Southeast University (SEU), located at Nanjing, the ancient capital city of six dynasties, is a prestigious institution of higher learning renowned both at home and abroad. As one of the national key universities under direct administration of the Ministry of Education of China and jointly established with Jiangsu Province, it is also listed as one of the universities involved in National “Project 211” and “Program 985” financed by the Central Government to build world-class universities. In 2017, SEU was ranked on the list of constructing “Class A first-rate world universities”.
SEU, as one of the oldest institutions of higher learning in China with profound cultural heritage, its origin can be traced back to 1902 when it was founded as Sanjiang Normal College, then known as Liangjiang Normal College, Nanjing Higher Normal School, State Southeast University and State Central University, etc.. In 1952 when national colleges and universities greatly adjusted their departments and disciplines, e.g., moving out literature and science disciplines, based on the College of Engineering of the original State Central University, relevant disciplines of Fudan University, Chiao Tung University, Zhejiang University and University of Nanking etc. were incorporated successively to establish Nanjing Institute of Technology on the original site of State Central University. In May 1988, the university was renamed to Southeast University. In April 2000, a new Southeast University was established in combination with Nanjing Railway Medical College, Nanjing College of Communications and Nanjing Geological School. In the past 120-year school management, SEU, in the spirit of patriotism and concerning people all over the world, has been always making unyielding efforts in pursuit of prominence to achieve scientific progress and national rejuvenation. With time goes by, the school has gradually shaped its outstanding school spirit of “rigor, truthfulness, unity and diligence”, the school management philosophy of “being renowned for science and serving the country with talents”, and the school motto of “striving for perfection”.
Currently, SEU has set up 33 departments with 77 bachelor’s degree programs, 33 disciplines authorized to confer PhD Degree and 49 disciplines authorized to confer Master’s Degree. Among the full-time 30,664 students, there are 16,128 undergraduate students and 14,536 graduate students including 1989 overseas students, among which, 1547 study for different academic degrees. Right now, SEU has three campuses, respectively, Sipailou Campus, Jiulonghu Campus and Dingjiaqiao Campus, covering an area of 5888mu (1mu = 666.7 m2) in total, among which, Jiulonghu Campus covers an area of 3752.35mu with the total building area of 789,700m2. The school’s library covers an area of 66,900m2, compromising 4.4 million volume of books of all sorts. In addition, the school has also set up Wuxi Branch and Suzhou Campus.