Southeast University (SEU) is one of the national key universities administered directly under the Central Government and the Ministry of Education of China. It is also one of the universities of Project 211 and Program 985 that is financed by the Central Government to build as a world-class university. Located in the ancient capital city of Nanjing, Southeast University has campuses such as Sipailou ,Jiulonghu and Dingjiaqiao, covering a total area of 392 hectares.
Southeast University is one of the oldest institutions of higher learning in China. Its origin can be traced back to 1902, when it was founded as Sanjiang Normal College. Then, it evolved as: Nanjing Higher Normal School, National Southeast University and National Central University. During the nationwide restructuring of institutions of higher learning in 1952, Nanjing Institute of Technology was established on the original site of National Central University. In May 1988, the university was renamed Southeast University. And in April 2000, Nanjing Railway Medical College, Nanjing College of Communications and Nanjing Geological School were merged into the university, whose main campus is located at the center of the ancient capital city of Nanjing, a sacred place for education since the Ming Dynasty.
In the past hundred years, SEU has endeavored to meet the needs of the ever-changing society. Its constant exploration of and considerable experience in school management and talent nurturing have won the school the accolades of “a sacred place of learning” and “the top university in the southeast part of China”. Southeast University encourages the philosophy of Liangjiang Normal School’s “experience hardness,achieve success”, the spirit of Nanjing Higher Normal School’s “nation, democracy, science”, the school motto of National Southeast University’s “striving for perfection”, the academic atmosphere of National Central University’s “sincerity with aspiration”, and the school ethos of Nanjing Institute of Technology’s “rigor, truthfulness, unity and diligence”. Over the years this has been the place where many famous scientists and scholars have studied or worked, where generations of young students grew into elite of the country, and where influential intellectual doctrines and great sci-tech results were produced. SEU aims at developing science and revitalizing the Chinese nation. Its spirit of self-improving and pursuing for excellence stimulates everyone in SEU to make brilliant achievements.
Southeast University has become a comprehensive and research-oriented university featuring the coordinated development of such multi-disciplines as science, engineering, medicine, literature, law, philosophy, education, economics, management, art, etc., with engineering as its focus. The university boasts a high-level faculty of over 2,700 full-time teachers, including over 2200 teachers with doctorate, which is 80.3% of the total number of teachers, 1900 full or associate professors, 934 doctoral supervisors, 2,028 supervisors for masters, 12 academicians of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Academy of Engineering,13 members of the discipline review group of the State Council, 16 experts of the national “Ten Thousands Talents Program”, 21 experts of the national “Thousand Talents Program”, 28 experts of the national “Thousand Talents Program for Young Scholars”, 45 “Cheung Kong Scholar” Professors, 10 experts of “Young Talents Program of Cheung Kong Scholar”, 3 top teachers of “Ten Thousands Talents Program”, 5 winners of the national awards for top teachers, 43 granted with funds from the National Outstanding Youth Science Foundation, 3 preeminent experts involved in the national high-tech development project known as “Program 863”, 1 expert in the International Science & Technology Program, 2 experts for national major special projects, and 22 selected into the Talents Project initiated by the Ministry of Personnel of China for the development of high-level professionals and technical talents. At present, it has an enrollment of 31,470 full-time students, including 15,017 postgraduate students.
The university now comprises 29 schools or departments with 76 undergraduate disciplines in all. It boasts 30 and 49 disciplines respectively authorized to confer Ph.D. degrees and master’s degrees, 5 national key disciplines (comprising 15 sub-disciplines), 5 national key sub-disciplines, 1 national key (development) discipline, 13 disciplines in the development project for strong disciplines of universities based in Jiangsu Province,17 provincial key disciplines for the thirteenth Five-Year Plan and 30 post-doctoral research stations. It also boasts an array of key scientific research bases, including 3 national key laboratories, 3 national engineering research centers, 2 national research centers for engineering technology,as well as 11 key laboratories and 5 engineering research centers granted by the Ministry of Education, etc..
