Hunan University (HNU) is situated in Changsha, a renowned historical and cultural city. It is adjacent to the rippling Xiangjiang River on its front and picturesque Yuelu Mountain at its back. It is reputed as an "Ancient Millenarian Academy and Famous Centennial University".
HNU has a staff of more than 4,300, of whom 2,307 are full-time teachers. There are twenty-one members of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Chinese Academy of Engineering (working in full-time or part-time form); thirteen members of the Academic Degree Commission under the State Council; seventy-five candidates of the state’s talents programs; twenty-seven winners of the National Science Foundation for Distinguished Young Scholars; thirty-seven winners of the National Science Foundation for Excellent Young Scholars; four winners of national outstanding teacher awards; and, sixteen young and middle-aged leading talents in the Innovative Talent Promotion Program of the Ministry of Science and Technology. In addition, HNU has six innovative research groups supported by the Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) and nine innovative teams recognized by the Ministry of Education and the State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense. HNU has been shortlisted for the China highly cited researchers list 45 times in 2021, and the global highly cited researchers list for 32 times in 2022.