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.