Shihezi University is a university in Shihezi, Xinjiang, China, founded in April 1996 under the integration of institutional colleges by the Ministry of Education and the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps. It is a national key university. Shihezi University is a new comprehensive university, in Shihezi, the Garden City, by the river of Manas on the northern foot of the Tianshan Mountains in Xinjiang. In August 2000, the Central Government designated the university as a key institution to develop in northwestern China. Shihezi University was ranked among the key constructed university under the “211 project” in December 31, 2008. It is a Chinese Ministry of Education Double First Class Discipline University, with Double First Class status in certain disciplines.