Nanchang University (NCU) is a comprehensive university listed among the “the Word First-class Disciplines” in the national “Double First-Class” Initiative of China, the only “211 Project” national key university in Jiangxi Province which is co-constructed by the Chinese Ministry of Education and Jiangxi Province, and it is the overall construction university of Jiangxi Province high-level universities construction project.    

Located in Nanchang, the City of Heroes, NCU consists of 4 campuses, which are Qian-Hu main campus, Qingshan-Hu campus, Dong-Hu campus and Poyang-Hu campus. Among them, the Qianhu main campus covers an area of more than 228 hectares and building area of 1.5 million square meters.    

The history of NCU dates from Jiangxi Public Medical College and National Chung-cheng University, which were founded in 1921 and 1940 respectively. In 1993, Jiangxi University merged with Jiangxi Industrial University into Nanchang University, which created a precedent for the reform of the national higher education system. In 2005, NCU and Jiangxi Medical College merged to form the new NCU, unveiling a new page of reform and development. Over the years, leadership of Central Party Committee and Central Government, the Ministry of Education, Jiangxi Provincial Party Committee and Jiangxi Provincial Government have attached great important to the construction and development of NCU. “Nanchang University has unlimited prospects”, President Xi Jinping said when he first visited NCU in October 2008. In February 2016, President Xi visited Nanchang University again and delivered an important speech on the roles of universities played in scientific research innovation and talents cultivation. President Xi encouraged NCU to take a developing path of  innovation and motivated the students to cherish time and let their dreams extend.    


NCU hosts five major faculties which are: Faculty of Humanities, Faculty of Social Sciences, Faculty of Science & Technology (Division I), Faculty of Science & Technology (Division II), and Faculty of Medicine. It has 132 undergraduate programs with 12 subjects categories, 3 national key disciplines, 22 first-level subjects with doctor’s degree authorization, 51 first-level subjects with master’s degree authorization, 3 kinds of doctor’s professional degree authorization and 30 kinds of master’s professional degree authorization and 11 postdoctoral scientific research stations. NCU has five affiliated hospitals, and 9 national clinical key specialist disciplines. The subjects of Chemistry, Clinical Medicine, Agricultural Sciences (mainly food science and engineering), Engineering and Materials Science, Pharmacology, Virology, Biology, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Genetics rank among the first 1% of ESI in the world, in which the subjects of Agricultural Sciences (mainly food science and engineering) rank among the first 1.02‰, Clinical Medicine rank among the first 2.2‰ and Chemistry rank among the first 2.68‰ of ESI in the world. In the national fourth-round of subject overall level assessment, the subject of Food Science and Engineering is rated as A and ranks in the 3rd place. NCU ranks among the top 400 in the world in the Academic Ranking of the third-party authoritative institutions in 2021.         

The main campus of NCU has 4,400 staff members (2,688 are full-time teachers, and 1,530 of them have titles of professors and associate professors). Among them, there are 2 academicians of CAS, 1 academician of CAE, 4 dual-employed academicians, 1 academician of International Academy of Food Science, 82 national talents, 1 national excellent doctoral dissertation instructor, 1 member of the discipline review group of the Academic Degrees Committee of the State Council, and 1 national teaching team. NCU insists in fostering virtue through education as its foundation, bearing in mind the fundamental mission of the admiration of morality and perfection of personality. In recent years, a batch of advanced groups and models advocating teachers’ ethics with dedication has sprung up in NCU, such as the “advanced collective of the national education system”--the national silicon-based LED engineering technology research center, and the “national worker pioneer”--engineering mechanics experiment center; and Jiang Fengyi, the national outstanding member of the Communist Party of China, Zou Defeng, winner of the Florence Nightingale Medal, and Wang Yu, Model Teacher in Jiangxi Province, and Shi Qiujie, the “motherly doctoral supervisor”, who represents the “four loves” spirit (love CPC and China, love job and dedication, love NCU as family, and love students as children) of NCU teachers.    

221231c13db44c3c8442e4702c1c0614.jpg      The main campus of NCU has 34,232 full-time undergraduates, 16,538 postgraduates of all kinds and 1,679 oversea students. NCU actively promotes the reform of talent-cultivation models, namely the model of top-notch talents cultivation which features “three rules, three transformations, and three combinations”, the model of practical talents cultivation which treasures excellent talents, and the model of inter-disciplinary talents cultivation which stresses on double-degree and major-minor system. There are 4 curricula selected into national ideological politics demonstrative curricula, 4 distinguished teachers and teams selected into national ideological politics demonstrative curricula. Also, there is 1 project selected into “university ideological politics high-quality projects”. NCU has been listed into national university “Hundred Graduate Model Party Branch” and national university “Hundred Graduate Model Party Member”. NCU has won 1 “National Party Building Work Benchmark Faculty”, 2 “National Party Building Work Model Branches”, and 1 National Universities “Dual Leaders” Party Branch Secretary Workshop for Teachers. Since its establishment, NCU has cultivated more than 500,000 outstanding talents and made important contributions to the national and local economic construction and social progress.    

NCU insists in fostering virtue through education as its foundation and firmly establishes the central position of talents cultivation, the basic position of teaching and the priority position of undergraduate teaching. NCU adheres to the “Double Ten Thousand” Plan of Ministry of Education. Thirty-nine national first-class undergraduate major construction centers and thirty-nine provincial first-class undergraduate major construction centers are granted. Thirty curricula have been selected as national “first-class curriculum”, with the total number ranking first among the co-constructed universities by Ministry of Education and Jiangxi Province, and the thirty-seventh in China. NCU has won five second- prize of national teaching accomplishments for two years in a row. NCU is among the first batch of reform demonstration universities for deepening the innovation and entrepreneurship education. NCU is the master node university of China Education and Research Network (CERNET) in Jiangxi Province, and the only university in Jiangxi Province to participate in the construction for China Next Generation Internet (CNGI).    

