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Jiangnan University

Jiangnan University
Established Traced to 1902, established in 1958, reformed and renamed in 2001
Type national university
Chancellor Wu Guilong
President Chen Jian
Academic staff 1668
Students 30000
Location Wuxi, Jiangsu,  People's Republic of China
Campus Lihu Campus, Meiyuan Campus

Jiangnan University (simplified Chinese: 江南大学; traditional Chinese: 江南大學; pinyin: Jiāngnán Dàxué), JU, literally "Southern Yangtze University") is a university located in Wuxi, Jiangsu, China. It is a key national university of the “Project 211” and is directly administrated by the Chinese Ministry of Education.[1] The distinguished disciplines are food science and technology, fermentation engineering and industrial design.


  • History 1
  • Campus 2
  • Colleges and Academic Departments 3
  • Academic Units 4
  • Students 5
  • Notable Faculties 6
  • Notable Alumni 7
  • References 8
  • External links 9


The root of Jiangnan University stretches back to San Jiang Normal School which was founded in Nanjing in 1902 which later renamed National Central University and Nanjing University. The private Jiangnan University, another source of JU, was founded in Wuxi in 1948 by Rong Desheng (the father of Rong Yiren), the largest national capitalist in the Republic of China era. Later during restructuring of higher education happened after the establishment of the People’s Republic of China, the engineering related departments of Nanjing University merged related departments of private Jiangnan University and several other universities and formed Nanjing Institute of Technology (later renamed Southeast University) in 1952, and in 1958, the related department of Nanjing Institute of Technology moved to Wuxi and established Wuxi College of Light Industry which was named university in 1995. In 2001, Jiangnan University was formed by the combination of Wuxi University of Light Industry, Jiangnan College and Wuxi Education College.


The newly completed university campus covers 208 hectares with floor space of 1.05 million square meters. It is located by Lake Tai, a national scenic resort in the south of Wuxi. It was designed and built to demonstrate the concept of an “Eco-campus”.

Colleges and Academic Departments

Jiangnan University consists of 17 schools and offers 48 undergraduate programs with 10 disciplines including engineering, science, literature, economics, management, law, medicine, agriculture, education and arts. Jiangnan University has 4 Post-doctoral Research Stations in the fields of Light Industry Technology and Engineering, Food Science and Technology, Control Science and Engineering, and Textile Engineering. It is entitled to confer master degrees in 24 programs, and doctoral degrees in 5 programs.

Academic Units

The National Key Lab of Food Science and Technology, approved by the Ministry of Science & Technology, is the only one of its kind in China. In addition, it has 19 national, ministerial or provincial engineering research centers, 7 key labs at the ministerial or provincial level, the Food Safety Research Base of Jiangsu Province, the Scientific and Technological Novelty Search Workstation of Ministry of Education, the Industrial Microbial Resources Database Integration and Information Sharing Platform.


Currently there are over 20,000 full-time undergraduates, 6,700 doctoral and master candidates studying on campus.

Notable Faculties

The faculty team consists of over 1,600 members including 1 academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, 6 Cheung Kong Scholars, 3 National Outstanding Youth Foundation Winner, 8 state-level candidates for the One Hundred plus One Thousand plus Ten Thousand Talents Project of the New Century, 3 National Young and Middle-aged Experts with Outstanding Contributions, 48 candidates for the New Century Excellent Researcher Award Program from Ministry of Education of China and over 1100 professors and associate professors.

Notable Alumni


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  2. ^ "中国734所大学排行榜". 新浪网. 2014-02-27. Retrieved 2014-02-27. 
  3. ^ "2012年学科评估结果公布 各学科排名汇总". 人民网. 2013-01-29. Retrieved 2013-02-10. 

External links

  • Jiangnan University (English)

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