Jilin University

World University Rankings 2022
Asia University Rankings 2022
Qianjin Street, Changchun, Jilin, 2699, China

Jilin University (JLU), founded in 1946, located in Changchun, Jilin Province, China has 6,420 outstanding faculty members supporting its mission of research, teaching, and scholarship, offers 71,955 students a strong academic challenge in their undergraduate, master’s and doctorate study through teaching and research excellence. 

JLU is a merger of six universities. On June 12th, 2000, the former Jilin University, Jilin University of Technology, Norman Bethune University of Medical Sciences, Changchun University of Science and Technology, and Changchun Institute of Posts and Telecommunications merged into the current Jilin University. On August 29th, 2004, the former University of Military Logistics also joined Jilin University.

Led by its global strategy: Student-centered, Research-oriented and Service Glocal, as one of the largest and most comprehensive universities in China, selected as Category A in China’s “Double world-class initiative”, JLU undertakes the responsibility in educating talents, leading most-needed research, transferring and applying education and research benefit in helping Northeast China become more resilient and revitalized, more sustainable, healthy and smart.

Jilin University has developed partnerships with 302 universities and scientific research institutions from 40 countries or regions and has established 40 International cooperative platforms with higher education and scientific research institutions from 12 countries, including University of Michigan from U.S.A., the University of Queensland from Australia, University of Groningen from the Netherlands and Lomonosov Moscow State University from Russia, etc. JLU is committed to providing students with overseas learning opportunities through 75 dual degree programs with many world-leading universities, encompassing a wide range of disciplinary categories, including chemistry, materials sciences, electronic science and engineering, life sciences, business, law, etc.

By virtue of the above guidance and mechanism, the progression of JLU global strategy proves to be efficient in enhancing the schools, scholars and students’ global understanding and their intercultural communication competence, increasing JLU’s international profile with extended global impact.

Facts and Figures

  • 6,420 Faculty
  • 71,955 Students
  • 139 Bachelor Degree Programs
  • 96 Master Degree Programs
  • 57 Doctoral Degree Programs
  • 7 campuses dispersed in 6 districts of Changchun, Jilin Province and 1 in Zhuhai, Guangdong Province,
  • 4 affiliated hospitals with more than 11,700 beds in total
  • 52 schools and colleges and research institutes

9 Faculties

Faculty of Arts and Humanities

Faculty of Social Sciences

Faculty of Sciences

Faculty of Engineering

Faculty of Information Sciences

Faculty of Earth Sciences

Faculty of Medical Sciences

Faculty of Agriculture

Faculty of Frontier Interdisciplinary Studies

13 Disciplinary Categories:

  • Philosophy
  • Economics
  • Law
  • Education
  • Literature
  • History
  • Science
  • Engineering
  • Agriculture
  • Medicine
  • Management
  • Arts
  • Emerging interdisciplinary disciplines

18 disciplinary categories rank top 1% in ESI, including Chemistry, Materials Science, Physics, Clinical Medicine, Biology & Biochemistry, Engineering, Geosciences, Molecular Biology Genetics, Pharmacology & Toxicology, Neuroscience & Behavior, Immunology, Agricultural Sciences, Microbiology, Environment/Ecology, Mathematics, Computer Science, Plant & Animal Science, Social Sciences, General, among which Chemistry and Materials Science rank top 1‰.

5 State Key Laboratories of China:

  • Joint Laboratory of Integrated Optoelectronics,
  • Laboratory of Superhard Materials,
  • Laboratory of Automotive Simulation and Control,
  • Laboratory of Inorganic Synthesis and Preparative Chemistry,
  • Laboratory of Supramolecular Structure and Materials;

1 State Engineering Laboratory of China:

  • National Engineering Laboratory for AIDS Vaccine,

1 State Engineering Technology Research Center of China:

  • National Geophysical Exploration Equipment Engineering Research Center,

6 Humanities and Social Science Key Research Centers of the Ministry of Education:

  • Center for Northeast Asian Studies,
  • Research Center for Chinese Frontier Archeology,
  • Center for Quantitative Economics,
  • Center for Jurisprudence Research,
  • China Center for Public Sector Economy Research
  • Center for Fundamentals of Philosophy.

