Jiangnan University

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Jiangnan University
Jiangnan University logo.png
Former names
Wuxi Institute of Light Industry(1958-1995)Wuxi University of Light Industry(1995-2001)
Motto in English
Learning and Practice to Perfection
EstablishedTraced to 1902, established in 1958, reformed and renamed in 2001
ChancellorZhu Ta
PresidentChen Jian
Academic staff
Location, ,
CampusLihu Campus (蠡湖校区)
WebsiteJiangnan University (Chinese)
Jiangnan University (English)

Jiangnan University (simplified Chinese: 江南大学; traditional Chinese: 江南大學; pinyin: Jiāngnán Dàxué; literally: "Southern Yangtze University", JiangnanU), 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] It is also a Chinese Ministry of Education Double First Class Discipline University, with Double First Class status in certain disciplines.[2]

Wuxi Institute of Light Industry (无锡轻工业学院) , the main part of the newly established JiangnanU, was the cradle, and one of the major supporting institutions, of China's light industry.

The distinguished disciplines are food science and biotechnology, chemical technology for light industry, mechanical and control engineering for light industry, textile engineering, clothing design and industrial design.[3]


The private Jiangnan University (私立江南大学) , one source of JiangnanU, was founded in Wuxi in 1947 by Rong Desheng, the largest national capitalist in the Republic of China era.

In 1952, during restructuring of higher education happened after the establishment of the People's Republic of China, the engineering related departments of Nanjing University( stretches back to San Jiang Normal School which founded in 1902 in Nanjing and later renamed National Central University), mergeing engineering departments of private Jiangnan University and several other engineering departments of universities in east China area, including Fudan University, Wuhan University, Zhejiang University, etc. Later, they formed Nanjing Institute of Technology, now Southeast University in Nanjing.[4]

In 1958, the Department of Food Technology of Nanjing Institute of Technology moved to Wuxi and established Wuxi Institute of Light Industry (无锡轻工业学院) which was named Wuxi University of Light Industry in 1995.

In 2001, Jiangnan University (江南大学) 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 Li (蠡湖), an inner lake of Lake Tai and also a national scenic resort in the south of Wuxi. It was designed and built to demonstrate the concept of an "Eco-campus".

Lihu Campus
Lihu Campus
Lihu Campus


Jiangnan University consists of 17 schools and offers 48 undergraduate programs with 9 disciplines including science, engineering, medicine, literature, economics, management, law, education and arts. Jiangnan University has 6 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, Environment Engineering and Textile Engineering. It is entitled to confer master's degrees in 58 programs, and doctoral degrees in 28 programs.


School of Food Science and Technology

School of Biotechnology

School of Chemical and Material Engineering

School of Pharmaceutical Sciences

Wuxi School of Medicine


School of Business

School of Law

School of Marxism

School of Foreign Studies

School of Digital Media


School of Textile and Clothing

School of Design

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

School of Mechanical Engineering

School of Environmental & Civil Engineering


School of Science

School of Humanities and Education

Division of Sports

university rankings
The U.S. News rankings (2017)[5]
Best Global Universities 706
Best Global Universities in China 46
National Discipline Assessment (2012) [6]
Food Science and Engineering 1
Light Industry Technology and Engineering 2
Design Studies 4
Textile Science and Engineering 5


The school has devoted itself to the mission of making China an innovation-driven country. The school has taken a leadership role in founding the Collaborative Innovation Center for Food Safety and Nutrition, and has founded five "111 Plan" Base for Innovation and Talent Recruiting and 18 international joint laboratories.

Since 2012, the school has been awarded 7 State Scientific and Technological Progress Awards and State Technological Invention Awards, tied for 20th in China, and was ranked 17th in the Patent Award for Chinese Universities list in 2016. It is ranked 50th on the Chinese University Evaluation handbook, and is one of China's fastest growing universities.

ESI ranking (top 1%)[edit]

  • Agricultural Science (top 1%),
  • Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Biology and Biochemistry
  • Materials Science

Key research institutes[edit]

  • The National Key Lab of Food Science and Technology (食品科学与技术国家重点实验室)
  • Key Laboratory of Industrial Biotechnology, Ministry of Education (工业生物技术教育部重点实验室)[7]
  • Key Laboratory of Carbohydrate Chemistry and Biotechnology, Ministry of Education(糖化学与生物技术教育部重点实验室)[8]
  • Key Laboratory of Synthetic and Biological Colloids, Ministry of Education(合成与生物胶体教育部重点实验室)


The university has 3183 faculty members, including 1873 full-time instructors. 62.6% of faculty holds a senior title, 61.3% has a doctoral degree, and 36.2% has more than one year of overseas experience.

The school has one academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, 14 "Thousand Talents Plan" awardees, 13 "Chang Jiang Scholars Program" distinguished professors, 5 National Science Fund for Distinguished Young Scholars awardees, five National Science Fund for Outstanding Scholars awardees, one "973 Program" chief scientist, eight "Ten Thousand Talent Program" awardees.[9]

International Students[edit]

Jiangnan University began to accept international students from 1964, and has cultivated students from more than 80 countries. The university specially establishes "President Scholarship",[10] "Taihu Scholarship”[11] and “New Student Scholarship” for international students. In 2010, the university recruited 25 self-enroll Chinese Government Scholarship students.[12]

Doctoral Program for international students mainly includes: Food Science, Fermentation Engineering, Pharmaceutical Engineering and Technology, Textile Science and Engineering, Control Science and Control Engineering, Chemistry Engineering and Technology, Environment Engineering, Light Industry Machinery and Packaging Engineering, Product Design Theory & Technology, etc.[13]


  1. ^ http://www.jiangnan.edu.cn/english/index.html
  2. ^ "教育部 财政部 国家发展改革委 关于公布世界一流大学和一流学科建设高校及建设 学科名单的通知 (Notice from the Ministry of Education and other national governmental departments announcing the list of double first class universities and disciplines)".
  3. ^ "Jiangnan University / International Office / Office for Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan Affairs". english.jiangnan.edu.cn. Retrieved 2016-10-23.
  4. ^ "学校章程-江南大学主页". www.jiangnan.edu.cn. Retrieved 2017-10-24.
  5. ^ "Jiangnan University in China l US News Best Global Universities".
  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.
  7. ^ "industrial biotech lab".
  8. ^ "lab of carbohydrate chemistry".
  9. ^ "Jiangnan University : Naturejobs". www.nature.com. Retrieved 2017-03-22.
  10. ^ "JUN President Scholarship".
  11. ^ "JUN Tai Lake Scholarship".
  12. ^ "Study In China". www.csc.edu.cn. Retrieved 2017-03-22.
  13. ^ "Study In China". www.csc.edu.cn. Retrieved 2017-03-22.

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