Founded in 1909, Lanzhou University is one of the top universities directly administered by the Ministry of Education and elected as one of the key universities in “Project 211” and “Project 985”. It was originally named as Gansu School of Law and Politics. In 1928, it was expanded into Lanzhou Sun Yat-Sen University. It was renamed as National University of Lanzhou in 1945. In 2002 and 2004, the Institute of Gansu Grassland Ecology and Lanzhou Medical College merged in to Lanzhou University respectively.

Located in Lanzhou, the capital city of Gansu Province, Lanzhou University currently occupies a total area of 3828 mu and consists of 6 campuses with 3 affiliated hospitals. The university has totally 4,230 staffs and teachers working on the campus, of which 1,855 are faculty members, including 394 professors, 823 associate professors, 327 doctoral supervisors and 9 academicians. So far 19,213 students are enrolled in the undergraduate program, 10,217 students in the postgraduate and doctoral programs.


The disciplines of Lanzhou University covers 11 fields in total, including science, technology, law, agriculture, literature, history, economics, philosophy, management, medical and pedagogy. Now the university has 8 national-level key disciplines, 2 national level developing disciplines, 27 provincial-level disciplines and 33 provincial medical and healthcare key disciplines. The University operates the key laboratory of Applied Organic and 6 laboratories of Arid and Grassland Ecology, West China Environment, Magnetism and Magnetic Materials, Arid and Agro-ecology, Semi-Arid Climate Change of the Ministry of Education, a key laboratory of Grassland Agro-ecosystem of the Ministry of Agriculture. In addition, there are 1 Key Open Laboratory of Grassland Agro-ecosystems under the ministry of Agriculture, 2 Key Research Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences, 4 Engineering Research Center under the Ministry of Education, and 1 China-Germany Research Center under the National Natural Science Foundation of China.

Lanzhou University is outstanding in the basic theoretical research and has made great achievements in the applied researches. Recently, the university has set new goals on pursuing national prominence based on Northwestern characteristics by undertaking national level projects, developing new disciplinary potentials and serving for the Gansu regional economic and social development. Over 500 awards of national, provincial and ministry levels have been conferred to Lanzhou University, and more than 900 books and publications have been released, on average over 1000 essays have been published annually. According to the statistics, Lanzhou University ranks one of the top universities which has published the largest amount of essays and of the highest citation rate. In recent years, the number of the essays published and cited by SCI takes the leading ranks of No 20 and No 15 among the Chinese higher institutions respectively.


Ever since the fall of 1987, Lanzhou University has been entitled to accept international students, among the universities authorized by the Ministry of Education. In 2002, the School of International Cultural Exchange was established to be responsible for the admission, instruction and the management of international students. In April.2008, Lanzhou University has been appointed as one of the higher institutions which is entitled to independently enroll degree program international students, the international student education has been developing tremendously. So far over 400 international students from 36 countries are studying on our campus under various kinds of programs.