Jilin University (JLU) is a leading national university under the direct jurisdiction of China’s Ministry of Education. Located in Changchun, the capital city of Jilin Province in Northeastern China, the University has eight campuses in five districts which are home to thirty-nine colleges covering eleven academic disciplines, including philosophy, economics, law, literature, education, history, science, engineering, agriculture, medicine, and management. The University boasts sixteen disciplinary areas, five national key laboratories, and eight national bases for the development of basic science. Other resources include five research bases for humanities and social sciences, seven key laboratories sponsored by the Ministry of Education and eleven by other ministries of Chinese government.
JLU offers a variety of degree programs. It has now 115 undergraduate programs, 192 master’s degree program, 105 doctoral degree programs, and seventeen post-doctoral programs. The year of 2003 saw the enrollment of a total of 59,000-odd full time students among whom more than 10,000 are graduate students. At present there are 5700 faculty members, with fourteen members of Chinese Academy of Science and Chinese Academy of Engineering, 1270 full professors, and 1652 associate 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 5.26 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 Education Ministry, 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. All campuses have gymnasiums, 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 130 universities, colleges, and research institutes in 40 countries/districts.