A key multidisciplinary university directly under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Education, Nankai University, is the alma mater of our beloved late Premier Zhou Enlai. Nankai University will celebrate its 100th Anniversary in 2019.
Nankai University was founded in 1919 by the famous patriotic educators Zhang Boling and Yan Xiu, adhering to the idea of saving the nation through education. During the Anti-Japanese war (1937-1945), the campus was heavily bombed by the Japanese invaders in 1937 and then moved south. In 1938, Nankai, Peking (Beijng) and Tsinghua (Qinghua) universities united in Kunming to form the renowned Southwest Associated University. It was described as The North Star of Higher Learning. In 1946, Nankai University moved back to Tianjin and was re-established as a national university.
After the founding of the People’s Republic of China in 1949, the university has witnessed the faculty adjustment of higher education and become a national key university featuring a balance between the humanities and the sciences. Since the reform and opening up, Tianjin Institute of Foreign Trade and China Tourism Management Cadre College have successively merged into the university. With the support of the Ministry of Education and Tianjin Municipal government, the university has emerged as a comprehensive and research-oriented university. After the completion of the Jinnan campus on September 2015, an operating pattern of "a university with three campuses" took shape. On September 2017, the university was selected to the rank of 42 universities that would participate in “World–class Universities Initiative” and of the 36 A-level universities in China.
Nankai University adheres to the school motto of "dedication to public interests, acquisition of all-round capability and aspiration for daily progress", carries forward the tradition of "patriotism, dedication, innovation and group spirit" and the concept of "governing the country by humanities and social sciences, strengthening the country by nature sciences, and enriching the country by business", takes "Knowing China for Serving It" as its purpose. The university regards its outstanding alumnus Zhou Enlai as a model to educate talents, prosper academia, strengthen the country, inherit civilization, and strive to build a world-class university.
Nankai University now covers an area of 4,451,900 m². In accordance with the principle of “Independent Operation under Close Collaboration”, the university is pursuing a comprehensive cooperation with Tianjin University.
Nankai University is one of the comprehensive and research-oriented universities with the widest range of disciplines. It features a balance between the humanities and the sciences, a solid foundation and a combination of application and creativity. The university has 26 academic colleges. Categories cover literature, history, philosophy, economics, management, law, science, engineering, agriculture, medicine, teaching and art.
There are 86 undergraduate specialties (including 18 national characteristic specialties), 30 authorized primary Doctoral specialties, 12 first-level disciplines authorized by Master’s degrees, 25 sites authorized by Master’s degrees, and 28 Post-doctoral stations. There are 5 national "Double First-class" construction disciplines, 6 first-degree national key disciplines (covering 35 second-degree disciplines), 9 second-degree national key disciplines and 32 first-degree Tianjin municipal key disciplines.
Furthermore, there are 2 national key laboratories, 1 national engineering center, 3 “2011 Collaborative Innovation” centers, 7 key laboratories of the Ministry of Education, 3 engineering centers of the Ministry of Education, 2 joint laboratories of international cooperation of the Ministry of Education, 1 key laboratory of the State Environmental Protection Administration, 5 national experimental teaching demonstration centers and 2 national virtual simulation experimental teaching centers, 9 national bases for basic science research and talent cultivation, 1 base for cultural quality education and 7 key research bases for humanities and social sciences, 7 National and Regional Research Bases of the Ministry of Education, 1 national demonstration base for training innovative talents and 4 demonstrative national bases for international science and technology cooperation. There are also 18 key laboratories of Tianjin, 4 engineering centers of Tianjin, 8 experimental teaching demonstration centers of Tianjin universities, 1 experimental teaching demonstration center construction unit of Tianjin universities, 22 international science and technology cooperation bases in Tianjin, 9 key research bases for humanities and social sciences in Tianjin’s universities and 4 think tanks of Tianjin universities.
Equipped with top academic capability and creative spirit, Nankai University has a well-balanced faculty team in terms of age and specialty. Among the 2,082 faculty members, there are 755 Doctoral Supervisors, 877 Master's Supervisors, 812 professors and 834 associate professors.
