Motto in English
|Sincerity with Aspiration, Perseverance and Integrity (Official)
Sincerity, Simplicity, Sturdiness, Greatness, Endeavor to Learn, Urge to Act (Literal) [Note 1]
|Established||Nanking Taixue, 258.
Sanjiang Normal College, 1902.
Nanking Higher Normal School, 1915.
National Southeastern University, 1921.
National Central University, 1928.
Nanjing University, 1949. [Note 2]
|President||Chen Jun (陈骏)|
|Location||Nanjing, Jiangsu, China|
|Campus||Urban: Gulou campus
Suburban: Xianlin campus
|Affiliations||APRU, AEARU, WUN, C9|
|Website||www.nju.edu.cn (simplified Chinese)|
Nanjing University (NJU or NU, simplified Chinese: 南京大学; traditional Chinese: 南京大學; pinyin: Nánjīng Dàxué, Nánkīng Tàhsüéh. Chinese abbr. 南大; pinyin: Nándà, Nanda), or Nanking University, is one of the oldest and most prestigious institutions of higher learning in China. Following many changes through dynasties since CE 258, it was established as a modern school in 1902 in late Qing dynasty, and became a modern university in the early 1920s, the early years of Republic of China, being the first Chinese modern university with the combination of education and research, and also as a pioneer laying the foundations for the establishment of the modern educational system in China. Before the eve of establishment of People's Republic of China in 1949, the name was changed from National Central University to Nanjing University.
Nanjing University is a comprehensive research university. It is a member of the C9 League and Yangtze Delta Universities Alliance. It's a national university directly under the Ministry of Education of China, largely funded by national and Jiangsu provincial governments, also with other income sources including donations. Nanda mainly has two campuses: Xianlin campus, located in northeast of Nanjing south of the Yangtze River, which is the home to most undergraduates and large part of graduates, and Gulou campus, located in the centre of Nanjing, which accommodates part of high grade undergraduates and graduates of several schools such as schools of medicine, law and business.
Nanking Imperial University, the predecessor of today's Nanjing University, was initially founded in the first year of Yong'an reign (CE 258) under the Kingdom of Wu by Emperor Jing of Wu, with the role of educating students in the Confucian learnings, Six Arts, and the first president was Wei Zhao (韋昭). In the first year of Jianwu reign (317), 155 new rooms were built in the campus which was located in today's Fuzimiao (夫子廟) area situated on Qinhuai River banks, and Nanking Imperial University began recruiting students from common families instead of only from families of high-ranking officials. Like its forerunner Chengjun (成均) and succeeding Shang Hsiang (上庠) founded by Yu (禹, 21st century BCE) in Chungyuan, the earliest recorded imperial higher learning institutions and their successors, it was the Kingdom's central university, which after Han dynasty excellent students from local schools could be selected to attend to pursue further education.
In 470 during Song of Southern dynasties, Nanking Imperial University became a comprehensive institution combining higher education and research, with five divisions: Literature, History, Confucian Study, Xuan Study and Yin Yang Study. The campus of School of Literature and School of History were located in today's Nanjing University Gulou campus, west to Gulou (鼓樓) mountain, and the campus was moved to today's Chaotian Palace (朝天宮) area at the time when Wang Jian (王俭) was university president and the areas of study were narrowed, with a heavy focus on Confucian classics. In the period the faculty members included such scholars and scientists as Zu Chongzhi (祖沖之), Ge Hong (葛洪), Wang Xizhi (王羲之), and students included such figures as Xiao Daocheng, Emperor Gao of Southern Qi who studied at School of Confucian Studies, and Zhong Rong, a founding scholar of poetics who graduated from division of literature.
In 937 when campus of the imperial university (national university) was again in Fuzimiao area, a scholar of the school named Li Shandao established another national school Lushan National Academy outside the capital city Nanking which is called Bailudong Shuyuan (White Deer Grotto Academy), a famous academy that hosted many renowned scholars including Zhu Xi, Lu Jiuyuan and Wang Yangming.
