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Jiangnan University (JU) is situated in the city of Wuxi in the southern part of Jiangsu province. It is convenient in transportation, with Shanghai International Airport about 2.5-hour drive away in the east and the local Wuxi Airport accessible to many big cities in China and some Asian countries.
Reputed as the “Pearl of China’s Light Industry Higher Education”, Jiangnan University is one of China’s national key “211 Project” universities and "985" platform universities, and functions directly under China’s Ministry of Education. Its roots may stretch back to 1902 when its predecessor, San Jiang Normal School, began its first term. More than a hundred years of development and sixty years of independent education have brought Jiangnan University recognition in scientific research, teaching quality and social service.
Jiangnan University consists of 18 schools and 51 undergraduate programs with disciplines including engineering, science, literature, economics, management, law, medicine, agriculture, arts and education. It boasts 6 national key disciplines, among which Food Science & Technology ranked the first, Light Industry Technology & Engineering the second, Design the fourth and Textile Science & Technology the fifth according to the 2012 National Discipline Assessment by the Ministry of Education. It has about 20,000 full-time undergraduates and over 11,000 part-time students receiving continuing education. Jiangnan University has 5 Post-doctoral Research Stations in the fields of Light Industry Technology and Engineering, Food Science and Technology, Control Science and Engineering, Chemistry Engineering and Technology, and Textile Engineering. It is entitled to confer master degrees in 58 programs, and doctoral degrees in 28 programs. Currently there are over 7,500 doctoral and master candidates studying on campus.
The faculty team consists of 1,668 members, including 1068 professors and associate professors. JN also boasts 2 academicians of the China Academy of Engineering. Among the team, 22.4% faculties have got overseas experience. The academic research group, represented by over 800 Master and PhD supervisors, has laid a solid foundation for scientific innovation and the training of high-level professionals. The university has appointed over 100 foreign professors and experts as honorary professors, adjunct professors or visiting professors. They enjoy high reputations in their research fields and have contributed significantly to the development of the university. Dr. Charles Shoemaker, visiting professor at the School of Food Science (JU) and professor of UC Davis, became the National Friendship Award Laureate of 2007. In 2013, Ezio Manzini, a visiting professor at the School of Design in JU, who is a professor from Politecnico De Milano, was honored with Jiangsu Friendship Award.
Jiangnan University takes an active part in the construction of national and regional scientific and technological innovation and service systems and promotes the industrialization of scientific and technological achievements. By closely meeting social demands, the University carries out overall cooperation with enterprises in research and development, technical services and personnel training and helps the enterprises to improve technology and upgrade products. Its National University Science Park is an important incubation base for high-tech research programs. Jiangnan University has a very close relationship with industries. The Board of Trustees includes representatives of over 100 well-known enterprises globally, such as Haier, Moutai, Tsingdao Brewery, P&G and Seagate, promoting production-study-research cooperation.
Jiangnan University is in the first group of higher education institutions approved by China’s Ministry of Education to enroll foreign students, and has long been active in international exchanges and cooperation. It is engaging in Chinese-foreign cooperation by hosting the School of International Education and Jiangnan-North American College. Since 1977, over 2900 international students from more than 86 countries have received training and education at Jiangnan University. Many of them have earned reputations as experts and leaders in various fields of science and technology. It has cooperated in teaching or scientific research with 122 universities or research organizations in more 28 countries and regions. Since 1979, over 1000 teaching staff members have gained international experience through further studies, co-research or academic visits in different countries. In September 2013, the first Confucius Institute devoted to the Chinese food and beverage culture globally got cooking at the University of California-Davis in partnership with Jiangnan University. In the ceremony, MS Xu Lin, director-general of China’s Hanban, read the congratulatory letter from China’s President Xi Jinping.
Jiangnan University, with its century of achievements in several key disciplines, is now striving for even greater success with the ultimate goal of becoming a world-class university.