Jilin University (JLU) is a leading national university under the direct jurisdiction of the Ministry of Education of China. Located in Changchun, the capital city of Jilin Province in Northeastern China, the University has eight campuses in six districts which are home to forty-three colleges covering thirteen academic disciplines, including philosophy, economics, law, literature, education, history, science, engineering, agriculture, medicine, management, military science and arts. The University boasts 6 national key laboratories, and 8 national bases for the development of basic science. Other resources include 5 research bases for humanities and social sciences, 9 key laboratories sponsored by the Ministry of Education and 14 by other ministries of Chinese government.
JLU offers a variety of degree programs. It has now 124 undergraduate programs, 311 master’s degree program, 240 doctoral degree programs, and 37 post-doctoral programs. The year of 2012 saw the enrollment of a total of 68,000-odd full time students among whom more than 25,000 are graduate students.
At present there are 6,540 faculty members, with 20 members of Chinese Academy of Science and/or Chinese Academy of Engineering, and 1,638 full professors. This dedicated education community is a guarantee of excellence in teaching and research. For years, the University has been playing a major role in the educational, cultural and economic life of Northeast Region of China. In the beginning decade of the new century, the University is committed to achieving the status as one of the leading institutions for higher education well known in China and around the world.
Facilities include, first of all, a fast gigabit computer network. Optic fiber cables connect all the campuses together, and over 20,000 computers are hooked up to the network. Faculty, staff and students can have easy access to the internet/intranet anywhere – in classrooms, dormitories or at home, enjoying online education and online office automation.
There are more than fifty multimedia classrooms and language learning audiovisual classrooms, ten of which are reserved for international students. Special attention has been paid to the construction of 20 basic science laboratories.
The University Library claims a collection of 6.59 million books and is designated as the library of UNESCO, UNIDO and World Bank. It also serves as the Comprehensive Information Center of Liberal Arts of the Ministry of Education, the only Foreign Scientific Text Book Center in Northeast China, and the National Humanities and Social Science Higher Education Books Import Center. It is one of the seven centers of China Academic Library and Information System (CALIS) Center in Northeast China.
Every campus has a gymnasium, a stadium, and arenas for basketball, volleyball, table tennis and artistic gymnastics. The Nanling Campus Stadium, with grass soccer field surrounded by standard synthetic racetracks, can seat 10,000 persons; there are also well-lit synthetic floored tennis courts.
Jilin University has established worldwide exchange and cooperation ties with more than 150 universities, colleges, and research institutes in 31 countries/districts. Over 1,500 foreign students are currently enrolled in Jilin University.
Life for International students is pleasant. Dormitory rooms are furnished with nice furniture, TV-set, telephone and network terminals. There are reading rooms, cyber-café, tearoom and fitness room in the building. Each year, the University hosts many academic and cultural events including seminars, forums, speech competitions and, performances on various topics and subjects. 400 student groups and organizations enrich campus life with colorful activities.