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Qingdao University, situated in the historical and cultural city of Qingdao, is imbued with a profound traditional culture and the spirit of the present. It nestles below Fushan Mountain and faces the Yellow Sea.Its predecessor is Qingdao Specialized Institute of Higher Learning founded in 1909. The institute, unique in medical education, underwent various stages as Qingdao Medical School, Qingdao Medical University, and Qingdao Medical Specialized School.

Another historical source of Qingdao University is Private Qingdao University, established in 1924 and then named as National Qingdao University and National Shandong University. In 1946, National Shandong University merged with Qingdao Medical Specialized School, resulting in the establishment of the Medical School, which

was later separated from Shandong University in 1956 and became Qingdao Medical School. Shandong University moved to Ji'nan in 1958, and Qingdao University started its reconstruction in 1985.Qingdao Textile Technical School, established in 1950, was renamed Shandong Textile Engineering Institute in 1978, after two periods as Qingdao Textile Vocational School and then Shandong Textile Industry School.

Qingdao Teachers Training College, founded in 1951, underwent different phases as Qingdao Work-study Teachers College and Qingdao Normal College, and was renamed Qingdao Teachers College in 1981.

In 1993, Qingdao University, Qingdao Medical College, Shandong Textile Engineering College, and Qingdao Teachers College merged into the new Qingdao University, which then stepped into a new stage of development at a fresh starting point while inheriting fine traditions.

Distinctive disciplines originating from different periods are integrated into today's Qingdao University, which, like a mighty river joined by meandering tributaries, surges forward with high hopes of the nation and for the future.

Qingdao University implements the strategy of "building up the university on the basis of talent cultivation, and invigorating it through learning and with talents", with the obligation to "impart profound academic knowledge and cultivate talents with great leaning to meet the needs of our nation". We advocate academic inclusion, learn from diverse cultures, inherit human civilizations, pursue the truth of humanity and nature, and shoulder the social responsibility to cultivate high-quality talents, who take the lead in social development and cultural advancement.