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Jinan University

Ji'nan University
Former names
Ji'nan Academy, Ji'nan School, National Ji'nan University
Motto in English
loyalty, sincerity, integrity and respect[2]
EstablishedEstablished 1906; 118 years ago (1906)
Reestablished 1958; 66 years ago (1958)
ChairmanWan Gang
PresidentSong Xianzhong (宋献中)
Party SecretaryLin Rupeng (林如鹏)
Academic staff
Location, ,
AffiliationsGuangdong-Hong Kong-Macao University Alliance (GHMUA)
Chinese name
Simplified Chinese暨南大学
Traditional Chinese暨南大學

Ji'nan University (/dʒiː'nan/; Chinese: 暨南大学; pinyin: Jì'nán Dàxué; JNU) is a public university in Guangzhou, Guangdong, China. It is affiliated with the United Front Work Department of the Central Committee.[3] The university is part of the Double First-Class Construction and Project 211.[4][5]

Jinan University is currently being jointly constructed by the United Front Work Department of the CPC Central Committee, the Ministry of Education of the People's Republic of China, and the Guangdong Provincial Government as a "Double First-Class" university.[6] It is also a key construction university under the "Project 211" and one of the 13 Guangdong Province High-Level Universities. Its admission scores have consistently ranked among the top three universities in Guangdong Province. Jinan University holds a unique position in the history of overseas Chinese and Chinese language education and is the first Chinese university to recruit foreign students. It is renowned as the "highest institution of overseas Chinese."[7] The university features a distinctive educational approach focusing on "overseas, Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan." Jinan University consistently ranks among the top mainland Chinese universities in terms of the number of students from Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, and abroad. Jinan University is one of the earliest universities in China to offer business education and is the fifth university in mainland China to be accredited by the Association of MBAs (AMBA).

"Ji'nan" literally means "reaching southward," indicating the university's original mission to disseminate Chinese learning and culture from North to South when it was founded in 1906 in Nanjing. It is the first Chinese university to recruit foreign students and one of the universities with the largest number of international students in China.[4]


Duanfang and students

In 1906, Duanfang, the Viceroy of Liangjiang, submitted a memorandum to the Guangxu Emperor, proposing that an overseas Chinese school be set up for the purpose of spreading far and wide the enlightening influence of education and strengthening the emotional ties with compatriots overseas. The Guangxu Emperor approved of his proposal and thus Duanfang was honored as the founder of Ji'nan University. On March 23, 1907. Ji'nan Academy was founded in Nanjing, becoming the first of its kind in Chinese history and serving as a curtain-raiser for the later development of overseas Chinese education.

In 1927, Ji'nan Academy was renamed National Ji'nan University, located in Shanghai. After the foundation of the People's Republic of China in 1949, Ji'nan University was closed and its schools were merged with those of other university such as Fudan University. In 1958, Ji'nan University was reestablished in Guangzhou.[8]

University name

The name "Ji'nan" (Han characters: 暨南, means "reaching southward") comes from the Classic of History, a compilation of documentary records related to events in ancient Chinese history. The articles reads, "His speech and teachings spread from South, from China to the rest of the world.[8]


  • 1906 – Ji'nan Academy, the predecessor of Ji'nan University was established in Nanjing.
  • 1918 – Ji'nan Academy moved to Shanghai.
  • 1927 – Ji'nan Academy was renamed Ji'nan National University.
  • 1941–1946 – Ji'nan University moved to Fujian Province during the Second Sino-Japanese War.
  • 1949 – Ji'nan National University was merged into Fudan University and Jiaotong University.
  • 1958 – Ji'nan University was re-established in Guangzhou.
  • 1983 – Ji'nan University pioneered in the country the implementation of credit system.
  • 1996 – Ji'nan University passed the pre-examination of the "211 program" related department and was put into the "top 100 normal universities" list, which would get prior construction in the 21st century.
  • 2001 – College of Journalism and Communication, College of Information Science and Technology, College of Foreign Studies, Pharmacy College, Law School and International School were established.
  • 2002 – Ji'nan University started to launch EMBA Program with approval from the Degree Administration Office of the State Council. As one of the first group of universities.
  • 2006 – The celebration ceremony of the 100th Anniversary of Ji'nan University was held.
  • 2011 – The Graduate School of Ji'nan University was established.
  • 2014 – The new campus was established in Guangzhou Higher Education Mega Center.

