Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics

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Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics
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Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Motto 智周万物, 道济天下 Cooperative, Economical, Practical and Creative
Type Public
Established 1952
President Nie Hong (聂宏)
Academic staff
Undergraduates 14,978
Postgraduates 5,641
Location Nanjing, Jiangsu, China
Campus Urban
Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Simplified Chinese 南京航空航天大学
Traditional Chinese 南京航空航天大學

Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics (NUAA) is a public university located in Nanjing, Jiangsu province, China. It was established in October 1952. In Chinese, the university name is sometimes shortened to Nanhang (南航). The university is operated by Ministry of Industry and Information Technology and is one of China's leading universities on research and education. As per QS World University Rankings, it is one of the top 250 universities of the world in Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering and one of the top 200 universities of Asia.[1] It is regarded as one of the top engineering universities in China and also has a great influence on China's aerospace industry.[citation needed]


The school was founded in October 1952, as the Nanjing College of Aviation Industry. In 1956 it was renamed as Nanjing Aeronautical Institute, and, in 1993 as the current name, Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics.[2] Since 1952, NUAA has evoloved from a teaching-oriented university to a research-oriented university and currently administrated by the Commission of National Defense Science, Technology and Industry.

Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics mainly offers courses in science and engineering and strives for the coordinated development in applied science, management, humanities and social sciences with the combined features of aeronautics, civil aviation and astronautics. It is among the nation's first institutions of higher learning authorized to grant degrees of Doctor, Master and Bachelor. In 1996 it succeeded in becoming one of the national top 100 key universities for the 21st century (China's Project 211). It is subordinated to the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of the People's Republic of China.


Electrical and Electronics lab in Jiangning Campus
Main Building in Jiangjun Road Campus

At present, it has two campuses: Ming Palace Campus (situated on the ruins of the Ming Palace) and Jiangjun Road (将军路) Campus (situated in Jiangning Economic and Technological Development Zone), covering an area of 173 hectares with a building floor space of 650,000 square meters.


[3] NUAA has attached great importance to scientific research and shown great advantages in the research of basic sciences, the application of high-tech and the development of national defense technology. During the 9th Five-Year-Project, NUAA has taken on 600 projects science and technology development including the "863 Program" and some national defense projects. Many have been successfully applied. Since 1978, NUAA has received 917 provincial awards and 49 national awards for scientific research. It has remained one of the top 10 universities in China since 1991 in terms of the total number of achievements and awards in science and technology research and development. At the same time, NUAA has always paid great attention to the quality of education and the development of its students. Since 1989, NUAA has won a total of 63 Teaching awards at provincial levels, 18 of which are of national distinction. Students from NUAA have done good jobs in the National competition of Mechanics and Mathematical Modeling for undergraduates. So far NUAA has produced more than 55,000 talents of different specialties. As one of the most famous universities in Nanjing city, it has attracted more and more international students for its excellent study environment and conditions in recent years, and it also takes great advantages in some key courses, including Flight Vehicle Design and Engineering, Computer Software Design and Internal Economics & Trade and so on. Among all the specialties in the College, Flight Vehicle Design is a national key specialty.


NUAA has 18 colleges:[4]

  • College of Aerospace Engineering
  • College of Energy and Power Engineering
  • College of Automation Engineering
  • College of Electronic and Information Engineering
  • College of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering
  • College of Material Science and Technology
  • College of Civil Aviation
  • College of Natural Sciences
  • College of Economics and Management
  • College of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • College of Advanced Vocational Education[5]
  • College of Astronautics [6]
  • College of Arts [7]
  • College of Foreign Languages [8]
  • College of Computer Science and Technology
  • Jincheng College [9]
  • Graduate School[10]
  • Academy of Frontier Science[11]
  • College of International Education[12]


NUAA offers a wide range of programs including 46 undergraduate programs, 127 master programs and 52 doctoral programs. 2 first grade and 9 second grade disciplines are awarded national key disciplines. The former includes Aerospace Science & Technology and Mechanics. The latter includes Aircraft Design, Aerospace Propulsion Theory & Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering of Aerospace Vehicle, Man-Machine and Environmental Engineering, General and Fundamental Mechanics, Solid Mechanics, Fluid Mechanics, Engineering Mechanics, Mechanical Manufacture & Automation. 8 disciplines are key disciplines of the Commission of National Defense Science, Technology and Industry, such as Tele-Communication & Information Systems, Technology of Micro Air Vehicles, etc. 10 disciplines are key disciplines of Jiangsu Province, such as Mechanical Design and Theory, Navigation Guidance & Control, etc. 4 disciplines such as Aircraft Design, Mechanical Manufacture & Automation, Engineering Mechanics, Manufacturing Engineering of Aerospace Vehicle are especially set up for "Changjiang Scholar Award" professors. Besides, NUAA has set up 12 postdoctoral programs, such as Aerospace Science & Technology, etc.

International students[edit]

The university started enrolling international students largely since 2005 after the establishment of the College of International Education.[13] In 2005, the first batch of full-time international undergraduate students were enrolled with major of Aerospace Engineering, coming from neighboring countries like Nepal and Pakistan. Since then over 400 international students have graduated from NUAA with degrees in majors including Aerospace Engineering, International Business, Mechanical Engineering and Software Engineering. Currently there are over 470 undergraduate international students from 40 countries like Nepal, India, Pakistan, Indonesia, Malaysia, Kenya, Ghana, Sri Lanka, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Nigeria, etc.

The university has been enrolling post-graduate international students for several years as well. Dozens of Master and Ph.D-level students have since graduated with various majors and specialties. It also provides scholarships to outstanding international students at both undergraduate and post-graduate levels under various government scholarship schemes including the China Government Scholarship and Distinguished International Students Scholarship schemes.

Apart from full-time students, NUAA has been hosting exchange students coming from universities in Australia, Canada, France and Germany. Every year, under the university's exchange and summer programs with international universities, dozens of international students come to NUAA to study at both undergraduate and post-graduate levels.

Notable faculty & alumni[edit]

  • Sifeng Liu
  • Jeffrey Yi-Lin Forrest
  • Hornsen (HS) TZOU, ASME Fellow (1996) and National Fellow/Professor of the 1st-round Thousand-Talent Program of China. He is one of the pioneers in modern Smart Structures and Structronic Systems initiated in mid-80's. He authored Piezoelectric Shells (Distributed Sensing and Control of Continua) and Design of Smart Structures, Devices and Structronic Systems and edited six books. He was a founding member of the ASME Adaptive Structures and Material Systems Committee, the General Chair of the 2007 ASME International Design Technical Conferences and Computers & Information in Engineering Conference (IDETC/CIE), the Conference Chair of the 21st Mechanical Vibration and Sound Conference, Co-chair of the 23 International Conference on Adaptive Structures Technologies, Chair of the ASME Board on Technical Knowledge Dissemination (BTKD), Executive Member of Technical Communities Operating Board (TCOB) and Chair of ASME Interdisciplinary Councils.


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Coordinates: 32°02′09.62″N 118°48′49.71″E / 32.0360056°N 118.8138083°E / 32.0360056; 118.8138083