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Inner Mongolia University

Inner Mongolia University
ᠮᠣᠩᠭᠣᠯ ‍ᠤᠨ
TypePublic university
Established1957; 67 years ago (1957)
PresidentChen Guoqing
Academic staff
Administrative staff
Other students
Inner Mongolia University
Chinese name
Simplified Chinese内蒙古大学
Traditional Chinese內蒙古大學
Mongolian name
Mongolian Cyrillic
Өвөр Монголын их сургууль

Inner Mongolia University (IMU) is a provincial public university in Hohhot, Inner Mongolia, China. It is affiliated with the People's Government of the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region and co-funded with the Ministry of Education of China. The university is part of Project 211 and the Double First-Class Construction.

The university has four campuses, covering an area of 1,990 thousand square meters.[1] It consists of 20 colleges, under which there are 34 departments, and 1 independent department for general education.[1]

As of February 2006, the university provides 92 programs for master's degrees and 59 undergraduate majors.[2] About 2,414 staff members work with the university, including 1,303 full-time teachers and researchers, among whom are 744 professors and associate professors.[1] Inner Mongolia University has officially signed agreements of exchange and cooperation with 20 foreign universities.[2]


There are currently three separate campuses, all located in city of Hohhot. The main campus is adjacent to Manduhai Park. To meet the need for rapid development of higher education in both Inner Mongolia and the whole China, the university is undergoing an expansion on a large scale. A new campus is being built in suburban Huhhot.

Toli/Taoli Lake

Rengong Hu, an artificial lake constructed when the university was first built has been maintained during spring, summer and autumn. In winter, water is frozen and a part of the surface is operated as a skating rink, even though there is much garbage and many dead fish stuck in the ice.

Rengong Hu was later renamed Sai Hu (in Mongolian, ᠰᠠᠢᠨsai means good). During the Fortieth Anniversary of the founding of the university in 1997, it was again renamed as Taoli Hu (in Chinese, 桃李 Taoli means intellectual; while in Mongolian, ᠲᠣᠯᠢ Toli means mirror). Its water surface is 13,000 square meters.


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At nearly all colleges, a few courses taught in both Chinese and Mongolian are provided. Bachelor, Master and Doctoral degrees in a few majors are awarded by studying in Mongolian – some courses in the Chinese language are always mandatory.

In recent years, the university has also made efforts to provide courses taught in English, Japanese and Russian. For example, the College of Law has officially listed during an important, cosmetic curriculum reform since the mid-2000s. Many other colleges have followed this practice.


The university admits undergraduates from those applicants who take part in the national examination for admission to universities and colleges. In this examination, questions for all subjects are assigned by a particular group nominated by the country.

The university admits master's degree students from those applicants who take part in examination for admission to master's degree programs. In this examination, questions for some subjects are assigned by a particular group nominated by the country, while questions for some subjects are assigned by supervisors.

The university admits doctoral degree students from those applicants who take part in examination for admission to doctoral degree programs. In this examination, questions for some subjects are assigned by a particular group nominated by the country, while questions for some subjects are assigned by supervisors.

The university admits foreign degree and non-degree students through particular application procedure designed for foreigners. Instruction languages include Chinese, Mongolian, English, etc. It is also possible to study other languages at Inner Mongolia University, such as Russian and Japanese.


Inner Mongolia University provides full-time education, vocational and technical education, adult education, and foreign students education. In 2005, there were 22,203 students, including 3,191 postgraduate students and 12,766 undergraduate students.[1]


It was established in 1957 in Hohhot, the capital city of Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region.

Being awarded the national key comprehensive university by the Ministry of Education of China in 1978, it was listed as one of 100 universities of the former "211 Project" universities for key construction and development in 1997.[2]

It is included in the Double First-Class Construction designed by the central government of China.


As most Chinese universities with strong Chinese characteristics, Inner Mongolia University includes a huge, bloated administrative system, besides its teaching and research system. There are even some enterprises operated under the umbrella of this university.

Teaching units at this university were originally called "department". At the end of the 1990s, almost all of them were renamed "schools" (in the sense similar to, e.g., law school), under which several departments were covered. However, currently on the university website, they are translated as "colleges" in English. It is yet unclear whether these colleges are still equivalent to schools, or are enlarged based on those schools. Furthermore, this will not become clearer in the near future.

  • Administrative System: Party and Executive Affairs Office, Regulation Inspecting Committee (including Supervisory and Audit Office), Organization Department, Propaganda Department, Office Managing retired Staff, Personnel Department, Teaching Affairs Department, Research Affairs Department, Finance Department, Service Department, Public Security, Youth League committee(Students' Affairs Office), Staff Union.[3]
  • Teaching System: Academy of Mongolian studies, College of Humanities, College of Foreign Languages, College of Economics and Management, College of Law, College of Science and Technology, College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, College of Life Sciences, College of Computer Science and Technology, College for Continuing Education, College of International Education, Postgraduate College, College of Arts, College for Professional Training, College of Public Policy and Management, Department of Physical Teaching.[3]
  • Research System: Research of Mongolian Language, Research of Mongolian History, Research of Modern and Contemporary History, Research on Neighboring Countries, Research of Mongolian Culture, Center of Mongolology, Center of Economic and Social Development, Institute of High Polymer Science, Center for Laboratory Animal Science, Center of Biological Engineering, Research of Natural Resources.[3]
  • Affiliations: Inner Mongolia University Library, Inner Mongolia University Journal, Inner Mongolia University Press.[3]
  • Enterprises: Aodu Group cooperation, Xuri Biological High Tech Co. Ltd., Fangyuan Metallurgy & Chemistry Co. Ltd.[3]


