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Basic Introduction of Westlake University

 Westlake University

Westlake University is a new non-profit University sponsored by Hangzhou Westlake Education Foundation.


The university is expected to learn from the California Institute of technology and the school running philosophy of Stanford University.


Westlake university oriented of “high starting point, small and refined, research-oriented”, and focus on the direction of science, life and health, and cutting-edge technology.


The predecessor of Westlake University is Zhejiang Westlake Institute of higher studies (founded in 2016).


Westlake University was initiated by Professor Shi Yigong (vice president of Tsinghua University), Professor Chen Shiyi, President of Southern University of science and technology, Professor Pan Jianwei, executive vice president of University of Science and Technology of China, and Professor Rao Yi, President of Capital Medical University.


On February 14, 2018, the Ministry of Education officially approved the establishment of Westlake University in Zhejiang Province. Yang Zhenning is the honorary chairman of the Council of Westlake University, Professor Qian Yingyi is the chairman of the Council, and Professor Shi Yigong is the first president.


Academics of Westlake University

 Westlake University

According to the school’s official website in October 2019, Westlake University has three schools: School of life sciences, School of Science and School of Technology.


According to the Ministry of Education in 2020, Westlake University has five undergraduate majors: Physics, chemistry, biological science, electronic information engineering, materials science and engineering.


According to the official website of Westlake University in March 2021, there are eight doctoral programs in biology, mathematics, physics, chemistry, materials science and engineering, electronic science and technology, computer science and technology, environmental science and engineering.




Doctoral program

Undergraduate progam

School of life sciences



School of sciences






School of engineering

Materials science and Engineering

Materials science and Engineering

Electronics Science and technology

Electronic information engineering

Computer science and technology

Environmental Science and Engineering




In April 2018, Westlake University recruited leading talents and young scientists from all over the world and signed 37 high-level academic talents. It is estimated that the number of teachers will reach 210 by year 2021 and 300 by year 2026.


In July 2020, Westlake University has 125 scientists, among which 13 lecturers are leaders in their disciplines.


Teaching construction

Westlake University 

From 2017 to 2021, there is no undergraduate enrollment plan, and the scale of full-time students is 1220.


19 “West Lake phase I” doctoral students and 120 “West Lake phase II” doctoral students were enrolled in the autumn of 2017 and 2018.


In July 2020, there were 124 postdoctoral and 334 doctoral students, and another 279 doctoral students were coming. A number of original achievements in the field of cutting-edge basic research were on going.


In 2023, Westlake University will start to recruit undergraduates.


In 2026, it is estimated that there will be 5000 full-time students, including 3000 graduate students, 2000 undergraduate students and 300 teaching staff (professors, associate professors and assistant professors).


Campus environment of Westlake University

The YUNQI CAMPUS of Westlake University is 18 Shilongshan Road, Cloud Town, Xihu District, Hangzhou, P.R. China.


By the end of 2021, the Yungu campus will be available, and most of the Westlake University will be relocated from the current Yunqi campus to the Yungu campus.


The third phase of Yungu campus project covers an area of 490,245 square meters. The overall design planned to be completed by the end of 2021.


Around the Yungu campus, Westlake University plans to start the construction of Westlake University Town, covering an area of about 15 square kilometers, and build a 660000 square meter production-teaching-research base.


By 2030, Westlake University will be fully built into a science and technology innovation source of the whole Zhejiang Province and even whole China.


Westlake University

So how do you think of Westlake University? And do you want to study at Westlake University?


(Source: Westlake University)

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