Hunan University is situated at the foot of the picturesque Mount Yuelu and on the west bank of the rippling Xiang River in Changsha, Hunan Province. Hunan University traces its origin to Yuelu Academy founded in 976 A.D. Officially named in 1926, Hunan University has always been honored as a “One-Thousand-Year-Old Institution”. Chairman Mao Zedong, one of the founders of the People’s Republic of China, inscribed the name of the University in 1950.
Hunan University is a comprehensive university featuring studies in engineering, with a strong foundation in science, a unique cultural background in liberal arts and its own characteristics in economics and management. Hunan University, affiliated with the Ministry of Education of China, is included in China’s “Project 211” and “Project 985” for priority investment and construction.
The University has 23 colleges and departments. Professional disciplines involve 11 subject categories, such as philosophy, economics, law, education, literature, history, science, engineering, management, medicine and arts, which offer 25 first-order disciplines authorized to confer Ph.D. degrees, as well as 25 post-doctoral programs. 41 first-order disciplines authorized to confer Master's degree, and 22 academic degree authorizations.
It has a staff of over 4,100 with a faculty of more than 1,800 of which, over 1,100 are professors and associate professors, 3 are full-time members and 3 are invited-members at both Chinese Academies of Sciences and Engineering, 41 are members of the state's Thousands Talents Program, 6 are members of the state’s Ten Thousand Talents Program, 17 are Cheongkong Chair Professors. The student body totals nearly 30,000, of which over 20,600 are undergraduates and 14,000 are graduates.