A key multidisciplinary and research-oriented university directly under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Education, Nankai University,located in Tianjin on the border of the sea of Bohai, is also the alma mater of our beloved late Premier Zhou Enlai.
Nankai University was founded in 1919 by the famous patriotic educators, Mr. Zhang Boling and Mr. Yan Xiu. During the Anti-Japanese war (1937-1945), Nankai University, Peking University (Beijng University) and Tsinghua University (Qinghua University) united in Kunming to form the renowned Southwest Associated University. It was compared to be The North Star of Higher Learning. In accordance with its motto of dedication to the public interests, acquisition of all-round capability and aspiration for daily progress and the tradition of “patriotism, conscientiousness, innovation and agreeableness”, the University has produced batches of prominent talents such as late Premier Zhou Enlai, Dr. Shiing -shen Chern, Dr. Ta-you Wu and playwright Cao Yu. On December 25th, 2000 the State Ministry of Education signed an agreement with Tianjin Municipal Government on jointly establishing and developing Nankai University. Since then, Nankai University has been listed among universities for priority development in the 21st century.
Nankai University now occupies an area of 4,489,700 m² with a floor space up to 1,368,000 m². The total collection of the University library reaches 3,581,000 volumes and 30TB e-books. Besides its main campus located in Balitai, Nankai University also has campuses in Jinnan District, Yingshui Road, Zijinshan Road, TEDA College in Tianjin Economic-Technological Development Area. Supported by the state Ministry of Education, the campus in Jinnan has come into service. On the principle of independent school-running and close cooperation, Nankai University does not hesitate to seek after cooperation with Tianjin University.
Nankai University is considered to be one of comprehensive universities with the widest scan of disciplines. It features a balance between the Humanities and the Sciences, a solid foundation and a combination of application and creativity. The University has 22 academic colleges, together with Graduate School, School for Continuing Education, Advanced Vocational School, Modern Distance Education School, all 12 categories of covering literature, history, philosophy, classics, management, law, science, engineering, agriculture, medicine, teaching and art Nankai University offers 80 undergraduate specialties (including 18 national characteristic specialties), 231 Master's programs, 172 Doctoral programs, 28 Post-Doctoral research stations and 29 authorized primary Doctoral specialties. There are 6 first degree national key disciplines( covering 35 second degree disciplines), 9 second degree national key disciplines, 2 national key cultivating disciplines, 27 first degree Tianjin municipal key disciplines Besides, there are 18 national key specialties, 48 provincial and municipal key specialties, 2 national key lab, 8 key laboratories of Ministry of Education, 1 key laboratory of Ministry of Science, 1 key laboratory of State Environmental Protection Bureau, 13 key laboratories of Tianjin, 3 engineering centers of Ministry of Education ,1 national engineering center, 9 national bases for basic science research and talents cultivation, 1 base for cultural quality education and 7 key research bases for humanities and social sciences, together with 7 innovation bases in philosophy and social sciences and 4 science and technology innovation platforms included in 985 Project.
Equipped with top academic capability and creative spirit, Nankai University has a well-balanced faculty team in age and specialties. Among the 1986 faculties, there are 616 Doctoral supervisors, 734 master supervisors, 714 professors and 805 associate professors, 8 academicians of Chinese Academy of Science and Chinese Academy of Engineering, 5 academicians of The 3rd World Academy of Science, 15members of the Subject Assessment Division of the Degree Appraisal Committee of the State Council, 12 nationally accredited experts with outstanding contributions, 37 chair professors and 16 lecture professors invited on Yangtze River Scholar Award program, 4 chair professors invited by Tianjin municipality, 36 recipients of National Outstanding Talent Foundation, 9 recipients of Excellent Young Teachers Prize supported by Ministry of Education，21 winners of the Cross Century Talents Foundation under Ministry of Education, 20 teachers selected by national Millions of Talents Program, 8 teachers awarded by the Ministry of Education with the honor of Outstanding College Lecturers and 3 national famous masters of higher education.
