The main root of the current Zhejiang University, Qiushi Academy, was founded in 1897 and was one of the earliest modern academies of higher education in China. Since 1901 Qiushi Academy had its name changed several times, and even was once suspended.
Zhejiang University focuses on assiduous study and research, and science and technological innovation. It has launched a number of international high-end academic platforms and gathered masters, scholars and high-level research teams in various disciplines. In recent years, Zhejiang University maintains a leading position in China in output indicators including publications, patents and etc., and has made abundant important achievements in science, technology, humanities and social sciences. Zhejiang University always takes initiative in catering for national and regional needs, and exerts itself to become an influential high-level source of innovation and a pool of talents.
Cluster research is one of the priorities for the sustainable development of Zhejiang University, which is a strong advocate of interdisciplinary research initiatives that involve faculty and students from many units on campus.
Various research centers are located in the campus, including 6 national engineering (technology) research centers, 3 national key research centers of humanities and social sciences, 13 ZJU Academy of Independent Studies. In addition, there are 167 research institutions in the various schools of the university.
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The Foreign Experts and Overseas Students Service Center of Zhejiang University is responsible for providing services such as accommodation, food and drink, management of the classrooms within the building of the International College.
International students who need to live in campus will be allocated by the university according to their majors, campuses where they will take their lectures. Necessities include beddings, desk and bookshelf, air-conditioning, hot water supply, campus wired and wireless network.
With a total space of 86,000 square meters, the university libraries has a collection of more than 6,830,000 volumes. In addition, the library has introduced over 400 electronic databases in all disciplines, including over 1,700,000 e-books, over 79,480 full-text journals in different languages.
Zhejiang University Computer Center, located in Zijjingang Campus, Xixi Campus and Huajiachi Campus, is an important information center responsible for teaching computer as a fundamental course, the Center possesses the highest-caliber training equipment in Zhejiang, including the Cisco Systems and standard computer rooms with over 3,000 computers.
Students who stay in the university for six months or above are entitled to comprehensive insurance offered by the university, including accident medical insurance, hospitalization expenses, accident deformity, death insurance
Zhejiang University has seven campuses.
Zijingang hosts the administrative offices of 11 schools/colleges, including Civil Engineering and Architecture, International Studies, Life Sciences, Medicine, Pharmaceutical Science, and Management.
The campus is home to most schools/departments in the Faculty of Engineering.
Xixi Campus hosts four colleges, namely, Humanities, Education, Media and International Culture, and Marxism.
Located in east Hangzhou, it mainly offers continuing education.
Zhijiang Campus is home to ZJU's Guanghua Law School.
Zhoushan Campus is a new campus hosting the Ocean College.
There are as many as 143 students organizations all over the university, which serve to nurture the students' extra curricular interests and develop their abilities.