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The Philosophy Department at Nanjing University (NJU) is one of the largest and best in China, offering BA, MA, and Ph.D. programs. Our areas of strength include Marxist Philosophy, Chinese Philosophy, Foreign Philosophy, Philosophy of Science and Technology, Logic, Ethics, Religious Studies, Eastern Philosophy and Religious Studies. Our department was ranked top 5 by the Ministry of Education of China in 2012.
Our Department has a long and prestigious tradition. It was founded in 1920 when NJU was known as National Central University because Nanjing was the Capital of China. Since then many distinguished Chinese philosophers had taught here, including Liu Boming, Tang Yongtong, Zong Baihua, Fang Thomé H., Tang Junyi, Mou Zongsan, Chen Shiquan, Ni Qingyuan, Yin Haiguang, Xiong Wei, Chen Chung-Hwan, Miao Litian, Pan Shu, Sun Shuping, Sun Bokui, and so on. The philosophy department was known for its outstanding research on Chinese Philosophy, Buddhism, Ancient Greek Philosophy, Continental Philosophy, and Marxism. It was also known for its engagement in social and political issues.
Prof. Liu Linyuan’s essay “Materialistic Dialectics and Empirical Research” was publicly praised by Mao Zedong. Prof. Hu Fuming was the main author of the essay “Practice Is the Sole Criterion of Truth,” which has been one of the most famous philosophy papers in China.
Our Department offers a B.A. program in philosophy and M.A. and Ph.D. programs in eight divisions of philosophy: Marxism, Chinese Philosophy, Foreign Philosophy, Logic, Ethics, Philosophy of Science & Technology, Religious Studies, Eastern Philosophy and Religion. The Marxism program at NJU is widely regarded as one of the best ones in China. It has been one of the National Key Programs recognized by the Ministry of Education of China.
Our Ph.D. programs have been very successful. The research done by our Ph.D. students is outstanding. Three of our recent Ph.D. graduates received the National Best Dissertation Prize, and seven received Jiangsu Province Best Ph.D. Dissertation Prize. Further, the placement of our Ph.D. program is impressive. Many of our graduates got tenured or tenure-track jobs at top research universities including Peking University and Tsinghua University.
Our B.A. program is also excellent. We have a group of excellent teachers recognized by the Ministry of Education of China as a “National Excellent Teaching Group.” Two of our faculty members received National Quality Courses Funding for their teaching excellence. In addition, all of our graduates got employed or went to graduate schools.
Finally, the Philosophy Department also has visiting scholars and students programs. Foreign students are welcome to apply to both degree programs and visiting programs. We offer a few English courses such as Classical Chinese Philosophy. Please contact Ms. Wu at email@example.com for more information.
The research of our faculty has been widely acclaimed in China. Prof. Hong Xiuping and Prof. Tang Zhengdong were elected as “Chang Jiang Scholar,” the highest academic award issued to an individual in higher education by the Ministry of Education of China. Prof. Hu Daiping was recently elected as the “Chang Jiang Young Scholar.” Various honors were awarded to our faculty for their distinguished research by the State Council, the Ministry of Education, the Government of Jiangsu Province. Most of our faculty members got research funding from the central government. And several of them received the highly prestigious and competitive National Social Sciences Funding for Significant Projects.
Our faculty edit several well-regarded journals: Register of Critical Theory of Society, Zen Studies, Religion Studies.
Our department is home to many prestigious interdisciplinary research centers and institutes, including the Center for Studies of Marxist Social Theory, the Diane and Guilford Glazer Institute of Jewish Studies, the Center for Studies of Confucianism, Daoism, Buddhism, and Chinese Traditional Culture, and so on.
Our department has an independent library of 300, 000 books (including the new Marx-Engels-Gesamtausgabe and Heidegger Gesamtausgabe), 600 Chinese journals, and 50 journals in other languages such as The Philosophical Review, Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, and so on.
Our department is committed to promoting global academic exchange. We have established a long term cooperative relationship with more than 10 philosophy departments or research institutes in various countries. Most of our professors and Ph.D. students have spent at least one year as a visiting scholar or student at the philosophy department of an accredited university in a foreign country. Many of our professors were invited to give talks or teach courses in English. We also invite dozens of internationally recognized philosophers or scholars to give talks or short-term lectures at NJU every year.
Xue Guanglin Building, Xianlin Campus, No. 163, Xianlin Avenue, Qixia District, Nanjing City
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School of Earth Sciences and Engineering, Nanjing University, is a polytechnic institute founded in January 2008 on the basis of the original Department of Earth Sciences. Now, it has three departments, Department of Earth Sciences, Department of Water Sciences and Department of Geological Engineering and Information Technology.
The school has 150 faculty members, including 3 academicians of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, 65 professors (including 44 doctoral supervisors), 46 associate professors, 39 lecturers, 5 Distinguished Professors in the Changjiang Scholars Program, 2 academic chair professors, 10 winners of the National Science Foundation for Distinguished Young Scholars and 1 with the title National Outstanding Teacher.
The School of Earth Sciences and Engineering is one of the oldest geology educational programs in China. It has nurtured a large number of outstanding geoscientists and has the largest number of graduates who are now academicians of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Chinese Academy of Engineering and the winners of the National Science Foundation for Distinguished Young Scholars among universities within China. The school tradition and characteristics in its history of over 90 years can be summarized as “patriotism and dedication, sincerity and unity, science and democracy, and realism and innovation.”
Each year, the school enrolls about 100 undergraduates, who major in geology, geochemistry, geophysics, hydrology and water resources, and geological engineering. It has two first-level doctoral-degree-conferring disciplines, geology and geological resources and engineering, eight second-level doctoral-degree-conferring disciplines, including the deposit mineralogy petrology, structural geology, geochemistry, paleontology and stratigraphy, hydrology and water resources, mineral prospecting and exploration, earth exploration and information technology, and geological engineering, and nine second-level master-degree-conferring disciplines. Each year, the school enrolls about 90 master’s students and 40 doctoral students. In addition, the school also has a post-doctoral station in geology.
In the key construction disciplines in the National “211” and “985” Projects, the School of Earth Sciences and Engineering has geology as the first-level national key discipline and hydrology and water resources as the national key construction discipline and the provincial key discipline of Jiangsu Province. The school also has the national geology talents training base and the national experimental teaching demonstration center, both approved by the Ministry of Education. In the latest assessment by the Academic Degree Center of the Ministry of Education, the geology discipline of Nanjing University was ranked the first of universities in China; geology and geochemistry were listed as the Best Brand Disciplines of Jiangsu Province (A category) and leading disciplines; hydrology and water resources and geological engineering were awarded the Distinctive Disciplines of Jiangsu Province.
The school has two basic tasks, talent cultivation and scientific research. In talent cultivation, it focuses on cultivating high-quality, broad-based, and creative talents in aspects of virtue, knowledge and capacity. The undergraduate course series includes basic courses, core compulsory courses and cutting-edge elective courses. During the undergraduate years, students participate in two field practice sessions: general geology practice (lakes and hills in Nanjing) and the regional geological surveying practice (Chaohu-based). It lays stress on the integration of teaching and scientific research. Good undergraduates can be admitted to the graduate program without taking the entrance examination and outstanding masters can apply for the master-doctorcontinuous program.
In recent years, the school has published over 20 types of text materials, won 7 national teaching achievement prizes, and 15 provincial/ministerial teaching achievement prizes. In scientific research, it has undertaken about 1,000 national key projects with nearly 100 million yuan of annual research grant. Each year, it publishes about 100 papers in SCI journals.
The School of Earth Sciences and Engineering hosts the State Key Laboratory for Mineral Deposits Research and the Ministry-of-Education Key Laboratory of Supergene Geochemistry. It has a well-equipped experimental analysis system and is able to carry out microcrystalline, constant and trace element analysis, isotope analysis, inclusion research and diagenetic mineralization experiments for all kinds of geological samples. Relying on its faculty, the school has established 14 earth science research institutes. For instance, the InstituteofGeophysicsand Dynamics has 45 sets of internationally advanced broadband seismographs. With the permission of the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Science and Technology, the school publishes the journal College Geology and runs the Museum of Earth Sciences at Nanjing University.
In international cooperation, the school has set up relationships of cooperation and exchange with dozens of universities and research institutions at home and abroad. It has succeeded in holding a series of national and international conferences. It has invites famous scholars at abroad to give lectures and has sent teachers to attend international conferences or carry out cooperative research. To broaden the vision of students, the school sent students for field practice at Lake Baikal and at Mount Tianshan together with students from California Institute of Technology (USA). Graduates from the school can be employed in many areas and are regarded by employers as having good learning, good ability and good potential.
Zhu Gongshan Building, Xianlin Campus, No. 163 of Xianlin Avenue, Qixia District, Nanjing, China 210023
School of Earth Sciences and Engineering, Nanjing University
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The School of Government at Nanjing University enjoys a history of over 90 years. It originated from the politics department of National Southeast University (1921) and the politics department of University of Nanking (1924).
Nanjing University rebuilt the Department of Politics in 1986, based on which the School of Public Management was founded in 2002, later renamed as the School of Government (2009).
The school currently has four departments including Political Science, Public Administration, Labor & Social Security, and Diplomacy & International Affairs (under construction).
The School of Government offers diverse programs, majors, courses and seminars for both undergraduate and graduate students.
For undergraduates, it has four majors, Political Science, International Relations, Public Administration and Labor & Social Security, among which the Public Administration major is labeled as “national featured major.”
It offers Ph.D. programs in Political Science and Public Management. Both programs recruit postdoctoral researchers, and the Political Science program is authorized as the Key Program of Jiangsu Province.
Three Key Research Centers of Jiangsu Province are also affiliated with the school, in Societal Risks & Public Management Crises, Public Affairs & Local Governance, and Grass-root Organizations, respectively. In addition, the school offers one professional master major, MPA (Master of Public Administration).
In total, the school has 46 faculty members, including 20 full professors, 19 associate professors and 7 assistant professors. Forty of the faculty members have doctoral degrees, of whom eight professors have had their Ph.D.s from the USA, France, UK, Germany, Japan, and Russia. The school has one Chang Jiang Distinguished Professor titled by the State Ministry of Education, four professors as CCP Marxism Research Project’s chief experts, three professors as the National Social Science Fund (NSSF) specialists, three professors sitting in the National Education Committee, and four winners of the “New Century Excellent Talents Project” titled by the State Ministry of Education.
The last three decades have witnessed notable progress of the School of Government in teaching, research, and social services, which now is one of the nation’s leading centers for political science and public management. The State Ministry of Education ranked the school’s political science program as No. 8 of the nation (2002) and later No. 5 (2012).
The faculty wins their reputation by actively participating in domestic and international academic communities. Their scholarship spans across subfields of political science and public administration, especially strong in Chinese politics, Western Political Philosophy, Ethics of Public Administration, Public Policy, Social Security, Societal Risks and Public Crisis management. Recently, the faculty have won grants for more than 60 national and provincial projects and programs, five NSSF and CME key programs included. Two books are selected to the “NSSF Archive.” They have won multiple awards including “The Meisel-Laponce Award” from the International Political Science Association, the first prize of “CME Excellent Research Award for Humanity and Social Science,”the first prize of “Jiangsu Excellent Research Award for Philology and Social Science” and other domestic major academic awards.
Address: Shengda Building, 163 Xianlin Avenue, Nanjing, China, 210023
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In today’s world, information and technology are profoundly integrated into our lives. The School of Information Management at Nanjing University is one of the earliest education institutions in China that have set Department of Library Science, dating back to 1927.
The School consists of 64 faculty and staff members. As an academic unit of a century-old renowned university, we seek to achieve the highest level of teaching. We vigorously promote the construction of specialty and courses while combining general education with personalized cultivation. We have currently built up a mature educational mode of cultivating compound talents within innovative consciousness and high practical ability. We provide four majors as follows from undergraduate to master and doctoral programs:
Information Management & Information System
Editing & publishing Science
In addition, we offer 2 professional master’s programs from 2010, Library & Information Science, Publishing Science, which focus on training application-oriented talents.
Our students participate in a vibrant academic culture and study some of the most exciting and interesting topics in these fields. Currently we have over 400 undergraduates, 400 graduates.
Meanwhile, we attach great importance to scientific research as well as social service. There are 10 research clusters based on faculties’ research fields.
Internet user behavior
Information service in Web 2.0
Digital library management
Digital library development
Science and social science evaluation
Library user and reading behavior
Archival resource management
Our faculty’s innovative researches are earning reputation and financial support from the National Science Foundation, National Social Science Foundation, and Ministry of Education in China, among others. During the last five years, we’ve also completed over 100 practical projects collaborated with enterprises and organizations, contributing greatly to economic and social development.
As one of the members of the iSchools organization, the School of Information Management at Nanjing University is one of the earliest education institutions in China, and is ranked among the top 2 of such schools or departments of Library and Information Science in 2012.
Building of School of Information Management, No.163, Xianlin Avenue, Qixia District, Nanjing City, Jiangsu Province, China
Postal Code: 210023
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The School of Journalism and Communication was founded as the Film and Broadcasting Special Program at the university (formerly Jinling University) in 1936. It was the first educational institution of film and broadcasting in China.
The founder Mr. Sun Mingjing was a pioneer of China’s media and film education and an early member of the Chinese committee at the UNESCO. The Film and Broadcasting Special Program, the first of its kind, paved the way for the higher education of film and broadcasting in China. The Film and Broadcasting Special Program was restructured and changed its title to a department in October 1992, and the department was subsequently changed into School of Journalism and Communication in December 2003.
The School has first-level discipline Master’s and doctoral programs in journalism and communication. There are three academic departments:
Journalism and New Media
Radio, Film and Television,
and seven research centers and institutes:
Institute of Journalism and Politics
Institute of Communication and Society
Center for Internet Communication
Institute of Visual Culture
Center for Urban Image Studies
Institute of Chinese Visual Communication
Nanjing University-Ogilvy Creativity Research Institute.
Other teaching and research platforms based in the school include the National Teaching Demonstration Center, Jiangsu Province Philosophy and Social Sciences Research Base, Center for Collaborative Studies of South China Sea-Communication Sector, and Chinese Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication.
The School has a faculty of 50 committed teachers, researchers, and staff and 1,000 students, including 300 Master’s students and 42 doctoral students. Among the full-time faculty members, there are 7 doctoral advisors, 18 professors, and 13 associated professors.
The faculty has published over 500 research articles listed by the Chinese Social Sciences Citation Index (CSSCI), and has 4 National Social Science Foundation key projects, 20 general projects and dozens of Provincial Social Science Fund projects. The school undertakes a range of research that straddles across the field of journalism and communication, such as journalism history, new media, media management, television and broadcasting studies, political communication, visual communication, and cultural studies.
In recent years, the school has worked hard to nurture an academic environment for communication and collaboration in communication research in China and around the world. The events in the past few years include the Biennial Convention of CSSCI Journals in Journalism and Communication, Doctoral Students Academic Luncheons, Master’s Students Seminars, Book Club Study Session, and Sun Mingjing Media Forum. The school also held China-Europe Media Forum, Journalism and Communication Journal Editors Forum and other events dedicated to promote dialogues and collaboration in research.
The school’s guiding principle of education is to emphasize comprehensive education as well as specialized education, theory as well as practice, professionalism as well as ethics. Its graduates have been well received by a wide range of employers.
The school has built strong ties with the provincial government since 2013 when Nanjing University signed the Collaborative Agreement on Building the School of Journalism and Communication with the Publicity Department of Jiangsu Provincial Party Committee. To become a top journalism and communication school in China and the region, the school has three objectives. First, it will continue to meet with the demand in China for well-trained personnel to staff the media industry. Second, it will focus on research that generates empirical and humanistic analyses of communication topics and policy issues important to China and the world. Third, it will continue to establish and maintain an international network of educators, researchers, and professionals through collaborative projects, conferences and other exchanges.
Address: Block A, Fei Yimin Building, Nanjing University, 22 Hankou Road, Nanjing, Jiangsu Province, P. R. China.
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In December 2009, the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences (CEAS) was founded with faculty members from the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, which was originally established in 1993 by Dr. Min Naiben, an academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. Dr. Zhu Shining, also an academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, acted as the interim Dean of CEAS, while conducting a world-wide search for a dean who could lead CEAS towards a world-class college with its research and education focusing on developing cutting-edge technologies and engineering solutions to tackle major societal challenges.
