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Nankai University

Tianjin, China
  • 50 2014 QS University Rankings: Asia
  • 328 QS World University Rankings 2014
  • 363 QS World University Rankings 2013
  • 277 QS World University Rankings 2015
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About Nankai University

Nankai University (NKU; simplified Chinese: 南开大学; traditional Chinese: 南開大學; pinyin: Nánkāi Dàxué), commonly known as Nankai, is a public research university based in Tianjin on mainland China. Founded in 1919 by educators Zhang Boling (1876-1951) and Yan Fansun (1860-1920), Nankai University is a member of the Nankai serial schools. It is the alma mater of former Chinese Premier and key historical figure Zhou Enlai. Nankai University is regarded as one of the top and first class universities in China.
A key multidisciplinary university directly under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Education, Nankai University has long been given much attention by the central government. Nankai University is considered a comprehensive university with a complete curriculum that includes the humanities, natural sciences, technology, life sciences, medical sciences and the arts. The University believes in the equal importance of the sciences and the liberal arts, laying a strong foundation with practical and creative characteristics. Nankai University has a well-balanced faculty team in age and specialties, being equipped with excellent academic capability and creative spirit.
Nankai, as of the end of 2009, has 22 colleges and schools, and offers 73 bachelor's degree programs, 208 master's degree programs, and 122 Ph.D. programs. The total enrollment stood at approximately 12,000 undergraduate students and 10,000 graduate students.10% of the students are international students, mainly from South Korea, Japan, Africa and Europe. Nankai is always listed among the top ten universities in China in various rankings. Nankai's mathematics, chemistry, history, business and economics programs are among the best in China. In 2008, the quality of chemistry research was ranked 1st in China according to the statistics of the Ministry of Education. Economics, mathematics and history were ranked 2nd among more than 2000 Chinese universities. Chern, Shiing-Shen established the world's largest mathematics institute (in terms of office area) in Nankai University. The university is also very well known for its quality of undergraduate teaching. Many of the undergraduate lectures are selected as national elite lectures by the Higher Education Division of the Ministry of Education.

Campus information

Nankai University now occupies an area of 1,620,000 m² with a floor space up to 1,170,000 m². The total collection of the University library reaches 3,290,000 volumes. Besides its main campus located in Balitai, Nankai University also has campuses in Yingshui Road, TEDA College in Tianjin Economic Development Area, Financial Engineering College in the city of Shenzhen, Research Institute in Yunnan Province, and the first American Confucius College in the University of Maryland, all of which reasonably form a multi-campuses pattern for comprehensive development. On the principle of "independent school-running and close cooperation", Nankai University does not hesitate to seek after cooperation with Tianjin University.

Besides its main campus located in Balitai, Nankai University also has campuses in Yingshui Road


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