Huaqiao University (HQU) was established by the Chinese central government in 1960 in Quanzhou, a coastal city in Fujian Province in the Southeast of China, for the education of overseas Chinese. The first president of HQU was Mr. LIAO Chengzhi, an outstanding social activist and senior state leader of China. In 2004, a landmark decision was made to build a second campus in Xiamen city, one of China’s four earliest special economic zones, and that campus was inaugurated in 2006.
For more than half a century, HQU has developed into a comprehensive institution of higher education capable of program offerings in philosophy, economics, law, education, literature, history, science, engineering, agriculture, medical science, management, and arts, with a comparative strength in engineering and a unique specialty in overseas Chinese language and culture education. The Quanzhou campus hosts most of the humanities, social sciences, and management programs, while most of the engineering programs are situated in the Xiamen campus.