Xinjiang University
شىنجاڭ ئۇنىۋېرستېتى
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Established1924; 98 years ago (1924)
Undergraduates> 20,000
Location, ,

43°45′54″N 87°37′12″E / 43.7650°N 87.6201°E / 43.7650; 87.6201Coordinates: 43°45′54″N 87°37′12″E / 43.7650°N 87.6201°E / 43.7650; 87.6201

Xinjiang University (XJU) (Uighur: شىنجاڭ ئۇنىۋېرستېتى, Шинҗаң Университети; Chinese: 新疆大学; pinyin: Xīnjiāng Dàxué) is one of the major universities in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, People's Republic of China and is a national key university. Established in 1924 in Ürümqi, Xinjiang University is a comprehensive university with the highest academic level in Xinjiang, under Double First Class University Plan and former Project 211.[1] It is a Chinese state Class B Double First Class University identified by the Ministry of Education.[2]

Establishment and location

In 1924, Xinjiang Russian and Law School was founded, which is known as the former school of Xinjiang University. In 1935, it was converted to Xinjiang College. Xinjiang University was named in 1960; it is in the southern part of Ürümqi. Among its prominent leaders was Du Zhongyuan, who was executed in 1943 on suspicion of being subversive.

It is a national key comprehensive university with students from various ethnic groups. It is one of two in Xinjiang entering the national “211 Project.” On December 30, 2000, the former Xinjiang University and Xinjiang Engineering Institute merged into a new Xinjiang University. In the past 78 years, it has seen 65,000 students graduate.


Xinjiang University comprises fourteen schools, which has courses and branches of study ranging from science, engineering, law and economics to management, the arts and history. A new major in intellectual property was created in 2013. XJU has three campuses: the Main Campus, the North Campus and the South Campus.


There are three Ph.D. programs, 46 Masters’ programs and 75 undergraduate majors. The university has research institutions in these areas of study:

The Minorities Folklore Research Center at Xinjiang University was founded by Rahile Dawut.[3]

Rankings and reputation

In 2021, Xinjiang University was ranked 762th by SCImago Institutions Rankings among research universities around the world.[4] The 2021 CWTS Leiden Ranking ranked XJU at 887th in the world based on their publications for the period 2016–2019.[5] The Nature Index ranked XJU among the top 1000 leading research institutions globally for the high quality of research publications in natural science based on the institution outputs from May 2020 to April 2021.[6]


Asteroid 192450 Xinjiangdaxue was named in honor of the university.[7] The official naming citation was published by the Minor Planet Center on 25 September 2018 (M.P.C. 111803).[8]

Notable alumni

Main category: Xinjiang University alumni

Notable faculty

Main category: Xinjiang University faculty

See also


  1. ^ About Xinjiang University Archived September 29, 2008, at the Wayback Machine, Retrieved on 2 September 2008
  2. ^ 教育部 财政部 国家发展改革委 关于公布世界一流大学和一流学科建设高校及建设 学科名单的通知 [Notice from the Ministry of Education and other national governmental departments announcing the list of double first class universities and disciplines]. Ministry of Education of the People's Republic of China.
  3. ^ "Uyghur Scholar Rahile Dawut Named Honorary Professor in the Humanities by the Open Society University Network". Bard. Retrieved April 29, 2021.
  4. ^ "University Rankings 2021". Retrieved October 8, 2021.
  5. ^ Studies (CWTS), Centre for Science and Technology. "CWTS Leiden Ranking". CWTS Leiden Ranking. Retrieved October 8, 2021.
  6. ^ "Nature Index Institution outputs". Retrieved October 9, 2021.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  7. ^ "192450 Xinjiangdaxue (1997 WY21)". Minor Planet Center. Retrieved October 17, 2018.
  8. ^ "MPC/MPO/MPS Archive". Minor Planet Center. Retrieved October 17, 2018.