NCU has 1 State Key Laboratory, 1 National Engineering Technology Research Center, 2 National-Local Joint Engineering Research Centers, 1 National Demonstration International Science and Technology Cooperation Base, 1 China-Canada Joint Laboratory of Food Science and Technology (Nanchang), 2 Innovation Centers co-constructed by Ministry of Education and Jiangxi Province, 1 Key Research Base of Humanities and Social Sciences of Ministry of Education, 1 Science and Technology Achievement Transformation and Technology Transfer Base, 1 National Intellectual Property Right Information Service Center, 1 National Red Tourism and Innovative Development Research Base, 1 National Ideological and Political Workforce Training Center, 1 National Genetic Testing Application Demonstrative Center, 2 key laboratories of Ministry of Education, 3 engineering research centers of Ministry of Education, 1 national science and technology zone, 2 state-level virtual simulation experimental teaching centers, 5 national experimental teaching demonstrative centers, 2 state-level college students’ off-campus practical education bases, 4 state-level engineering practical education centers, 9 Jiangxi Province Collaborative Innovation Centers, 3 “5511” major science and technology innovation cultivation platforms, 73 provincial and ministerial science and technology platforms (excluding affiliated hospitals), and 19 provincial key research bases for philosophy and social sciences. In 2021, NCU was awarded 326 projects of the National Natural Science Foundation of China, including 1 project for National Science Fund for Distinguished Young Scholars, 1 project for Excellent Young Scientists Fund, 2 key projects, 1 key project for international (regional) cooperation and exchange, and 25 projects for National Social Science Fund of China.    


NCU keeps enhancing the coordinated innovation capability, having obtained a batch of original, symbolic and characteristic scientific research achievements. The project of Professor Jiang Fengyi’s team, “silicon substrate high photosynthetic efficiency GaN-based Blue LED”, won the only first prize for national technological invention in 2015. It is the first time that a local institution of higher education has won the first prize since the national science and technology prize was established, which has greatly boosted Jiangxi Province to build Nanchang Optical Valley. In 2019, among the five achievements of high luminous efficiency yellow LED technology identified by the national authoritative department, NCU has four international leading achievements and one international advanced achievement. The 7th China International College Students’ “Internet +” Innovation and Entrepreneurship Competition has set 23 Gold Awards (including 7 recommended international projects), of which NCU won 19 Gold Awards (including 7 recommended international projects) and won the championship of the finals. NCU ranked 34th in the 2016-2020 ranking list (undergraduate) of the National College Students’ competition published by the China Association of higher education, of which it ranked 14th in 2020. The high-level scientific research theses of NCU made breakthroughs and were successively published in Science, Nature’s sub-journal and Cell Stem Cell. NCU also carries out all-round multi-level cooperation with governments, enterprises and public institutions, promotes the transformation of scientific and technological achievements, and boosts the close combination of government, industry, university and research. In 2019 and 2020, the school won the “advanced group” in the third-party evaluation of the effectiveness of the national targeted poverty alleviation work. The “rice and fishery project” team served the Rural Revitalization Strategy and won the “China Youth May 4th medal group”.             

NCU is the Member of the China-Central Eastern European Countries Higher Education Institutions Consortium, member of The Belt and Road and BRICs International Alliance for skills development, one of the Founding Universities South Asia-Southeast Asia University Association, Member of the Eurasia-Pacific UNINET, Member of China Thailand Higher Education Cooperation Alliance, Member of Yangtze Volga University Alliance, Member of China-Ukraine University Alliance, a Standing Council Unit of China Education Association for International Exchange, demonstration base of China Ministry of Education for studying in China, the National Advanced Internet-based Test Site of HSK, the only university in Jiangxi Province approved to simplify the procedures for going abroad on duty. NCU attaches great importance to international exchange and cooperation. It has maintained stable exchanges and cooperative relationships with about 170 universities and research institutions in over 40 countries and regions. NCU has established Sino-German Research Institute, the Sino-Canada Joint Laboratory of Food Science and Technology (Nanchang), the International Science and Technology Cooperation Base on Food Safety, the International Food Innovation Research Institute, the International Materials Innovation Research Institute, and the first Russian language center in Jiangxi Province with Russian partners. The effectiveness and social impact of the cooperative project with Queen Mary University in London, UK, are continuously improving. NCU has co-established 4 Confucius Institutes and 2 Confucius Classrooms respectively in France, Spain and Indonesia, and established a Chinese Language Research Center in Russia. With enlarging international cooperation and exchange, NCU has broadened the channels of international exchange for students, more than 5,000 students of NCU have joined international exchange programs to study overseas in recent years.      


In the new era, NCU persists in fostering virtue through education as its foundation, carries out three strategies (empowering NCU with talents, featuring innovation, and integrating industry and education) and abides by the development outlook (giving priority to the development of education, emphasizing the leading place of innovation, driven by cooperation and construction, tackling difficulties through reform and renovation, thriving the university with solid work, and enhancing the quality to the first level). Being realistic and pragmatic, pioneering and innovative, NCU is striving for the grand goal of building a world-class university with Jiangxi and Chinese characteristics.     

(Data by November 2021)