In May 2011, Dr. Nie Shuming, a world-renowned scholar from Emory University and Georgia Institute of Technology with broad experience both in USA and China, became the International Dean of CEAS. Selected by Nanjing University as a test bed to pioneer the university’s internationalization initiative, CEAS is taking a systematic approach in its efforts towards building a world-class college. Internationalization is being implemented in every facet of the college (education, research, administration, faculty recruiting/assessment, and infrastructure), and virtually every member of the college (administrators, faculty, staff, students) is participating.
CEAS has assembled an administrative team consisting of both world-renowned scholars from developed countries and China. The current Secretary of the Party Committee is Mr. Zang Wencheng. Prof. Lu Yan-qing, a Changjiang distinguished professor and OSA fellow serves as the executive dean of the college.
CEAS focuses on four cutting-edge engineering disciplines and national strategic priorities, with each focus corresponding to an academic department, namely materials science and engineering, quantum electronics and optical engineering, biomedical engineering, and energy science and engineering. Selected interdisciplinary centers are also being established to promote cross-disciplinary collaboration, translation, and commercialization.
A new tenure-track system is being implemented for faculty recruiting, evaluation and promotion. Over the recent years, nearly 30 junior faculty members have been recruited from the US, UK, Europe, and Japan into the tenure-track system, primarily through the prestigious “National Thousand Global Young Talents” program.
The curriculum of each department of CEAS offers a wide selection of courses taught by world-class faculty scholars. The medium of instruction for many courses (target percentage: 50%-80% in five years) is being converted to English. High quality course work is also combined with extracurricular activities, many of which are international such as an international summer camp of engineering design in collaboration with the Ohio State University.
Faculty members of the CEAS conduct cutting-edge research, and regularly publish in high profile scholarly journals such as Science, Nature, Physical Review Letters, Advanced Materials, JACS, Angewandte Chemie, and Nano Letters.
International research collaborations are beginning to form via joint research projects and international research laboratories. Finally, a new 60,000 m2 world-class building for research and education is currently under construction to house the academic departments and research centers, embodying CEAS’s global vision and forward-looking plan.
CEAS is now striving to become a world-class college in the near future. With generous support and help from our friends in China and abroad, it will produce not only world-class knowledge and technologies, but nurture students and scholars with global visions and competence who can meet the major challenges and opportunities posed by an increasingly globalized society. It is believed that the CEAS will play leadership roles in shaping the future of China and the rest of the world.
Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) is a scientific discipline integrating fundamental material knowledge, engineering principle and manufacture process to create new materials, microscopic devices and systems for improving human life. The mission of the department is to achieve breakthroughs in material science and engineering for cutting-edge technologies, including informatics, energy storage and converting as well as precision medicine.
Since founded in 1993, the MSE department has distinguished itself through faculty leadership in national research communities and close partnerships with industry and the government. Over the past three years, more than 80 research projects (about 190 million yuan RMB) have been granted from national funding bodies, including 9 from the State Key Program for Basic Research of China, 3 from the National 863 Projects. The faculty has published more than 500 research papers in peer-reviewed journals. It has been granted 40 Chinese patents and 3 international patents with 65 more patents pending.
The department offers BS, MS and Ph.D. degrees in Materials Science and Engineering. Among them, materials physics and chemistry have been listed among the National Key Subjects.
The department is dedicated to developing the next generation’s leaders in materials science and engineering, to discover and apply material breakthroughs for improving human life. The faculty is trying its best to make the department into one of the most important international bases for research and education on advanced functional materials, and its research will provide essential technique support for national material research.
Research interests include:
artificial band-gap materials and devices,
thin films and devices for next-generation memories and processors,
materials for renewable energy
precise materials synthesis and fabrication
advanced materials characterizations, and
materials design and materials genomics.
Laboratory of Intelligent Materials and Functional Integrations
Center for Quantum Materials and Microstructures
Nanjing University Materials Engineering Institute (Nantong)
Nanjing University-Suqian Joint Laboratory on Advance Materials
Nanjing University-Hai’an Advanced Technology Institute
Currently the MSE department enrolls about 80 BS, 75 MS and 25 Ph.D. students every year.
Established in 2010, the Department of Quantum Electronics and Optical Engineering now has 15 professors, 8 associate professors, 1 lecturer, and 2 senior engineers. This faculty includes 1 academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, 1 member of the “One-thousand Talents Plan,” 3 OSA Fellows, 6 members of the “Youth One-thousand Talents Plan,” and 1 Changjiang Scholar with distinguished professorship.
Research directions of the department cover a wide range of areas, including (but not limited to) quantum information, all-solid-state lasers, optical sensors and communications, micro/nano-photonics, bio-photonics, photovoltaic solar cell, and so on.
The department has built extensive communications and collaboration with many leading high-tech companies and oversea universities. It is also the base of three optics related students’ international societies, that is, the NJU student chapters of OSA, SPIE and IEEE Photonics Society.
Research interests include:
optical sensors and communications,
photovoltaic solar cell, and
Jiangsu research center for optical communication system and network engineering
Research center for laser and photonics engineering technology
The international research center for quantum information and photonics technology (Preparing)
Research center for microwave photonics technology
The undergraduate program, which leads to a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering, concentrates on optoelectronic information science and engineering, and it has an innovative curriculum integrating physics, materials, electronics as well as modern optical science and technology courses. The program introduces students to front-line research topics in a modular fashion, allowing for a highly personalized course schedule that fits students’ individual interests.
The postgraduate programs in optical engineering include a Master in Engineering program and a Doctor of Philosophy program. The graduate students are trained in a leading research infrastructure, supervised by top engineers and scientists.
Biomedical Engineering (BME) integrates engineering principles and biomedical knowledge to solve biomedical problems and develop innovative technologies for diseases diagnosis, treatment and prevention, thus improving the quality of human life.
The Department of Biomedical Engineering was established in October 2011. Over the last 5 years, it has grown rapidly, both in the number of people and the amount of research funding. It has made significant progress in undergraduate/graduate education, fundamental research, as well as clinical translation.
Major areas of research include
biomaterials, tissue engineering, regenerative medicine,
molecular design and engineering,
nanomaterials and nanomedicine,
biomedical imaging, biosensors, and minimally invasive medical technologies,
synthetic and computational biology.
Nanjing University Center for Aerosol Bio-effects and Human Health
Translational Center for Biomedical Technology
Engineering Research Center for Minimally Invasive Interventional Medical Devices and Material.
The BME undergraduate program leading to a Bachelor’s in Engineering has a curriculum integrating mathematics, physics, chemistry as well as life science and basic medicine courses. The program introduces students to advanced research in a modular fashion for a training that is personalized to individual students.
Students in the BME graduate program are supervised by leading engineers and scientists in the fields. This three-year program leads to a Master in Engineering Degree.
The department of Energy Science and Engineering (DESE), established in July2012, is aimed at developing multidisciplinary research on scientific and engineering applications in new energy development. At present, there are several research fields in DESE:
Advanced Secondary Battery Technology;
Clusters and Micro-Nano Energy Devices;
Solar Utilization Technology;
Transformation and Utilization of Thermal Energy;
Solar Hydrogen Production;
Technology of Fuel Cell;
Utilization of Biomass Energy and Nuclear Energy.
DESE combines several disciplines that are traditionally strong in Nanjing University, including materials and microelectronics, physics, and chemistry. The department strives to become a priority discipline at the university, one of the most important bases for talents training and R&D in the field of energy, generalizing especially advanced secondary battery technology and new energy in China and promoting China’s advances in these fields internationally.
The faculty includes 8 professors, 4 associate professors. From 2012 on, DESE has been supported by the Chinese government through several sources:
National Basic Research Program of China “973”
National High Technology Research and Development of China “863”
Natural Science Foundation of China “NSFC”
Natural Science Key Foundation of Jiangsu Province, and
Natural Science Foundation of Jiangsu Province and Enterprise Projects
Research interests include:
advanced secondary battery technology,
clusters and micro-nano energy devices,
solar utilization technology,
transformation and utilization of thermal energy,
solar hydrogen production,
technology of fuel cell,
utilization of biomass energy and nuclear energy.
Center for Energy Storage Materials and Technologies
Ecomaterials and Renewable Energy Research Center
Photovoltaics Technology Research Center
Institute of Energy Science
The undergraduate education combines broad exposure in sciences and humanities, technical education in fundamental principles of energy science and engineering, and hands-on training using real-world examples.
The ESE graduate program leads to a Master or Ph.D. degree in Engineering in 3 years.
Room 912, Science Building, 22 Hankou Road, Nanjing, 210093
Physics at Nanjing University arises from the Division of Physics and Chemistry, which was founded in 1915 when the university was known as Nanking Higher Normal School. It was later renamed the Department of Physics in 1920 and was one of the earliest physics departments in China.
With the development of physical science at Nanjing University, the Department of Information Physics and the Department of Material Science and Engineering were separated from the Department of Physics in 1984 and 1994, respectively. Based on these three departments, the School of Physics, the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and the School of Electronic Science and Engineering were founded in 2009.
Over the past hundred years, the School of Physics at Nanjing University has contributed significantly to the scientific developments and the modernization of the country, and has itself become one of the best physics departments in China. The university’s Physics was ranked number one in China in 2007 and 2012 by the Academic & Graduate Education Development Center of the Ministry of Education of China.
In this new era, the School of Physics aspires to become one of the most highly ranked physics departments in the world. We extend our warm welcome to distinguished scholars and outstanding young talents to join our efforts from China and beyond.
Centennial celebration of Physics at Nanjing University
Currently, the school has 215 faculty members and supporting staff, including 94 professors and 49 associate professors. Among the faculty members, there are ten academicians of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, two 1000-Talents Program Scholars, 17 Changjiang Professors of the Ministry of Education of China, 22 winners of the National Outstanding Young Investigator Prize awarded by the National Nature Science Foundation of China, eight 1000 Young Talents Program Scholars, nine chief scientists of the National Basic Research Program (973 Program), four APS Fellows, and two OSA Fellows.
The School of Physics now has four departments and one teaching center. They are the Department of Modern Physics; the Department of Physics; the Department of Photonics and Quantum Optics; the Department of Acoustic Science and Engineering; and the Center of Physical Teaching & Experiments.
The school offers Bachelor of Science degrees in physics, applied physics and acoustics, and advanced programs leading to Master’s and Ph.D. degrees in theoretical physics; condensed matter physics; acoustics; optics, atomic and molecular physics; computation physics; particle physics and nuclear physics; and biophysics and soft matter.
It provides more than 80 core and optional courses, more than 100 physics experiments and dozens of research training programs. The school has a tradition of excellent teaching in both undergraduate and graduate courses. It is the National Training Base of the Basic Science of Physics, its experimental center is the National Experimental Teaching Demonstration Center and is now supported by the National Physics Undergraduate Top-Notch Training Plan. The school has won three first class National Teaching Achievement Awards in Higher Education.
Now, the school has over 800 undergraduate students and 700 graduate students (of whom more than half are Ph.D. candidates). More than 70% of graduates pursue both a master’s degree and a Ph.D. degree. In recent years, a dozen graduates have entered world famous universities to continue their studies, and nine Ph.D. graduates have had their dissertations win the title of the “National Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation.”
Physics at the university includes a wide variety of disciplines and specializations, ranging from practical, technology-driven fields to the study of fundamental physics and the structure of the universe. The major fields of study include condensed matter; atomic, molecular, and optical physics; acoustics and its applications; and nuclear, particle and high energy physics (cosmology). There are also some fields that cross into other disciplines, such as computational physics, biophysics and soft matter.
Since 2002, the School of Physics has won one National First Award for Natural Science and eight National Second Awards for Natural Science. The school has received research funding of over 100 million yuan RMB per year for the past five years, and is well-represented in international journals (SCI).
Every year it has over 450 publications, and among them more than ten research papers have been published in internationally renowned professional journals, including Phys. Rev. Lett, and Nature’s subsidiary periodicals such as Nature Physics, Nature Materials, and Nature Photonics.
The National Laboratory of Solid State Microstructures (NLSSM) was founded in 1984 and was one of the first state key laboratories founded in China. As a multidisciplinary science and engineering research center, the goals of NLSSM are to design and fabricate new artificial microstructured materials by designing and tailoring the energy band structures in reciprocal space, to discover new macroscopic and microscopic quantum effects and principles, to develop new theories and methodologies based on quantum physics, and to endeavor to meet the scientific challenges and technological requirements encountered in the post-Moore era and the post-petroleum era. In all of the assessments for state key laboratories, NLSSM always received an “excellent laboratory” assessment. The journal Nature assessed that NLSSM was one of the institutes in the Pacific Rim of Asia, excluding Japan, that approached world-class standards in research in 1997 [Nature 389, 113 (1997)]. The laboratory sincerely welcomes international cooperation in areas of material design, quantum physics, nanooptics and plasmonics, clean energy and environment-related studies.
In 2014, the School of Physics took the lead in founding the Collaborative Innovation Center of Advanced Microstructures (CICAM), which was initially established under the 2011 plan by the Ministry of Education of China. This is a project in partnership with the physics departments at Fudan University, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Zhejiang University, the University of Science and Technology of China, and the Hefei Institute of Physical Science of the Chinese Academy of Science.
In addition, it has the following laboratories & interdisciplinary institutes:
Nanjing National Laboratory for Microstructures (under construction)
Ministry Key Laboratory of Modern Acoustics
Provincial Key Laboratory for Nanotechnology
Center for Eco-Materials and Renewable Energy Research
Joint Center for Particle, Nuclear Physics and Cosmology with Purple Mountain Observatory, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Center for Superconducting Physics and Materials
Institute of Solid State Physics
Institute of Applied Physics
Institute of Biophysics
The School of Physics has established academic exchange and research cooperation with over 40 institutions in nearly 20 countries and has invited internationally-based faculty members and scholars to the school to give lectures or to conduct research here. Now our exchange program has been extended to international students.
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The history of the School of Liberal Arts of Nanjing University dates back to Sanjiang Normal School and Nanking University (Huiwen Shuyuan), founded in 1902 and 1888 respectively. It first became a department of Nanjing Higher Normal School in 1914. Then for different periods, it successively belonged to National Southeast University, No. 4 Zhongshan University, Jiangsu University, National Central University and Nanjing University. As Nanking University, which evolved from Christian colleges, merged with Nanjing University in 1952, the Department of Chinese Language and Literature was set up. It was renamed School of Liberal Arts in 2007.
Over the past 100 years, many renowned scholars and educators have taught at the school, including Li Ruiqing, Wang Xie, Huang Kan, Wang Dong, Wu Mei, Hu Xiaoshi, Chen Zhongfan, Wang Pijiang, Fang Guangtao, Luo Genze, Chen Baichen, Chen Shouzhu and Cheng Qianfan. Through the diligent and persistent work of generations of faculty and students, the school has fostered an academic tradition of simplicity, integrity and creativity in the spirit of seeking truth rather than following fashion fostering. In this spirit, the School has cultivated a large number of outstanding talents for China.
Since the 1980s, the school has developed rapidly, enjoying a good reputation at home and abroad. It hosts various programs in two disciplinary fields – Chinese language and literature, and Drama and Film Studies. Its program of Chinese language and literature is among the first national key disciplines and the first national personnel training and research bases for Chinese language and literature. It also has a first-level doctoral program and a post-doctoral station. It has rich resources for academic research. The school library has a collection of more than 400,000 books and various specialized collections. In addition, the school is home to several research centers, including the Research Center for Modern Chinese Literature, a key humanities research base funded by the Ministry of Education; the China Center for Linguistics and Strategic Studies funded by the Ministry of Education; and the Research Institute for Classical Literature, affiliated to the National Commission for Classics Editing and Research by Institutions of Higher Learning.
In the 21st century, faculty and students of the school are carrying on its excellent academic tradition, striving to make progress in their teaching and research and make more contributions to social progress and cultural innovation.
