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HeadquartersBeijing, China
one of the leading humanities and social science-focused universities in China

Renmin University of China, often referred to as RUC (Zhōngguó Rénmín Dàxué), or colloquially Renda, is a research university located in Haidian District of Beijing.[1] RUC is classified as a Class A university under the Double First Class University Plan and is generally considered one of the premier universities in the country. RUC is entitled 25 national key disciplines, ranks No.5 of China, 13 national key research bases of humanities and social sciences, ranks No.1 of China, and 6 national teaching and research bases of fundamental arts disciplines, ranks No.1 of China.


The origins of Renmin University of China date back to Shanbei Public School , established in 1937 by the Communist Party of China in order to "bring up hundreds of thousands of revolutionary comrades to meet the needs of the War of Resistance against Japanese Aggression." Later it was renamed as the North China United University and North China University. Several institutions were merged to form a single Renmin University of China in 1950. Wu Yuzhang, Cheng Fangwu, Guo Yingqiu, Yuan Baohua, Huang Da, Li Wenhai, Ji Baocheng, Chen Yulu had successively held the position of principal. The current principal of Renmin University of China is Liu Wei.

Global reach

Renmin University maintains collaborative relationships and exchange programs with many well-known universities around the world, such as Queen's University, Boston College Law School, Columbia University, Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Princeton University, University of Geneva, McGill University, Queen Mary University of London, King's College London, Waseda University, Carleton University, the University of Chicago, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, and the University of Michigan[2] and Yale University. In January 2010, Zhang Lei, a graduate of Renmin University and Yale School of Management (SOM), donated US$8,888,888 to the SOM, the largest alumni gift the school had received.[3] Under the auspices of the gift, Renmin University students study at Yale through a summer program.

Renmin University School of Labor and Human Resources maintains an exchange relationship with the Huamin Research Center and the School of Social Work at Rutgers University. Every year since 2010, study abroad students and faculty from Rutgers exchange with their Renmin University counterparts. Renmin University is a popular destination for visiting foreign dignitaries. During his state visit to China in January 2008, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown visited Renmin University with Premier Wen Jiabao to talk with students, scholars, athletes and entrepreneurs.[4]

The School of International Studies offers a Double Masters in Asian and European Affairs with King's College London.[5]

The research and opinions of Renmin University professors are frequently cited in influential media outlets, such as the New York Times. Professors cited in the New York Times in recent years include Chen Weidong, Hou Dongming, Jin Canrong, Pan Suiming, Shi Yinhong, Zhang Ming, Zhou Xiaozheng, among others, and their expertise covers law, economics, sociology, political science and international relations.

Renmin University students are actively engaged in academic and exchange programs overseas, such as the National Model United Nations conference held annually in the New York City.[6]

The University of Chicago Center in Beijing,[7] which opened in September 2010, is located at the Culture Plaza on the Renmin University campus.

Notable alumni


  • Liu Yu - Political scientist at Tsinghua University, author of national bestseller "Details of Democracy." Liu earned PhD from Columbia University, conducted postdoctoral work at Harvard and taught at Cambridge University for three years.
  • Qian Liqun - Professor, Department of Chinese Language and Literature, Peking University.
  • Wu Shuqing - President of Peking University (1989-1996), economist.
  • Zheng Wentong - Professor, University of Florida Levin College of Law. Zheng earned PhD in economics and JD from Stanford University.
  • Zhou Qiren - Economist (PhD, UCLA), Director of the National School of Development (previously known as the Chinese Center for Economic Research, CCER), Peking University.

Law and politics

Business and media




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