• Nanjing University

    Why Study at Nanjing University, China

    Nanjing University is one of China's key comprehensive universities under the direct supervision of the Ministry of Education. NJU has made remarkable achievements in student education. Its current student body totals around 32,999 including 13,583 undergraduates, and 16,200 graduate students. During its development, NJU has gained continuous support from both the government and the general public. In 1994, NJU was among the first group of universities in "Project 211" (which aimed to upgrading 100 Chinese universities into the world-class ones). In July 1999 and October 2006, agreements were signed between the Ministry of Education and Jiangsu Provincial Government to jointly support NJU’s future development. In May 2002, NJU celebrated its 100th anniversary and successfully organized the Centennial Ceremony, the World Famous Scientists’ Forum, and Dialogue with Masters. In the new century, NJU will deepen its reforms while carrying on its traditions. Aiming at excellence and innovativeness, it is headed to be a world-class comprehensive research university with a global vision, and thus it will play a more prominent role in China’s rise in the 21st century. 

    1. History

    Nanjing University is one of China's key comprehensive universities under the direct supervision of the Ministry of Education, dates from 1902 when it was known as Sanjiang Normal School. During the following decades, it evolved as Liangjiang Normal School, Nanjing Higher Normal School, National Southeast University, the Fourth Zhongshan University, and National Central University. On August 8, 1949, National Central University was renamed National Nanjing University. In October 1950, as required by the Ministry of Education, the name was changed to Nanjing University (NJU). In 1952, due to the nationwide restructuring of colleges and universities, some academic units such as the School of Engineering and the School of Agriculture were separated from the university; meanwhile, it merged with the School of Liberal Arts and the School of Sciences of the University of Nanking founded in 1888. Its name remained when its campus moved from Sipailou to Gulou.

    2. Disciplines and Programs

    Since China’s reform and opening-up in the late 1970s, NJU has gradually developed multi-disciplinary programs in humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, technological sciences, life sciences, modern engineering and management. Presently, NJU is comprised of 28 schools with 59 departments. It runs 87 undergraduate programs, 223 master’s programs, 9 professional master’s programs, 150 Ph.D. programs (under 23 primary disciplines), and 38 post-doctoral research stations. Among its over 2,000 faculty, there are 716 professors and 649 associate professors , including 27 members of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, three members of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, four members of the Third-World Academy of Sciences, one member of the Russian Academy of Sciences and one fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.

    3. Academic Facilities and Research Centers

    Nanjing University provides good facilities for both teaching and research work. Its library, one of the largest of its kind in China, has a collection of over 4.654 million volumes. On campus, there are 127 institutes, 98 interdisciplinary research centers, and many other teaching and researching facilities such as the Analysis Center, the Network and Information Center, and the Educational Technology Center.  In addition, NJU has one national laboratory and six national key laboratories, 5 key laboratories of the ministry of education, 2 engineering centers of the ministry of education, 2 Jiangsu provincial key laboratories, 21 national key disciplines, 24 provincial key disciplines; It also houses 8 national bases for teaching and researching in basic sciences and applied sciences, 3 national bases for basic disciplines education and research, and 4 key bases for researching in humanities and social sciences of MOE.

    4. Nanjing University Achievement

    Along the years, the Nanjing University faculty has won various titles and awards, such as Chief Scientists in the “National Key Basic Research and Development Program” (4), Young and Middle-aged Experts with Distinguished Contributions in Science, Technology and Management (18), National Outstanding Youth Fund Award (87), Chair or Lecture Professors of "Cheung Kong Scholars Program" (50), Scholars in the “New Century Outstanding Talents Supporting Project” (74), and National distinguished Teachers (7), “Talents Cultivation Program” (9), “New Century Talents Cultivation Program” (8). In the past decade, NJU has won more than 800 national, ministerial and provincial awards, including over 40 National Awards of Natural Sciences, Awards of Science and Technology Progress, and Awards of Innovation. Since 2000, for instance, it has received 11 National Awards of Natural Science (one First Prize, ten Second Prizes) and two of Science and Technology Progress. Students, when graduating from NJU, enjoy a wide popularity in the job market for their solid academic foundations and strong potentials for future development. In terms of academics, NJU graduates have also achieved great success. So far, seven alumni were granted the US President’s Award, and some scientific findings were named after the individuals who once studied or worked at NJU. 

    5. Communication and International Cooperation

    In addition to the excellence in teaching and research work, NJU is also known for its vigorous exchanges with the outside world. Starting from 1979, it has established academic links with more than 200 universities and research institutes in around 70 countries, and hosted over 120 international conferences. Nearly 2,500 faculty members have been abroad to pursue higher degrees or conduct research work, while over 1,800 international scholars have taught or lectured and more than 18,000 international students studied on NJU campus. NJU never ceased its efforts to explore possible modes of cooperation and to learn from international experiences in teaching, researching and management. Such efforts resulted in the founding of the Center for Chinese and American Studies (with the Johns Hopkins University, US), the Sino-German Institute for Law Studies (with Gottingen University, Germany), and the Lab of Multi-Media Distance Teaching System (with the Japanese Ministry of Tele-Communication). Regarded as "an overseas campus on the Chinese land," the Center for Chinese and American Studies has become a successful example of educational cooperation between China and the United States, and received much attention and acclamation from governments of both countries.


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