  • Ulanhu, 1957–1966
  • Wang Duo, 1978-1978
  • Yu Beichen, 1978–1981
  • Tubxin, 1981–1985
  • Fang Tianqi, 1985–1990
  • Sun Yuzhen, 1990–1993
  • B.Shorgan, 1993–2006
  • Lian Ji (b. October 1955-), October 2006-.
  • Chen Guoqing

Notable alumni and academics

Natural sciences

  • Li Bo (15 April 1929 – 21 May 1998), phytoecologist. Died in traffic accident in Hungary.
  • Li Jitong (24 August 1897 – 1961), ecologist and phytophysiologist.
  • B. Shorgan (b. August 1940), reproductive biologist. Kidnapped on 20 December 2005 by four suspects and rescued after 13 hours.[4]

Humanities and social sciences

  • Ba Bulinbeihe (February 1928), poet.
  • Chinggeltei (June 1924 – December 2013), Mongolian linguist.
  • Choijinzhab (January 1931––April 2022), Mongolian linguist.
  • Shi Wenzheng, jurist.


  • Bao Junchen (January 1946-), vice-president of People's Political Consultative Committee of Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region (16 January 2003-?).
  • Chen Youzun (September 1925-), vice-president of People's Political Consultative Committee of Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region(?-?)
  • Hu Zhong (March 1944-), secretary of Committee of Politics and Law of Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region (October 2001-?).
  • Liu Zhilan (August 1944-), vice-president of People's Political Consultative Committee of Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region (16 January 2003-?).
  • Xu Bonian (January 1939-), vice-president of People's Political Consultative Committee of Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region(16 January 2003-?).
  • Yun Bulong (1937-12 June 2000), late president of Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region (January 1998-12 June 2000), died in crash between car and train.
  • Yang Jing (December 1953-), former chairman of the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region (April 2003-?)
  • Zhao Shuanglian (April 1957-), vice-chairman of the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region (January 2003-).


Inner Mongolia University (IMU) is consistently ranked the best in Inner Mongolia, China.[5] Since 2015, it has been ranked among the top 200 nationwide by the Best Chinese Universities Ranking.[6] As of 2023, the Best Chinese Universities Ranking, also known as the "Shanghai Ranking", placed the university 113th in China.[5]

Globally, Inner Mongolia University (IMU) was ranked # 1180 by the University Rankings by Academic Performance 2023-2024.[7]

Student Life and Culture

Inner Mongolia University Cultural Festival

Since mid-1980s, Inner Mongolia University Cultural Festival has been celebrated in May each year. During this festival, a series of activities are held, including the copious consumption of inebriating libations.



Inner Mongolia University Track and Field Games are held in Spring each year.

Inner Mongolia University Library

Inner Mongolia University Library was established on 14 October 1957. Inner Mongolia University Library is located in the north of the main campus, facing the artificial lake.[citation needed]

Inner Mongolia University Press

Established in 1985, Inner Mongolia University Press publishes books in both Chinese and Mongolian.[8] Annually, it publishes about 120 books.[8] Inner Mongolia University Press has published 1315 books since it was established, among which 140 books were in Mongolian, and 60 books were in English, Japanese and Russian, etc.[8]

Journal of Inner Mongolia University

Pinyin: Neimenggu Daxue Xuebao. Journal of Inner Mongolia University has three versions: Mongolian version, Journal of Inner Mongolia University(Humanities and Social Sciences) in Chinese, Journal of Inner Mongolia University(Acta Scientiarum Naturalium Universitatis NeiMongol) in Chinese (ISSN 1000-1638. Domestic Unified Periodic Number: CN15-1052/N)[9] In fact, they are three different journals. Under Chinese regulation on publishing activities, they are regarded as merely one journal.


  1. ^ a b c d "学校现状". Inner Mongolia University. Archived from the original on 2009-01-14. Retrieved 2009-03-13.
  2. ^ a b c "Inner Mongolia University: A survey of the university". Inner Mongolia University. Archived from the original on 2009-02-26. Retrieved 2009-03-12.
  3. ^ a b c d e "University Make-up". Inner Mongolia University. Archived from the original on 2009-02-27. Retrieved 2009-03-12.
  4. ^ "绑架中国工程院院士旭日干的4嫌犯被捕". Retrieved 2009-03-14.
  5. ^ a b "ShanghaiRanking's Best Chinese Universities Ranking". Retrieved 2024-01-20.
  6. ^ "中国最好大学排名". Retrieved 2024-01-20.
  7. ^ "URAP - University Ranking by Academic Academic Performance". Retrieved 2024-01-20.
  8. ^ a b c "内蒙古大学出版社简介". 内蒙古大学. Retrieved 2009-03-25.
  9. ^ "内蒙古大学学报". Archived from the original on 2007-11-14. Retrieved 2009-03-25.

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