In 1381 the Imperial Central University (國子監, Kuotzuchien or Guozijian) moved campus from Nanking Fuzimiao area to south of Qintian Mountain (欽天山) and Xuanwu Lake, which at its peak spanning 10 Li and hosting near 10000 students, and around there were institutes including Qintian Jian (Imperial Astronomy Institute) and Taiyi Yuan (Imperial Medical Institute). In 1403 Peking Guozijian (Beijing Guozijian, Imperial Peking University) was established. Imperial Nanking University developed and flourished in the period, consisting of six schools: three basic level colleges (Chengyi, ChongChih, Guangye), two middle level schools (Hsiudao, Chenghsin) and one advanced level school (Shuaihsing), one and a half years to achieve 8 credit points to graduate for each level, with subjects including Confucian classics, history, literature, mathematics, law, calligraphy, equestrianism and archery, etc.. Yongle Encyclopedia was completed in Nanking campus in 1408 after five years compilation, 9169 scholars selected from nationwide took part in it, thereinto 2180 were student scholars of the university of Nanking. The publishing house of Nanking Imperial University (南京國子監, Nanking Kuotzuchien or Nanjing Guozijian) had been a publishing centre for several hundred years. Wu Cheng'en and Zheng Chenggong studied there during the Ming dynasty.
Each time when Nanking became a non-capital city, the Nanking Imperial University was changed to be regional Nanking Academy. The Imperial Nanking University was changed to Nanking Academy (江寧府學, Jiangning Fuxue) in 1650 after Qing dynasty replaced Ming dynasty, and in 1865 after Taiping Rebellion the academy was relocated to Chaotian Palace. The ancient school history was recognized during ROC. In 1954 the school authority controlled by CPC decided to set the year starting to establish the modern new type school Sanjiang Normal College as the school's new founding year.[Note 3]
In 1902, Sanjiang Normal College under new educational system, using Japanese modern higher institutions of learning as references, was beginning to be established to replace the traditional Chinese school Nanking Academy, and was opened in the next year, with campus constructed south to Qintian Mountain. The name was changed to Liangjiang Normal College in 1906, and the new president Li Ruiqing (李瑞清) established the first faculty of modern art in China.
In 1915 after the Republic of China replaced Qing dynasty, the Nanking Higher Normal School (南京高等師範學校) was founded to replace Liangjiang Higher Normal School which was closed three years before due to Xinhai Revolution, Jiang Qian (江謙) was appointed as the president. The school established the China's first faculty of modern gymnastics (physical education) in 1916.
The "China Science Society" (中國科學社), a major science organization in the modern history of China, founded its headquarter in the school in 1918. Its members established "Academia Sinica" (中央研究院) which was later moved to Taiwan and known as the "Chinese Academy of Sciences" (中国科学院) in mainland China. Numerous Chinese modern science pioneers, most of whom studied in America and some European countries such as Britain, France and Germany, converged there to found many fields of science in China. It became the Chinese cradle of modern science. Among 81 academicians of "Academia Sinica" elected for the first time in 1948, five entered or graduated from the university in 1920. More than half of the leading Chinese scientists whose works were published in scientific journals in the early period of Chinese modern science were graduates or academics of Nanjing University.
Kuo Ping-wen(Guo Bingwen, 郭秉文), an influential university president, was appointed in 1919 after Jiang Qian. The school meeting passed The Audit Law for Women Students (《規定女子旁聽法案》) on December 7, 1919, as result of efforts of the educationist T'ao Hsing-chih(Tao Xingzhi, 陶行知), as well as the president Guo Bingwen, and the professors including Liu Boming (劉伯明), Luh Chih-wei (Lu Zhiwei, 陸志韋), Yang Hsingfo (Yang Xingfo, 楊杏佛), etc., and then decided to formally recruit female students. The school became the first higher learning institution in China to recruit coeducational students. It enrolled eight women students in the first year 1920, and in addition, more than 50 female auditing students were admitted.
