Brief Introduction of Nanjing and SEU

Nanjing is situated on the middle and lower reaches of the Yangzi River in eastern China. The city covers an area of over six thousand square kilometers with a population of over 6.2 million. Owing to its superior geographic location, the city has remained the transportation center of the Yangzi Delta region.

The name Nanjing, which means "South Capital", reflects the importance of the city to China. The Chinese often refer to Nanjing as "Jinling" and/or "Stone City", while some foreigners know it as "Nanking". Officially named Nanjing during the Ming dynasty, it was called "Ning" for short.

For almost 2,000 years, Nanjing has witnessed some of the most significant events in Chinese history, including its position as national capital during the Six Dynasties (220-589 AD, Wu, Eastern Jin, Song, Qi, Liang and Chen) and the Southern Song Dynasty (1127-1279 AD), the onset of Ming Dynasty in 1368 by Zhu Yuanzhang who made Nanjing capital for almost two decades, the signing of the Sino-British treaty in 1842 that ceded Hong Kong to Britain, and its most painful moment known as "Rape of Nanjing" when Japanese troops brutally slaughtered 300,000 civilians in 1937.

For tourists, Nanjing is one of China's most attractive cities. Visitors to Nanjing will be impressed by the city’s well-preserved traditional architecture and historical sights. Parts of the original city walls and city gates are still intact, a feature which sets Nanjing apart from most ancient Chinese cities.

Nanjing is very rich in natural and artificial landscapes and one of the first 24 well-known historic and cultural cities announced by the state. Dr. Sun Yat-Sen's Mausoleum, the Ming Tomb, the King Palace of Taiping Heavenly Kingdom, the ancient city wall of Nanjing, the stone carvings of Southern Tang Dynasty, Pagoda for Buddist Relics, the Tombs of Southern Tang Emperors, the Rain Flower Terrace, the Mural Painting in Tangzi Street and other places are the main scenic spots and historic sites. The Eastern Suburbs Scenic Area, the Qixia Mountain, the Xuanwu Lake, the Mochou Lake, the Qinhuai River Scenic Belt and other scenic areas are well-known far and near. Among them, Dr. Sun Yat-Sen's Mausoleum and the Qinhuai River Scenic Belt are among 40 best tourist scenic spots in China.

As the capital of Jiangsu province, Nanjing is an important cultural and education center. The city boasts many of Chinese top universities and colleges. The city’s notable student population consists of both native Chinese and foreigners.

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.

The university now comprises 29 schools or departments with 75 undergraduate disciplines in all. 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, 1 national professional laboratory, as well as 11 key laboratories and 5 engineering research centers granted by the Ministry of Education, etc.

In the list of “Best Global Universities for Engineering” ranked by US News, Southeast University ranks #22. In addition, the nine disciplines of engineering science, materials science, mathematics, physics, chemistry, clinical medicine, Biology & Biochemistry, Pharmacology and Toxicology, and computer science rank among the first 1% of global ESI database, in which engineering science ranks 44.

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