12 Key Laboratories of the Ministry of Education of China

  • Laboratory of symbolic computation and knowledge Engineering
  • Laboratory of Molecular Enzyme and Engineering
  • Laboratory of Bionic Engineering
  • Laboratory of Automobile Materials
  • Laboratory of Pathobiology
  • Laboratory of Geo-Exploration Instrumentation
  • Laboratory of Evolution of Past Life and Environment in Northeast Asia
  • Laboratory of Zoonosis
  • Laboratory of Groundwater Resources and Environment
  • Laboratory of New Battery Physics and Technology
  • Laboratory of Organ Regeneration and Transplantation
  • Laboratory of NC Equipment Reliability

JLU’s excellence today comes not just from “what” we do, but also “how” we do it. JLU global strategy has effectively enabled us to fulfill its mission, empower society, inspire its graduates to develop independently with high self-efficacy, and apply their skills to solve world problems in multicultural, international contexts across disciplinary boundaries with curiosity, critical thinking and creativity.

JLU Students Facts and Figures

JLU is home to 73,618 students , including 70,377 full-time students, 9,220 in doctor’s programs, 21,454 in master’s, 41,547 in undergraduate programs and 1,235 international students.

The Objective of JLU Education

JLU education is student-oriented, innovative in teaching methods, and endeavors to cultivate students’ global vision, profound knowledge of broad areas, capability of effective communication and cooperation, who have great sense of responsibility for the country, who are good at critical thinking, team work, innovation, effective communication and cooperation who can push forward the future social and technological development. JLU aims to develop world leaders and elites in all sectors of the society for a complex future.

Research Capability Training in Students Education

JLU highly values the development in natural scientific research and social sciences research. The achievements of scientific research supports JLU’s undergraduate education, many of which have been converted and included into courses, textbooks, and experiments. Students have the chance to engage themselves into many academic research projects and practices, innovation and entrepreneurship training programs, curriculum design programs, and graduation projects, and expose themselves to the technological and innovative resources from key labs at national, provincial, and ministerial levels, engineering laboratories and research centers of engineering technology. Leveraging the advantages in scientific research, JLU encourages high-level faculties to provide courses and lectures on their latest research achievements, and guided them to convert these achievements into teaching resources. Currently, JLU has successfully bridged positive interactions between talent cultivation and scientific research.

JLU Students Interdisciplinary Education

Taking its advantage of comprehensive disciplines, JLU provides students with a solid disciplinary foundation and strengthens liberal education by giving a wide spectrum of choices for students in their first two years’ education according to their disciplines and explored the new mechanism of cultivating junior and senior students into versatile professionals in their career development based on their interest.

Taking advantage of its full range of disciplines, JLU actively creates interdisciplinary development platforms. JLU promotes interdisciplinary integration, calls for development of compound and innovative talents with an interdisciplinary background, encourages preeminent postgraduate supervisors to lead their research teams to carry out theoretic research and make technological breakthroughs in interdisciplinary fields. For that purpose, the University has launched an interdisciplinary research funding plan for doctoral students and a funding plan for interdisciplinary scientific research teams, to incentivize postgraduate students to carry out interdisciplinary research. 

Education in Global Context

Global Competence Development Plan

With “student-centered” in its mission, JLU has set up dedicated annual funding to launch the Global Competence Development Plan since 2018, led by Office of Global Engagement and coordinated with offices and schools, to support JLU students in academic exchanges, co-supervision programs, dual-degree programs and research training at world-class universities, or in international competition and conference, unlocking the power of JLU international partnership, preparing students to meet the special demands of a complex, information-age, globalized economy for the capability to learn, work and live with others from different culture origins, to embrace opportunities and challenges in the future. The plan increased outbound student mobility substantially: 3,909 students were supported to go abroad in 2018, which is 2.22 times the number in 2017; in 2019, 5,397 students benefited from the plan, which is 3.82 times of that in 2016.

