President's Welcome

 

  

Prof. Hu Jun, President of Jinan University
 
There are many special features that Jinan University can be proud of -- 
one of the oldest universities in China, and one of the “211” key national universities across China;
the 1st university in China that recruits foreign students;
the 1st university in China that enrolls students at both spring and autumn semesters; 
the 1st university that pioneered the implementation of credit system in China;
the university with the largest number of overseas students;
the only university that finds her alumni in both Chinese and foreign state-level leaders in China
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The name of the university “Jinan” comes from “The Tribute of Yu” in the Book of History, one of the Confucian Classics, which reads, “Reaching Eastward to the North and South, we shall spread the culture far and wide”. The predecessor of the University was Jinan Academy, which was founded in 1906 by the Qing Goverrment in Nanjing, and then moved to Shanghai. In the year 1927 it was renamed as “Jinan National University.” During the Sino-Japanese and Pacific Wars, the University operated from Jianyang, Fujian Province and returned to Shanghai in 1946. As the People’s Republic of China was being established, in August 1949 it was merged with Shanghai’s Fudan and Jiaotong Universities, but by 1958 it had been reestablished as independent institution and moved to the city of Guangzhou in China’s southern province of Guangdong.

Though going through ups and downs with the history of the nation since its founding in 1906, Jinan University has never lost its way in the pursuit of truth and knowledge. Under the guidance of the school motto “loyalty, sincerity, integrity and respect”, in line with the aim of “modernization, internationalization and comprehensiveness”, Jinan University has been developing quickly in recent years and has turned out more than 200,000  graduates.

In 1996, the university was selected to be one of China’s “One Hundred Key Universities”. Since then, Jinan University has successfully realized a major move forward in the development of instruction, scientific research and social services. By 2007, Jinan University had gained an “Excellent” ranking from the National Undergraduate Education Appraisal Task Force organized by China’s Ministry of Education.

 The University has 24 colleges, comprising 54 departments and offering 81 undergraduate major fields. Among the 54 departments, 43 departments offer master degree programs and 19 departments offer Ph.D degree granting programs. There are 15 post-doctorial research stations, 162 research institutes and 84 labs in Jinan University. The university has 4 national key disciplines, 8 key disciplines of the Overseas Chinese Affairs Office of the State Council, 2 Guangdong Province Level-I key disciplines, and 19 Guangdong Province Level-II key disciplines. The university also has a key research base of national humanity & social sciences, a teaching & research base for Chinese language & literature of the Education Ministry, a base for national university cultural quality education, a base of national base for teaching Chinese as a foreign language, an educational base for overseas Chinese education of the Overseas Chinese Affairs Office of the State Council and a key research base of humanity & social science of Guangdong Province. Still, the university has 1 national engineering center, 7 ministerial centers (engineering centers of the Ministry of Education) and provincial centers, and 11 key ministerial and provincial key laboratories.

The four campuses of Jinan University locate in three cities, Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Zhuhai. And a new campus is being built in Guangzhou. The four campuses cover a total area of 1,695,200m². The total floor area of the buildings of the four campus cover is 1,076,700 m², and that of student dormitories is 259,000 m². The University has 13 affiliated hospitals with altogether 9,234 sick beds. The staff of the 13 hospitals totals 14,157.
 
Jinan University has been active at academic exchanges, and has established academic cooperation or academic exchange liaison with more than 180 universities and research institutes in Asia, America, Europe, and Oceania.
 
Over its long history a galaxy of famous scholars have taught at Jinan, Among these are Ma Yinchu (马寅初), Zheng Zhenduo (郑振铎), Liang Shiqiu (梁实秋), Zhou Gucheng (周谷城), Qian Zhongshu (钱钟书周建人), Xia Yan (夏衍), Xu Deheng (许德珩), Hu Yuzhi (胡愈之), Yan Jici (严济慈), Chu Tunan (楚图南), Huang Binhong (黄宾虹) and Pan Tianshou (潘天寿). Presently there are 1,819 full time teachers at the university, including two members of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, five members of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, 406 Ph.D. candidate supervisors, 484 professors and 647 associate professors.), Zhou Jianren , Wang Yanan
 
Currently there are 45,002 students in this university, including 10,869 graduates and 19,672 undergraduates. The number of overseas students, including foreign students, overseas Chinese students, students from Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan, amounts to 11,560. Different cultures converge and blend here. Jinan University welcomes you as well, for we believe your coming will add more new things to this old university and we believe you can also get a rewarding experience from here.