Zhejiang University, or "Zhejiang University" for short, is located in "Heaven on Earth" Hangzhou. The predecessor was Qiushi Academy, founded in 1897, and it was one of the earliest new colleges and universities founded by the Chinese themselves. In 1928 it was renamed National Zhejiang University. During the period of the Republic of China, Zhejiang University, under the leadership of President Zhu Kezhen, became one of the highest institutions of the Republic of China. Because of his historical contribution, President Zhu Kezhen became the greatest person in the history of Zhejiang University, and established the motto of "Seeking Truth" and the classical Chinese text "Song of Zhejiang University" for Zhejiang University.
Zhejiang University is directly under the Ministry of Education of the People ’s Republic of China. It is one of China ’s famous top universities. It is the university with the most complete disciplines and the highest student entrepreneurship rate in China. One of the national key universities under the "985 Project" key construction, is a member of the Nine Schools Alliance, the World University Alliance, and the Pacific Rim University Alliance, and was selected into the "Everest Plan", "2011 Plan", "111 Plan", the first batch of "Ministry of Education" Pilot colleges and universities for the reform of the “Education and Training Plan for Outstanding Legal Talents”, “Education and Training Plan for Outstanding Engineers”, “Education and Training Plan for Outstanding Doctors” and “Education and Training Plan for Outstanding Agriculture and Forestry Talents”
As of December 2016, the school has 7 campuses of Zijin Port, Yuquan, Xixi, Huajiachi, Zhijiang, Zhoushan, Haining, covering an area of 4,265,678 square meters, with a total building area of 2,575,983 square meters and a library collection of 6.935 million volumes. The school has 7 departments, 36 professional colleges (departments), 2 Sino-foreign cooperatively run colleges, and 7 affiliated hospitals. There are 14 national key disciplines of first-level disciplines and 21 national key disciplines of second-level disciplines. There are 48762 full-time students, including 15092 master students and 9537 doctoral students; 6237 international students, including 3498 degree students.