleges and universities in these two areas. In 2009, Qingdao University became the “Training Base for Overseas Study” of the Chinese Service Center for Scholarly Exchange, Ministry of Education.
The University covers an area of 10.9 km² and includes three campuses in different parts of Qingdao, with the main campus located in the east part of Shinan District. Over 100 research labs, teaching and research facilities are well-equipped. The university library houses a collection of over 3,550,000 volumes.
It has about 37.000 students, from which over 5.000 are postgraduate students, and over 1.000 are international students. Since 1980, Qingdao University has received over 10.000 students from more than 60 countries. The university also has a group of reputed scholars known at home and abroad, of which 900 are professors. There are 23 academicians (including adjunct academicians) who are members of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Chinese Academy of Engineering.