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The School of Liberal Arts currently comprises six departments, Departments of Literature, Linguistics, Documentics, Theater and Film Studies, as well as Departments of College Chinese and Overseas Education. Among the eight secondary disciplines under the discipline of Chinese language and literature, the School has seven, including ancient Chinese literature, modern and contemporary Chinese literature, Chinese language and philology, classical Chinese documentics, literary theory, comparative literature and world literature, and linguistics and applied linguistics. The school also hosts the program of Drama and Film Studies in the disciplinary field of arts. The School now runs 13 doctoral programs, 13 MA programs, two professional MA programs (MFA and MTCSOL), and two undergraduate programs. Covering a wide range of subjects, the School boasts an excellent doctoral program of Chinese language and literature, ranking among the top of its kind in China.
In 2006, the school had three disciplines highly evaluated in the national appraisal and became “national key disciplines”; they were Ancient Chinese Literature, Modern and Contemporary Chinese Literature, and Chinese Language and Philology. In 2007, another discipline, Literary Theory, was granted the title of national key discipline. In the same year, with four national key disciplines, the school ranked the second among China’s Chinese departments and was approved by the Ministry of Education as a first-level national key discipline, the very first among liberal arts and social sciences disciplines in Nanjing University.
The School of Liberal Arts has three national-level and five university-level research centers. Among them, the Research Center for Modern Chinese Literature is one of the 100 research bases for philosophy and social sciences approved by the Ministry of Education. The China Center for Linguistics and Strategic Studies is one co-funded by Nanjing University and the Department of Language Information Management of the Ministry of Education. The Research Institute for Classical Literature is affiliated to the National Commission for Classics Editing and Research by Institutions of Higher Learning. The Research Center for Chinese Poetics, the Research Institute for Aesthetics, the Research Institute for Overseas Chinese Books, the Sociolinguistics Laboratory, the Research Institute of Dialects and Culture, the Center in Asian Film Television and Media Studies，and the Research Institute of History of Chinese Language are university-level research centers for the humanities and social sciences. In addition, the school has established a number of research institutions for basic research or new studies, including, the Research Institute for Theater and Film Studies, the Compilation and Research Office for The Complete Collection of Qing Poetry, the Compilation and Research Office for the Poetry of Tang and Five Dynasties, the Research Institute for Comparative Literature and Comparative Cultural Studies, the Research Institute for Kunqv Opera, the Research Institute for Literature by Taiwan, Hong Kong and Overseas Chinese Writers, the Research Institute for Jianghuai Dialect, and the Digital Art Laboratory. These institutions strive to improve research standards and promote the development of new studies.
The School of Liberal Arts has a faculty of 75 outstanding teachers. Among them, there are 44 professors, 25 associate professors and 6 lecturers, accounting for 58.7%, 33.3% and 8% of all respectively. Among them, 68 hold doctoral degrees, taking up 90.7% of the total.
The faculty members of the school are highly acclaimed for their achievements. Among them, two members are on the Disciplinary Appraisal Panels under the Academic Degrees Committee of the State Council, 12 with special government allowances awarded by the State Council, four specially recruited professors on the Changjiang Award Program for Prominent Scholars, two selected candidates of the National Program for the Cultivation of Tens of Millions of Talents in the New Century. Two faculty members have obtained sponsorship from the Program for Talented People of the Century, nine are involved in the New-Century Program for Supporting Excellent Talents, and three in the Program for Sponsoring Young Teachers, and one appointed National Young Experts with Outstanding Contributions, all funded by the Ministry of Education. At the provincial level, two middle-aged and young experts are recognized as having made outstanding contributions, twelve have been selected into the Jiangsu 333 Project and nine into the Jiangsu Qinglan Project, one is granted the title of Distinguished Teacher, and one of Excellent Educator. With the addition of an excellent national teaching team, faculty members that enjoy the above titles and grants account for over 50% of the total. During all teaching evaluation surveys organized by the university, more than 95% of the faculty members scored above 4 on a 5-point scale, among whom several have been acknowledged by the undergraduates as “our favorite teachers.”
In 1992, the School of Liberal Arts was accredited by the Ministry of Education as one of the first reform bases for liberal arts education, and later on it became the only qualified experimental unit in the discipline of Chinese language and literature.
In 1995, the school was authorized as one of the first personnel training and research bases of Chinese language and literature in China, awarded as an excellent base in 1998 during the mid-term review, and officially approved after passing the appraisal by the Ministry of Education in 2001.
In 2003, the Chinese Language and Literature major was granted a provincial-level quality major by the Jiangsu Education Commission.
In 2008, it was awarded a national distinctive major construction unit and a national experimental zone for the education of innovative talents.
The school runs two undergraduate programs in Chinese Language and Literature and in Theater and Film Studies. Its MA and doctoral programs cover the whole discipline of Chinese Language and Literature as well as the discipline of Theater and Film Studies.
To help the students foster their innovative abilities on the basis of a solid foundation, the school has a multi-dimensional and research-oriented undergraduate curriculum, incorporating condensed core courses and specialized elective courses.
The undergraduate education in the School of Liberal Arts focuses on the training of qualified students and the development of research bases. At the same time, it keeps promoting its reforms, maintaining its advantages and improving its teaching. For many years, the school has been enjoying the renowned title of Excellent Teaching Unit awarded by Nanjing University.
In the year of 2001, two research projects conducted by the school, “A Study on the Training of Talents for the 21st Century and Education Model for Research Bases” and “A Study on the Talents Training Bases and Model for Chinese Language and Literature Department,” funded respectively by the Ministry of Education and the Jiangsu Education Commission, were awarded the first prize of the State-Level Teaching Award and the grand prize of the Jiangsu Province Teaching Award.
The project “The Construction of Research-Oriented Curriculum for Chinese Majors” received the grand prize of the Higher Education Teaching Award from Jiangsu provincial government in 2007 and the second prize of the State-Level Teaching Award in 2008.
The Project “Training the First an Second-Year Chinese Majors for Innovation in a Research University” received the grand prize of the Higher Education Teaching Award from Jiangsu Provincial Government in 2013 and the second prize of the State-Level Teaching Award in 2014.
The School of Liberal Arts enjoys high standing in China for its student enrollment and teaching quality. Current enrollment reaches over 700 students in MA and Ph.D. programs, including 190 international students. Many MA and Ph.D. graduates find positions in high-level professional fields, among whom 40 are now doctoral supervisors in various renowned universities and colleges. One Ph.D. dissertation has been awarded the Award of National Excellent Doctorial Dissertation while two have been nominated for the same award.
In recent years, the School of Liberal Arts has being promoting exchange programs for its graduates and undergraduates. It has established a long-term exchange program with Hong Kong Baptist University and various other colleges. In 2007 and 2008, the school encouraged its Ph.D. candidates to apply to the exchange programs sponsored by the Ministry of Education. With the school’s international influence, 25 of its doctoral candidates were granted permission by the Ministry of Education and subsequently entered universities abroad. The school thus started its exchange programs with Brown University, Columbia University, Duke University, the University of California, San Diego, University of Wisconsin, University of Washington, Kyoto University, Nara Women's University, University of London, Edinburgh University and other prestigious universities overseas in their joint efforts of training of high-level talents.
Overseas MA programs run by the School of Liberal Arts are steadily growing. Over the last 10 years, the school has had MA programs in Singapore and Malaysia, where overseas Chinese students have been able to attend MA programs in Chinese Language and Literature offered by the school. Meanwhile, it has set up joint programs with the School of Chinese, Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, and the Chinese Department of Dongguk University. Scholarships are provided for foreign students in China. The number of foreign students applying for B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. degrees increases every year, and this helps with the internationalization of its students.
The Department of Chinese Language and Literature in the School of Liberal Arts is a First Level National Key Discipline. The establishment of national, university and school level research centers and institutes greatly promotes the academic research of the school. The school aims at a steady development on the basis of maintaining its strengths in its teaching and research. The school will focus on the development of Cultural Studies, Marxist Aesthetics, Aesthetic Anthropology, Studies on Modern and Contemporary Academic and Literary History, Studies on the Overseas Chinese Books, Studies on the Overseas Sinology, Studies on Ci Poetry and Fu Prose, Studies on Qing Dynasty Literature, Chinese Historical Documentics, Overseas Chinese Literature, Intercultural Studies, Comparative Literary Theory, Language Planning Studies, Sociolinguistics, Dialectology, Lexicography, and Ancient Philology.
The new millennium has witnessed the school’s great achievements in research. It has successfully passed the evaluation for Project 211 (stages I and II) and Project 985 (stage I).
In 2004, the School became the host to National 985 Project Chinese Language and Culture and National Identity, a Base for Innovative Research in Philosophy and Social Sciences.
Now the School has successfully passed the evaluation for Project 985 (stage III).
In 2014, the Center for Collaborative Innovation of Chinese Literature and East Asian civilization was certified as a Jiangsu Provincial University Center for Collaborative Innovation.
After 2000, the average annual publication from the school’s faculty in AH&I and CSSCI journals amounts to 150. Over 50 monographs have been published. Over 100 major awards were received from Jiangsu Province and the Ministry of Education, among which 13 were the first prizes of Jiangsu Philosophy and Social Sciences Research Award, and 4 were the first prizes of Jiangsu University Humanities and Social Sciences Research Award.
In 2007, Ce Fu Yuan Gui, a grand-scale compilation of Chinese classics, was awarded the Official Prize of the 1st Chinese Government Publication Award.
Since 2000, the School of Liberal Arts has obtained 60 standard projects, 5 Major Projects, and 1 Key Project funded by the National Philosophy and Social Sciences Foundation, 9 projects funded by the National Artistic and Scientific Foundation, 4 projects funded by the National Language Association, 4 key projects funded by the Ministry of Education, 1 key project funded by the University Science and Technology Innovation Foundation, 15 key projects funded by the Ministry of Education for Humanities and Social Sciences Research Bases, 2 projects funded by the Ministry of Education New Millennium Talents Foundation, 5 projects funded by the Ministry of Education Humanities and Social Sciences Research Ph.D. Programs Foundation, 16 projects funded by the Ministry of Education Humanities and Social Sciences Foundation, 9 project funded by the Ministry of Education Humanities and Social Sciences Research Youth Foundation, 3 project post-funded by the Ministry of Education, and 26 standard projects and 4 Major Projects funded by Jiangsu Philosophy and Social Sciences Foundation. In addition, there are also cultural projects with nation-wide influences: the proofreading and editing of The New Tang Book, which is part of the proofreading and editing project of 24 Histories, and the compilation of San Wen History, which is part of the compilation work of The Qing History. These research projects, especially the key projects, have brought the school more research funding and made it academically well-known both nationally and internationally.
The School of Liberal Arts actively organizes international exchange programs. Its faculty members participate in various kinds of international projects, conferences, and visiting programs. The school also hosts many academic programs. At present, it is in academic cooperation with prestigious institutions such as the Harvard-Yenching Institute, Brown University,Duke University, University of London, Edinburgh University, Leiden University (Holland), University of Mannheim (Germany), Kyoto University (Japan), Korean University of Foreign Studies, and National Taiwan University, Tsinghua University (Taiwan), National Central University (Taiwan), Tunghai University (Taiwan), Hong Kong University, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, and Hong Kong Baptist University.
The program of Ancient Chinese Literature has a tradition of organizing international conferences since 1990s, providing a platform for scholars at home and abroad to discuss ancient Chinese literature.
In 2006, the school hosted the First Humanities and Social Sciences Forum for Scholars from Mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau, which was a collaborative effort of Nanjing University, National Central University (Taiwan), and the Chinese University of Hong Kong.
The Sociolinguistic Lab annually holds a language seminar, which is well known in international sociolinguistic circles.
The Institute of Overseas Chinese Books Studies, with its long-term research in the field, organized an international symposium in the year 2007, playing a leading role in the studies of Chinese books in East Asia.
During the past 5 years, the school organized altogether 18 international conferences, gaining good reputation in the academic circle.
The School of Liberal Arts publishes 21 academic anthologies and journals, among which Journal of Literary Criticism Supplement, Classical Literature, Intercultural Communication，and Yangzijinag Review are indexed by CSSCI.
The School of Liberal Arts has four goals for its teaching, research, and curriculum development.
The first goal is to foster in students a solid foundation, practical skills, professional expertise, and a broad horizon. The school will maintain a research-oriented teaching methodology, construct better liberal arts labs, provide students with more social practice opportunities, and cultivate more qualified talents for educational institutions, research institutes and management positions. As a top-ranking Chinese language and literature discipline in China, it will also expand its enrollment of international students and provide qualified Chinese language and literature majors internationally.
The second goal is to make full use of the present resources and specialty, and to attract and employ qualified new faculty members. The four National Key Disciplines—the Program of Ancient Chinese Literature, the Program of Modern Chinese Literature, the Program of Chinese Language and Philology, and the Program of Literary Theory—will lead other programs toward an overall development. The school will strive to maintain its leading position nationally and try to develop several programs to an internationally advanced level.
The third goal is to make full use of the advantages of the Department of Chinese Language and Literature to foster the development of inter-disciplinary studies in joint efforts with the Department of Theater and Film Studies and other art disciplines. The school aims at building new National Key Disciplines and common prosperity among all departments.
The fourth goal is to combine teaching with research and to promote cooperation and innovation among disciplines. With their quality research, the Center for Chinese Modern Literature, the China Center for Linguistics and Strategic Studies, and the Research Institute for Classical Literature will contribute to the school’s curriculum development. More research institutes in the School will strive to become national research centers.
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The Department of Mathematics at Nanjing University originated from the mathematics department at the National Central University and the mathematics department at Jingling University. The mathematics department at Central University can be further traced back to the mathematics department at Nanjing Higher Normal School founded in 1920 by Professor Xiong Qinglai.
In 1952, the department was formally established under the name of the Department of Mathematics and Astronomy, Nanjing University, through the readjustment of universities and colleges in China.
In 1958, the astronomy faculty was separated from the department and set up the new department of astronomy, while the Department of Mathematics and Astronomy changed its name to the Department of Mathematics.
In 1978, the faculty of computer technology was also separated from the department and established the new department of computer sciences. Since then, the structure of the Department of Mathematics has remained the same.
The department has been well-known for its long history, its strength, and its rigorous scholarship. Since its establishment, many outstanding mathematicians have worked here. It has always had a leading status at home and has been well-known abroad for its academic influences, especially in the areas of dynamic system, differential equations, number theory and K theory, and scientific and engineering computing.
The department currently has three undergraduate specialties, namely, the Mathematics and Applied Mathematics (a Characteristic Specialty Construction Point of the State Ministry of Education), Information and Computing Sciences, and Statistics.
At present, the department is a national training base for basic science research and teaching talents and is a Jiangsu advantaged subject with two grade-one subjects (mathematics is the national grade-one key subject and statistics is the Jiangsu grade-one key subject), and has ascended into the highest 1% in the ranking of ESI global subjects for its mathematics.
The Department of Mathematics has a strong academic faculty of 76 members, including 34 full professors, 31 associate professors, 26 doctoral supervisors, 2 persons elected into the “1,000-Talent Program,” 3 Cheung Kong professors, 7 winners of the National Science Fund for Distinguished Young Scholars, 1 winner of the National Science Fund for Excellent Young Scholars, 2 persons elected into the National Talent Program, 2 winners of the Fund for Rewarding Young Teachers of the Ministry of Education, 8 (Cross-Century) New-Century Excellent Talents of the Ministry of Education, and 1 Innovation Team of the Ministry of Education.
Altogether, 96.8% of the basic and specialized courses are taught by professors and associate professors.
The faculty members have obtained more than 30 various awards in recent years, including the high-grade awards such as the second prize of the National Natural Science, Chenxing Prize in Mathematics, Qiushi Outstanding Youth Scholars Award, first prize of Natural Sciences of Universities and Colleges of China, and first prize of Scientific and Technological Advancement of Jiangsu Province.
More than two thirds of the faculty members are leaders of national-level scientific research projects, and at present, they take charge of nearly 70 on-going national key projects including 973 Program as well as outstanding, key and general programs of the National Natural Science Foundation of China, equivalent to one project per person, ranking among the top mathematics departments in universities and colleges in China.
The faculty members devote themselves to teaching, original research and making high-quality achievements. In recent years, they have published large quantities of important papers in influential international journals on mathematics. Especially, in 2011 and 2012, they published three papers in internationally top-ranking mathematics journal Inventiones Mathematicae. The research of the faculty has produced significant influence in the international mathematical society. For example, Professor Cheng Chongqing was the invited speaker at the 2010 International Congress of Mathematicians (ICM 2010).