Location and campus

Gate of the campus
Library of main campus

The university has five campuses:

  • Main campus, Tianhe District, Guangzhou
  • College of Chinese language and culture, Tianhe, Guangzhou
  • Panyu campus, Panyu, Guangzhou
  • Zhuhai Campus, Xiangzhou, Zhuhai
  • Tourism College, Shenzhen


Ji'nan University has 27 colleges, comprising 59 departments and offering 89 undergraduate major fields. Among the 55 departments, 43 offer master's degree programs and 19 offer Ph.D. degree-granting programs. There are 15 postdoctoral research stations, 182 research institutes and 77 labs in Ji'nan University.

The university has four national key disciplines, eight key disciplines of the Overseas Chinese Affairs Office of the State Council, 20 Guangdong Province Level-I key disciplines, and four Guangdong Province Level-II key disciplines. The university has a key research base of national humanity and social sciences, a teaching and research base for Chinese language and 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 and social science of Guangdong Province. The university has one national engineering center, 7 ministerial centers (engineering centers of the Ministry of Education) and provincial centers, and 11 key ministerial and provincial key laboratories.

There are 50,535 students in the university, including 10,767 graduates and 22,527 undergraduates. The number of overseas students, including foreign students, overseas Chinese students, students from Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan, is 13,512.

The current president is Hu Jun.

Colleges and schools

  • International School
  • College of Liberal Arts
  • College of Foreign Studies
  • College of Journalism and Communication
  • College of Arts
  • College of Economics
  • Management School
  • Law School
  • Department of International Studies
  • College of Intellectual Property
  • College of Science and Engineering
  • College of Information Science and Technology
  • College of Life Science and Technology
  • Medical school
  • The First Clinical Medical School
  • The Second Clinical Medical School
  • Pharmacy College
  • College of Chinese Language and Culture
  • School of Humanities
  • School of Translation Studies
  • International Business School
  • College of Electrical & Information
  • Shenzhen Tourism College of Ji'nan University
  • Education College

International School

International Wall

The International School is a college which provides programs taught exclusively in English. The School was established to cater to the escalating needs of overseas Chinese and foreign students and selected high-caliber students from China. The undergraduate programs include International Journalism (IJ), Food Science and Engineering (FSE), Computer Science (CS), International Economics and Trade (IET), Clinical Medicine (CM), Accounting (CPA Canada), Pharmacy, Public Administration (ADM), Finance (FNC) and Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS).

In order for students to gain various experiences worldwide, the International School developed several visiting and exchange programs with partner universities in the US, Canada, UK, Ireland, Germany, France, Australia, and New Zealand on a long- and short-term basis.

Management School

Base on JNU humanity tradition and accumulation of disciplines, School of Management tries the best to be one of top business schools in China for cultivating talents in management, it has deep understanding in Chinese culture, globalization with modern business education.[9]

In 2011, Ji'nan University MBA programs were granted international accreditation of AMBA.[10]

College of Chinese Language and Culture

The college was conferred as the "National Base of Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language" by the Education Ministry, and "Overseas Chinese Education Base" by Overseas Chinese Affairs Office of the State Council. The college has become the top college in South China offering the programs of teaching Chinese as a second or foreign language and overseas Chinese education.

