Henan University, founded in 1912, was known as Henan Prepatory School for Study in European and American Countries, and was one of the three study abroad bases in China then. In October 2008, Henan University formally entered the list of the universities jointly developed by the Provincial Government of Henan and the State Ministry of Education. In September 2016, Henan University was included in the Programme of Introducing Talents of Discipline to Universities (also known as “111 Project”), and in September 2017, she was selected as a “Double First Class Initiative” university. Henan University now has three campuses that cover a total floor space of 2.2 million square meters with 1.47 million square meters of construction space. Two campuses are located in Kaifeng, a famous historic city which used to be the capital of China for eight different ancient dynasties, and one in Zhengzhou, the current provincial capital, among which Minglun Campus in Kaifeng owns a modern architectural complex that is protected as key historical relice of China. Commute is very convenient, especially at Zhengzhou, with Subway Line 1 connecting High Speed Train Station and the Airport with Longzihu Campus .
For over 110 years since its founding, Henan University has been attaching great importance to Opening and Prospecting, adhering to its motto of “to illustrate virtue; to renew the people, and to strive to reach the highest excellence” and making Opening as Driving Force one of the 5 basic development strategies to strengthen international cooperation. Henan University has established friendly cooperation with 120 universities and colleges from 40 countries and regions, actively participating in international competition in high education. She has cultivated some 600,000 talents of all kinds and among her alumna 57 became academicians and members of the Social Science Academy.
Now Henan University is a comprehensive university with 12 branches of learning, offering 94 undergraduate programs, 42 primary discipline Master's programs, 20 professional Master's programs and 12 primary discipline doctoral program, and setting up 15 post-doctoral research centers. Among her over 4,300 working staff there are 14 academicians as well as 1600 professors and associate professors. Currently there are more than 50,000 full time students studying at Henan University, including nearly 10,000 postgraduate students and 650 international students.
Henan University enjoys first class teaching and researching conditions. The university library owns a collection of 7.5 million books (journals). There are 6 teaching and researching platforms at national level: State key Laboratories of Cotton Biology, Nanometre Hybrid Materials Technology Engineering Center, Antibody Medicine Developing Technology Center, Effcient Displaying and Illuminating Technology Engineering Center, College Student Cultural Quality Training Base and Chinese Excellent Culture and Art Inheriting Base; 6 at Ministry level: Yellow River Civilization and Sustainable Development Research Center, Special Functional Materials Lab, Plant Stress Biology Lab, Yellow River Middle and Lower Reaches Digital Geographic Technology Lab, Energy Conservation and Drag Reduction Additive Agent Engineering Center and Physical Education and Art Teachers Training Base; 1 Social Science Research Base under General Administration of Sport; 4 Provincial Collaborative Innovation Center; 12 Provincial Key Labs (Engineering and Technology Research Centers;) 17 Provincial International Cooperation Labs; 10 Provincial Engineering Research Centers and 1 Provincial Industrial Technology Research Institute.