In 1921 the National Southeastern University (國立東南大學) was founded, and in 1923 Nanking Higher Normal School was merged into it. In the autumn of 1921, the Faculty of Business established in 1917 was moved to Shanghai to establish the first business school conferring degrees in China. The university consisted of five colleges (or schools) at the time: Liberal Arts (including departments of Chinese literature, foreign literature, history, philosophy, psychology，mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, geoscience, and the Department of Politics, Law and Economics), Education, Agriculture, Engineering, and Commerce (or Business, including departments of general commerce, business administration, accounting, finance, economics, international trade, etc.). The earliest modern scientific research laboratories and groups in China were established at the university. It integrated teaching and research, with status of university's independence and academic freedom, and was regarded as the earliest Chinese modern university. The university along with its affiliated primary school and middle school served as a pioneer and model which laid the foundations for the establishment of modern educational system (壬戌學制, Renhsü Hsüehchih, 1922) in China, and in addition, its experimental kindergarten (Gulou Kindergarten) founded in 1923 was later also adopted as the model for Chinese kindergartens (Kindergarten Courses Standards by Ministration of Education, 1932), including its teaching system, teaching materials, teaching methods and teaching tools. In October 1921, "Hsuehheng Society" (or Xueheng Society, 學衡社) was founded in the university which was the focus of the "Hsuehheng School" included the scholars Liu Yizheng (柳詒徵), Liu Boming (劉伯明), Mei Guangdi (梅光迪), Wu Mi (吳宓) and Hu Hsien-Hsu (Hu Xiansu, 胡先驌). They reinvigorated Confucian culture and humanism and published the monthly "Critical Review" (Xueheng, 學衡 in Chinese) in January 1922. It enabled Nanjing University to become a center of Confucian thought and humanistic scholarship. During this period, Nanjing University was known as the foremost "Oriental Education Centre" and recognized as an academic and cultural exchange centre for east and west. Many scholars visited and instructed there, including the American educationist Paul Monroe, W. H. Kilpatrick, E. L. Thorndike, philosopher John Dewey, British philosopher Bertrand Russell, German philosopher Hans Driesch and the Indian (also Bengali) poet Rabindranath Tagore.
National Southeastern University became National Fourth Zhongshan University (National Central Zhongshan University) when merging several public schools in Jiangsu province in June 1927 after Nanking was under Nationalist Government and was renamed Jiangsu University in February 1928, then in May 1928, after requesting for renaming National Nanking University by student movement and proposing renaming National Capital University by Woo Chih-hui, the first president of Academia Sinica, the school renamed National Central University (國立中央大學). At the time there were eight colleges (or schools): Humanity, Social Science, Natural Science, Engineering, Education, Commerce, Agriculture, and Medicine. The College of Commerce moved to Shanghai in 1921 and College of Medicine established in Shanghai in 1927 were split from the university in 1932. In 1935 College of Medicine was again established, in Nanjing. During the Anti-Japanese War between 1937 and 1945, the university moved to Chongqing, while the College of Medicine and Department of Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Medicine of College of Agriculture moved to Chengdu. The Chinese Association of Natural Science (中華自然科學社) was originated at the university in 1927 and adopted the name next year, the second largest scientific organization in China in 1949, after China Science Society. China Association of Scientific Workers (中國科學工作者協會) was founded in the university in 1944. China Science Society and the associations were merged to be the China Association for Science and Technology (中國科學技術協會) in 1958 in Beijing. The Natural Science Forum was originated by the university faculties in 1939, which was later renamed Jiusan Forum (Sept. 3rd Forum) and became Jiusan Society in 1945, an organization for intellectual groups in China. In the united college entrance examinations beginning in 1937, about two-thirds of students put the university as the first choice. Luo Fuxin (羅福鑫), the first blind college student in China, was enrolled by the university in 1942.
In 1949, during the late time of Chinese Civil War, the central government of the Republic of China retreated from Nanjing and the National Central University was renamed National Nanjing University (國立南京大學) after Nanjing was controlled by CPC army, before the establishment of People's Republic of China. In 1952, many colleges and departments, mainly colleges of education (or teacher, normal, including art and physical education departments), engineering, agriculture, and medicine, were split from Nanjing University, and many new independent schools were formed, including Nanjing Normal University, Nanjing Institute of Technology which was located at former Nanjing University site and later renamed Southeast University, etc.. At the same time, University of Nanking (金陵大學), a private university established in 1888 and sponsored by American churches, was merged into Nanjing University (南京大學), which lost its "national" appellation to reflect the reality that all universities in the PRC would be public, and Nanjing University moved campus to the site of University of Nanking where was west to Gulou Mountain and was also once the site of imperial Nanjing University in ancient times. A separate National Central University was reinstated in Taiwan by its old alumni association in 1962.