The college consists of the Department of Teaching Chinese as a Second or Foreign Language, the Department of Overseas Chinese Education, the Department of Applied Linguistics, Pre-University Department, Correspondence Course Department, Overseas Chinese Education Researching Institute, Overseas Chinese Researching Center, and Internet & Educational Technology Center.[11]

Rankings and achievements

University rankings
BCUR National[12] Domestic 51
Wu Shulian National[13] Domestic 46
CUAA National[14] Alumni 38
QS National[15] General 38
THE National[16] General 32–37
QS Asia
(Asia version)[17]
General =150
THE Asia
(Asia version)[18]
General 126
ARWU World[19] Research 201–300
QS World[20] General =580
THE World[21] General 501–600
USNWR World[22] General =408
  • One of the oldest universities in China and one of the Double First Class Universities in China
  • The first university in China to recruit foreign students
  • The first university in China to enroll students at both spring and autumn semesters
  • The first university that pioneered the implementation of credit system in China
  • The university with the largest number of overseas students
  • The only university which have alumni in both Chinese and foreign state-level leaders in China[23]


Ji'nan 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, the Americas, Europe, and Oceania.[24] It partnered with City University, Malaysia to form an international think tank on Sino-Malaysian cooperation under the Belt and Road Initiative.[25]

Now the university has 57 regional alumni associations all over the world.[26]


Misuse of personal information for facilitating pro-Beijing candidate in 2019 Hong Kong local elections

Apple Daily Hong Kong reported that during 2019 Hong Kong local elections, they received complaints from Hong Kong students who were studying at Ji'nan University. In accordance with the complaints, many students from Hong Kong were requested to meet the academic staff or counselors separately. During the meetings, the university staff members were able to mention the constituency that the students belonged to. The students were requested to vote for the pro-Beijing candidates, while the university might provide free transportation for them.[27]

Notable alumni

See also


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  7. ^ "中国最高华侨学府暨南大学庆祝建校105周年". Archived from the original on 2014-08-14. Retrieved 2013-01-06.
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  10. ^ "Jinan University". Retrieved 18 July 2015.
  11. ^ "The College of Chinese Language and Culture of Jinan University". Retrieved 18 July 2015.
  12. ^ "2024 Best Chinese Universities Ranking". Shanghai Ranking. 2024. Retrieved April 17, 2024.
  13. ^ "Wu Shulian University Ranking". Chinese Academy of Management Science. 2023. Retrieved March 5, 2024.
  14. ^ Chinese Universities Alumni Association (2024). "Alumni Association (22nd Edition): Chinese University Rankings 2024". Retrieved January 16, 2024. Alternative URL
  15. ^ "QS University Rankings 2025 - China (Mainland)". Top Universities. 2025. Retrieved June 4, 2024.
  16. ^ "THE University Rankings 2024 - China". Times Higher Education (THE). 2024. Retrieved October 21, 2023.
  17. ^ "QS World University Rankings: Asia 2024". QS Quacquarelli Symonds Limited. 2024. Retrieved November 8, 2023.
  18. ^ "Asia University Rankings 2024". Times Higher Education. 2024. Retrieved April 30, 2024.
  19. ^ "Academic Ranking of World Universities". Institute of Higher Education, Shanghai Jiao Tong University. 2023. Retrieved August 20, 2023.
  20. ^ "QS World University Rankings". QS Quacquarelli Symonds Limited. 2025. Retrieved June 4, 2024.
  21. ^ "THE World University Rankings". Times Higher Education. 2024. Retrieved October 21, 2023.
  22. ^ U.S.News & World Report (2022). "Best Global Universities - US News". Retrieved July 20, 2023.
  23. ^ "Jinan University". Retrieved 18 July 2015.
  24. ^ Office of International and Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan of Jinan University
  25. ^ "马来西亚城市大学校长一行访问我校 共商成立"一带一路"中马联合智库 - 暨南大学新闻网". Retrieved 7 June 2017.
  26. ^ "The History of Jinan University Alumni Association". Archived from the original on 2014-04-07. Retrieved 2014-04-06.
  27. ^ "【區選光復香港】暨南大學疑濫用學生資料拉票 教職員要港生投建制". Apple Daily 蘋果日報. Retrieved 2019-11-24.

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