Founded in 1948, Zhongnan University of Economics and Law (ZUEL) is located in Wuhan, a metropolis of Central China. It is an institution of higher education under the Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China with economics, law, and management as its core disciplines. These are coordinated with the development of eight other disciplines including literature, history, philosophy, engineering, etc. ZUEL is also one of the universities sponsored by “211 project”, which is the Chinese government's new endeavor aimed at strengthening about 100 institutions of higher education and key disciplinary areas as a national priority for the 21st century.
ZUEL is comprised of the School of Humanities, School of Economics, School of Finance and Taxation, Xinhua School of Banking and Insurance, Law School, Criminal Justice School, School of Foreign Studies, School of Journalism and Mass Media, School of Business and Administration, School of Public Administration, School of Accountancy, School of Statistics and Mathematics, as well as School of MBA, School of Intellectual Property Rights, School of Further Education, and Wuhan School. There is a full-time teaching and administrative staff of 2,445 members at ZUEL, including 1,360 teachers, among which there are 219 professors, 472 associate professors, and 87 doctoral supervisors. ZUEL has 1 key research base of humanities at the state level, 2 key disciplines at the state level, 4 key research bases of humanities at the provincial level, 19 key disciplines at the ministerial and provincial level, 35 undergraduate programs, 64 master programs, 32 doctoral programs, and 3 post-doctoral programs. The university is also authorized to award MBA, EMBA, JM, MPAcc, MPA, ME (Master of Education) degrees, and enrolls students from overseas as well as from Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macao. It also enrolls approximately 20,000 full-time undergraduates, 5,000 postgraduate students, doctoral students, post-doctoral students, and over 5,000 adult students.