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Hohai University
Established 1915
Type National university
Location Nanjing, Jiangsu,  People's Republic of China
Website www.hhu.edu.cn/ (English)

Hohai University (Chinese: 河海大学) is a research university in Nanjing, China under the direct jurisdiction of the Ministry of Education of China. It was formerly administered by the Ministry of Water Resources, from 1958 to 2000.

The University's main focus is the research and study of water resources, and it primarily educates engineering subjects, with coordinated development of engineering, science, economics, management, arts and law. It is part of Project 211 (a development initiative by the Chinese government involving over 100 key universities) and has set up a graduate school.


Brief History

Hohai Civil Engineering School was founded in 1915. It was merged with the Department of Engineering of Southeast University into Hohai College of Engineering, in 1924, and later incorporated the Fourth Zhongshan University, in 1927, becoming the Department of Water Resources, National Central University, in 1928. With the establishment of the People’s Republic of China in 1949, it became the Department of Water Resources, Nanjing University. In 1952 the Departments of Water Conservancy, Hydrology, and Water Resources of Nanjing University, Jiaotong University, Tongji University, Zhejiang University and the East China Engineering School of Water Resources were merged into the East China Technical University of Water Resources. However, the school resumed its original (and current) name in 1985, becoming Hohai University under the authority of Deng Xiaoping.

Campuses and facilities

Hohai University has three campuses, comprising a total of 132 hectares (326 acres). The main campus, covering 45 hectares (111 acres), is located at the northern foot of Qingliang Hill in Nanjing. With green shade trees, fragrant flowers in four seasons and an elegant environment, it is one of the 300 Best Green Campuses, and has won Jiangsu Provincial Award of Garden University. A secondary campus was established in February 1986 in Changzhou, a city between Shanghai and Nanjing. Fully equipped, it occupies an area of 30 hectares in the High-Tech Development Zone of Changzhou. A third campus, comprising 57.6 hectares (142 acres) in Jiangning Economic Development Zone of Jiangning District, Nanjing, began operations in September 2001 with modern facilities for teaching and accommodation.

Hohai Library consists of 3 libraries in three campuses respectively with a total area of over 47,000 square meters and has more than 1.85 million books, including 120,000 Chinese and English periodicals. In addition, there are 567,000 electronic books (including CD database). Hohai University also provides Internet service all the day. The University always tries its best to supply comfortable study and living conditions for students. Students can find bright classrooms, dining halls, shopping centers, entertainment center, gym, and swimming pool on campus, all of which make Hohai an ideal place to study and live in.

Colleges and Programs

Hohai University consists of thirteen colleges:

  • Graduate School
  • College of Water Resources and Environment
  • College of Water Conservancy and Hydropower Engineering
  • College of Civil Engineering, College of Environmental Science and Engineering
  • College of Traffic and Ocean Engineering, College of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering
  • College of Computer and Information Engineering
  • College of Electrical Engineering
  • International Business School
  • College of Public Administration
  • College of International Cultures and Languages, College of Sciences

The University and four departments:

  • Department of Modern Agricultural Engineering
  • Department of Material Science and Engineering
  • Department of Law
  • Department of Physical Education.

It has 9 state and provincial key laboratories and 5 state and provincial engineering research centers. There are 3 state key disciplines, 8 provincial and ministerial key disciplines, 5 post-doctorate mobile stations, 33 Ph.D. programs, 73 Master programs, 18 Engineering Master programs and MBA, and 46 undergraduate programs. Among them, Hohai's Hydraulic Engineering and Civil Engineering programs lead their fields in China.

Staff and Students

There were over 30,000 degree students enrolled at the University in 2005, of which 7,143 were Master and Ph.D. candidates and 18,648 undergraduate students. There are over 3,000 staff members, including 1 academician of both the Chinese Academy of Engineering and the Chinese Academy of Sciences, 1 academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, 796 professors and associate professors, and 167 Doctor’s supervisors. Additionally, 10 academicians are employed as adjunct professors and supervisors for Ph.D. students.


In recent years, as Hohai's scientific research programs have developed in quality and scope, the university has undertaken increasing numbers of tasks and research projects for the Chinese government. Such programs include:

More specifically, the university has been involved in large projects concerning water conservancy and hydropower, for instance:

Also, it has been involved in large traffic engineering construction projects such as:

  • the Nanjing Railway
  • the Nanjing-Shanghai Expressway
  • the Expressway in Shanfen
  • the Guangdong, Changjiang Second Bridge
  • and the Runyang Yangtze River Bridge.

Hohai University has won 262 prizes for scientific research work, including 19 state prizes and 185 ministrial and provincial prizes since 1995. More than 11,822 dissertations have been published in a wide range of academic publications and conferences at home and abroad, over 245 scientific monographs have been printed, and nearly 94 patents has been conferred.

Cooperation and Development

Hohai Cooperation and Development Committee was founded in December 2001 to take the initiative in response to the needs of economic construction and social development, to deepen the strength and extent of higher education serving economic construction, and to expand the channels of social participation in running a school.

Former Vice President of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference and the first president of the East China Technical University of Water Resources, Ms. Qian Zhengying participates in the inaugural meeting and is elected the Honorary President of the Committee. 24 big names and scholars assume the individual commissioners,and 120 unit commissioners are from many enterprises and institutions of the government at all levels, such as departments of water conservancy, electrical power, traffic, environmental protection, education, finance, army etc.

International Cooperation

Hohai, with its extensive international exchange and cooperation, was one of the first universities entitled by the State Council to confer the degrees of Doctor, Master and Bachelor upon overseas students. It has trained hundreds of Doctors, Masters and Bachelors for overseas countries and districts, and has established inter-universities cooperative relationships with nearly 50 universities from more than 20 countries and districts.

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Coordinates: 32°03′32.06″N 118°45′14.69″E / 32.0589056°N 118.7540806°E / 32.0589056; 118.7540806



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