The department has established highly efficient mechanisms for academic exchange and international cooperation and has strengthened talent training and academic exchange by means of “inviting in and dispatching out.” Every year, it invites nearly 100 preeminent scholars from at home and abroad (including winners of Fields Medal, lifetime professors of world top-ranking universities, and academicians of Chinese Academy of Sciences) to visit and give lectures at this department, and dispatches dozens of excellent undergraduate students as exchange students to study at partner schools overseas.
The department uses diversified methods of talent training. It recruits new undergraduate students by the general category of mathematics and does not stipulate their specialty in the first two years, but strengthens the basic training for them. In the third and fourth years, it divides them into different specialties according to the different types and characteristics of different students. In recent years, the department has vigorously carried out the reform of the graduate programs and changed the recruitment of doctoral students from the unified examination to an independently implemented “application-assessment” system.
The department has won 1 first prize of Jiangsu Award for Teaching Achievements and 1 second prize of Jiangsu Award for Excellent Teaching Achievements. It has been titled the Excellent Teaching Team of Universities and Colleges of Jiangsu once and has 1 course titled the National High-Quality Course. It has compiled 5 “oriented at the 21st century” teaching materials, 2 teaching materials under the 11th Five-Year National Planning for Common Higher Education, 1 key teaching material for higher education schools of Jiangsu Province during the 12th Five-Year Plan period, and it has compiled a total of more than 40 teaching materials.
At each session of China Undergraduate Mathematical Contest in Modeling and Mathematical Contest in Modeling (MCM), the department makes outstanding achievements.
The department has many doctoral dissertations that won the title of Provincial Excellent Doctoral Disseretations of the Province, and 1 of them won the title as one of the 100 Doctoral Disseretations of the Country.
Over the years, around 30% of the master’s degree candidates from the department have been admitted to the doctoral program in advance, around 10% of them have been admitted to doctoral programs in other universities at home and abroad, and around 60% of them have earned their degree and obtained employment with satisfaction. The department has obtained many achievements in the talent training, and one of the benchmarks is the 100% employments rate of its graduates. These graduates have been making important contributions to China’s economic and cultural development in almost all academic, business, and industrial fields.
These graduates have found favor with employers for their solid professional foundation, good observation ability, abstract thinking ability and creative and development potentials. Meanwhile, more than 70% of the graduates continue their study at the world’s top-ranking universities abroad such as Harvard, Stanford, Berkeley, Columbia, Cambridge, as well as well-known universities within China.
The team of Hamiltonian Dynamics is internationally well-recognized. In recent years, some breakthrough progress has been made by faculty members towards the solution of some notable problems such as Arnold diffusion which, because of its importance, was intensively studied by many top-level mathematicians. The faculty shall continue its efforts to develop the team of dynamical system, not only for Hamiltonian dynamics, but also for differentiable and complex dynamics, so that it will become one of the international centers for dynamical systems.
A central subject of number theory is the study of L-functions of number fields. The famous Riemann Hypothesis is about the distribution of non-trivial zeros of the zeta-functions. The values at the integers of an L-function of a number field contain information of many arithmetic invariants of the field, some of which are closely related to the K-groups of the ring of algebraic integers of the field. Hence there exists deep connection between algebraic number theory and K-theory. In recent years, K-theory has also played an essential role in the proof of the BSD conjecture for function fields.
The faculty will continue its in-depth research in related topics, including representations of quadratic forms, elliptic curves, arithmetic algebraic geometry, dynamical system, Euler system, Mahler measure, and structures of various K-groups. It will focus on the mainstream of the international mathematical developments and major problems, such as the Lang-Trotter conjecture, the dynamical Mordell-Lang conjecture of quasi-projective varieties, the Beilinson conjecture, the Coleman-Oort conjecture, and the relation between the algebraic K-groups of an elliptic curve over a number field and the values at the integers of the L-function of the curve.
The research at the department has been focusing on the following (but not limited to) areas and some progress has been made.
The phenomena of transonic flows and transonic shocks in fluid dynamics;
Theory of mixed type partial differential equations and degenerate elliptic equations;
Efficient numerical methods for scattering problems with high wave numbers and theirs theoretical analysis, which has been an open problem for several decades;
The combined multi-scale finite element methods (MFEM) for multi-scale problems, which raise the simulation efficiency for some multi-scale problems such as underground water;
Stability, error, and super-convergence analysis for the local discontinuous Galerkin methods with various time discretizations, which has important applications in the fields of computational fluid dynamics; and
The inverse problems of anomalous diffusion equations of fractional order, which has important applications in the fields of material mechanics, biochemistry, medicine, and image processing.
The main research directions of the theory and application of modern statistical analysis include the statistical analysis of time series models and related fields, the research on stochastic mathematics [statistics for stochastic processes, stochastic process and network, stochastic analysis and stochastic (ordinary/partial) differential equations, optimization on stochastic process and stochastic optimal control] and its cross applications in information science and financial management, spatial statistical analysis, the statistical analysis of Bayesian econometric models, and small value probability of branching processes.
Some research achievements have been published in international top-ranking journals and have produced great significances and influences in the international arena. Such research has important theoretical and application values in the fields of biology, computer science, medicine and health, hydrogeology, environmental science, ecology, forestry science, telecommunications, economy, finance, electronic commerce, and physics and control science.
Along with the development of economy and science and technology, high-dimensional big data have emerged gradually in these fields, their statistical analysis has attracted increasingly close attention, and the research prospect is very broad. Related research achievements may be applied to the analysis of socio-economic data, such as futures, foreign exchange rate, stock market returns, the unemployment rate, electronic commerce, forestry resources, remote sensing monitoring, and earthquake center distribution. By establishing reasonable statistical models, the faculty may adjust the distribution of fishery resources, control the spreading scope of infectious diseases, predict or control the risk and development of financial markets.
Mathematical programming is a branch of operational research, and its research object is the arrangement and dispatching of related work in plan management, namely, searching for an optimal scheme according to certain measuring index under some given conditions. Mathematically, it can be expressed as calculating the maximum or minimum value of a real-valued function under certain constraints. It mainly concerns the mathematical nature, solution methods and computer execution of these problems. Mathematical programming includes many branches such as linear programming, nonlinear programming, multi-objective programming, dynamic programming, parametric programming, integer programming, stochastic programming, and variational inequality and complementarity problem. It has important applications in industry, commerce, agriculture, traffic and transportation, and governmental. It is a powerful instrument in the fields of economic programming, system engineering, and modern management.
The main research direction of mathematical logic is recursion theory (also called as computability theory), set theory and their crossing fields. In terms of recursion theory, the faculty focuses on the global structure research on the degree of unsolvability and its application to theoretical computer science. In terms of degree theory, it mainly focuses on model theory properties of the degree of unsolvability. In terms of applications, it focuses on the research on the recursion theory to the algorithmic randomness theory. In terms of set theory, it focuses on effective descriptive set theory and inner model, as well as the research of applications of recursion theory method to set theory.
Over the past 50 years, explosive development has been achieved in recursion theory, and it is embodied not only at the constant expansion of intrinsic contents, but also at the plentiful applications in other fields. The global structure of degree theory has become clear gradually. The automorphism problem is still pending, but elementary substructure problem has been solved basically, and the faculty has made important contributions to the tackling of this problem. In terms of the algorithmic randomness theory, the faculty has realized the most successful application of recursion theory to theoretical computer, and the problem of lowness for randomness has nearly been solved thoroughly.
Now, the faculty is gradually turning to the applications to analysis and dynamic system, especially the ergodic theory in the algorithmic theory. In terms of set theory, it has formed a relatively characteristic research field, which is mainly about the research of recursion theory and algorithmic randomness by applying forcing method and constructibility. For example, higher randomness, chains and antichains are all the new research fields it has gradually found out, and it has attracted the following of many international young prominent scholars.
Geometry and Topology are two important branches which are mutually independent and closely related in modern mathematics, and they take differential manifolds and topological invariants as research objects. Many problems in geometry and topology attract generations of mathematicians. For example, the famous problems include Poincare conjecture and Borel conjecture. Over the past half a century, much great progress has been made in research on modern geometry and topology, and the progress has aroused research on plentiful new important theoretical problems.
The faculty plans to enrich the academic force of each branch of geometry and topology through many years of efforts, combine analysis, geometry and topology, and solve important problems in inter-disciplines, and we plan to conduct research on curvature and topology, global Riemannian geometry, complex geometry, symplectic geometry, toric topology, topological group and general topology theory.
Along with the rise and vigorous development of discrete mathematics, the cross agglomeration of combinatorics with algebra and number theory has given a strong impetus to the settlement of some significant mathematical problems. The famous Szemeredi Theorem and Green-Tao Theorem are just the outcomes of the cross penetration of combinatorics, number theory and analysis. The latest significant breakthrough on the Twin Prime Conjecture by Zhang Yitang, Maynard and Tao are also benefited from the glossy combination of number-theoretic tools and combinatorial arguments, and combinatorics also plays a key role in the important progress made by Tao, et al. recently on the problems concerning big gaps between successive prime numbers. Algebraic combinatorics and additive combinatorics is a popular modern branch in combinatorics, and it involves researching combinatorial properties of algebraic structures as well as combinatorial problems with algebraic tools. The important topics in this field include the combinatorial properties of primes, Ramsey-type problems, cyclic permutations, restricted sum sets over fields, and zero-sum problems in abelian groups. Our work in this aspect has been quoted by some famous mathematicians like Tao and Alon. On the basis of the existing work, the faculty plans to further study the related front-edge problems with advanced tools from number theory, combination, algebra, analysis, probability, and ergodic and strive to obtain influential significant results.
Department of Mathematics, Gulou Campus, No. 22, Hankou Road, Gulou District, Nanjing, Jiangsu Province
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The School of Life Sciences (SLiS) was established in 1990. However, it was one of the oldest life science research and teaching institutions in China because it was evolved from the agriculture science (founded in 1914) in Jinling University and the biology department (founded in 1920) of Nanjing Advanced Normal College.
Over the past 100 years, SLiS has earned national and international recognition and reputation. It carries the spirit of seeking truth from facts, persues constant striving for educational and academic excellence, and has cultivated a great number of talents in biological sciences, including 38 academicians of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Chinese Academy of Engineering, and 13 Outstanding Young Talents from the National Science Foundation for China.
Biology at Nanjing University is one of the seven key national biology programs in China, and Pharmacy and Ecology are the national first-level disciplines. These three disciplines have entered top 1% in ESI international rankings.
SLiS awards doctoral degrees in biology, ecology and pharmacology, and master’s degrees in 9 sub-categary majors, and has established post-doctoral mobile stations in biology, pharmacy and ecology.
SLiS has the State Key Laboratory of Pharmaceutical Biotechnology and National Genetic Engineering Mouse Resources and Engineering Centers for various research institutes. It also has a National Base for Cultivation of Scientific Talents and a National Base of Life Science and Technology Education.
SLiS has an excellent faculty of 113 including 40 professors, 42 associate professors, 11 Cheung Kong Scholars, 11 Outstanding Young Talents of the National Science Foundation for China, 5 One-Thousand-Talent scheme scholars, 19 New Century-Talent scheme scholars, and 1 distinguished professor of Jiangsu Province.
In recent years, SLiS has set up 2 National Bilingual Teaching Demonstration Programs, 2 National Science Base Courses, and 2 Jiangsu Province Excellent Courses.
It has won a Jiangsu provincial teaching achievement award and several awards for the compilation of teaching materials. In scientific research, its faculty has published many important original papers in world-renowned journals such as Nature, Science, Cell, and PNAS. Since 2000, SliS has been authorized to have 226 patents, including 4 international ones, and won 8 National Science and Technology Awards, 21 outstanding achievement awards for scientific research in colleges and universities and 6 Jiangsu Science and Technology Awards.
Over the last five years, SLiS’ undergraduate students have participated in research and published 266 papers including 188 SCI papers. Of these papers, 21, including 13 SCI papers, had the undergraduate students as the first author or co-author. They have also joined in applying 58 patents and compiling 3 chapters of monographs.
In the recent three years, SLiS students actively took part in IGEM contest and various national innovation projects and won many impressive results.
SLiS strongly encourages students to participate in domestic and international academic conferences and exchange activities. During their undergraduate years, nearly 30% of the students have the opportunity to go overseas as exchange students through national studying abroad programs, studying at first-class universities of the world such as Harvard University, University of California at Davis, Chicago University, and Oxford University.
SLiS also invites many national and international experts to deliver lectures and exchange ideas.
We warmly welcome scholars and students from all over the world to join us for academic development at SLiS.
SLiS Building, Xianlin Campus, No. 163 of Xianlin Avenue, Qixia District, Nanjing, China 210023
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The predecessor of the Medical School of Nanjing University was the medical school of National Central University, which was founded in 1935, and the university was given its current name in 1949. The school was assimilated into the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) in 1951 and re-established in 1987 at the approval of the State Ministry of Education as the first medical school of a comprehensive university directly under the administration of the Ministry of Education. The mission of the school is to train outstanding healthcare professionals and leading medical scientists.
Since its re-establishment, the medical school has been upholding the tradition and philosophy of time-honored Nanjing University. Based upon a solid foundation of science and rich heritage of culture, the school emphasizes the cultivation of scientific and humanistic spirits in medical students. It hosts three affiliated hospitals (Nanjing Drum Tower Hospital, Jinling Hospital and Nanjing Stomatological Hospital) and three teaching hospitals (Nanjing Children's Hospital, Nanjing Brain Hospital and the Second Hospital of Nanjing). The three teaching hospitals provide clinical training bases for medical students from Nanjing University, with an emphasis on the training in clinical concepts and clinical skills.
The school ran the pilot eight-year dual degree program for MD/Ph.D. after being selected in 2012 by the Ministry of Education into the Program of Educating and Training Excellent Doctors, a program for the training of outstanding and innovative health care professionals. In 2015, the school initiated another eight-year (5+3) program for the training of medical students which integrates undergraduate and graduate studies.
The school offers two majors for medical students: Clinical Medicine (which consists of an 8-year doctorate program directly after undergraduate study and a 5+3-year master degree program directly after undergraduate study) and Stomatology Medicine (5+3-year master degree program directly after undergraduate study). The school has two first-level-discipline doctoral programs, Clinical Medicine and Basic Medical Sciences, and one first-level-discipline master’s program, Stomatology Medicine. It has post-doctoral research stations in Clinical Medicine and Basic Medical Sciences. Of the basic medical sciences, General Surgery is a national key discipline, Clinical Medicine is a provincial key discipline, and Nursing Care is a professional master’s program
The school’s clinical medical science has been rated among the top 1% in the world by the ESI database of American Institute of Science and Technology Information, thus becoming one of the eleven disciplines at Nanjing University rated among the top 1% worldwide. The school boasts a strong faculty, with 2 academicians of Chinese Academy of Engineering, 86 doctoral supervisors, 130 professors and 176 associate professors. Over the recent three years, the medical school won 4 second prizes of the Ministry-of-Education University Science and Technology Progress Award. It has been holding 9 National Grand Research Projects and 324 National Natural Science Fund Projects, with a total research grants of 152 million yuan.
For the past twenty years, the medical school has cultivated many outstanding graduates and medical professionals for both local and national healthcare communities. These graduates are highly welcomed by healthcare and research institutions because of their rigorous professional trainings, working ethics and dedication to social service. Many graduates have become leading experts in their own fields and are playing important roles in healthcare, innovative research, education and social services.
Rm. 201, Dongnan Building, Gulou Campus, No. 22, Hankou Road, Nanjing, China.
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The School of Foreign Studies (SFS), Nanjing University, traces its history back to a three-year English program initiated in June 1917 which became a four-year program when the Department of English was established in 1920.
Building on its academic heritage, SFS has now developed into an institution of seven departments: English, French, German, Spanish, Russian, Japanese, and Korean, with a total enrollment of over 1,200 students in BA, MA, and Ph.D. programs designed for sustained learning and interdisciplinary opportunities.
