Qiushi College, the predecessor of Zhejiang University, was founded in 1897. One of the earliest modern institutions of higher education established by the Chinese people, it was named Zhejiang University in 1928. Founded amid national crisis, Zhejiang University rose during the Chinese People's War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression and has been dedicated to national construction for 120 years. It has become a first-class institution with a long history and distinguished reputation in China. Today's Zhejiang University, adhering to the motto of “Being Realistic and Innovative,” is stepping toward the great causes of national rejuvenation, human progress and the construction of a world-class university with Chinese characteristics.