there are many issues to resolve for universities in China. Through the development of university education, it started with imitating and localizing foreign patterns and it is the same as today. This paper discusses the development of universities in China and issues they face at various stages from the perspective of imitating patterns. The development of universities in China is divided into six stages by the change of educational policies. The educational ideals, systems and issues awaiting to be solved at different stages, especially at the current stage, are explored. Then the paper summarizes the current issues of the university educational system in terms of university ideals and university systems and proposes opinions for the future development.