It is devoted to excellence in teaching and research, and to nurturing future leaders who are able to make a difference around the world. With full commitment to this mission, SFS is constantly striving to match its standards with the nation’s growth and its students’ interest and learning objectives, and prepares qualified young people to succeed in such competitive and demanding professions as diplomacy, international affairs, education, cultural exchange, journalism, publicity, trade and finance. Over the decades, many SFS graduates have taken leadership positions in these and other professions.
At SFS, faculty and students work together to create a fertile and stimulating environment for learning and furthering our knowledge of seven different languages and their cultures.
A key asset of SFS is its faculty which consists of a non-European Member of the Academy of Europe and many distinguished scholars who are active in research and dedicated to education. Over half of its 96 faculty members are professors and associate professors, in addition to 25 international faculty members including Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clézio, Nobel Prize winner for literature.
SFS sponsors a wide range of research projects through its research institutions such as the Center for the Study of Contemporary Foreign Literature and Culture, the Institute of Foreign Literature, the Institute of Foreign Linguistics, the Institute of Studies in Spoken English, and Bilingual Dictionary Research Center. SFS is also affiliated with China Association for the Study of American Literature.
Research at SFS covers a wide range of subjects in world literature, linguistics, translation studies, cultural studies, and literary theory. In 2012 it was ranked second by China Discipline Ranking issued by China Academic Degrees & Graduate Education Development Center.
English Language and Literature
French Language and Literature
German Language and Literature
Russian Language and Literature
Spanish Language and Literature
Japanese Language and Literature
Korean Language and Literature
General and Applied Linguistics
Master of Translating and Interpreting
Foreign Languages and Literature
English Language and Literature (1981, National Key Discipline)
French Language and Literature (1981, Provincial Key Discipline)
German Language and Literature
Russian Language and Literature
East Asian Languages and Literature (Japanese & Korea)
General and Applied Linguistics
Foreign Languages and Literatures
Center for the Study of Contemporary Foreign Literature and Culture: established in 2009, commissioned and co-funded by Jiangsu Provincial Education Department and Nanjng University.
Institute of Foreign Literature:set up in 1964 as a research center for European and American Culture and commissioned by the Ministry of Education to expand into this foreign literature institute in May 1980, one of the country’s three earliest foreign literature and culture research institutes. The institute publishes a worldly renowned literary quarterly Contemporary Foreign Literature indexed in CSSCI.
Institute of Foreign Linguistics: set up in 2008 with a focus on research in such fields as syntax, pragmatics, cognitive linguistics, pragmatics, sociolinguistics, discourse analysis, semiotics, second language acquisition, and foreign language teaching.
Institute of Studies in Spoken English: started in 1991, both as an institute for research on spoken English and as the administration office for the annual national oral English tests for English majors (TEM-4 and TEM-8), sponsored by China National Advisory Committee on University Foreign Language Major Education.
Center for Russian Studies:set up in 2013 and sponsored by the Ministry of Education, focusing on academic cooperation and exchanges between the university and Russian institutions in many fields of Russian Studies.
Center for Korean Studies: set up in 2010 and aimed at promoting Sino-Korean cultural exchanges and joint research, with a focus on Korean language, literature, history and East Asian relations.
Chinese-Nordic Cultural Centre: set up in 2009 and aimed at promoting cultural exchanges and research collaboration between China and the Nordic countries. Its major fields of research include literature and culture, environmental issues and international relations.
Other research institutes and centers affiliated with SFS include Institute of Translation Studies, Institute of Comparative Studies in Sino-German Culture, Center for Australian Studies, Center for Irish Studies, Center for Canadian Studies, and Center for the Study of Sino-Japanese Culture.
Xianlin Campus, No. 163, Xianlin Avenue, Qixia District, Nanjing City
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The School of Astronomy and Space Science of Nanjing University was established in March 2011, and its predecessor, the Department of Astronomy, was founded in 1952. It earns the longest history and a high reputation of all the astronomy departments in China. The school has cultivated many astronomers who are currently active in academic circles.
Today the school has 2 undergraduate programs, respectively under 2 departments, the Department of Astronomy and the Department of Space Science & Technology. It also consists of several laboratories, such as Key Laboratory of Modern Astronomy and Astrophysics, named by the Ministry of Education, Central Laboratory for Teaching, Solar Tower Laboratory, Center for Nonlinear Sciences, and Planetary Science and Deep Space Exploration Laboratory. Furthermore, the school owns the national first-level key discipline of astronomy, including two national second-level key disciplines: Astrophysics and Astrometry & Celestial Mechanics.
The school’s current research activities cover high-energy astrophysics, solar physics, galaxies and cosmology, extra-solar planets, aerospace dynamics, astrometry and space science.
The School has a strong faculty consisting of both distinguished senior scholars and a large number of young academic leaders. There are 44 faculty members in total, including 20 professors, with 4 academicians of the Chinese Academy of Science, 4 Cheung Kong Scholars, 1 Chief Scientist for the National 973 Basic Research Program, 7 National Science Fund for Distinguished Young Scholars Winners, 7 China Cross-Century Talent Raising Program Winners, and 4 Youth Qianren Professors. Sponsored by the National Science Foundation of China and National Key Fundamental Research Programs, the school has obtained fruitful academic achievements and won many national/provincial awards.
In order to foster a new collaborative mode between universities and observatories, in 2010, Nanjing University, Purple Mountain Observatory and Nanjing Institute of Astronomical Optics & Technology signed an agreement aimed at jointly establishing the Center for Astronomy and Space Science on the Xianlin Campus of Nanjing University.
Moreover, after a series of discussions and consultations, Nanjing University, Peking University, National Astronomical Observatories, Purple Mountain Observatory and University of Science & Technology of China co-founded the Collaborative Innovation Center of Modern Astronomy and Space Exploration in December 2012.
The school also explores the channels of cooperation with overseas partners to push forward the process of internationalization and has established friendly and cooperative relationship with over 20 institutes of higher education in the USA, UK, Australia, Japan and so on. Its partners include Harvard University, California Institute of Technology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Kyoto University, University of California Santa Cruz, University of California Los Angeles, University of Tokyo, University of Sydney, and Paris Observatory.
In August 2014, the school moved into a new building which covers 12,000 square meters. The new building well meets the needs of research, experiments, teaching and academic activities, and will play a significant role in the school’s development in the decades to come.
In 1952, the Department of Astronomy, Nanjing University, was established, integrating the Department of Astronomy of Sun Yat-sen University and the Astronomy & Arithmetic Department of Qilu University. The director was Professor Zhao Que-min.
In 1955, the Department of Astronomy and the Department of Mathematics, Nanjing University, merged into the new Department of Mathematics & Astronomy.
In 1962, the Department of Astronomy was re-established and was headed by professor Dai Wen-sai.
From 1972 to 1976, the department enrolled 183 students. In 1977, the National College Entrance Examination was resumed, and the department began to recruit graduate students since 1978 and doctoral students since 1987.
In 1993, the Department of Astronomy was granted the title “National Training Bases of Astronomy Talents” and began to be funded by the National Natural Science Foundation of China.
In March 2011, the School of Astronomy and Space Science was established.
Focus on supernovae and supernova remnants, Gamma-ray bursts and GRB cosmology, compact stars, high-energy cosmic rays and other relevant astronomical phenomena. The faculty plans to involve the most violent outbreaks in outer space, which will be quite significant for the study of evolution of stars, galaxies and the universe.
Prof. Dai Zigao, Prof. Li Xiangdong, Prof. Huang Yongfeng, Prof. Wang Xiangyu, Prof. Chen Yang, Dr. Wang Fayin, Dr. Jiang Bing, Dr. Xu Xiaojie XU, Dr. Zhou Ping, Dr. Shao Yong
Self-organized criticality in X-ray flares of gamma-ray-burst afterglows, F.Y., Wang and Z.G., Dai, 2013, Nature Physics, 9, 465
Discovery of the transient magnetar 3XMM J185246.6+003317 near supernova remnant Kesteven 79 with XMM-Newton, P., Zhou et al. 2014, ApJL, 781, L16.
The research addresses the origin, structure and evolution of solar activities, especially the physical mechanisms of the most energetic solar eruptions such as solar flares and coronal mass ejections. The theoretical part includes MHD and radiative hydrodynamic simulations, and the observational part covers a wide range from radio to hard X-ray.
Prof. Fang Cheng, Prof. Ding Mingde, Prof. Chen Pengfei, Dr. Dai Yu, Dr. Li Chuan, Dr. Cheng Xin, Dr. Guo Yang, Dr. Hao Qi
SDO/AIA 131 A images showing the early eruption of magnetic flux rope.
X., Cheng et al. 2011, ApJL, 732, L25; 2012, ApJ, 745, L5; 2013, ApJ, 763, 43; ApJL, 769, L25
The research focuses on the galaxy-center black hole activities, starburst galaxies and active galactic nucleus, chaos in the galaxy and cluster dynamics, stellar structure and galactic-disk thickness of neighbor galaxies. The research uses observational data from large ground and space telescopes and theoretical models to establish the physical processes that is, triggering, evolution and inter-relation of neighbor galaxies stellar activities and nuclear activities.
Prof. Gu Qiusheng, Prof. Shi Yong, Prof. Qiu Keping, Prof. Li Zhiyuan, Prof. Luo Bin, Dr. Luo Xinlian, Dr. Chen Yanmei, Dr. Wang Tao
Inefficient star formation in extremely metal poor galaxies, Shi et al. 2014, Nature, 514, 335
The team focuses research on the formation and evolution of exo-planetary systems and dynamics of small objects in the Solar system. It studies formation mechanism and dynamical evolution of the solar system and extrasolar planetary systems, nonlinear Hamiltonian dynamics theory and its applications in celestial mechanics, orbit and motion stability of small solar-system bodies and satellites and its application in the field of aerospace.
Prof. Sun Yisui, Prof. Zhou Jilin, Prof. Zhou Liyong, Dr. Xie Jiwei, Dr. Li Jian, Dr. Zhang Hui, Dr. Liu Huigen
The team confirmed 54 Kepler exoplanet candidates by TTV(right), which is about half of the No. confirmed by TTV before 2014.
J.W., Xie, 2013, ApJS, 208, 22; J.W., Xie, 2014, ApJS, 210, 25;Yang et al. 2013, ApJ, 778, 110; S.H., Wang et al. 2014, ApJS, 211, 26.
Planetary transit candidates in the CSTAR field: Analysis of the 2008 data, S.H., Wang et al. 2014, ApJS, 211, 26.
The research focuses on the astronomical reference system. Recently the team reconsidered the definition of the Galactic coordinate system. The team also studies relativistic astrometry and the Galactic dynamics and kinematics
Prof. Zhu Zi, Dr. Zhang Hong, Dr. Wan Xiaosheng, Dr. Liu Jiacheng, Dr. Xie Yi
The density distribution of 2MASS point source on the celestial sphere where the Galactic belt can be clearly seen.
J.C., Liu et al. 2011, A&A, 516, A16; J.C., Liu et al. 2011, A&A, 536, A102
The research focuses on solar activity mechanisms, solar activity monitoring and forecasting, and causes of disastrous space weather.
Prof. Fang Cheng, Prof. Chen Pengfei, Dr. Dai Yu, Dr. Li Chuan, Dr. Hao Qi
Extreme ultraviolet imaging of three-dimensional magnetic reconnection in a solar eruption, J.Q., Sun et al. 2015,
Nature Com., 6, 7598.
Mainly research is dynamics of solar system main-belt asteroids, small near-earth bodies and methods of artificial earth satellite, interplanetary probes, orbital mechanics, etc.
Prof. Bo XU, Dr. Xi-Yun HOU, Dr. Jing-Shi TANG, Dr. Han-Lun LEI
Space Science Laboratories
The Optical & Near-Infrared Solar Eruption Tracer (ONSET), located at Fuxian Lake, Yunnan Province.
Construction of the Time Domain Survey Telescope (TDST)
TDST focuses on searching of planets around bright star (Vmag<12) near North ecliptic Pole. It will provide the light curves of these bright stars with a high precision. Utilizing the light curves of G, K, F stars, planet candidates with period 1-5 year can be detected.
TDST will give star catalogues around North Ecliptic Pole before TESS, and is helpful to TESS mission. Additionally, the long period planets detected by TDST will be an important complementary for TESS and Plato. Planets around dwarfs are also expected. All these planets are suitable to be followed up by worldwide telescopes.
Astronomy Building, Xianlin Campus, Nanjing University, 163 Xianlin Avenue, Nanjing, Jiangsu, 210093, P.R.China
Nanjing University’s School of Social and Behavioral Sciences (SSBS) was established in October 2008 on the basis of Department of Sociology.
SSBS offers three undergraduate programs under three departments: Sociology, Psychology, and Social Work and Social Policy. It has four master programs under these three departments and under the Social Anthropology Institute, which focuses on demography, anthropology, fundamental psychology and applied psychology.
In addition, SSBS’ Education Center for Master of Social Work (MSW Center) offers a course-based master program--Master of Social Work.
SSBS offers one Ph.D. in sociology program, where Ph.D. students study in the departments of psychology, social work and social policy, and in the Social Anthropology Institute, based on their research interests. SBSS also provides postdoctoral positions for PhD holders.
During the over-100-year development of Nanjing University, programs such as Sociology, Psychology, Anthropology and Social Work have a long historical standing.
The current Department of Sociology originates from the department of sociology established in 1928 at Nantional Central University and that established in 1930 at Jinling University.
The Department of Psychology stems from the department established in 1920 at Nanjing Higher Normal School (which was changed into National Southeast University in 1921 and National Central University in 1927).
The Social Anthropology Institute derives from the departments of sociology and boundary administration built in 1928 at National Central University.
The Department of Social Work and Social Policy, like the Department of Sociology, finds its origin in relative disciplines in the sociology departments of Central University and Jinling University.
After 1949, due to political and geographical reasons, these departments and disciplines, either cancelled (such as sociology) or relocated (such as psychology), successively disappeared in Nanjing University.
Since Nanjing University re-established its Department of Sociology in 1988, especially since 2001, reconstruction of departments and disciplines such as psychology, anthropology and social work has been the university’s academic mission. Of all measures taken, the establishment of Social Psychology Institute in 1993, the Social Anthropology Institute in 2002, and the Social Policy Institute in 2006 were key milestones. The 20-year (1998-2008) development of Department of Sociology and the establishment of the aforementioned three institutes have paved groundwork for the establishment of SSBS.
SSBS has an excellent faculty in psychology, anthropology, social work, social policy, demography, and sociology. Currently it has 47 full-time faculty members, of whom 18 are professors, 23 are associate professors and 6 are assistant professors. On the faculty, two are full-time international colleagues, and 16 graduated from reputed universities from US, UK, Germany, and Japan. There are also two part-time professors and four full-time research fellows with Ph.D. degrees.
On the faculty, there is one member of the State Council’s sociology appraisal group, one deputy director of the Ministry of Education’s sociology instruction committee, one “nationally renowned teacher,” one “renowned teacher overseas” by the Ministry of Education, two Distinguished Yangtse River Scholar Professors, two Nanjing University Distinguished Professors, one Nanjing University Yixing Chair Professos, four with the “governmental special allowances,” and five professors and associate professors selected into the “new-century talent” program of the Ministry of Education.
Since 2012, SSBS has made tremendous progress in teaching and research conditions with the generous donation of 24,000,000 yuan RMB by Mr. Cao Dewang , “China’s top philanthropist” and chairman of Fuyao Group. It has now two buildings with 105,000 square meters in total. In the buildings, there are two fieldwork bases for social surveys with 65 computers, an advanced telephone survey system with 25 IDD telephones, a reference room with 30,000 Chinese books and 3,000 English books, a “Sun Benwen-Pan Shu Speech Hall” with 250 seats, over 10 seminar rooms, and a “Jiangsu Province-Nanjing University Social and Behavioral Sciences Experimental Center” (under construction).
Currently, the student body includes over 260 undergraduate students, over 290 master and Ph.D. students.
SSBS’ faculty vigorously participates in various activities at home and abroad in social studies, and in social and economic development, earning high academic reputations and social honor for itself and for the university.
The Department of Sociology has a long history. It started out as the sociology departments at National Central University (1928) and Jinling University. The founder was Professor Sun Benwen , famous sociologist and director of the Higher Education Department of the Central Government of the Republic of China. It also originated from the psychology department of Nanjing Higher Normal School (1920), and its founder was Professor Ke Xiangfeng.