Nankai University has a full-fledged education system for producing undergraduates, postgraduates on master's and doctoral programs and post-doctoral researchers. Currently, the University has the total enrollments of 24,525 students, including 13,067 undergraduate students, 8,162 master's candidates, 3,296 doctoral candidates, 1,048 foreign students, 2,786 part-time adult students and 43,037 students on distance education program.
Nankai University is the center for both education and academic research. A large number of academic achievements have been made and acknowledged home and abroad. Since 2007, Nankai University has won 3 National Second Prize of natural science, 1 National Second Prize for science and technology progress, 1 National Second Prize for technology invention, 7 National teaching achievements, 1 Chinese Young Scientist Prize, 20 the National Outstanding Professional Talent and 35 National Excellent Course. Besides, 10 fruits won the Science and technology progress in Tianjin. In 2013, Nankai published 1,399 SCI index articles, 819 EI index articles and 79 CPCI-S index conference papers. The number of “good performance” articles reached 628. The proportion of “good performance” SCI index articles was up to 45.67% and it ranked the top two among Chinese universities.
Nankai University actively takes the advantages of disciplines, technology, talents and information to enhance the industrialization and commercialization of research fruits serving the national and local economy and social development. Some research institutes like China APEC Institute and School of Economic & Social Development have become the Think Tank and Talents Cradle for central and local governments. According to the national needs, the world first-class principle, Nankai Comprehensively implemented the strategy of innovation driven development and actively promote the construction of all kinds of collaborative innovation centers, setting up close cooperative relationship with a group of colleges and universities, enterprises, research institutes, government departments.
Nankai University focuses on the students' all-round capability and creativity in teaching and education. Under its educational philosophy of art to regulate the country, science to strengthen the country and business to richen the country, the University leaders point out a teaching guideline of paying attention to quality education, cultivating capability, consolidating knowledge foundation and widening disciplinary spheres, strictly administrating and ensuring high quality. It establishes a complete educational system by connecting class teaching, scientific experiments, academic activities and social practice. A flexible educational system has been set up, including the system of credits, system of major plus minor education and double degrees. The late Premier Zhou Enlai, Nankai's prominent alumni, has been the model for all students to form a healthy disposition with high morality, spirit of creativity and the practical capability. The University is well known for its healthy environment. By attaching great importance to students' overall development in virtue, intelligence, sporting and art, the University has successfully created a colorful campus cultural atmosphere of elegance and aspiration for the benefit of the 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. To build Nankai characteristics of public will all-round quality education system and promote the all-round development of students, Nankai University has established and implemented the “Nankai university quality education implementation summary（2011-2015）”.
Nankai University has broad international communications by establishing exchanging and collaborative relationships with more than 300 international universities and academic institutions .Nankai University has contracted to build 7 Confucius institutes overseas including Confucius institute in Maryland University in the US. In 2012, Nankai was awarded as Advanced Sino-cooperation Academy of Confucius Institute. We undertake the task of National Chinese Language Training to Foreign countries, launch a number of tasks of study abroad programs which are all in a relatively high level, including Oxford Program, participate in the Davos World University Leaders Forum ,first batch “the new international Sinology research plan” carrying forward by State Hanban and advance the level of internationalization. Nankai University collaborated with Glasgow University and established NKU-UoG Joint Graduate School.
Nankai University awarded 9 honorary doctoral degrees to mathematician Shiing-Shen Chern, physician Wu Dayou, the former board chairman of Straits Exchange Foundation Jiang Bingkun, and Chairman of World Economic Forum Klaus Schwab. Also, Nobel Laureates Chen Ning Yang, Tsung-Dao Lee, Samuel Chao Chung Ting, Robert A. Mundell. Reinhard Selton as well as former President of Korea Kim Dae Jung and former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger were all conferred Honorary Professors of Nankai University. Many other world-known scholars and entrepreneurs have been invited as Visiting Professors of Nankai University.
Nankai University will continue to adhere the road of Nankai, carry forward the character of Nankai, develop the spirit of Nankai, persist in giving top priority to cultivate the integrity of students, strengthen the quality characteristics, vigorously implement six strategies of reinvigorating school through human resource development, building strong disciplines, improving educational quality, research and innovation , serving for Binhai Area and internationalization, and develop towards the goal of building leading university around the world.