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 Project 211. It is a Chinese Ministry of Education Class B Double First Class University.
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.
In 2021, Xinjiang University was ranked 762th by SCImago Institutions Rankings among research universities around the world. The 2021 CWTS Leiden Ranking ranked XJU at 887th in the world based on their publications for the period 2016–2019. 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.
Asteroid 192450 Xinjiangdaxue was named in honor of the university. The official naming citation was published by the Minor Planet Center on 25 September 2018 (M.P.C. 111803).
Main category: Xinjiang University alumni
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