There are 11 members of Chinese Academy of Science and 2 members of Chinese Academy of Engineering, 7 members of The Third World Academy of Science, 18 leading talents of the National Ten Thousand Talent Program, 8 experts of Recruitment Program for Young Professionals, 17 nationally accredited experts who have made outstanding contributions, 2 recipients of national New Century Talents Project ,14 members of the Subject Assessment Division of the Degree Appraisal Committee of the State Council, 11 chief experts and 29 key members of Marxism Theoretical Research and Development Project, 18 chief scientists of the National High Technology Research and Development Program (863 Program) and of the National Basic Research Program of China (973 Program) and 11 leaders of The National Key Research and Development Program of China, 49 recipients of the National Science Fund for Distinguished Young Scholars,30 recipients of the National Science Fund for Excellent Young Scholars, 22 recipients of the Fund for Cross-Century Talents of China by Ministry of Education, 164 receipents of the "New Century Outstanding Talents Support Program", 9 members of "Award for Young Teachers in Colleges and Universities", 7 members of "Award for Distinguished Teachers", and 9 national teaching teams. There are 8 outstanding talents in Tianjin, 3 leading talents of “Special Support Program for Talent Development” in Tianjin, 10 distinguished young talents, 5 leading entrepreneur teams, 61 candidates of the first-level innovative talent training project, 16 leaders of innovative talent team, 18 recipients of Science Fund for Tianjin Municipal Distinguished Young Scholars, 35 distinguished teachers in Tianjin, 14 teaching teams in Tianjin.
Nankai University has a fully-fledged education system for cultivating undergraduates, postgraduates on Master's and Doctoral programs and Post-doctoral researchers. Currently, the university has a total enrollment of 27,621 students, including 15,862 undergraduate students (including 435 international students), 8,197 master's candidates (including 483 foreign students), 3,562 Doctoral candidates (including 114 foreign students). There are 74,961 students of network junior college students and 58,600 students of network undergraduate students.
Nankai University is a center for both education and academic research. A large number of academic achievements have been made and acknowledged at home and abroad. Since 2007, Nankai University has won 4 National Second Prizes in natural sciences, 1 National Second Prize for science and technology progress, 1 National Second Prize for technology invention, 13 National teaching achievements, 31 National Excellent Courses, 15 Excellent Video Demonstration Courses, 1 National Outstanding Innovation and 2 China Youth Science and Technology Awards. There have been 20 Doctoral dissertations being selected to the National 100 Excellent Doctoral Dissertations. Besides, 9 projects won Tianjin Municipal Scientific and Technological Progress Awards 2017，2 College Excellent Achievements Awards in Scientific Research (Science and Technology) 2017, the Ministry of Education, and 2 Tianjin Municipal Patents Awards 2017. 1 achievement was awarded the first prize of China Innovative Achievements Award of Industry-University-Research Cooperation 2017, and 2 faculty members received China Innovative Achievements Award of Industry-University-Research 2017 (Individual). The achievement of Cao Xuetao's team “New Molecular and Cellular Mechanisms of Inflammatory Immune Response” was selected as " Chinese Universities Top Ten Advances in Science and Technology 2018"; The project of Chen Yongsheng's team “Organic Solar Cells with 12.7% Photoelectric Conversion Efficiency” was selected as “Chinese Optics Top Ten Advances 2017”; The Achievement developed by Zhao Xin's “Biomedical Engineering-Oriented Micromanipulation Robot System” was selected as “China Intelligent Manufacturing Top Ten Technological Advances 2018”. Prof. Fang Yongchun (team) won the first prize of Chen Hanfu Award, Wu Wenjun Artificial Intelligence Natural Science Award and Tianjin Patent Award.
In 2017, there were 1467 papers by Nankai University being included in SCI indexed papers, ranking 52nd in the list of Chinese universities; 958 in EI indexed papers, ranking 53rd; 1297 in CSSCI indexed journals; 39 in SSCI indexed journals.
According to the cumulative citation in SCI, 13069 papers by Nankai University were cited from 2008 to 2017 with 246598 cumulative times of reference, ranking 16th in the list of cited times. In recent decade, the citation per paper included in SCI have reached 18.87, maintaining the top among the highly-cited universities on an accumulative basis.
