qiushi academy, the forerunner of the modern-day zhejiang university (zju), was founded to be a modern academy of higher education in china.
the enlarged school was renamed national chekiang university. during the war period (1937-1949), it was praised as one of the four most prominent universities in the republic of china.
professor chu kochen became the president of national chekiang university and would leave a profound imprint. addressing new students in 1936, he posed two questions: “first, why do you come here? second, who do you want to become after graduation?”
“seeking truth” (qiushi) became the university’s motto, inspiring generations of students.
british sinologist dr. joseph needham, frs, hailed the university as "cambridge of the east". he was impressed by the faculty's dedication to research even during the tribulations of war.
after the founding of p. r. china in 1949, chinese higher education experienced a dramatic restructuring following the soviet model. zju was split into four independent universities.
zju scientists designed china’s first dual inner water-cooled turbo-generator.
zju scientists invented a new high-speed videography system. with 2.5 million frames per second, it successfully captured images of nuclear explosions.
two years after the cultural revolution (1966-1976), zju took home more than 60 awards at the national science conference.
the current zju was re-established through the merger with hangzhou university, zhejiang agricultural university, and zhejiang medical university.
zhejiang university science park was founded – one of the earliest in china – and aims to incubate high-tech startups and facilitate technology transfer.
zju scientists developed and manufactured the first polyshield tunnel boring machine in china, which was used in the construction of tianjin metro.
ZJU scientists successfully synthesized carbon aerogel, which holds the world record for the lightest solid material with a density of 0.16 mg/cm3.
no.1 in china – zju had a total of nine projects winning national science and technology awards.
in this memorable year, zju broke into world's top 100 universities for the first time (qs 2018) and was also selected for the national “double first-class initiative".
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