In recent years, Southeast University, with its painstaking effort in discipline development, has achieved plentiful accomplishments. In the third round of China Discipline Ranking in 2012, 15 disciplines rank among the first 20% of all nationwide, 12 among the first seven, and 10 among the first five. Specially, the three disciplines of biomedical engineering, communication and transportation engineering as well as art theory rank first nationwide, occupying the seventh place in terms of the number; besides, the three disciplines of architecture, electronic science and technology as well as landscape architecture rank nationally second; the two disciplines of civil engineering as well as urban and rural planning, nationally third; the discipline of information and communication engineering, fourth; the discipline of instrument science and technology, fifth; the discipline of power engineering and engineering thermophysics, sixth; and the discipline of public health and preventive medicine, seventh. In addition, the ten disciplines of engineering science, materials science, mathematics, physics, chemistry, clinical medicine, computer science, biology and biological chemistry, pharmacology and toxicology，neuroscience and behavioural science rank among the first 1% of global ESI database, in which engineering science ranks 45, and computer science ranks 65.
Southeast University, always sticking to the theory of “education-first” on school management, has been increasing input in teaching and intensifying the reform in education in its effort for the quality-oriented education and students’ development in terms of their spirit of innovation and ability of practice. In terms of undergraduate education, the university, while traditionally emphasizing basic knowledge, practice and quality, has put forward higher standards, i.e., pursuing excellence, going international and highlighting innovative research.
Southeast University is one of the first colleges and universities which is carrying out the “education and development plan for outstanding engineers” and the “national innovative experiment plan for undergraduates” under the Ministry of Education; it is among the first pilot colleges and universities for innovation and entrepreneurship education reform; it is also among the first pilot colleges and universities for the implementation of the “education and development plan for outstanding doctors” co-initiated by the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Health, as well as one of the pilot schools for the reform of the development mode for top and innovative medical professionals and of the five-year development mode for clinical medical professionals.
A total of 5 disciplines are selected into the state-level comprehensive pilot reform project and 23 are selected as the construction points of national characteristic disciplines; besides, 40 courses are awarded as the national superior courses, 36 courses are selected into the national course resource sharing construction program, 14 courses are awarded national public video course, 8 experiment centers are selected among the state-level demonstration centers and construction points for experiment teaching. 3 experiment centers are selected among the state-level virtual simulation centers for experiment teaching. 52 professors are selected into the National Steering Committee for Education and Instruction, among which 5 are selected as chairmen in related disciplines in institution for higher learning of the National Steering Committee for Education and Instruction. 11 teams are awarded as the state-level teaching teams of innovation.12 national trial plots for innovation in the personnel development mode, as well as 12 national education centers for engineering practice. SEU has a large number of practice base both in and outside the university, and holds various after-class scientific and cultural activities. Each year it has over 1500 scientific research training programs for undergraduates, students participate and excel in over 90 discipline competences, including the international first prize of Mathematical Contest In Modeling in 2016, the national grand prize of the fifth China Education Robot Contest, the national first prize of eleventh National Competition of Transport Science and Technology for Students, the national first prize of the Invitational Tournament of Simulation Electronic System Design for National Undergraduate Electronics Design Contest in 2016, the national first prize of China Undergraduate Mathematical Contest in Modeling in 2016. SEU was selected as “National Colleges and Universities Innovation and Entrepreneurship Base ”. It won The Challenge Cup twice, which is the only university of this honor except universities in Beijing and Shanghai.
In terms of postgraduate education, Southeast University, in its effort to cultivate top-quality innovation-minded talents, has been pushing forward the reform in postgraduate education by continually changing the mode of teaching and optimizing the curriculum system. In recent years, SEU has built a number of students innovation and entrepreneurship clubs which won honors such as “Xiaoping Technology Innovation Team”. Students from those clubs have won various prizes. For example, Xu Dewang is selected as the “Chinese Students Self-improvement Star”, and Sun Jun won the Chinese Teenager Technology Innovation Prize. Respectively 20 and 31 dissertations in total have been awarded or nominated as the “National One-Hundred Outstanding Doctoral Dissertations”.
