Zhejiang University (ZJU)


Zhejiang University, founded in 1897, is one of the world’s leading research and teaching institutions of tertiary education. It is located in Hangzhou—a historic and culturally dynamic city with picturesque scenery in China. The motto of Zhejiang University—‘seeking the truth and pioneering new trails’—reflects its time-honored dedication to knowledge and innovation.

Zhejiang University has attracted a galaxy of distinguished faculties in the globe. The current community of scholars includes 17 members of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and 21 members of the Chinese Academy of Engineering. The academic distinction of its 3,562 faculty members means it is poised to pursue its mission of advancing knowledge and making generous contributions to the world. The university’s fields of excellence span 12 disciplines, including philosophy, economics, law, education, literature, history, art, science, engineering, agriculture, medicine, management, etc. It has an enrollment of 47,339 degree candidates.

Research at Zhejiang University is exceptional in its breadth and depth. It has successively occupied the coveted No. 1 spot among China’s institutions, in many scientific and research indices, such as publications, paper citations and patents. The total budget for sponsored projects added up to 3.316 billion yuan in 2015. During the 12th Five-year Plan, the university clinched 4 first prizes and 26 second prizes in national science & technology awards. The latest ESI (Essential Science Indicators) statistics reveal that Zhejiang University ranks among the top 1% in 18 scientific fields. It is ranked 106th and 110th in the world by the U.S. News & World Report and the QS World University Rankings in their 2015 editions and ranks among the top 100 by the 2015 Times Higher Education World Reputation Rankings.

Zhejiang University is also committed to promoting cooperation with overseas institutions. It has entered into partnership with 120 overseas universities from 26 countries and has an enrollment of approximately 6,000 international students.

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1 December 2015 - 30 November 2016

Region: Global
Subject/journal group: All

The table to the right includes counts of all research outputs for Zhejiang University (ZJU) published between 1 December 2015 - 30 November 2016 which are tracked by the Nature Index.

Hover over the donut graph to view the WFC output for each subject. Below, the same research outputs are grouped by subject. Click on the subject to drill-down into a list of articles organized by journal, and then by title.

Note: Articles may be assigned to more than one subject area.

373 166.13 166.13

Outputs by subject (WFC)

Subject AC FC WFC
Life Sciences 95 28.84 28.84
Physical Sciences 151 49.23 49.23
15 7.35 7.35
38 13.86 13.86
3 1.09 1.09
10 7.63 7.63
14 7.34 7.34
19 3.92 3.92
2 0.17 0.17
4 0.22 0.22
3 0.03 0.03
10 2.73 2.73
1 0 0
26 4.52 4.52
4 0.34 0.34
2 0.04 0.04
Chemistry 160 102.15 102.15
Earth & Environmental Sciences 14 4.30 4.30

Highlight of the month: Zhejiang University (ZJU)

Fear of the unknown

© Dimitri Vervitsiotis/DigitalVision/Getty

© Dimitri Vervitsiotis/DigitalVision/Getty

Mice are so hardwired to fear cats, that their mere smell strikes terror into the hearts of individuals who have never even set eyes on their feline nemeses.

A Zhejiang University-led team exposed mice who had never seen a cat to a synthetic predator odour called TMT, or ‘odour of cat’, and observed their behaviour to find out what neurons were involved in their ‘innate’, unconditioned fear response. They discovered two types of neurons, described by author, Wang Hao, from Zheijiang University, as “fear switches” that influenced the mice’s behaviour both with and without TMT.

Using light to block one type of neuron and activate another in an area of the brain called the laterodorsal tegmentum, the team were able to suppress the mice’s innate fear response in the presence of the odour in both cases without affecting their response to learned fear.

The team notes that their results could indicate a possible target for treatment of anxiety disorders, which are associated with a heightened innate fear response.

  1. Nature Neuroscience 19, 283–289 (2016) doi: 10.1038/nn.4208

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1 December 2015 - 30 November 2016

International vs. domestic collaboration by WFC

  • 55.37% Domestic
  • 44.63% International

Note: Hover over the graph to view the percentage of collaboration.

Top 10 domestic collaborators by WFC (183 total)

  • Zhejiang University (ZJU), China
  • Domestic institution
  1. Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), China (41.10)
  2. Fudan University, China (21.05)
  3. University of Science and Technology of China (USTC), China (17.07)
  4. Nanjing University (NJU), China (11.41)
  5. Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU), China (11.03)
  6. People's Liberation Army (PLA), China (8.56)
  7. Tsinghua University (TH), China (7.56)
  8. Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd., China (6.74)
  9. Peking University (PKU), China (6.55)
  10. Hangzhou Normal University (HZNU), China (5.07)

Note: Collaboration is determined by the weighted fractional count (WFC), which is listed in parentheses.

Affiliated joint institutions and consortia

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