In 1983, 30 years after sociology was dissolved, Nanjing University established a sociology research office, which set up its master’s in sociology program in 1986, and the university thus became one of the first comprehensive universities to have re-established the discipline.
The Department of Sociology was set up in 1988. In 1996, Nanjing University became the third university in China to confer doctoral degrees in sociology, after Peking University and Renmin University.
Jiangsu Province Government confirmed Sociology in Nanjing University as “Jiangsu Key Discipline” in 2001, thus settling its crucial status in China.
The first head of the Department was Professor Song Linfei , the second was Professor Zhou Xiaohong, the third was Professor Feng Xiaotian, and the present is Professor Zhai Xuewei .
The Department of Psychology used to be a department of Nanjing Higher Normal School. Established in 1920 with a psychological lab, it was the first psychology department in China.
In 1921, as the normal school was converted to a university, the name was changed into Department of Psychology, National Southeast University, lying under the discipline of education and belonging to both sciences and liberal arts.
After 1927, National Southeast University was named National Central University. Mr. Pan Shu graduated from the United States and came back to China as an associate professor of psychology. Half a year later, he was promoted to a full professor and director of Department of Psychology.
In 1949, when Central University became Nanjing University, Pan Shu was the president.
In 1956, the department of psychology moved to Beijing and, together with the psychology research office of Chinese Academy of Sciences, constituted psychology research institute of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Pan Shu moved along and attended as its president. By then, Nanjing University’s psychology department ceased operation.
In 1993, Nanjing University Department of Sociology established first social psychology research institute among Chinese universities. Professor Zhou Xiaohong was the first director, and Professor Zhai Xuewei was the second. From then till now, the institute has been classified into Nanjing University Social and Cultural Research Center.
In 2007, psychological major was launched for bachelor and master degrees. In 2008, when Department of Sociology was transformed into School of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Department of Psychology, which had been suspended for 50 years, restored. It now has one undergraduate program—psychology, and two research master programs—theoretical psychology and applied psychology. Professor Zhai Xuewei was the first head of the department, and Professor Zhou Renlai is the incumbent.
Social work major in Nanjing University has a long historical standing. Its history dated back to social work junior college of Central University in 1928 and Jinling University, which was the heartland of domestic theory and practice on social work. In May, 2001, social work educating and researching office was built. After social work major was approved by Ministry of Education, it started to offer undergraduate program. In October, 2008, Department of Social Work and Social Policy came into being. Restored social work major drives education and fieldwork by research, equips talents with solid theoretical knowledge, sophisticated social work skills and social survey capability, and provides specialists who are dedicated to jobs in social security, social policy study, social administrative management, social development and management, social service, planning and consulting, evaluation and operation for many industries. For instance, governmental organizations in education, civil affairs, labor personnel, social security, P.E., family planning, culture and hygiene; groups such as Communist Youth League, labor union, women’s federation; news and media including newspaper, broadcasting, and network; corporation like insurance company; consulting service industry; NGO organizations in social welfare, service and public welfare. Professor Chen Youhua is the first and current head of the department.
Founded in Feb., 2015, institute of Social Anthropology at Nanjing University now has seven faculty members. Though the institute is set up lately, Central University and Jinling University, predecessors of Nanjing University, were active in anthropological research and education. Such heatedly researched topics as urban-rural social studies, nationality and ethnic group studies in the institute today inherit the old tradition. However, on the other side, new topics are explored, for instance, environment and social change, cognitive anthropology, civil rights and civil awareness.
Professor Ke Fan, the founding and current director of the institute, together with his colleagues, graduated from prestigious universities and receives systemic and rigorous academic training. The institute started to offer research master program in 2005, and began to help training Ph.D. students in 2006. Presently, there are 13 master candidates and seven doctoral candidates studying in the Institute, and it has seven graduated Ph.D.’s and 35 graduated Master’s in the past years.
Heren Building, Xianlin Campus, Nanjing University, No. 163, Xianlin Avenue, Qixia District, Nanjing, Jiangsu.
Tel: +86-25-89680951/ 89680952
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The School of Business, Nanjing University (NJUBS) traces its history back to the Business Section of the Sanjiang Normal College, which was founded in 1902. In the realignment of the departments of Chinese universities in 1952, economics and management at Nanjing University were moved to other universities. But in 1978, the university reestablished the Department of Economics and in 1986 reestablished the Department of Business Management. In1988, these two departments merged and became NJUBS.
Since its establishment, NJUBS has gradually developed a coordinated and multi-disciplinary body. Today, it has two schools. The School of Economics consists of 4 departments: Economics, International Economics and Trade, Finance and Insurance, and Industrial Economics. Similarly, the School of Management has 4 departments: Business Administration, Accounting, Marketing and E-commerce, and Human Resource Management.
In addition, NJUBS has set up many research institutes, including:
Population Research Institute
Research Institute of Econometrics and Technological Economics
Research Center for Investment and Finance
Marketing Research and Consulting Center
Research Institute of Enterprise Strategy
Research and Learning Center for Finance and Accounting of Jiangsu
Research Center for Real Estate Information
Bankee P. Kwan Institute of International Financial Management
Research Institute of International Economics
Corporate and Security Research Center
Human Resource Strategy Research Institute.
NJUBS provides 11 undergraduate programs, 17 postgraduate programs (including six professional degrees: MBA, EMBA, MPAcc, International Business, Auditing, and Finance), three doctoral programs in the first-level discipline (Business Administration, Theoretical Economics, and Applied Economics), 12 doctoral concentrations, three post-doctoral stations (Business Administration, Theoretical Economics, and Applied Economics), two national key disciplines (Political Economics and Business Administration), one key discipline especially funded by the state (World Economics), one national economics talent training base (Economics), one key research base of the humanities and social sciences of the Ministry of Education (Yangzi River Delta Economics and Social Development Research Center of Nanjing University).
NJUBS has a faculty of high academic caliber. Currently, there are over 200 faculty and staff, including 71 professors (50 Ph.D. Supervisors) and 55 associate professors. Among them, 6 are designated as Changjiang Scholarship Professors; 3 are Guest Professors of Changjiang Scholar, 3 have been awarded titles of the National Famous Teacher; 1 has been conferred the title of the National Outstanding Young Expert; 3 are listed in the One-hundred plus One-thousand plus Ten-thousand Talent Project of the Ministry of Personnel; 2 are included in the Trans-Century Excellent Talents Program of the Ministry of Education; and 13 professors have obtained the New Century Excellent Talents Project Fund of the Ministry of Education. About 83 percent of faculty members have doctoral degrees.
NJUBS enrolls over 5,500 students, with more than 1,700 undergraduate students and about 3,600 graduate students (including those studying for their MBA, EMBA and MPAcc).
NJUBS has developed its learning and teaching infrastructure, with well equipped classrooms, offices, meeting rooms, case discussion rooms, simulation rooms, and libraries. Such infrastructure lays down a solid foundation for its continuous development.
NJUBS has long been committed to creating new business knowledge, to developing students’ talent, and to leading future society. It is a comprehensive business school with two disciplines of economics and management, and serves as both a center of academic research and an influential training base for talents in economics and management. Its faculty and students are united in building a nationwide first-class and world renowned business school.
NJUBS has gradually developed a coordinated and multi-disciplinary structure. NJUBS has a faculty of high academic caliber. NJUBS has become the first Chinese educational institution to venture abroad and has competitive professional programs.
In 2006, the World Executives (Hong Kong) Summit issued the ranking of the Most Influential MBA. NJUBS was ranked the third after the Guanghua Management School of Peking University and the School of Economics and Management of Tsinghua University.
In 2011, NJUBS’s Sino-Dutch EMBA Program was awarded as “EMBA Program with the Highest Leadership Capability in China’s Joint EMBA Program.” It became the three-time winner of this special title after 2003-2005 and 2009-2010.
On June 10th, 2013, NJUBS was accredited by the Association of Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the best-known international association in business education, making it the eighth accredited institution in mainland China.
NJUBS enjoys strong academic and research capabilities. From 2010 to 2014, it undertook 83 projects sponsored by the National Natural Science Foundation, 19 sponsored by the National Social Science Foundation, and 22 from the Ministry of Education Foundation.
It published 159 monographs and translated works, 164 papers in SSCI and SCI, 44 papers in EI/STP/ CPCI, and 1,457 papers in top tier and core journals. It also received 51 provincial and national awards.
NJUBS is devoted to strengthening academic exchange and cooperation with international universities and has a thriving international outreach and partnership program. It has built successful relationships with academic institutions such as Cornell University, the University of Southern California, the University of Nebraska, the University of Missouri, Brigham Young University, Johns Hopkins University, the University of Sydney, Monash University, the Maastricht School of Management (Netherlands), Cambridge University, Leeds University, National University of Singapore, and Nanyang Technological University of Singapore.
NJUBS has actively pursued an “Inviting in” and “Going out” policy to promote two-way communications and international scholarly exchange. Nobel Prize laureates in economics such as Michael Spence, Joseph Stiglitz, Robert A. Mundell, and many other internationally renowned scholars have been invited to speak at the school. To enhance the faculty’s international vision, the school selects, sends and supports faculty for training at Harvard University, Cornell University and other universities.
NJUBS has organized several international conferences to promote its internationalization. For eight times since 1992, it has hosted the International Symposium on Multinational Business Management.
Address: Anzhong Building, Business School, Nanjing University
22 Hankou Road, Nanjing.
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Established in 2002，the Software Institute (SWI) of Nanjing University (NJU) is one of the 35 national exemplary software schools approved by the Ministry of Education and the National Development and Reform Commission. Endeavored to tailor international curriculum recommendations (SE2014 and GSwE2009) to the rapidly changing landscape of Software Engineering and national conditions in China, SWI provides excellence in education for the future leaders of Chinese IT corporations, leveraging both technology and business models to advance developing economies throughout the world.
SWI offers undergraduate, graduate and doctorate programs in software engineering.
As of 2016, there are nearly 1,200 students registered in SWI with around 200 in the master and doctoral program.
Six teaching laboratories (Intel Embedded System, Cisco Network, Sun Workstation, Google Android, IBM Linux, and Baidu Testing) cover 11,000 square meters, with more than 1,000 seats in teaching laboratories.
As the “National Main Course Teaching Team in Software Engineering,” SWI has a faculty of 35, with 13 professors and 10 associate professors.
SWI faculty and students engage in research in software engineering, especially as is known in Applied Software Engineering, Empirical Software Engineering, and Software Testing.
The faculty has been awarded second prizes of the National Teaching Achievement Award in 2005, 2009, and 2014, respectively. Since 2002, SWI has received all categories of educational research grants from the Chinese government.
SWI’s courses of Introduction to computing systems, Software Engineering and Computing and Operating Systems have been awarded the titles of the National High-Quality Courses, and these courses form the fundamental part of the curriculum for the Software Engineering major.
SWI curriculums aim to cultivate forward-thinking engineers, engineering managers, and business entrepreneurs and administrators with a deep understanding of professional ethics, intellectual property law, and other contemporary issues.
SWI has built good cooperation with such overseas universities as University of Maryland, University of Queensland, University of Leuven, and Waseda University and with such industrial companies as Microsoft, IBM, Google, Intel, Cisco, Sun, Oracle, HP, Baidu, Alibaba, and Tencent. Some well-known experts from these universities and companies are also hired to teach students both in academic and engineering fields.
Feiyimin Building 4F-9F, Gulou Campus, No. 22, Hankou Road, Nanjing, China
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The School of History is well-balanced in its disciplines, with 3 first-level disciplines: Chinese History, World History, and Archeology, and 5 sub-disciplines: Ancient Chinese History, Modern Chinese History, World History of Individual Countries, History of International Relations, and Historical Relic Identification.
In 1995, the school was selected by the State Ministry of Education as its personnel training and science research base for liberal arts.
In 1996, the State Ministry of Personnel approved the school’s establishment of its post-doctoral research circulation station. The school became one of the first in the country to be included in the national Project 211.
In 1998, after the appraisal by the State Council’s Academic Degrees Commission, the school was able to enroll doctoral students to its first level discipline of the study of history.
At the school, World History is a national key discipline; Modern Chinese History is a national key cultivating discipline; and Archeology, World History, and Modern Chinese History are key disciplines of Jiangsu Province. Its Research Center of Republic of China History is a key research base of the Humanities and Social Sciences of the Ministry of Education. The faculty for Modern Chinese History has the title of “excellent faculty” in Jiangsu.
After generations of scholars’ industrious work, the school has already formed a good teaching system. Currently, it offers 3 programs for its undergraduates: the Study of History, Archaeology, and Historical Relic Identification. It offers 9 programs for its MA students: Modern Chinese History, Ancient Chinese History, World History, History of International Relations, Ethnology, Special History, Diplomacy, Archaeology, and Cultural Heritage and Museology. It offers 8 programs for its Ph.D. students: Modern Chinese History, Ancient Chinese History, Chinese Ideological History, World History, History of International Relations, Borderland Studies, Special History, and Archaeology.
The School of History is one of the oldest departments at Nanjing University, and its history dates back to Sanjiang Normal School, which was founded in 1902. It was actually a combination in 1952 of the Department of History and the Department of Border Politics of the former National Central University and the Department of History of Jinling University.
With generations of scholars’ hard work over the past 100 years, the School of History has achieved great success in research and teaching and won a high reputation.
In the last Undergraduate Teaching Review by the Ministry of Education, the three first-level disciplines of World History, Chinese History, and Archeology were ranked as the 4th, 5th and 6th in the national ranking system. Such ranking made the School of History one of the top two in China (next to the History and Archeology School of Beijing University).
In recent years, professors of the school made enormous achievements in their respective research fields.
Professor Zhang Xianwen’s A Collection of Historical Materials Related to Nanjing Massacre and General History of Nanjing Massacre won the first prize of the Humanities and Social Sciences of the Ministry of Education.
Between Tradition and Reform: Origins of British Cultural Mode, co-authored by Professors Qian Chengdan and Chen Xiaolv, won the first prize for university research of the Humanities and Social Sciences of the Ministry of Education.
Professor Zhang Zhuming’s The Ancient Greek Tragicomedy (1-8) won the second government publishing prize.
Many other professors and teachers of the school also published many research papers of high-quality both at home and abroad and won fine academic reputation.
At present, the School of History has 75 faculty members, of whom 39 are professors, 24 are associate professors and 4 are lecturers. Of the young teachers, 90 percent have the experience of international academic exchange in countries such as USA, UK, Australia, Korea, Italy and so on.
Besides, the school has 18 faculty members who have received state research grants, 8 selected as the New Century Talents by the State Ministry of Education, 5 who are members of Project 333, and 6 joining in the Project Blue.
In addition, the School of History has also invited many famous experts to be part-time professors and off-campus mentors such as Shan Qixiang, of the Palace Museum, Gong Liang, of the Nanjing Museum, Zhang Min, Wang Jinchao and Yin Zhiqiang, of the Nanjing University of the Arts.
Xianlin Campus, No. 163, Xianlin Avenue, Qixia District, Nanjing City
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Kuang Yaming Honors School started from the Gifted Youth Program at Nanjing University in 1985. In its 30 years’ history, it evolved from the Department for Gifted Youth (1985-1990) to the Department for Intensive Instruction (1989-1997), to the School of Intensive Instruction in Sciences and Arts (1998-2005), and finally, to the present Kuang Yaming Honors School (2006- ).
A unique school in the university as a forerunner in the higher education reform in China, Kuang Yaming Honors School currently runs a pilot program for talent development by both the university and the Ministry of Education of China. It is also one of the National Training Bases for Talented Students in Fundamental Sciences certified by the Ministry of Education of China, and it runs the unique Project of the Interdisciplinary Sciences Education (also known as the Experimental Project for Overall Science Education).
In spite of its short history, the school has turned out nearly 2,000 graduates, of whom many are prominent in fields of research in such fundamental sciences as physics, mathematics, chemistry, biology, and related interdisciplinary areas. There are also many graduates who are standing out in administrative managements, financial services, and high-tech enterprises.
Furthermore, the educational ideas and innovative educational systems that emerged through the school’s educational practice have important influence in China and even abroad. Due to its fruitful results, the school has won many awards and honors including 5 National Higher Education Achievement Awards, 3 Jiangsu Province Special Awards for Higher Education Achievement and over 10 awards for individuals. These awards are notable among universities in China.
