Westlake University, located in the picturesque city of Hangzhou, is the first private non-profit research-oriented university in the People’s Republic of China. It is both supported by public and private funding and a vanguard in the reform of the higher education system in China. With its predecessor Westlake Institute for Advanced Study established in 2016, Westlake University is striving to cultivate top talent, to make breakthroughs in basic research and innovation in cutting-edge technologies, and to foster human development through science and technology.


WESTLAKE  FACTS

We envision that, in ten or twenty years, Westlake University stands in Hangzhou, Zhejiang as a world-renowned institution of higher education that is founded and well-integrated in China. Here, Westlake University hosts some of the most outstanding scientists in the world, nurtures the best young talent, engages them in cutting-edge basic and applied research, searches for the optimal organization and practice for research and education most suitable for China, and serves as a powerful driving force to promote sustainable high-tech development, and ultimately contributes to the world civilization in ways that are worthy of the Chinese nation!

Yigong Shi, President of Westlake University
OUR VISION
Excellence

At Westlake, we strive for excellence in advanced research and nourish talented change-makers to make a better world.

Refinement

At Westlake, we focus on selected disciplines from natural and life sciences, and engineering that are future-oriented and feature impactful cutting-edge research. Furthermore, we aim to stay small and refined to ensure research and education quality.

Research-oriented

At Westlake, we dedicate ourselves to fundamental research and original technologies, and translate our research findings to real-world applications.

STUDENTS (BY  2026)
5,000 STUDENTS IN TOTAL
3,000 PG STUDENTS
2,000 UG STUDENTS
FACULTY (BY  2026)
300 PROFESSORS
900 POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWS
600 STAFF