Nanjing University


Nanjing University, commonly known in Chinese as "Nanda", is one of China's key comprehensive universities under the direct supervision of the Ministry of Education, dates from 1902 when it was known as Sanjiang Normal School.

Nanjing University consists of three beautiful campuses, Gulou Campus, Xianlin Campus and Pukou Campu. 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 most teaching and research take place; and South Garden, Nan Yuan, serves as the living area for both students and academic staff. Xianlin Campus is located in the northeast of Nanjing, in the Xianlin Universities Town. 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. Pukou Campus is situated in the suburban Pukou District.

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Nanjing University's development has always been closely linked with the destiny of China and its ever changing society. Nanjing Higher Normal School, the predecessor of NJU, played an important role in the upsurge of Chinese nationalism following the May Fourth Movement in 1919. In the early 1920s, a group of Chinese communist forerunners from this university introduced the theory of Marxism to the general public. The Second National Conference of Chinese Communist Youth League was also held here. During the Anti-Japanese War, Pan Shu, Liang Xi and Jin Baoshan, renowned professors from the university (then known as National Central University), organized the "Natural Sciences Forum" and the "Democracy and Science Forum", which eventually led to the founding of the democratic party "Jiu San Society." During the subsequent Liberation War, the university has always been at the forefront of fight for democracy and nationalism. On May 20, 1947, students from National Central University initiated an "Anti-Hunger, Anti-Civil War, and Anti-Persecution” campaign, later known as the "May 20th Patriotic Students Movement." Such a truth-seeking spirit has been carried forward to the era when the university was renamed Nanjing University. In May 1978, one scholar from the Philosophy Department published in the Guangming Daily an article titled "Practice Is the Sole Criterion for Testing Truth" which evoked a heated discussion on the “criterion of truth" and attracted nationwide attention.

Since China's reform and opening-up in the late 1970s, Nanjing University has gradually developed multi-disciplinary programs in humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, technological sciences, life sciences, modern engineering and management. In the new century, Nanjing University will deepen its reforms while carrying on its traditions. Aiming at excellence and innovativeness, it is headed for a world-class comprehensive research university with a global vision, and thus it will play a more prominent role in China.

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