In 1976, the faculty members and students of the university launched Nanjing Anti Cultural Revolution Force Movement which was called "Nanjing Incident" by the authorities of the time, spreading countrywide. In 1978, Hu Fuming, a faculty member of the Philosophy Department of Nanjing University, wrote the historic article entitled "Practice is the Sole Criterion for Testing Truth", and after being published it led to the nationwide "Debate on Standards for Judging the Truth", and thus liberated thought and promoted the ending of Cultural Revolution and the coming of reform era.
Many faculties, departments, institutes and schools have been re-founded or initially founded since 1978, with law (firstly named department then renamed school) reestablished in 1981 and medical school in 1987. In 2009, Xianlin Campus was opened, replacing Pukou Campus which was put into use in 1993, and Pukou Campus became the campus of Jinling College which was founded by Nanjing University. The Xianlin campus is a main campus along with Gulou campus.
More than 1500 years ago, ancient University of Nanjing founded the earliest faculties of literature, history, etc.. In modern times, Nanjing University established Chinese first faculties of art, gymnastics, biology, psychology, business management, etc.. Its faculties, departments and schools have been changed and evolved timely. For example, in 1921, the university consisted of 5 schools: liberal arts, education, agriculture, engineering and business, in 1928 the school of liberal arts had become three schools, and the university consisted of 8 schools: humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, education, agriculture, engineering, business and medicine, and now, many former departments of humanities, natural sciences and social sciences have became schools.
The system of academic degree or diploma has also been changed. In the early years of ROC the university adopted the system similar to western especially American universities and began to award bachelor's degree. The university founded China's first modern laboratories in physics, chemistry, etc.. In 1922, the university professors founded The Biology Research Institute of Science Society of China, the first modern scientific research institute in China, integrated with the university's biology department. With the aid of Rockefeller Foundation, Science Centre was constructed in 1924 and completed three years later. In 1926 the university passed The General Regulation of Graduate Institute. China's first doctor's degree was awarded by the school of medicine of the university in 1931. Soon the educational system was changed. In the early 1980s after a period of transformation, universities in mainland China resumed to award doctor's degrees, and graduate and undergraduate education were integrated into departments and schools. Nanjing University is the first in mainland China to award doctor's degrees in such fields as Chinese studies, world history, computer science.
Schools and departments
Current schools and departments
- School of Liberal Arts (School of Literature, or College of Literature)
- Chinese Language and Linguistics; Literature; Philology; Drama Arts
- School of History
- Chinese History; World History; Archaeology
- Department of Philosophy; Religion
- School of Foreign Studies
- English; Russian; Japanese; French; German; Spanish; Korean; International Business
- School of Government
- Politics; Government Administration; Labor, Personnel and Social Security; Diplomacy and International Affairs
- School of Law
- School of Social and Behavioral Sciences
- Sociology; Social Work and Social Policy; Psychology; Anthropology (institute)
- School of Business (NUBS)
- School of Management: Business Administration; Human Resource; Accounting; Marketing & Electronic Commerce
- School of Economics: Economics; Industrial Economics; International Economics & Trading; Finance
- Department of Information Management
- School of Journalism and Communication
- Department of Mathematics
- School of Physics
- Physics; Modern Physics; Photoelectricity Science; Acoustic Science and Engineering
- School of Astronomy and Space Science
- Astronomy; Space Science
- School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering
- Chemistry; Chemical Engineering; Polymer
- School of Geoscience
- School of Atmosphere Science: Meteorology; Atmosphere Physics
- School of Earth Science and Engineering: Earth Science; Water Science; Geology Engineering and Information Technology
- School of Geography and Ocean Science: Land, Natural Resources and Tourism; Earth Information Science; Coast and Ocean Science
- School of Life Sciences
- Biology; Biochemistry
- School of Medicine
- Clinical Medicine; Dentistry; Basic Medical Science; Laboratory Medicine; Public Health and Medicine (institute)
- School of Environment
- School of Architecture and Planning
- Architecture; Urban Planning and Design
- School of Electronics Science and Engineering
- Electronic Engineering; Micro-electronics and Optoelectronics; Informational Electronics; Communication Engineering
- Department of Computer Science and Technology; Software Institute
- School of Modern Engineering and Applied Sciences (School of Engineering, or College of Engineering)
- Materials; Energy; Quantum Electronics and Optical Engineering; Biomedical Engineering
- Institute of Education (Graduate School of Education)
- Institute for Gymnastics
- Institute of Arts
- Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities and Social Science
- School for Basic Sciences Education
- International School
- School for Overseas Students Education
- Johns Hopkins University-Nanjing University Center for Chinese and American Studies (Hopkins-Nanjing Center)
- Other research and education institutes in areas such as African Studies, Judaic Studies, Agriculture, Engineering Management, etc.
