Xiamen University was founded in 1921 by Tan Kah Kee, the well-known patriotic overseas Chinese leader. It was the first university in China founded by an overseas Chinese. At present it is the only university in any of five special economic zones and is one of China´s higher-level universities designated for the state key construction of the “211 Project” and the “985 Project”. Currently, Professor Zhu Chongshi is the President of the University and Professor Yang Zhenbin is the Chairman of the University Council.
Over the past ninety three years, as the result of following the school motto: Pursue Excellence, Strive for Perfection, Xiamen University has accumulated rich experience in offering its educational programs and has presented its distinctive features in running the programs. Equipped with a strong team of faculty and staff, Xiamen University, which provides a fairly complete range of programs of education, has become a first-class comprehensive university in China with extensive international influence. Since its founding, Xiamen University has produced more than 200,000 undergraduates and graduates for the country and over 60 academicians of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and the Chinese Academy of Engineering (CAE) have studied or worked at Xiamen University.
Xiamen University has a graduate school, 27 schools containing 76 departments and 10 research institutes and research centers. With 31 Doctoral degrees in first-class disciplines, and 50 Master degrees in first-class disciplines, the university offers 83 undergraduate programs, 276 graduate programs, and 187 PhD programs. 14 subjects have been assessed and awarded as “the national key disciplines”. There are 25 post-doctoral research centers, 9 subjects of “national educational centers for talents”, 5 first-class and 9 second-class national key disciplines.
Xiamen University has a high level team of faculty and staff including 2,678 full-time faculty and professional researchers, including 1,713 professors and associate professors of whom 22 are academicians of CAS and CAE. Moreover, 10 faculty members of Xiamen University are seated on the State Council´s Academic Degree Appraisal Committee. 38 professors have been under the National “ Thousand of Overseas Top Talents Scheme”; 16 have been listed in the "One-hundred plus One-thousand plus Ten-thousand Talent Project”; 151 have been included in the Ministry of Education´s training program for the "Leading Figure for the New Century"; 38 have obtained the "Science Grant for National Outstanding Youth" from the state; There are 15 special and 14 speech professorships of “Yangtze Scholar”, 5 “National Innovation Research Team” and 7 “Education Ministry Innovation Group” .
The university now has a total enrolment of over 40,000 full-time students on campus, including 19,570 undergraduates, 17,490 master students, 2,919 doctoral students, and over 2,800 international students. In 2005, Xiamen University received a straight-A score in the undergraduate level Teaching Appraisal organized by the Ministry of Education.
Xiamen University has set up over 160 research institutions, including 4 State Key Laboratories, 2 National Engineering Laboratories,1 State Engineering Research Center, 5 Key Laboratories of the Ministry of Education,3 Engineering Research Centers of the Ministry of Education, 5 state key research bases in humanities and social science, 28 Fujian Provincial Key Laboratories and Centers, and 16 Xiamen Key Laboratories and Centers, Xiamen University Science Park is the only one national university science park in Fujian Province accredited by the Ministry of Science and Technology and the Ministry of Education.
The research in natural science advances considerably. From 2006 to 2010, over 700 research projects at Xiamen University have been funded by the Ministry of Science and Technology and the National Natural Science Foundation of China.16 research reports were published in international top journals such as Science, Nature, the Lancet, etc. 2 scientific research findings won the Second Prize of National Natural Science Award and 1 National Technology Invention Award. Xiamen University has strong potentiality in human and social science research. Southeast Asian studies, Taiwan studies, Higher Education research, economic studies, and accounting studies are highly ranked programs in China. 131 research projects have been funded by the National Social Science Foundation, among which 11 are major project. 157 Humanities and Social Sciences projects have been funded by Ministry of Education, among which 4 key projects, ranking high on the list of project number in China. In the fourth and fifth Award for Outstanding Achievements in Social Science accredited by the Ministry of Education, 19 and 14 achievements were awarded respectively.
Xiamen University has inter-university cooperative ties with over 270 institutions of higher education at home and abroad. Xiamen University vigorously promotes the campaign of teaching Chinese as a foreign language. The university has co-established 15 Confucius Institutes with universities in North America, Europe, Africa, etc. Because of its especially favorable geographical location and advantageous human resources, it is the key university most actively engaged in cross-straits educational, scientific and cultural exchanges.
At present, Xiamen University’s 3 campuses cover over 600 hectares. With green hills behind and fronting the sea, Xiamen University is recognized as one of the most beautiful universities in China. Xiamen University has a constructed area of 1.4 million square meters and its libraries hold 4.48 million volumes (including 39,204 gigabytes electronic volumes). The scope and level of its high-speed information network on campus is rated at the top of all universities in China and has become the one of the main injunctions of CERNET2.
Xiamen University is now making great strides towards its goal of "building a high-level university well-known both at home and abroad."
(The data presented above is as of December, 2013)