Inner Mongolia University, located in the capital city of Inner Mongolia, Huhhot and founded in 1957, is the earliest comprehensive university ever established in a minority nationality region in China. It now boasts 4 campuses and covers an area of 1,710 thousand square meters. It was awarded the national key comprehensive university by the Ministry of Education of China in 1978 and became one of 100 universities of the "211 Project" universities for key construction and development in 1997. It also became the university to be jointly constructed by the Ministry of Education of China and the People's Government of Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region in 2004. Its first President was Mr. Wulanfu, ex-Chairman of the People's Government of Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region and the Vice Premier of the State Council. Prof. Li Jitong from Peking University, member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and a famous biologist, came to teach in Inner Mongolia University and served as its vice president in its early days. Prof. B. Shorgan, the present president of the University, is an Academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering and Vice-Chairman of China Association for Science and Technology.
At present, Inner Mongolia University has established quite a complete structure of 9 disciplines, covering such fields as philosophy, economics, law, literature, history, science, engineering, agriculture and management. Two disciplines, Mongolian studies and life science, with their distinctive local and ethnic characteristics, enjoy high prestige at home and abroad. Now the University has established its administrative system with 3 -level organizations and 2-level management. It consists of 15 colleges, under which there are 34 departments, and 1 independent department for general education.