Now Nanjing University has two main campuses: Gulou and Xianlin, and besides, there is Pukou campus. The distance between Gulou and Xianlin campus is about 18 kilometers.
Gulou Campus is located in Gulou District, at the center of Nanjing City. The main campus itself is divided into two sections by Hankou Road: North Garden, Bei Yuan, is where teaching and research take place; and South Garden, Nan Yuan, serves as the living area for both students and academic staff.
Pukou Campus is situated in the suburban Pukou District, by the northern side of Nanjing New & High-Tech Industry Development Zone, and became part of Nanjing University in 1993. Once Pukou campus hosted undergraduate freshmen, sophomore and junior students. In 2009, the Pukou campus became the campus of the independent Jinling College, which was founded by Nanjing University.
Xianlin Campus is located in the northeast of Nanjing, in the Xianlin Universities Town, south of Yangtse River and Qixia Mountain, east of Purple Mountain, and west of Baohua Mountain. The campus is home to undergraduate students and parts of graduate students. It was opened in September 2009. There is the stop of Nanjing University Xianlin Campus on Line 2 of Nanjing Subway, which enables Xianlin and Gulou campus to be connected through subway.
In Gulou campus, there are several museums including Nanjing University Museum, Museum of Art and Archaeology, Museum of Earth Science. There is Sun Yat-sen House. It's said that Sun Yat-sen, the first president (provisional president) of the Republic of China, lived there. There are also Pearl Buck House, John Rabe House, etc..
The location of Nanjing University has changed for several times, with historical campuses mainly in Fuzimiao (on the bank of Qinhuai River), Gulou, Chaotiangong and Sipailou (south of Qintian Mountain) areas. In addition, during Anti-Japanese War, its main campus moved to Shapingba, Chungking, with two auxiliary campuses, one in Bohsi, Chungking, and one in Hwahsiba, Chengdu, in some sense combined with Chongqing University and Western China University (now medical school of Sichuan University) respectively. It also deserves to mention that before the war, with the rapid development of the university, a new campus planned to cover an area of 8000 mu (about 5.3 sq.km) south to Niushou Mountain in the southern suburb area of Nanjing had been built for near a year. After the war, it moved back to Nanjing, making former campus Sipailou as main campus, and the new campus Dingjiaqiao was built for agriculture and medical schools. Nanjing University relocated in Gulou six years after moving back, and then near sixty years later Xianlin campus emerged. Today's Nanjing University Gulou campus is the location of Imperial University of Nanjing during Song of Southern Dynasties in more than 1500 years ago.
"Be Honest and Intelligent, Study Hard and Act Sincerely." (simplified Chinese: 诚朴雄伟 励学敦行; traditional Chinese: 誠樸雄偉 勵學敦行; pinyin: chéng pǔ xióng wěi lì xué dūn xíng)
The first half of this motto was the motto during the National Central University time, and the last half was quoted from the classic literature work Book of Rites. It was voted to be the motto by university students in 2002, and the then university president supported it and wrote an article to interpret it.
The school song, recovered in 2002, was created in 1916. It is the first school song in the modern history of Nanjing University, with the lyrics by Jiang Qian and composed by Li Shutong (李叔同).
The pesent school anniversary is on May 20 every year, which was set by the school authority in 1954 in some sense due to some idiological reasons of the time, with the starting year being 1902 when relaunching the school as a modern higher learning institution, and the day May 20 in memory of the movement of anti-hunger and anti-war initiated by the university in that day of 1947. In recent years, the date May 20 has another new meaning: in Chinese Nanjing pronunciation, 5.20, sounds like I Love You (Wu Ai Ni). It shows students' love to their Alma Mater.
- Recent developments and present status
The School of Modern Engineering and Applied Sciences was established in 2009, replacing former School of Technological Sciences. NU received a RMB 400 million endowment gift from enterpriser Yang Xiu on the anniversary day in 2012, 300 million was designated for the establishment of engineering school and the rest for history study development fund. The Engineering Building covering floor space of 6000 sqm was started to construct in Xianlin campus in 2014.