Since 2020, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, JLU has opened over 160 International Research Assistant positions to recent university graduates for the service of schools’ international collaborative research, which also helped develop the graduates’ global competence. JLU launched Global Competence Online Workshops for faculty, staff and students with international partners in fulfillment of JLU’s spiritual legacy that we seek to impart to generations of JLUers: always be diligent, dedicated, honest in study to explore the unknown and be resilient, persistent, prepared and helpful at all times to take challenges.

More than 100 JLU students had received significant financial support to attend the National Model United Nations (NMUN) conferences in New York since 2016, the world's largest and oldest ongoing university-level Model UN. The awards ranging from Honorable Mention Delegation to Distinguished Delegation, and a growing number of Outstanding Position Paper Awards have been taken home since 2016 by generations of JLU NMUNers.

JLU provides life-changing opportunities for those who are passionate about making contributions to the SDGs as global citizens, some of whom are now working or doing internship in UN Human Settlements Programme, UN Environment Programme, UNESCO, UNICEF, UN Global Service Centre, ICCSD (International Centre for Creativity and Sustainable Development under the auspices of UNESCO), etc.

The leap-frog development and ever-growing talents pipeline help inspire the JLUers to develop independently with high self-efficacy, empower society, engage in global affairs and governance.

JLU Innovative Talent Training Program

JLU dedicates itself to educate diversified elites and launched pilot programs for cultivating five types of top-notch innovative talents, namely talents whose performance are outstanding in academia, in the process of application, in management, on international platform and in entrepreneurial field.

The pilot programs encourage students to engage in independent learning and research-based learning, focusing on holding various seminars for freshmen, including “Chemistry and Inter-disciplines” and “Bioscience and Human Health”,etc.

JLU works closely with enterprises, local organizations, and research institutions by bridging 100 top off-campus training centers with FAW Group, Jilin Universal Machinery Co., Ltd., Daqing Oilfield Drilling & Exploration Engineering Corp., and Chinese Academy of Agricultural Mechanization Sciences.

In 2009, JLU launched Tang Aoqing Classes, an Honors Program to prepare future scientists in cutting edge research. So far, 96% of the Tang Class graduates have been offered with higher degree program opportunities at world renowned universities.

JLU encourages its students to exchange and collaborate with theirs peers in global competitions. Just for example, JLUers in life sciences won 5 gold, 2 silver and 1 bronze medals totally during 2014-2021 in the iGEM competition hosted by MIT, and 2 gold, 2 silver and 1 bronze medals in the BIOMOD competition hosted by Harvard University/UCSF during 2015-2019.

JLU Alumni

JLU is home to more than 600,000 graduates with brilliant scholarship and lofty aspiration. They are now leaders in various field/in all walks of life. There are 33 alumni were elected as Academicians of Chinese Academy of Sciences or Chinese Academy of Engineering, ranking 2nd among all Chinese universities, and 154 alumni honored as national “Distinguished Young Scholars”, ranking 5th.

Looking Ahead

Facing the future, JLU takes over the responsibility for nurturing talents with global vision, profound knowledge of broad areas, capability of effective communication and cooperation. JLU values talents who have great sense of responsibility for the country, and talents who are patriotic, good at critical thinking, team work, innovation, effective communication and cooperation.

In response to the challenges of COVID-19 pandemic, taking the advantage of IT technology, JLU remolded 159 “Standardized, Intelligent and Functional” classrooms to build "offline+online" integrated teaching and learning environment for a faculties and students. By December 2020, it has established 190 courses on “JLU Online College” and other online platforms, and over 80,000 JLU students are now using the platform for credits. The quick response adapts to the challenge and contributes to education resources sharing, mutual learning and integrate information technology into traditional classroom teaching.

JLU actively promotes and encourages research of exceptional quality. The research excellence and achievements are broadly found across various disciplines, which enables JLU scholars to lead international research agenda across sciences, social sciences, humanities, engineering, geoscience, etc. and to convene multidisciplinary and international teams to address significant problems and expanding the boundaries of human knowledge.