Nankai University actively takes its advantage in disciplines, talents and technology to serve the national economies and local development, especially to the development and opening up of Tianjin Binhai New Area. Some research institutes like Xi Jinping Institute of Socialist Ideology with Chinese Characteristics in the New Era, the China APEC Institute, a New Generation of China Institute of Artificial Intelligence Development Strategy, the School of Economic & Social Development, Binhai Development Research Institute, the Research Center of Education and Industry Regional Development, the Human Rights Research Center, Institute of Contemporary Chinese Studies, WTO Research Center, National Institute of Economic Strategy, Jinnan Research Institute, Institute of Statistics, and Institute of Ecological Civilization, etc. have become the Think Tank and Talents Cradle for central and local governments. According to national needs, and in pursuit of a first-class world position, Nankai comprehensively implemented the strategy of innovation-driven development and "Made in China 2025" and actively promotes the construction of all kinds of collaborative innovation centers and several high-level cross-scientific centers, setting up close cooperative relationships with a group of colleges and universities, enterprises, research institutes and government departments. In 2014, the Collaborative Innovation Center for China Economy led by Nankai University became the first authorized collaborative innovation center in economics.
Nankai University focuses on students' all-round capability and creativity in teaching and education. Under its educational philosophy of art to regulate the country, science to strengthen it and business to enrich it, the university leaders advocate a teaching guideline of paying attention to quality education, cultivating capability, consolidating knowledge foundations, widening disciplinary spheres, and strictly administrating and ensuring high quality. A flexible educational system has been set up, including a system of credits, a system of major plus minor education and double degrees. It has established a complete educational system by connecting class teaching, campus culture and social practice. The late Premier Zhou Enlai, Nankai's prominent alumnus, has been the model for all students to form a healthy disposition with high morality, the spirit of creativity and practical capability. In addition, the innovation and entrepreneurship education has been advanced through the establishment of entrepreneurship class and the Base for Youth Innovation and Entrepreneurship Practice, creating a platform for entrepreneurship services and pre-incubation of projects. To build Nankai's characteristics of public will in an all-round quality education system and promote the all-round development of students, Nankai University has formulated and implemented “The 13th Five-year Outline for Promoting Quality Education” and “The Guideline for Promoting Undergraduates’ Quality Development”.
The university is well known for its healthy environment. By attaching great importance to students' overall development in virtue, intelligence, sport and art, the university has successfully created a colorful campus cultural atmosphere of elegance and aspiration for the benefit of students' healthy growth. As a result, being equipped with strong basic knowledge, all-round capability, creativity and practical ability, graduates from Nankai University are extraordinarily popular with employers from all fields.
Nankai University has developed broad international communications by establishing exchange and collaborative relationships with more than 320 international universities and academic institutions. Nankai University has been contracted to establish 9 Confucius Institutes overseas including one at Maryland University in the US. In both 2012 and 2015, Nankai has become an Advanced Sino-Cooperation Academy of the Confucius Institute. Nankai undertakes the task of offering Chinese language training to foreign countries, and has launched a number of high-level study abroad programs, including the Oxford Program and the Cambridge Program. The university keeps in close contact with international organizations such as the World Economic Forum (Davos Forum), the Global University Leaders Forum (GULF), the International Public University Forum (IFPU), the International Alliance of Public Universities (IAU), the Charter of European Universities, the United Nations Secretary-General's Scientific Advisory Committee (UNESCO-SAB), the Association of Electronic and Electrical Engineers (IEEE), etc.
Nankai University has awarded 10 international celebrities the title of Honorary Doctor, including the mathematician Shiing-shen Chern, the physician Ta-you Wu, the economist Myrdal, Academician of the American Academy of Sciences Jiang-Carlo Jota, professor of Harvard Medical College, Moses Juda Faulkman, former President of the Straits Exchange Foundation Jiang Bingkun, President of Rice University Li Dawei, Chairman of the World Economic Forum Klaus Schwab, former Singapore president Tan Keng Yam and President of Constitutional Council Laurent Fabius of France, etc. Nobel Laureates Chen Ning Yang, Tsung-Dao Lee, Robert A. Mundell, Peter Doherty, Karl Barry Sharpless, Vernon Lomax Smith, Robert Engel, former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, former President of Korea Kim Dae Jung, former President of European Commission and former Prime Minister of Italy Romano Prodi, famous writer Jin Yong have all been conferred Honorary Professors of Nankai University. Many other world-renowned scholars, famous statesmen and entrepreneurs have been invited as visiting professors or part-time professors.
The university will continue to carry forward the character of Nankai, develop its spirit, persist in giving top priority to cultivating the integrity of students, strengthen its quality, vigorously implement the six strategies of reinvigorating the school through human resource development, building strong disciplines, improving educational quality, research and innovation, serving for Binhai Area and internationalization, and developing towards the goal of building a world-leading university.
（Statistics by January 2019)