China approves establishment of Westlake University

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It has admitted the first group of 19 doctoral candidates and plans to enroll 1400 more this year.

Established on the basis of Westlake Institute for Advanced Study (WIAS), Westlake University will prioritize research areas in natural science, medical science, and advanced technology.

The establishment of Westlake University was first proposed by a group of top Chinese academics in 2015.

The non-profit university will be funded by a foundation and run by a board of directors.

Located in the scenic West Lake area in the east China city of Hangzhou, Westlake University will focus on basic academic research as well as cutting-edge disciplines, aiming to train top-level innovative talent.

HANGZHOU, April 2 (Xinhua) -- China's education ministry has approved the establishment of Westlake University, a private university aiming to join the ranks of world-class research-oriented institutes, the university said Monday.

The university will first offer doctoral education and start undergraduate programs "at an appropriate time," it said.