High Pressure Physics: CALYPSO——An Efficient Structure Prediction Method and Computer Software

A prediction method for crystal structures and the software package CALYPSO (Crystal structure AnaLYsis by Particle Swarm Optimization) have been independently developed to predict the energetically stable/metastable crystal structures of materials at given chemical compositions and external conditions (e.g., pressure) by a Jilin University physics research group led by Prof. Yanming Ma with independent intellectual property rights. The CALYPSO method is based on several major techniques (e.g. particle-swarm optimization algorithm, symmetry constraints on structural generation, bond characterization matrix on elimination of similar structures, partial random structures per generation on enhancing structural diversity, and penalty function, etc.) for global structural minimization from scratch. All of these techniques have been demonstrated to be critical to the prediction of global stable structure. These techniques have been implemented into the CALYPSO code (www.calypso.cn). The method and the software have been used by over 3,400 international researchers from 73 countries or regions and yielded over 1,200 SCI papers.

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Geological Resources and Engineering: Crust-1 

The JLU geological resources and engineering team keeps pushing the envelope in the areas of oil exploration, deep polar drilling, alternative energy development, etc. They developed a 10,000-meter-level drilling rig “Crust-1” with great success, and created a new record for scientific drilling of 7,018 meters in Asia. This made China the third country, after Russia and Germany, who has mastered 10,000-meter deep drilling technology.

With the support of deep drilling technology, Zhang Nan, a young faculty member in JLU Geology Department, led even younger faculty members and students to drill through the nearly 200-meter ice cap during the three-month scientific expedition in the Antarctic. The valuable samples of continuous ice cores and bedrock cores under the ice obtained in the mission, after further analysis and research, could shed light on ancient Antarctic climate and geological evolution.

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Geology: Extracting first rock from beneath East Antarctic Ice in 60 years

The Institute for Polar Science and Engineering of JLU led by Prof. Talalay broke the breakthrough of extracting first rock from beneath East Antarctic ice in 60 years with China’s independently developed polar drilling equipment. The obtained complete ice core and subglacial bedrock cores are of great significance for studying paleoclimate change, understanding the formation and evolution of the Antarctic ice sheet and predicting global sea level change.

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Electroluminescence from Doublet Excitons of a Radical Molecule

Since the discovery of organic electroluminescence in 1963 (J. Chem. Phys. 38 (1963) 2042), the study of this phenomenon has always been confined to the emission from singlet or triplet excitons of closed-shell molecules. In 2015, professor Li Feng from chemistry college of Jilin University firstly reported the electroluminescence from doublet excitons of a radical molecule (Angew. Chem., Int. Ed. 54 (2015) 7091). This work broke through the restriction on the study of singlet and triplet excitons of closed-shell molecules and paved a new way of organic electroluminescence to the study of doublet excitons of open-shell molecules. Through continual improvement of radical materials and architecture of devices and world-wide collaboration (Prof. Richard Friend’s group from university of Cambridge, Prof. Jean-Luc Brédas’s group from Georgia Institute of Technology), the efficiency of doublet electroluminescent devices was improved largely and the mechanism of charge-transfer doublet emission was confirmed (Nature, 563 (2018) 536). In 2019, organic luminescent radicals that do not follow the Aufbau principle have been demonstrated to simultaneously possess high luminescent quantum yields and high photostability, which may be a way to solve the stability problem of luminescent radicals (Nat. Mater. 18(2019) 977). In 2020, non-alternant-hydrocarbons electronic structure is the prerequisite of radicals with high luminescent efficiency has been reported (Nat. Mater. 19(2020) 1224). These works were highly appraised by the famous scientists (Prof. Richard Friend, Timothy Swager, Yong Cao, Benzhong Tang, Yuguang Ma and et al.) in this filed, and added new contents of doublet emission into the classic Jablonski diagram.

Contact: Professor Feng Li: lifeng01@jlu.edu.cn

Archaeology—Exploring New Boundaries of the Scientific and Technological Archaeology

JLU School of Archaeology maintains edges in field archaeology and literal archaeology. It kept deepening exchanges and cooperation with other disciplines such as chemistry, life science, and earth exploration, exploring new boundaries of the scientific and technological archaeology.

In 2019, the JLU bioarchaeology team led by ZHANG Quanchao discovered the earliest confirmed artificial cranial deformation cases from the easternmost Old World,  which has grabbed great attention of the international community. The skeletons range in age from 12,000 to 5,000 years old. Numerous grave goods included with the burials of the men, women, and children suggest they may have been high-status individuals. Deformed skulls dating back from 13,000 to 10,000 years ago have also been found in western Asia and southeastern Australia, yet, our discovered materials are the evidence of the longest maintenance of such a special cultural practice within one single Neolithic site.

