Nankai University or 南开大学 (NKU) - public higher education institution in China. NKU began its activity in 1919. Nankai University has an urban campus in Tianjin.

University ranking. Being one of the most prestigious universities in China,Nankai University never leaves the top 20 according to national ratings. The university is in the top 5% according to international ratings. It is renowned for the following programs: «Arts and Humanities», «Engineering and Technology», «Natural Science», «Social Sciences and Management», «Mathematics», «Chemistry». The university is one of the best when it comes to the quality of education, ranking in the top 400 in international rankings.

Application process and the cost of tuition. The applicants must pass examinations as a part of the admission process. The academic year is divided into semesters. NKU has affordable bachelor’s programs that cost less than 3,000 USD/year. NKU is considered to be a pricey option when it comes to obtaining a master’s degree - 3,785 USD per year of study. Despite the tuition gees being quite low, the students often participate in scholarship programs. Due to the fact that the tuition fees at NKU may vary depending on the faculty, we advise you to check the official website for more accurate information.

The composition of the university. Nankai University is among the largest universities that educates more then 30 thousand students. Foreign applicants are not excluded from the admission process. The university has about 9% of foreign students. The university employs 2100 teachers and professors. The university provides its students with the opportunity to participate in the international exchange programs.

Infrastructure of NKU. The library is available to all of the students.
Ranking   280   13
Country China
City Tianjin
Bachelor (foreigners) Check the current price on the official website of the university
2,788 USD/year.
Master (foreigners) Check the current price on the official website of the university
3,625 USD/year.
Living expenses $410 -827 USD/month
Official Website
General information
Finance type Nonprofit
Organization type Public
Established 1919
Abbreviation NKU
Teachers 2,110
Students 30,456
Foreigners 9%
Religion None
Academic calendar Semesters
Admission Based on entrance examinations
Gender limitation No limits
Campus type Urban
Financial aid Available
Exchange programs Available
Library Available
Commitment to society, persistent self-improvement
• Tianjin Municipal Education Commission
• International Forum of Public Universities (IFPU)
World ranking 280
Country ranking 13
Academic Reputation 313
Quality of teaching 386
Citations per Faculty 134
Ranking in world by sphere
Arts and Humanities 356
Engineering and Technology 345
Natural Science 173
Social Sciences and Management 355
Ranking in world by discipline
Mathematics 151
Chemistry 76
International rankings
UniPage World University Ranking 280
QS World University Rankings 278
ARWU Academic Ranking 301
Alternative title
English Nankai University
Russian Университет Нанькай
Arabic جامعة نانكاى
German Nankai Universität
Spanish Universidad de Nankai
French Université de Nankin
Japanese 南開大学
Korean 남개대학
Portuguese Universidade de Nankai
Chinese 南开大学
cy Prifysgol Nankai
it università di Nankai
ca Universitat de Nankai
fi Nankain yliopisto
hu Nankai Egyetem
id Universitas Nankai
sv Nankaiuniversitetet
fa دانشگاه نانکای
ga Ollscoil Nankai
bg Нанкайски университет
bn নানকাই বিশ্ববিদ্যালয়
da Nakai Universitet
hy Նանկայի համալսարան
be Нанькайскі ўніверсітэт
nb Nankaiuniversitetet
ug نەنكەي ئۇنىۋېرسىتېتى
tl Pamantasang Nankai
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Description of Nankai University

