Shandong University, or SDU – under the direct jurisdiction of the Ministry of Education – is a key comprehensive university with a long and honorable history, a broad variety of disciplines, strong academic strength and distinctive characteristics, which has had a great influence both at home and abroad. In 2017, the SDU was chosen as one of the first group of China's high-level universities to be listed in the double first-class university program released by the central government of China. Currently the president of Shandong University is Professor LI Shucai.
Shandong University has developed by leaps and bounds in recent years. At present, 18 subjects have been listed in the top one percent of subjects in the Essential Science Indicators (ESI), an index showing the competitiveness of a subject published by the Institute for Scientific Information. In addition, five of the university’s subjects – chemistry, engineering, material sciences, clinical medicine, pharmacology and toxicology – were listed in the top 1‰ in the ESI rankings. SDU has also established cooperation with nearly 200 universities in more than 30 countries or regions.
—— Shandong University is one of the initiative universities of modern Chinese higher education. Its medical school, established in 1864, signified the beginning of modern Chinese higher education. Its main body, Shandong Imperial College (Shandong Da Xue Tang) established in 1901, was the second national university in China, only after the Imperial University of Peking.
—— Shandong University's campuses are in the cities of Jinan, Qingdao and Weihai and they cover a combined area of over 533 hectares.
—— Shandong University is a comprehensive university in China with full-fledged academic disciplines. There are at present 12 general disciplines for undergraduates and postgraduates: philosophy, economics, law, education, literature, history, science, engineering, agriculture, medicine, management and the fine arts.There are 44 first-level doctorate programs, 51 first-level master's degree programs, 95 programs for undergraduates and 42 post-doctorate research programs – forming a complete system for the cultivation of first-class talent.
—— Shandong University is also one of the largest universities in China.Its full-time student population totals around 67,000, of whom 41,879 are full-time undergraduates, 24,319 are postgraduates, together with 1,612 international students.
—— Shandong University has established a broad international network for educational cooperation and has signed exchange agreements with almost 170 universities from over 30 countries and regions including world top universities such as Yale University and Harvard University. The first intake of international student's dates back to the 1950s.