• School of Information Management

    School of Information Management

    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

    • Library Science

    • Archive Science

    • 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.

    • Knowledge organization

    • Internet user behavior

    • Information service in Web 2.0

    • Information security

    • Digital library management

    • Digital library development

    • Science and social science evaluation

    • Library user and reading behavior

    • Archival resource management

    • Digital publishing

    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

    E-mail: xgxsys@nju.edu.cn

    Phone: 86-25-89682441

    For more information visit the school's website

  • School of Journalism and Communication

    School of Journalism and Communication


    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

    • Applied Communication

    • 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.

    Code: 210093

    Telephone: +86-25-83593551

    Email: luowen@nju.edu.cn

    For more information visit the website of the school


  • Department of Mathematics

    Department of Mathematics


    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.


    Features and Highlights

    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.


    Important research directions


    Dynamic system


    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.


    Algebraic number theory and K-theory


    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.


    Theory of Partial Differential Equations and their numerical methods.


    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.


    Mathematical statistics


    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 and optimization methods


    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.


    Mathematical logic and theoretical computer

    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


    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.


    Algebraic combination and additive combinatorics


    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

    Tel: +86-25-83593301

    Email: ndmaths@nju.edu.cn

    For more information visit the school's website

  • School of Life Sciences

    School of Life Sciences (SLiS)

    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

    Tel: 86-25-89681109


    For more information visit the school's website

  • Medical School

    Medical School

    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. 


    Ying Feng

    E-mail: yingfeng@nju.edu.cn

    Tel: +86-25-83593192  

    Rm. 201, Dongnan Building, Gulou Campus, No. 22, Hankou Road, Nanjing, China.  

    For more information visit the school's website

  • School of Foreign Studies

    School of Foreign Studies


    About the School

    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.



    BA Programs (Year of Establishment)

    • English (1917)

    • French (1952)

    • German (1947)

    • Russian (1947)

    • Spanish (1964)

    • Japanese (1972)

    • Korean (2006)


    MA Programs

    • 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

    Discipline Areas

    Foreign Languages and Literature

    Ph.D. Programs

    • 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


    Postdoctoral Program

    Foreign Languages and Literatures


    Affiliated Research Institutions

    • 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.

    • Bilingual Dictionary Research Center: set up in 1988 with a focus on bilingual lexicography, translation studies, corpus linguistics, language policy and bilingual terminology.

    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

    Code: 210023

    Tel: 86-25-89682323

    For more information visit the school's website

  • School of Astronomy and Space Science

    School of Astronomy and Space Science 

    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. 

    Discipline Construction

    High Energy Astrophysics Group

    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.

    Team Members

    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.


    Solar Physics Group

    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.

    Team Members

    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

    Galaxies and Cosmology Group

    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.

    Team Members

    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


    Celestial Mechanics and Planetary Dynamics Group

    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.

    Team Members

    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.

    Astronomical Reference System and Astrometry Group

    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

    Team Members

    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

    Space Weather

    The research focuses on solar activity mechanisms, solar activity monitoring and forecasting, and causes of disastrous space weather.

    Team Members

    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.

    Spacecraft Orbit Design and Control

    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.

    Team Member

    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. 


    School of Astronomy and Space Science

    Astronomy Building, Xianlin Campus, Nanjing University, 163 Xianlin Avenue, Nanjing, Jiangsu, 210093, P.R.China

    Tel: +86-25-89681240

    Fax: +86-25-83592882

    Email: qulian@nju.edu.cn

  • School of Social and Behavioral Sciences

     School of Social and Behavioral Sciences



    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.



    Department of Sociology

    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 .


    Department of Psychology

    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.


    Department of Social Work and Social Policy

    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.


    Institute of Social Anthropology

    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.

    Email: social@nju.edu.cn

    Tel: +86-25-89680951/ 89680952

    Fax: +86-25-89680950

    For more information visit the school's website


  • School of Software Engineering

    Software Institute (SWI)

    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

    Email: qinliu@nju.edu.cn

    Tel: +86-25-83621360-933

    For more information visit the institute's website

  • School of History

    School of History

    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

    Code: 210023


    Fax: +86-25-89683626  

    E-mail: history@nju.edu.cn 

    For more information visit the website of the School

  • Kuang Yaming Honors School

    Kuang Yaming Honors School

    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.

    Personnel Training

    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.

    Disciplines Directions


    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.


    Email: kymxy@nju.edu.cn

    Tel: +86-25-89686658/ 89682468

    For more information visit the school's website

  • School of Architecture and Urban Planning

    School of Architecture and Urban Planning


    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

    Tel: +86-25-83593020

    Fax: +86-25-83595673

    Email: arch@nju.edu.cn

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  • Department of Computer Science and Technology

    Department of Computer Science and Technology

    • 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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  • Institute for International Students

    Institute for International Students

    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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  • School of Management and Engineering

    School of Management and Engineering

    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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  • Law School

    Law School

    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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  • School of Geographic and Oceanographic Sciences

    School of Geographic and Oceanographic Sciences

    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

    Tel: +86-25-83592681

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