A key multidisciplinary and research-oriented university directly under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Education, Nankai University, located in Tianjin on the border of the sea of Bohai, is the alma mater of our beloved late Premier Zhou Enlai.
Nankai University was founded in 1919 by the famous patriotic educators, Mr. Yan Xiu and Mr. Zhang Boling . During the Anti-Japanese war (1937-1945), Nankai University, Peking University (Beijng University) and Tsinghua University (Qinghua University) formed Southwest Associated University. In accordance with its motto of "dedication to the public interests, acquisition of all-round capability and aspiration for daily progress" and the tradition of “patriotism, conscientiousness, innovation and agreeableness ” , the University has produced batches of prominent talents. On December 25th, 2000, the State Ministry of Education signed an agreement with Tianjin Municipal Government on jointly establishing and developing Nankai.
Nankai University occupies an area of 4,489,700 m² with a floor space up to 1,368,000m². The total collection of its library reaches 3,581,000 volumes . Besides its main campus located in Balitai, Nankai University also has campuses in Yingshui Road, College of Tourism and Service Management, TEDA College, the campus in Jinnan is under construction. On the principle of "independent school-running and close cooperation", it doesn’t hesitate to seek after cooperation with Tianjin University.
Nankai University is considered to be one of the comprehensive universities with the widest scan of disciplines. It features a balance between the Humanities and the Sciences, a solid foundation and a combination of application and creativity. The University has 22 academic colleges, together with Graduate School, School for Continuing Education, Advanced Vocational School, Modern Distance Education School. It offers 80 undergraduate specialties, 231 Master's programs, 172 Doctoral programs, 28 Post-Doctoral research stations and 29 authorized primary Doctoral specialties. There are national key disciplines and key labs at all levels. Engineering centers and national bases in humanity and social science are also founded.
With top academic capability and creative spirit, Nankai University has a well-balanced faculty team in age and specialties. Among the 1,986 faculties, there are 616 Doctoral supervisors, 714 professors and 805 associate professors, 8 academicians of Chinese Academy of Science and Chinese Academy of Engineering. Many teachers who make great contributions to academy are awarded at home and abroad.
Nankai University has a full-fledged education system for producing undergraduates, postgraduates on master's and doctoral programs and post-doctoral researchers. Currently, it has the total enrollments of 24,525 students, including 13,067 undergraduate students, 8,162 master's candidates, 3,296 doctoral candidates. Besides, it has 2,786 part-time adult students and 43,037 students on distance education programs.
Nankai University is the center for both education and academic research. A large number of academic achievements have been made and acknowledged home and abroad. Since 2007, it has won 83 prizes in natural science and technology. The number of SCI theses ranked top two among Chinese universities and in 2011 the proportion of number was up to 42.58%. The number of national social science projects and those under the Ministry of Education, the funds allocated and the awarded achievements all rank high in China.
Nankai University takes the advantages of disciplines, technology, talents and information to enhance the industrialization and commercialization of research fruits serving the economy and social development. Some research institutes have become the "Think Tank" and "Talents Cradle" for governments. According to the "national needs, the world first-class" principle, Nankai implemented the strategy of "innovation driven development" and promote the construction of all kinds of collaborative innovation centers, setting up close cooperative relationship with many institutions.
Nankai University focuses on the students' all-round capability and creativity in teaching and education. Under its educational philosophy of "art to regulate the country, science to strengthen the country and business to richen the country", Nankai points out a teaching guideline of "paying attention to quality education, cultivating capability, consolidating knowledge foundation and widening disciplinary spheres, strictly administrating and ensuring high quality". It establishes a complete educational system by connecting class teaching, scientific experiments, academic activities and social practice. A flexible educational system has been set up. By attaching great importance to students' overall development, it has created a colorful campus cultural atmosphere. So graduates from Nankai are extraordinarily popular with employers. To build Nankai characteristics of "public will" all-round quality education system and promote the all-round development of students, it has established and implemented the “Nankai university quality education implementation summary”.
Nankai University has broad international communications by establishing exchanging and collaborative relationships with more than 290 international universities and academic institutions .It has contracted to build 6 Confucius institutes overseas. In 2012, Nankai was awarded as Advanced Sino-cooperation Academy of Confucius Institute. We undertake the task of National Chinese Language Training to Foreign countries and launch a number of tasks of study abroad programs.
Nankai University awarded 9 honorary doctoral degrees to notables. Also, Chen Ning Yang, Tsung-Dao Lee, Samuel Chao Chung Ting, Robert A. Mundell, Reinhard Selton, Henry Kissinger, Kim Dae Jung were all conferred Honorary Professors of Nankai. Many other world-known scholars and entrepreneurs have been invited as Visiting Professors.
Nankai University will continue to adhere the road of Nankai, carry forward the character of Nankai, develop the spirit of Nankai, persist in giving top priority to cultivate the integrity of students, strengthen the quality characteristics, implement six strategies of reinvigorating school through human resource development, building strong disciplines, improving educational quality, research and innovation , serving for Binhai Area and internationalization, and develop towards the goal of building leading university around the world.

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