According to 2015 Nature Index (WFC), Nanjing University is ranked No.3 in China, No.5 in Asia Pacific, No.28 in the world among all institutions including CAS, NIH and other national organizations, and among universities, ranked No.2 in China, No.4 in Asia Pacific, and No.23 in the world.
In 2012 QS World University Rankings ranked Nanjing University 168th overall in the world. Its individual subject rankings were: 138th in Arts and Humanities, 163rd in Engineering and IT, 169th in Life Sciences and Biomedicine, 78th in Natural Sciences, and 158th in Social Sciences.
Domestically, Chinese university ranking (Chinese Academy of Management Science) since 1995 ranked the university 3rd or 2nd, once the 1st comprehensive Chinese university before 2000 and since then between 3rd and 6th. Chinese university ranking since 1999 by the higher education information internet company Netbig ranked the university constantly 3rd before 2005 and fell to 5th place in recent years. Academic Ranking of World Universities since 2003 by Shanghai Jiaotong University suggested a domestic rank of 2-7.
Nanjing University is a member of China's Ivy League-equivalent—C9 League. One of its most prestigious departments is Chinese Studies, for which it had been co-ranked, with Peking University (北京大学）， as #1 in China.
Nanjing University Herbarium (N) was founded in the 4th year of ROC, although there were herbarium specimens in the school before. It's the first modern herbarium in China. It is located in the Tianjiabing Building.
- Western literature
Nanjing University established the first department of Western literature among Chinese universities, in 1921. Two years later the department was merged with English department and other faculties including French and German and renamed department of foreign languages and literature, later known as school of foreign studies. China Association for the Study of American Literature (CASAL) is located in Nanjing University.
- Overseas students
In 2012, 667 new students from abroad attended Nanda, among them about 20% from USA, 22% from Britain, France, Germany and Italy and the rest from other countries. In 2013 Nanda recruited 761 overseas students from 61 countries. In 2014, there were about 3600 overseas students, about 40% from Asia, 40% from Europe and North America, and 20% from other regions.
- In sciences, there are 877 leading scientists with major contributions to modern sciences in China, as listed in an article on history of Chinese modern sciences by Li Peishan published on CAS journal, and among them 115 are graduates of Nanjing University during Republic of China in the mainland period (1912–49), ranking No.1.
- Of 53 first-time elected academicians of Academia Sinica in natural science including mathematics, 28 were graduates or once faculty members of Nanjing University.
- Nanjing University faculty members also include scholars from abroad such as Matsumoto Kouzirou, Hans Driesch, and Charles W. Woodworth, as well as China native Pearl S. Buck.
- In the first time Examination for senior civil service post of Republic of China (as recovery of and equivalent to Imperial examination) in 1931, top 100 were selected, but all are males, among them 25 graduated from Nanjing University in that year or previous years, including Zhuangyuan (principal graduate) Chow Bangdao, who is later president of China Medical College and Political Deputy Ministry of Examination, ROC, and the school in the second place is Peking University, with 8 graduates. In the second time exam held in 1933, there are females passed, half of whom graduated from Nanjing University, the same as Zhuangyuan Lee Hsuehteng, who graduated from law school and later become Chief Justice of ROC Supreme Court. One-fourth of Chief Justices in the early 60 more years of Republic of China are Nanjing University (National Central University) alumni.
- All four founding scientific leaders (president or vice president in natural science) of Chinese Academy of Sciences once taught or studied at Nanjing University: Zhu Kezhen (faculty member), Wu Youxun (graduate), Yan Jici (graduate), Tong Dizhou (faculty member).
- Among 1107 members of Chinese Academy of Sciences elected till 2007, 210 are Nanjing University people.
- In recent years after the reform since 1978, Nanjing University is in third place in the number of academicians of Chinese Academy of Sciences and/or Chinese Academy of Engineering among faculty members, behind Peking University and Tsinghua University.
- Nanjing University ranks No.1 in the number of alumni elected as academicians of Chinese Academy of Sciences and/or Chinese Academy of Engineering graduated in recent more than 30 years since college admission entrance examination system was recovered in 1977 after Cultural Revolution.
