Wuhan University, referred to as “Wu Da”, was originally named Ziqiang School. It was born in 1893. It is a famous comprehensive research university in China and the earliest national university established in modern China. In 1893, Zhang Zhidong, the governor of Huguang, asked the Qing government to establish a self-strength school in Wuchang, thus unveiling the prelude of modern Chinese higher education. After inheritance and evolution, it was renamed the National Wuchang Higher Normal School in 1913. It was named the National Wuhan University in 1928 and is one of the four famous universities in the Republic of China. More famous in 1949.
Wuhan University is an integral part of the East Lake Scenic Area, a national 5A tourist attraction. The school is surrounded by the mountains and surrounds the East Lake. The cherry blossoms of Wuda enter the flowering period in mid-March, and are known as “one of the most beautiful universities in China” . As of 2017, 16 subject areas have entered the top 1% of the world in ESI, and remote sensing technology ranks first in the world in the ARWU discipline rankings.
As of September 2015, Wuhan University has established partnerships with 415 universities and research institutions in 45 countries and regions including Harvard University, Yale University, Stanford University, Oxford University, Cambridge University, University of Tokyo, and University of Toronto. In 2012, Duke University cooperated with Kunshan City, Jiangsu Province to establish Kunshan Duke University. The school received 2,500 foreign visitors each year, and employed about 100 foreign experts to teach at the school for a long time. More than 30 international academic conferences were held each year.
Wuhan University has established academic relations with more than 30 universities in France and was called "a model of Sino-French cooperation" by President Chirac. Wuhan University has established four Confucius Institutes with foreign universities such as the University of Paris, France, the University of Pittsburgh, Duisburg-Essen, Germany, and the University of Aberdeen.
In April 2009, Wuhan University established a research and development base for Chinese international teaching resources. The base covers more than 20 countries and regions in Asia, Europe, Oceania and the Americas, and completed the website of “Chinese International Promotion Teaching Resource Library and Chinese One Two Three”. Teaching products such as "Chinese Applied Writing Software" and "Chinese HSK Exam Learning Card", some of which participated in the global Confucius Institute educational resources and other exhibitions.
As of December 2014, the total amount of literature resources of Wuhan University Library reached 15.69 million; the printed literature totaled 6.98 million, including 5.82 million books, 940,000 copies of newspapers and periodicals, and 220,000 pieces of audio-visual data; In 2014, 455 kinds of literature databases were ordered, and the number of Chinese and foreign e-books reached 8.71 million, including 7.41 million e-books and 1.3 million electronic journals. The library has more than 200,000 ancient books.
As one of the oldest universities in China, Wuhan University is known as “the most beautiful university campus in China”. The 26 early buildings in the school are listed as “National Key Cultural Relics Protection Units”. The campus of Wuhan University is best known for its cherry blossoms. There are cherry blossom castles, cherry blossom avenues, cherry blossoms, and plazas. Every spring in mid-March, when the cherry blossoms bloom, the Wuhan University campus will attract millions of tourists from all over the country to enjoy the flowers.