Recently, aimed at fostering undergraduate students with international competitiveness and innovative capacity, the school’s faculty is globally recruiting scholars with teaching excellence and strong research background in mathematics, physics, chemistry, and life-science.
Kuang Yaming Honors School is now targeting at a top-level institution with an outstanding teaching system in combining research facilities for the training of talented students.
Currently, as it pioneers in delivering general education in Nanjing University, Kuang Yaming Honors School has provided enriched instructions in Science, including Math, Physics, Astronomy, Chemistry, Biology, Computer Science, Biochemistry, Biophysics and Biochemistry. In the teaching of basic subjects, the school carries out the National Plan of Training of Outstanding Students.
In the school, first year students are required to take a common set of general courses of sciences. In second year, they study core courses according to modules. The third year is for specialized courses, and the fourth is for elective courses, research projects and graduation theses.
The school encourages students to select courses in different areas to gain experience in inter-disciplinary subjects. Based on the principles of “multiple selections, gradual distribution, and balanced approach,” the school assigns students to groups of related subjects from the third year on.
The graduate school recommendation proceeds according to the university’s regulations. The school has a much higher graduate school admissions rate than other schools and departments of the university.
To lay a foundation of related disciplines based on key subjects and expand from basic disciplines to advanced subjects throughout the undergraduate and graduate curriculums.
To be innovative in general education and educational research, enhance basic training in scientific, promote international cooperation, and improve political, ideological and moral education.
To cultivate top-notch talents in science and the humanities, with a strong research foundation and outstanding innovative abilities.
Students in lower grades have no specific major in order to receive a rigorous general education across the major disciplines.
The courses enjoy wide coverage including the latest development. The curriculum provides students with choices of their majors and helps them acquire their own knowledge and ability gradually. They also enjoy the freedom to choose their research topics and supervisors.
Students of all disciplines live and learn together, stimulating better cross-disciplinary communication.
Students have a higher possibility to win scholarships and acceptance in graduate studies.
Our idea of comprehensive fundamental science education and 20 years of practice have received wide peer recognition at home and abroad. The research programs The Construction of the Fundamental Talents Cultivation Base and The Formation, Practice and Development of Research-oriented Teaching Model Based on the Fundamental Physics Courses have won the first prize of National Teaching Achievements Award both on 1993 and 2009 respectively. The Establishment and Practice of Comprehensive Fundamental Science Education Model has won the second prize of the National Teaching Achievements Award of 2005.
Over recent years, through constant educational innovation, Kuang Yaming Honors School has developed its own characteristics on the cultivation of innovative interdisciplinary talents in fundamental science. The achievement has been demonstrated by the work of our graduates. Three papers from the work of four our graduates, Xu Xiaoshan, Yin Shuangye , Cheng Xuemei and Wang Congjun were published in Volume 300 of Science on May 23, 2003. In 2005, our graduates Jiang Hui , Fei Sun and Guan Jisong published their work on Cell, the first by Chinese scholars since 1980. In 2008, two of our graduates won the National Excellent Doctoral Dissertation Award.
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The School of Architecture and Urban Planning gears itself towards the objective of bringing up high-level professionals specializing in architectural design, urban design, landscape planning and design, and urban and regional planning.
The School is comprised of the Department of Architecture and the Department of Urban Planning and Design.
The Department of Architecture has a solid base in architectural design research and architectural history and theory, and is carrying out cutting-edge studies in the emerging fields of urbanism, digital architecture and sustainable architecture.
The Department of Urban Planning and Design originated from human geography and economic geography and, based upon the strong urban sciences in Nanjing University, it fosters cross-disciplinary research and teaching towards urban and regional planning.
The School has a doctoral program in architectural design and theory, three master’s programs in architectural history and theory, architectural design and theory, and urban planning and design, and a master of engineering program in architecture and civil engineering. The school’s student design projects have received more than 100 international and national awards.
Currently the school has 58 full-time faculty members, of whom 18 are professors and 15 are associate professors. Most of them have both work and study experience in leading higher education institutions at home and abroad, and they excel in invention and project engineering. Over the last five years, they have received more than 200 national and provincial architectural awards.
The school is actively engaged in international exchange. To date, it has established an extensive international academic exchange network and a long-term cooperative and exchange mechanism. These exchange programs involve academic exchange and cooperation, joint research projects, and exchanges of visits with various famous higher education institutions in Europe, Americas, and Oceania.
In 2007, the Sino-French Centre for Urban, Regional and Planning Studies (SFURP) was jointly founded by Nanjing University and the University Paris XII Val de Marne, aimed at a multi-disciplinary and multi-partner scientific center for high-level scientific research in the area of urban planning and urban studies.
In 2012, the University of Cambridge – Nanjing University Research Centre on Architecture and Urbanism (CNRCAU) was jointly founded by the two universities as a platform and laboratory to conduct innovative and multidisciplinary research on contemporary architecture and urbanism.
In 2015, the Nanjing University - Syracuse University International Center for Green Building and Urban Environment was jointly founded by the two universities focusing on research in sustainable building technology.
Today, the School of Architecture and Urban Planning is among the most internationally renowned architectural schools in China. It is committed to cutting-edge research and original theoretical exploration, in order to answer the quests of real-life issues. Upon its research outputs, the school targets at nurturing high-level professionals in architecture and urban planning for the future.
School of Architecture and Urban Planning
12th Floor, Meng Min Wei Building, Gulou Campus, Nanjing 210093, China
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The department conferred the first doctoral degree in Computer Software in Mainland China.
The department’s State Key Laboratory for Novel Software Technology was ranked the first in the country over the last ten years.
The department has won a second prize of the National Natural Science Award and a second prize of the National Science and Technology Progress Award.
The department’s ESI ranking remains among Top 1%
The Department of Computer Science and Technology traces its history back to 1958, when the university’s Department of Mathematics set up three computer-related majors, computational technology, computational mathematics and mathematical logic.
The Department of Computer Science was established in 1978 and later on in 1993 was renamed to the Department of Computer Science and Technology. In 1981, it was authorized to confer doctoral degrees, one of the earliest in China, and in 1990, it completed the State Key Laboratory for Novel Software Technology.
At present, the department has a highly-competitive faculty of over 100 members, including the academician of Chinese Academy of Sciences, chair professors of Cheung Kong Scholars Program, and winners of the National Outstanding Youth Fund and the Thousand Youth Talents Plan.
The department integrates the first-level National Key Discipline (Computer Science and Technology), the State Key Laboratory, and the Creative Research Group of the National Natural Science Foundation of China. It will continue making significant contributions to the development of computer science and technology in China.
Computer Science & Technology Building
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As one of the pioneering institutions dedicated to environmental education and research in China, the School of Environmental Studies, Nanjing University, started in 1978 and remains a leading institution in environmental research in China. The school is ranked No.3 of all the university environmental science and engineering programs in China proper, according to the 2012 review of the Ministry of Education (MOE).
The school has 81 faculty members, including 37 professors and 39 associate professors, with one academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering and one with the title “the Most Famous Teacher for Undergraduate Teaching.” In addition, it has 5 “Changjiang Scholar Chair Professors of MOE,” 2 “NSF Distinguished Young Scholars,” 4 “NationalThousand Talent Professors,” 2 “National Ten-Thousand Talent Professors,” 6 “NSF Excellent Young Scientists,” and 11 “MOE New Century Talent Professors.”
Over the past 5 years, the school has been awarded with more than 500 projects from the National Water Pollution Control and Treatment Major Project, National 863 Program, National 973 Program, and National Science Foundation of China, totaling 500 million yuan.
The faculty of the school has published more than 1,000 SCI/SSCI papers including 150 in EST and other top journals, and owns 285 national patents and 12 international patents. Over the past 10 years, the school has received 6 honors from the National Natural Science Awards, National Technological Invention Awards, and National Science and Technology Progress Awards, and more than 10 other awards from both the national and local governments.
Based on the specialty of its faculty members and the needs of the national and local governments, the school has established 18 competitive research groups focusing on various disciplines and serving the growing needs of environmental protection.
The school has established cooperation with universities, organizations and enterprises in different parts of the world. It has carried out more than 20 current international projects and hosted more than 20 international conferences.
It offers 12 undergraduate and graduate courses and a number of summer courses with English as the medium of instruction. In collaboration with 15 top universities and research institutes, the school established the “International Institute for Environmental Studies” in 2015.
The school has three departments: Environmental Science, Environmental Engineering, and Environmental Planning and Management. It enrolls over 1,000 undergraduate and graduate students and offers four majors: environmental chemistry, environmental biology, environmental engineering, and environmental planning and management.
The school has established over 10 research platforms, including
The State Key Laboratory of Pollution Control and Resource Reuse,
The National Engineering Research Center for Organic Pollution Control and Resource Reuse,
The National Experimental Teaching Center for Environmental Science and Engineering, and
Jiangsu Province Industrial Technology Research Institute for Water Pollution Control and Resource Reuse
To meet the needs of environmental protection in China, the school has developed an integrated innovative chain of “basic education - fundamental research - technical development - serving society.”
Branch 24 mailbox of Nanjing University Xianlin Campus,
No. 163 of Xianlin Avenue, Qixia District, Nanjing, China 210023
School of The Environment, Nanjing University
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One of the earliest chemistry departments in China
One of the oldest doctoral chemistry programs in China
lts discipline ranked as one of the State Key Disciplines
One of the National Bases for Teaching and Researching in Basic Sciences (Chemistry)
The first “National Experimental Teaching Demonstration Center”
The numbers of its published papers and references ranked the 16th and 28th in research institutions all over the world
Its discipline ranked the 15th of the global research institutions by the Nature Publishing Index
The School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering was founded in 1920, and it is now composed of three departments: Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, and Polymer Science and Engineering. In the past nine decades, about 40 academicians of the Chinese Academy of Science once studied or worked here. As one of the leading schools in chemistry in China, the school was ranked the 2nd best in the third round of the national disciplinary assessment in 2012.
Polymer Chemistry and Physics
The school currently has 152 faculty members, and 90 of them are full professors, 5 academicians of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, 4 scholars enrolled in the “Thousand Talents Program,” 11 Changjiang Chair or Lecture Professors, 19 winners of “NSFC Outstanding Youth Fund Award,” and 13 scholars enrolled in the “Thousand Youth Talents Program.”
State Key Laboratory of Coordination Chemistry
State Key Laboratory of Analytical Chemistry for Life Sciences
MOE Key Laboratory of Mesoscopic Chemistry
MOE Key Laboratory of High-Performance Polymer Materials and Technology
The school is enlisted amongst the first national bases for teaching and research in basic sciences. Its Demonstration Center for Experiment Teaching was ranked No. 1 in the first national assessment of Experiment Teaching Center for Excellence launched in 2005. Five of the foundation chemistry courses were recognized as the Nationally Excellent Courses. Two teaching contingents have been selected as the State Teaching Contingents by the Ministry of Education. The school has received more than 30 national and provincial teaching awards and many other honorary titles. The school recruits about 150 undergraduate and 270 graduate students each year.
Since 2010, the school has received more than 200 grants from the National Natural Science Foundation of China. Among them 1 is a national key project for scientific instruments development, 2 projects for creative research groups, 16 key projects and 1 major project, 4 distinguished young scholar award projects, 5 excellent youth scholar award projects, and 68 grants from the Ministry of Science and Technology of China and Jiangsu Province.
The annual research funds for the school have reached about 140 million yuan. According to the statistics of the Institute for Scientific Information (ISI), the number of papers published by the faculty of the school and their total citation are among the top 1‰ in the global research institutions, respectively ranking at the 16th and 28th. These figures put the school on the top of the list of the universities in mainland China.
Due to its excellent achievements, the school was awarded, in the last decade, 3 second prizes of the National Natural Sciences, 1 second prize of National Science and Technology Progress, 10 first prizes of ministerial and provincial awards.
The school maintains strong international academic exchange and cooperation with international institutions. Many world-leading scholars, including several Nobel laureates, are invited to be guest professors at the school. Several other internationally recognized scholars are recipients of the National Science Fund for Overseas Distinguished Young Scholars.
The school has hosted and sponsored 15 national and international conferences on various topics over the recent 5 years. Well-known scientists including Nobel laureates were invited to give lectures and speeches at the school. Faculty members attended and gave plenary and keynote talks in international conferences and symposiums.
163 Xianlin Ave., Nanjing, 210046, P. R. China
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The Institute for International Students is an administrative office as well as an academic school. As an administrative office, it is responsible for the enrollment, administration, and logistics of all the international students at Nanjing University. As an academic school, it runs two undergraduate programs, one graduate program, and a number of non-degree Chinese language and culture programs.
Nanjing University is one of the top tier universities in China and is also one of the first to enroll international students in mainland China. Each year, over 3,000 international students study on campuses of Nanjing University. To date, we have hosted more than 25,000 international students from over 120 countries, with prominent international alumni in politics, business, academia and other fields.
The Institute comprises of such academic units as the Department of Chinese Language (for international students), the Department of Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language (for Chinese students at home), the Division for Graduate Studies (for both Chinese and International students), and the Chinese Language Center (for non-degree international students). It offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs, non-degree Chinese language and culture studies programs and short-term Intensive Chinese training programs. It also houses a number of research centers for the study of Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language and the study of Chinese culture and cultural communication.
The Institute boasts a team of experienced and devoted faculty and instructors. Currently it has 32 full-time faculty members, of whom 24 are professors or associate professors, and over 20 adjunct faculty and instructors.
The Institute is strong in teaching and research. Its Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language program is one of the best in China. From 2012 to 2016, its undergraduate program has been ranked No. 1 consecutively, with its graduate program ranking No. 4 in China in 2016.
The Institute has established a wide range of international cooperation with governments, business companies, diplomatic circles, and educational institutions. It serves as a training site for such diverse organizations as the Chinese department of the United Nations, the Council on International Education Exchange (CIEE), the Chinese Teaching Association of New York Area and the American National Chinese Flagship Program.
The Institute is designated as a national test site for the Chinese Proficiency Test (HSK), the Test of Practical Chinese (C. Test) and the TCFL Capability Test. It offers HSK pre-courses as a regular program here and HSK test participants from the Institute keep a high ranking record.
With its first-rate faculty, excellent quality of instruction, rich variety of courses, wide range of majors and abundant research opportunities, the Institute warmly welcomes students and scholars from all over the world.
18 Jinyin Street, Nanjing, 210093 P.R.China
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The School of Management and Engineering (SME) at Nanjing University, established in 2001, is a highly interdisciplinary school of engineering, economics and mathematics. It comprises two departments: Management Science and Engineering, and Control and System Engineering.
Nobel Prize Winner Robert Shiller Visits
SME invents, analyzes and teaches tools and approaches for design, analysis, risk management, and decision-making in complex real-world systems like supply chains, energy systems, healthcare systems, financial systems, and engineering system.
SME confers BS and MS degrees in Industrial Engineering, Financial Engineering, and Control Engineering; and PhD degree in Management Science and Engineering. In addition to disciplinary programs and minor programs, it also offers interdisciplinary programs by bringing together the expertise from its two departments, from other schools of the university, and from other universities such as Oxford University, Purdue University and Waterloo University.
Nobel Prize Winner Myron Scholes Attends Seminar
SME enjoys research excellence recognized at home and abroad. Over the past decades, its faculty made significant discoveries in cutting-edge research and received major honors domestically and globally. Their achievements have marked important contributions to the social and economic development of China and particularly that of Jiangsu province.
SME has a host of state-of-the-art facilities to support its teaching and research. Government and industry funded projects are on-going. Collaborations with renowned universities and professional institutions have been established. It has also built partnerships with major manufacturing and service industry sectors, in particular with the financial, logistics and energy industries.
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The Law School, Nanjing University, was officially rebuilt in 1994. Its precursor was the Law School of National Central University, which was established in 1928 and became a leading institute in Chinese legal education and research as it graduated or recruited many famous jurists such as Xie Guansheng, Zhou Gengsheng, Qian Duansheng, Wang Tieya, and Han Depei. In the “grand adjustment of colleges and departments” of 1952, it was closed down. In 1981, however, the university re-established the law department and started to enroll students. The department became the law school in 1994.