- Among 30 First Class Prizes of National Natural Science Awards since 1956, which is the highest level prize in natural science in China, 6 major winners (sole or first listed winner) studied at Nanjing University: Feng Kang (馮康), Liu Dongsheng (劉東生), Wang Debao (王德寶), Qin Renchang (秦仁昌), Hou Xianguang (侯先光), Min Naiben (閔乃本); in addition, another 2 were faculty members: Li Siguang (李四光), Qian Chongshu (錢崇澍); and Nanda people are in the list of winners of about half of the prizes.
- Among 25 winners of National Preeminent Science and Technology Award since 2000, 4 are graduates of Nanjing University: Liu Dongsheng (劉東生), Min Enze (閔恩澤), Wu Liangyong (吳良鏞), Zhang Cunhao (張存浩), ranking top 3 along with Tsinghua University and Peking University, and besides, the winner Cheng Kaijia (程開甲) is a faculty member of Nanjing University, and Yuan Longping (袁隆平) is a graduate of the then middle school affiliated to Nanjing University (now the High School Affiliated to Nanjing Normal University).
- A statistic in 2006 indicated that among about 120 directors (or presidents) of institutes of Chinese Academy of Sciences, 15 are graduates of Nanjing University, ranking No. 1, while the number of the university (Peking University) ranking No.2 is 10, and a recent statistic in 2010 shows that 14 holds bachelor's from Nanda which is the double of the number of the university (Beida) which ranks No.2.
- Among winners of the National Science Foundation for Distinguished Young Scholars from 1994 to 2008, 108 are graduates of Nanda, ranking No. 1, 96 are of Beida, 76 are of University of Science and Technology of China, and 64 are of Tsinghua University which is listed in top 4.
- Among 78 winners of Prizes for Young Scientists of China since 1992, 5 are Nanda graduates, both Beida and Tsinghua graduates are 4, consisting of top 3 rankings.
Some notable alumni:
- Y. H. Woo (Wu Youxun, 吳有訓), a leader of Chinese modern physical science and the physical scientist who verified Compton effect (X-ray diffraction).
- Chung-Yao Chao (Zhao Zhongyao, 趙忠堯), the scientist that captured positron through electron-positron annihilation and tested the existence of antimatter.
- Chien-Shiung Wu (Wu Jianxiong, 吳健雄), "First Lady of Physics", the first Wolf Prize winner in physics.
- Chiang Yee (Jiang Yi, 蔣彝), litterateur, artist, the "Silent Traveller".
- Tang Junyi (唐君毅), philosopher and modern Confucian scholar.
- Chen Chung-hwan (Chen Zhonghuan, 陳忠寰), a scholar in ancient Greek philosophy and western philosophy.
- He Jr-Hau (He Zhihao, 何志浩), eisteddfod, lieutenant general, the author of Army Song of Republic of China.
- Hsu Po-Yuan (Xu Boyuan, 徐柏園), the founder of the Chinese central bank system.
- Wang Chih-hsin (Wang Zhishen, 王志莘), a founder and the first General Manager of former Shanghai Stock Exchange.
- Kwoh-Ting Li (Li Guoding, 李國鼎), "Father of Taiwan's Economic Miracle".
- Tang I-Fang (Tang Yifang, 唐義方), "Father of Singapore Industry", a founder of Jurong Industrial Park and Singapore Science Park.
- Chang Cheh (Zhang Che, 張徹), "The Father of New Gongfu Film", "Godfather of Hong Kong cinema".
- H. T. Loh (Lu Xiaotong, 陸孝同), a leader of American Apollo program and Mars Exploration program.
- Kenneth Jinghwa Hsu (許靖華) , geologist, paleoclimatologist, oceanographer, author, winner of Wollaston Medal, Penrose Medal and Twenhofel Medal.
- Zeng Liansong (曾聯松), the designer of the Flag of the People's Republic of China.
- Jiang Zemin (江澤民), former General Secretary of the Communist Party and President of the People's Republic of China.
- Zhu Guangya (朱光亞), the first president of Chinese Academy of Engineering.
- Li Shengjiao (厲聲教), senior Chinese diplomat, scholar, bilingual author.
- Yuan-Cheng Fung (Feng Yuanzhen, 馮元楨), the founder of biomechanics.
- Feng Kang (馮康), mathematician and founder of finite element method.
- Chen Deliang (陳德亮), climatologist and Executive Director of International Council for Science.
- Chen Deming (陈德铭), President of Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits.