In 2020, over 1,600-year-old tomb of embracing lovers unearthed in north China. Such tombs help better interpret the social perceptions of human life and death and attitudes towards love in that dynasty when the coexistence of multiple ethnic groups fueled the rise and spread of pluralistic ethos.

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JLU invests in people, to support them and their research environment, thereby enabling the research endeavor to grow sustainably and embed the educational experience in a vibrant, research-led, entrepreneurial platforms and environment. It prepared JLUers to seize opportunities and face challenges, undertake purposeful disciplinary and interdisciplinary research, enrich knowledge and awareness, make positive contributions to addressing global problems. The international theme has always run through our veins, as demonstrated by our huge range of international collaborations with world-leading teams to address the emerging and evolving challenges in today’s world.

The International Center of Future Science (ICFS): An International Platform to Nurture Cutting Edge Research for the Future

The International Center of Future Science (ICFS) is one of the representations of international and multidisciplinary hubs in Jilin University, led by Professor YU Jihong, focusing on the frontiers of science and technology, oriented to the major demands of global development and dedicated to identify and support emerging opportunities to advance human knowledge. A Strategic Advisory Board composed of top international scientists, including 3 Nobel laureates, and an Academic Committee consisting of 19 Chinese and foreign academicians were set up to provide strategic planning and supervision, academic evaluation, and intellectual support.

International Society of Bionic Engineering (ISBE): An International Framework to Join Global Efforts in Practical Research 

The International Society of Bionic Engineering (ISBE) is an educational, non-profit and non-political organization formed in 2010 to foster the exchange of information on bionic engineering research, development and application, dedicated to the advancement of communication and cooperation among all scholars, and the furtherance of knowledge and education in the field of bionic engineering. The Society was launched by fifteen countries including China, the UK, Germany, the U.S.A., Russia, Canada, Japan, South Korea, India, Thailand, Austria, Romania, The Netherlands, Belgium, and Brazil, with Jilin university as the initiator and home to its permanent secretariat.

The establishment of ISBE marks generations of JLUers’ commitment to the development of bionic science and engineering discipline, a recognition of China’s academic status in bionic engineering from the international academia, a confirmation of the approach we explored by building a network of research partnerships across the globe to tackle the grand global challenges, rather than building one-to-one partnerships in individual countries, a presentation of how JLU utilizes its convening power to create multi-sector partnerships across academia to provide global service.

There is no boundaries in research and it is more vital than ever to join the efforts in solving the common problems faced by the mankind. JLU endeavors to contribute to the common good of the world through global collaborations in research.

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Key statistics

  • 11.0
    No. of students per staff
  • 3%
    Percentage of International Students
  • 47 : 53
    Student Ratio of Females to Males
  • 72,804
    Number of FTE Students
Based on data collected for the (1) 2022 World University Rankings

Subjects taught at Jilin University

  • Engineering & technology

    • Chemical Engineering
    • General Engineering
    • Electrical & Electronic Engineering
    • Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
    • Civil Engineering
  • Life sciences

    • Biological Sciences
    • Sport Science
    • Veterinary Science
    • Agriculture & Forestry
  • Social sciences

    • Geography
    • Politics & International Studies (incl Development Studies)
    • Communication & Media Studies
    • Sociology
  • Physical sciences

    • Chemistry
    • Mathematics & Statistics
    • Physics & Astronomy
    • Geology, Environmental, Earth & Marine Sciences
  • Arts & humanities

    • Languages, Literature & Linguistics
    • Archaeology
    • Art, Performing Arts & Design
    • History, Philosophy & Theology
    • Architecture
  • Business & economics

    • Business & Management
    • Economics & Econometrics
    • Accounting & Finance
  • Clinical, pre-clinical & health

    • Medicine & Dentistry
    • Other Health
  • Law

    • Law
  • Computer science

    • Computer Science
  • Psychology

    • Psychology
  • Education

    • Education