Jiangnan University

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Jiangnan University
Jiangnan University logo.png
Motto 笃学尚行,止于至善
Motto in English
Learning and Practice to Perfection
Type Public
Established Traced to 1902, established in 1958, reformed and renamed in 2001
Chancellor Wu Guilong
President Chen Jian
Academic staff
Students 30,000
Undergraduates 20403
Postgraduates 8357
Location Wuxi, Jiangsu,  People's Republic of China
Campus Lihu Campus
Website Jiangnan University (Chinese)
Jiangnan University (English)

Jiangnan University (simplified Chinese: 江南大学; traditional Chinese: 江南大學; pinyin: Jiāngnán Dàxué), JU, literally "Southern Yangtze University") is a university located in Wuxi, Jiangsu, China. It is a key national university of the “Project 211” and is directly administrated by the Chinese Ministry of Education.[1]

Reputed as the “Pearl of China’s Light Industry Higher Education”, Jiangnan University ( former Wuxi Institute of Light Industry 无锡轻工业学院) is the cradle, and one of the major supporting institutions, of China's light industry, food science and fermentation technology.

Its roots may stretch back to 1902 when its predecessor, San Jiang Normal School ( 三江师范学堂 ), began its first term. More than a hundred years of development and fifty years of independent education have brought Jiangnan University recognition in scientific research, teaching quality and social service locally and domestically. It is now recognized and highly respected as a comprehensive university.

The distinguished disciplines are food science and technology, fermentation, chemical technology for light industry, mechanical and control engineering for light industry, textile engineering and industrial design.[2]


The root of Jiangnan University stretches back to San Jiang Normal School which was founded in Nanjing in 1902 which later renamed National Central University and Nanjing University. The private Jiangnan University, another source of JU, was founded in Wuxi in 1948 by Rong Desheng (the father of Rong Yiren), the largest national capitalist in the Republic of China era. Later during restructuring of higher education happened after the establishment of the People’s Republic of China, the engineering related departments of Nanjing University merged related departments of private Jiangnan University and several other universities and formed Nanjing Institute of Technology (later renamed Southeast University) in 1952, and in 1958, the related department of Nanjing Institute of Technology moved to Wuxi and established Wuxi College of Light Industry which was named university in 1995. In 2001, Jiangnan University was formed by the combination of Wuxi University of Light Industry(无锡轻工大学), Jiangnan College (江南学院) and Wuxi Education College (无锡教育学院).


The newly completed university campus covers 208 hectares with floor space of 1.05 million square meters. It is located by Lake Tai, a national scenic resort in the south of Wuxi. It was designed and built to demonstrate the concept of an “Eco-campus”.

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Jiangnan University consists of 17 schools and offers 48 undergraduate programs with 10 disciplines including engineering, science, literature, economics, management, law, medicine, agriculture, education and arts. Jiangnan University has 5 Post-doctoral Research Stations in the fields of Light Industry Technology and Engineering, Food Science and Technology, Chemical Engineering and Technology, Control Science and Engineering, and Textile Engineering. It is entitled to confer master's degrees in 58 programs, and doctoral degrees in 28 programs.[3][4]

School of Food Science and Technology

School of Biotechnology

School of Chemical and Material Engineering

School of Textile and Clothing

School of Mechanical Engineering

School of Internet of Things Engineering (incorporated by School of Communications and Control Engineering and School of Information Engineering)

School of Environmental & Civil Engineering

School of Science

School of Humanities

School of Design

School of Digital Media

School of Business

Wuxi Medical School


university rankings
Chinese university ranking
Wu Shulian[5] 47
China Discipline Ranking [6]
Food Science and Engineering 1
Light Industry Technology and Engineering
Textile Science and Engineering

Applied Research[edit]

The National Key Lab of Food Science and Technology, approved by the Ministry of Science & Technology, is the only one of its kind in China. In addition, it has 19 national, ministerial or provincial engineering research centers, 7 key labs at the ministerial or provincial level, the Food Safety Research Base of Jiangsu Province, the Scientific and Technological Novelty Search Workstation of Ministry of Education, the Industrial Microbial Resources Database Integration and Information Sharing Platform.


Currently there are over 20,000 full-time undergraduates, 6,700 doctoral and master candidates studying on campus.

Notable Faculties[edit]

The faculty team consists of over 1,600 members including 1 academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, 6 Cheung Kong Scholars, 3 National Outstanding Youth Foundation Winner, 8 state-level candidates for the One Hundred plus One Thousand plus Ten Thousand Talents Project of the New Century, 3 National Young and Middle-aged Experts with Outstanding Contributions, 48 candidates for the New Century Excellent Researcher Award Program from Ministry of Education of China and over 1100 professors and associate professors.

Notable Alumni[edit]


  1. ^ http://www.jiangnan.edu.cn/english/index.html
  2. ^ "Jiangnan University / International Office / Office for Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan Affairs". english.jiangnan.edu.cn. Retrieved 2016-10-23. 
  3. ^ http://english.jiangnan.edu.cn/List.asp?ID=41.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  4. ^ http://english.jiangnan.edu.cn/List.asp?ID=42.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  5. ^ "中国734所大学排行榜". 新浪网. 2014-02-27. Retrieved 2014-02-27. 
  6. ^ "2012年学科评估结果公布 各学科排名汇总". 人民网. 2013-01-29. Retrieved 2013-02-10. 

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