- Guo Quan (郭泉), human rights activist, founder of the banned China New Democracy Party and political prisoner since 2009.
Nanjing University in literature, media and various related works
- Liao-Fan's Four Lessons, a book, film, drama serials. The book is written by Yuan Liaofan, a graduate of Imperial University of Nanking in Ming dynasty.
- The Girl from Purple Mountain, a story about Tsao Mei-en, who is one of the first eight Chinese female coeducational college students in Republic of China.
- List of Nanjing University people
- Nanjing University alumni
- Nanjing University faculty
- Nanjing University Presidents
- The motto is generally officially translated as Sincerity with Aspiration, Perseverance with Integrity, not fully expressing the meaning of Chinese words. Motto counterparts between Chinese and English: Cheng (誠, Sincerity, Honesty, Integrity), Pu (樸, Simplicity, Austerity, naturally being oneself), Xiong (雄, Sturdiness, Majesty, being vigorous and keeping ideal and ambition, being firm and persistent with fortitude), Wei (偉, Greatness, having great ideal and ambition, with great mind comprehending, containing and improving world), Li Xue (勵學, Endeavor to Learn), Dun Xing (敦行, Urge to Act).
- According to The History Evolution of National Central University (R.O.C. 26, 1937 CE) (《國立中央大學沿革史》 中華民國二十六年), it was founded in the winter of the first year of Yong'an reign (258 CE). Since the origination in CE 258, the public higher learning institution in Nanjing changed in each dynasty or period. It was evolved to be a modern school in 1902 in late Qing. Liangjiang Higher Normal School was closed in the end of 1911 when the Qing dynasty was overthrown. In 1915 after the Republic of China was founded, Nanking Higher Normal School was established to replace the Liangjing Normal School, and in 1949 when the Republic of China was replaced by the People's Republic of China in mainland, its name was changed from National Central University to Nanjing University.
- Nanjing University is sometimes called Nanyong which was one of the school names used in Ming dynasty, the concert performed by Nanjing University Guqin Society is called Nanyong Qin Concert, and Nanjing University Publishing House has republished a series of Nanyong Academic Classics.
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- "President's Message". Retrieved 2014-07-02.
- 南京大学. 现任领导 (in Chinese). 南大官网. Retrieved 2012-07-26.
- 南京大学校长办公室 (2011-04-19). "intro NJU" (in Chinese). 南京大学校长办公室官方网站. Retrieved 2012-07-26.
- 南京大学校长办公室 (2011-11-04). 南京大学视觉形象规范化标准 (in Chinese). 南京大学校长办公室官方网站. Retrieved 2012-07-26.
- China Association of Scientific Workers was initiated by China Science Society along with Chinese Association of Natural Science and other specialized associations including Chinese Agricultural Association and China Engineering Society in 1944 in Republic of China. China Association of Scientific Workers, together with corresponding associations of other states including British Association of Scientific Workers, founded World Federation of Scientific Workers in London in 1946 after World War II.
- "School motto".
- School song of Nanjing University
- "QS World University Ranking 2012".
- "Shanghai Jiaotong University Academic Ranking of World Universities 2011 Results".
- Times Higher Education World University Rankings. Top Asian Universities 2011-2012.
- "Chinese university ranking (Chinese Academy of Management Science)".
- "盘点1987-2005中国大学排行榜". Retrieved 3 July 2015.
- "China's Ivy League：C9 League". Retrieved 3 July 2015.
- "南京大学：中文系的排名和北大并列第一". Retrieved 3 July 2015.
- NU people of first-time (in 1948, and also only time in mainland China) elected academicians of Academia Sinica in natural science: Wu Youxun, Ye Qisun, Zhao Zhongyao, Yan Jici, Wu Xuezhou, Zhuang Changgong, Zeng Zhaolun, Zhu Jiahua, Li Siguang, Huang Jiqing, Xie Jiarong, Zhu Kezhen, Zhou Ren, Mao Yisheng, Wang Jiayi, Wu Xianwen, Bing Zhi, Chen Zhen, Tong Dizhou, Hu Xiansu, Zhang Jingyue, Qian Chongpeng, Dai Fanglan, Luo Zongluo, Wu Dingliang, Cai Qiao, Li Xianwen, Deng Shuqun.
- "Nanjing University: providing best Chinese undergraduate education", June 28th, 2010 "China Education Newspaper"
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