Ever since it launched the “Project of State-funded Overseas Studying to Develop Top Universities” in 2007, the university has sent 1335 postgraduate students abroad in total, 411 of who aim for their Ph.D. degrees. At the same time, it has been actively conducting academic exchanges with both domestic and international schools and organizations, and promoting cooperation in joint school running. For example, Southeast University-Monash University Joint Graduate School (Suzhou) co-built with Monash University of Australia, the first of its kind approved by the Ministry of Education, has had an enrollment of 771 students, and a graduation of 276 students; the collaboration with University of Rennes 1 of France has blazed a trail for the cooperation in postgraduate development and scientific research.
Southeast University, taking as its own duty rejuvenating the country through science and education, has been conducting an array of basic research, basic research for application and research on high technology of strategic significance in line with the needs of national economic and social development; thus it has become a major base for high and new technology research with considerable social influence both at home and abroad. From 2011 to 2016, SEU has won 17 national prizes for science and technology, including the first prize of National Invention Award in 2011, and the national first prize for Science and Technology Advancementin 2014. Its research fund reached RMB 2003.8 million in 2016. The applications for invention patents total 2497, of which 1231 are licensed; besides, 50 PCT patents are applied for. The up-to-date statistics in 2016 show 2456 SCI papers, which ranks 19th nationwide, and 2554 EI papers, ranking 14th nationwide. In the past five years, SEU has won 16 Outstanding Achievement Awards for Humanistic and Social Science, including one first prize, and 64 Outstanding Achievement Awards for Philosophy and Social Science, including 11 first prize. It is granted with 113 national funds of social science, including 4 funds for major projects.
SEU has made remarkable achievements in serving local economic construction. According to the statistical result made by Jiangsu province concerning the college research effort of science and technology serving for local development, SEU ranks the first in most of the indicators among the following seven, namely, science projects and teams, science funding, science base, four kinds of technical funding, transformation of scientific and technological achievements and project identification, patent condition and scientific awards. SEU Science Park aims to provide best service and support for the incubation of sci-tech enterprises and high-tech products, and cultivation of innovators and pioneers. It covers 200 thousand square meters, and has 300 enterprises as well as 1000 enterprises which have been successfully incubated, including high-tech enterprises like Wiscom Company and Tuniu Tourism Company.
In addition to the excellence in research and student cultivation, Southeast University is also taking an active part in setting up international cooperative programs with other countries. Up to now, it has signed agreements for friendly cooperation with more than 100 universities, research institutes or corporations including Cambridge University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of Maryland, Lehigh University, ETH Zürich, Tohoku University, Technical University of Munich, University of Ulm, Monash University in Australia, University of Rennes 1, Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden, and Bauman Moscow State Technical University, etc., which has contributed a great deal to the actual strength, international fame and development of the university. There are 1813 international students from more than 100 countries studying in SEU, including 1313 degree students, which is 72.4% of the total number of international students, and 495 international postgraduate students, which is 37.7% of the number of degree students. The numbers of international degree students and postgraduate students are the largest in Jiangsu province. We have also established 3 Confucius Institutes in America and The Republic of Belarus.
In the summer of 2006, the headquarter was moved to Jiulonghu Campus, opening a new chapter in the history of SEU. Jiulonghu campus, located in the south part of Jiangning Development Zone, covers an area of 3752.35 mu. The architectural planning of the campus is based on the history and culture of SEU, combing the public central teaching cluster with the professional teaching clusters, thus formating a campus of forest and vitality, mingling the oriental and occidental styles. The Jiulonghu campus has a floorage of 789.7 thousand square meters, with architectures including teaching area, scientific research and experimental area, administrative area, undergraduate living quarter, graduate living quarter, faculty living quarter, logistics and security area, etc.. The university library covers an area of 66.9 thousand square meters, with a possession of 4174 thousand of all kinds of books and materials.
In the new century, SEU will will deepen its reforms while carrying on its good traditions.Aiming at excellence and innovativeness,and striving to buildstrong engineering discipline, strengthen advanced science discipline, develop quality arts discipline, and construct distinctive medicine discipline, SEU is headed for a international famous comprehensive research university around 2020, and a world-class university with global vision in 2030.
(The data is as of April 2017)