The school’s faculty currently has 57 full-time teachers, including 24 professors (among whom 20 are doctoral advisers), 28 associate professors and 5 lecturers. It also has 3 full-time researchers and 17 administrative staff. Of the faculty members, 61 have doctoral degrees, of whom 9 obtained their degrees overseas.
The Law School has 7 research institutes, the Sino-Deutsch Law Research Institute (Deutsch-chinesisches Institut für Rechtswissenschaft), the Chinese Law Case Research Center, the Law of Asia-Pacific Region Research Institute, the Crime Prevention and Control Institute, the Housing Policy and Real Estate Law Research Center, the Economic Law Research Institute, and the Economic Criminal Law Institute.
The school publishes several academic journals such as Nanjing University Law Review, Jahrbuch des Deutsch-chinesisches Institut für Rechtswissenschaft der Universitäten Göttingen and Nanjing University.
Since the re-establishment of the law major in 1981, the law school has worked hard and has made great achievements in legal education and research. According to the assessment made by the Ministry of Education in 2012, its law discipline ranked eleventh in the country and seventh among the nation’s comprehensive universities.
The school boasts of a highly qualified faculty. One faculty member has won the title of the First National Ten Outstanding Young Jurists, and four have the title of the New Century Excellent Talents.
The school has its undergraduate program, Juris Master’s and Master’s degree programs, Ph.D. programs, and post-doctoral research stations. Its economic law studies is ranked as the key discipline both in the country and in Jiangsu province. The law discipline itself has been ranked as a first-level key discipline in Jiangsu province.
In 2012, the law school was selected to be in the first batch of “practical, compound professional legal talents education base” and “foreign-affairs legal talents education base.” Since 2013, it has offered international classes in the undergraduate program, with several courses delivered entirely in English; this is to cultivate high-level legal talents with an international vision and a good command of English.
The law school attaches great importance to international exchange and cooperation. It has established sustained and close relationships in the fields of talents training and academic exchange with dozens of colleges and universities from the United States, Britain, Germany, France, Japan, Australia, and the Taiwan region.
Among them, the Sino-Deutsch Law Research Institute, established jointly by Nanjing University and Universitäten Göttingen in 1989, is one of the earliest cooperation projects in the areas of legal education and scientific research between China and Germany. It is renowned both in Europe and China for its long history and abundant achievements.
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The School of Electronic Science and Engineering (SESE) traces its history back to the radiophysics and semi-conductor physics programs founded at Nanjing University in the 1950s. For the last few years, the university has made efforts to develop its academic disciplines and enhance its strength in fields of high and new technology and engineering and in 2009, developed the disciplines of electronic science and technology and information and communication engineering into the School of Electronic Science and Engineering, with the help of No. 14 and No.50 Research Institutes of China Electronics Technology Group Corporation.
SESE is the university’s important base for talent cultivation and scientific research with support by by Project 211 and Project 985. It consists of four departments, namely, electronic engineering, microelectronics and optoelectronics, information electronics, and communication engineering. The four departments cover two “first-level disciplines” (Electronic Science and Technology, and Information and Communication Engineering). The school has two National Key Disciplines: Microelectronics and Solid State Electronics, and Radiophysics.
The school boasts of a strong and experienced faculty of 149 members, of whom, 46 are professors, 41 associate professors, and 10 senior engineers. Two of its professors are Academicians of Chinese Academy of Sciences, 3 Academicians of Chinese Academy of Engineering, 5 scholars on the Recruitment Program of Global Experts, 2 Chief Scientists for the 973 Program, 5 distinguished professors on the Changjiang Scholar Program, 6 recipients of the National Science Fund for Distinguished Young Scientists, and 10 scholars on the Program for New Century Excellent Talents in University.
Oriented toward the foremost frontier in science and technology and the critical needs of China’s development, the school has undertaken many national scientific and technological research projects, such as the National Program on Key Basic Research Project (973 Program), the National High-Tech R&D Program of China (863 Program), and projects funded by the National Natural Science Foundation of China. It has also undertaken R＆D programs from the departments of the national department, provincial government, local governments, and major high-tech enterprises. Through these programs, the school has greatly contributed to the social and economic development of China.
The school has a number of research laboratories and research institutions, such as the Jiangsu Province Key Laboratory of Functional Materials for Information Optoelectronics, the National Defense Key Laboratory for Electromagnetic wave manipulation and application, and the Jiangsu Provincial Engineering Center of Semiconductor Energy-Saving Technology. It has also participated in the preparation for the setting-up of the Nanjing National Laboratory of Microstructures. With the support of these laboratories and research institutions, the school has made remarkable achievements in the field of electronic information technology.
In line with the general principle of engineering education, the school endeavors to create a positive atmosphere for engineering studies. Coordinating the dual focuses of disciplinary development and social service, the school aims at the most advanced objectives in its disciplinary fields and actively participate in the national and local innovations so as to achieve the goal of building first-class disciplines and fostering outstanding innovative students with an excellent team of faculty and staff.
School of Electronic Science and Engineering, Nanjing University
Pan Zhonglai Building, No.163 Xianlin Avenue, Nanjing, China
The School of Geographic and Oceanographic Sciences (SGOS) is now comprised of 118 faculty and staff members and 980 undergraduates and postgraduates, and offers one National Key Discipline in physical geography and three Provincial Key Disciplines in cartography and GIS, land use and planning (human geography), and marine Geography.
SGOS has taken a distinct role in academic circles while receiving recognition and praise in such fields as Earth surface processes and environmental changes, carbon cycle and land-atmosphere remote sensing, coastal zone environment and resources, regional sustainable development and land use, as well as tourism geography.
Over the past three years, SGOS has presided over 10 projects, including projects and research tasks under the 973 Program and the 863 Program, major programs supported by the National Social Science Foundation and the National Natural Science Foundation of China, as well as special research projects for public industrial sectors. SGOS has published more than 100 academic papers in journals collected by the Scientific Citation Index (SCI). SGOS has newly established three innovative research teams respectively honored by the National Natural Science Foundation, the Ministry of Education and the Jiangsu provincial government.
SGOS faculty members have won many awards and honors over the past three years, including the second prize of the National Natural Science Award (2010), second prize of the National Science and Technology Progress Award (2009), first prize of the Ministry of Land and Resources S&T Award (2012), first prize of the National Mapping Technology Progress Award (2009), and the honorary membership of the French Geographical Society and INQUA (2010).
SGOS is a major national training base for scientific researchers and teachers in geography with its internship centers in Lushan Mountain, Lianyungang, and Ningzhen areas. It offers undergraduate, postgraduate and graduate programs, including post-doctoral stations, and has established innovative training programs such as the “Lake Baikal in Russia Comprehensive Scientific Investigation” and the “Taiwan Earth Science Comprehensive Joint Teaching Visits.”
In recent years, SGOS faculty and students have received many accolades and awards, such as the Award for Distinguished University Teachers and the National Award for Excellent Teaching, the state-level best university course title for two courses, two honors for provincial-level outstanding doctoral dissertations and five honors for provincial-level outstanding master’s theses, as well as the Academic Award for New and Outstanding Doctoral Candidates by the Ministry of Education.
SGOS faculty comprises a number of prestigious scientists and scholars, including Li Jijun and Wang Ying, both Academicians of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and Chen Yuchuan, Academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, as well as winners of the National Science Foundation for Distinguished Young Scholars, including Gao Shu, Gu Chaoli, Zhou Chenghu, Gong Peng, Shi Zhong, Lu Huayu, and Li Xin.
SGOS has also built a series of scientific research and teaching platforms, such as the Ministry of Education Key Laboratory for Coast and Island Development, Jiangsu Branch of the National Remote Sensing Center, National Demonstration Center for Experiment and Teaching in Earth Sciences, and Demonstration Center for Experiment and Teaching in Geographic and Oceanographic Sciences for the universities in Jiangsu Province.
To meet the challenge of resource development and environmental protection in China, the SGOS faculty and students have participated in the planning aid programs for Tibet's development and the master planning of land use in Jiangsu Province. They have presided over the development of Rules of Drawing for Master Planning of Land Use in the City, County and Township, which has produced significant social benefits after being implemented nationwide.
They have undertaken a series of major engineering tasks and special projects in the national high-resolution earth observation system and coast and island development, including the launch of Digital South China Sea and remote sensing and monitoring of the resources and environment in the South China Sea and its surrounding areas, and the research of China’s forest carbon sink which has provided the government with the scientific tools and knowledge to make decisions on climate change negotiations and carbon emission trading.
The faculty and students have also been actively involved in the study of African geography by hosting a number of seminars on “Going to Africa for Development” and publishing books including the Records and Maps of Agriculture in Africa. In addition, SGOS has made significant contributions to regional planning, tourism resources planning and other areas. Its professors serve as deputy editors or editorial members of dozens of SCI journals and major academic publications in China, and over 20 professors serve as vice chairs or directors of state-level academic societies.
SGOS cordially welcomes all those who wish to engage in the science of the earth surface system and man-land relationship. Come and join us for a bright future!
Kunshan Building, Xianlin Campus, Nanjing University
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The School of Atmospheric Sciences at NJU is the cradle of modern meteorological education and research in China. It has been one of China’s most respected degree programs in atmospheric sciences.
The opening ceremony of the School of Atmospheric Sciences (top), and the group photo (bottom).
The history of this discipline at NJU can be traced back to 1905, when the physics curriculum first included meteorological courses at Liang-Jiang Normal School, one of the predecessors of the university. In the 1920s, Dr. Kochen Chu founded the Department of Geoscience at the National Southeast University (which later on became National Central University). In 1924, the department established three research disciplines in geology, meteorology, and geography. This was the earliest meteorology major in China and was the basis of the country’s first department of meteorology, established at the National Central University in 1944.
In 1952, the National Central University meteorology program became part of the reorganized Nanjing University. In 1986, the department of meteorology was renamed the Department of Atmospheric Sciences when the first Atmospheric Environment major in the nation was established. In 2008, the Department of Atmospheric Sciences was promoted to the level of college within the university and gained its current name of School of Atmospheric Sciences (SAS).
The meteorology/atmospheric science program at Nanjing University began to enroll doctoral students in 1986 and established its post-doctoral research station in 1996. In 1998, the doctoral program of Nanjing University Atmospheric Sciences gained the First-Grade Doctoral Program designation within China. In 2000, the Key Laboratory of Mesoscale Severe Weather/Ministry of Education of China (MOE) was established, and in 2008, SAS came into being.
Over the years, the department and school have undertaken a large number of national-level research projects, made significant contributions in basic and applied research in atmospheric sciences, and made key scientific and technological achievements in the field for national economic and social development and for national defense. Meanwhile, the program has trained more than 6,000 meteorological professionals, producing many professors, researchers, and outstanding operational weather forecasters. Among them are 11 academicians of Chinese Academy of Sciences and Chinese Academy of Engineering. The atmospheric science program at NJU has been a key supplier of advanced-level research and operational meteorologists to the country.
Overview of the school buildings
Over the past 90 years, the atmospheric science program at NJU’s SAS has established itself as a leading school for atmospheric science education and research, where students and researchers are inspired to seek advanced knowledge and scientific advancement and innovation and make their marks in the world. SAS has the Ministry of Education designations of the doctorate program and post-doctoral research station in atmospheric sciences, and doctoral and master’s programs in sub-disciplines of meteorology, atmospheric physics and atmospheric environment, climate systems and climate change. Each year, it recruits about 100 undergraduate, 40 master and 20 doctoral students. It emphasizes both “general” and “personalized” approaches to education, with special programs tailored to fulfill these goals. It has established multiple research and education platforms, including 12 Production-Teaching-Research-Application platforms in collaboration with the national meteorological and environmental protection agencies, the undergraduate “Innovation Program” and “Special Talent Program,” and “Center for Teaching Excellence Demonstration.” These platforms greatly facilitate the development of both research and application oriented talents among the students.
At present, SAS consists of 94 faculty members, including 24 full professors, 24 associate professors, 6 lecturers, and 21 researchers, and 50 of them have had overseas education experience. The faculty includes
3 Academicians of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (including 1 international faculty member)
1 member of the Finnish Academy of Science and Letters
1 winner of the "Changjiang Distinguished Professor" title by the Ministry of Education
1 on the national “Thousand-Person Plan” special talent recruitment program
2 recipients of the national “Distinguished Young Scientist Research Funds”
2 on the national “Junior Thousand-Person Plan” recruitment plan
3 titled “Principal Scientists of the National Foundational Research 973 Program"
2 recipients of the national “New Century Tens of Thousands Talents Program”
2 recipients of the national “Outstanding Young Scientist Research Funds”
4 recipients of the Ministry-of-Education’s “Millennial Talent Program.”
In addition, the faculty members have also won many provincial and ministerial level special titles, awards and designations. Last but not least, one of the SAS’s Ph.D. dissertations won the prestigious national Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award.
Pictures of the four research institutions
SAS’s research activities are organized through several research laboratories. They include
Key Laboratory of Mesoscale Severe Weather/MOE
China Meteorological Administration-Nanjing University Joint Laboratory for Climate Prediction Research
Nanjing University - University of Helsinki Joint International Laboratory of Atmospheric and Earth System Sciences
China Meteorological Administration-Nanjing University Joint Center for Atmospheric Radar Research.
In the meantime, SAS has founded the first cross-disciplinary Institute for Climate and Global Change Research (ICGCR) with other schools of geosciences at Nanjing University. Based on ICGCR, SAS has established the “Jiangsu Climate Change Collaborative Innovation Center for Climate Change” with funding from the Jiangsu Province.
For teaching, SAS has a “Center for Teaching Excellence,” which contains a library and seven subsidiary education facilities, including those for “Weather Forecasting Training and Practice,” “Lab for Meteorological Measurements,” “Lab for Atmospheric Boundary Layer Observations,” “Lab for Atmospheric Chemistry,” “Lab for Atmospheric Remote Sensing,” “Lab for Numerical Simulations,” and the “High-Performance Computing and Data Center.” In total, SAS owns a high-performance computing platform consisting of more than 5000 CPU cores capable of 90 teraflops per second.
Academic visits by SAA faculty at (left) the University of Oklahoma, and (right) University of Helsinki
During the period of the 12th national “Five-Year Plan,” rapid progress was made with the support of the national “211 Project,” “985 Project,” and “Advantage Discipline Development Program of Jiangsu Province.” Guided by the principle of “increasing the depth, broadening the scope, and maintaining uniqueness,” SAS applied the concept of “Enhancing strengths, developing applications, and promoting interdisciplinary collaborations” to the disciplinary development. It further enhanced its traditional research strength in the three areas of “Mesoscale Severe Weather,” “East Asian Monsoon and Climate Change,” and “Atmospheric Environment and Chemistry.” It established and strengthened research in “Radar Meteorology,” “Urban Meteorology” and “Meteorological Resource Applications” in response to the national needs and developed new interdisciplinary research in “Interactions of Air Pollution and Climate Change,” “Human Activities and Climate Change,” and “Socioeconomic Impacts of Climate and Global Changes.” As a result, the overall research scope and capabilities are significantly improved.
In recent years, SAS has significantly improved its observational and field experiment abilities for weather and earth systems. For example, it has established the “Station for Observing Regional Processes of the Earth System (SORPES)” and the “Mesoscale Mobile Weather Observatory” (TMNET), which includes a mobile C-band polarimetric weather radar and a fixed X-band polarimetric radar.
In the area of international collaborations, SAS has hosted the integrated Land Ecosystem-Atmosphere Processes Study (iLEAPS) international office (IPO), and has hosted and/or participated in several international scientific projects, such as “Understanding and Prediction of Rainfall Associated with Landfalling Tropical Cyclones” (UPDRAFT) project and the Pan-Eurasia Experiment (PEEX). Many innovative research results with significant international impact have been obtained, including those on the physical mechanisms and forecasting of severe weather such as several thunderstorms and tropical cyclones, the predictability and mechanisms of atmospheric general circulation and climate change in east Asia, and the distribution, transportation, and weather and climate effects of air pollutants. In recent years, more than 250 papers were published in SCI journals, and the faculty members have won provincial- and ministerial-level research awards six times, including two first prizes.
SORES observation siteMobile Radar observation platform (TMNET)
Observation platforms of the School of Atmospheric Sciences, Nanjing University
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