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This is about the university in China. For the university in Bangladesh, see Southeast University (Bangladesh).
For other universities with a similar name, see Southeast University (disambiguation).
Southeast University
Motto Strive for Perfection 止于至善
Established June 6, 1902
Type public
President Dr.YI Hong 易红
Location People's Republic of China Nanjing, Jiangsu, China

Southeast University (SEU, Pinyin: Dōngnán Dàxué, Simplified Chinese: 东南大学), colloquially Dong Nan (Pinyin: Dōng Nán , Simplified Chinese: 东南) is a public, coeducational research university located in Nanjing, Jiangsu Province, China.

SEU is one of the national key universities administered directly under the Ministry of Education of China. It is also one of the first universities accredited by the State Council to determine and approve the qualifications of professor, associate professor and doctoral supervisor. In 1995, the university passed the assessment by the Ministry of Education for "Project 211" and was listed as one of the universities that will be financed by the state as part of the project. And in 1996, it was assessed as an outstanding university for its excellent undergraduate education. Nearly 2000, SEU had been a member of "Project 985".



Nanjing Higher Normal School Hall
National Central University Auditorium

The Imperial Nanjing Institute (founded in CE 258), the highest educational institution in the period of the Three Kingdoms, was the predecessor of Southeast University. The two institutions also enjoyed the same campus, although at different times.

The modern Southeast University's origins can be traced back to 1902. In that year Sanjiang Normal College was founded and it evolved as: Nanjing Higher Normal School, National Southeast University, National Central University and Nanjing University. During the nationwide restructuring of institutions of higher learning in 1952, Nanjing Institute of Technology was established on the original site of National Central University based on the College of Technology of former Nanjing University and parts of some other colleges from such universities as Jiaotong University, Zhejiang University, Jinling University, Fudan University. In May 1988, Nanjing Institute of Technology was named Southeast University. In April 2000, Nanjing Railway Medical College, Nanjing College of Communications and Nanjing Geological School were merged into the university, whose main campus is located at the center of the ancient capital city of Nanjing, a sacred place for education since the Ming Dynasty. At present, Southeast University has six campuses, covering a total area of 4,050,583 square metres, with a built-up area of 1,460,000 m².

Academic profile

Southeast University is one of only 32 universities directly administered by the Chinese Department of Education, which are considered the top class universities in China. The university has 16,000 undergraduate students and 10,000 graduate students in over 30 schools and departments. The admission to SEU is very competitive. Normally the university enrolls top 2% high school students from nationwide to its undergraduate programs, and top 5% undergraduate students to its graduate program. Most students are recruited by engineering or some big schools such as School of Mechanical Engineering, School of Energy & Environmental Engineering, School of Information Science & Engineering, School of Civil Engineering, School of Computer Science & Engineering, School of Economics & Management, as well as School of Transportation Engineering. The rest students are enrolled by some smaller schools and departments like School of Automation, School of Electronic Science, and Department of Physics.

There are about 5,600 faculty members in Southeast University. Among all the faculty members, there are 8 members of Chinese Academy, 25 "Changjiang Scholars", 1 fellow of State Department Degree Committee, 9 members of State Department Degree Committee, 31 distinguished national youth research scientists, 7 members (ranking 2nd nationwide) of "863 Projects" expert committee, and 57 excellent Department of Education research scientists.

The university has 64 undergraduate programs, 206 master programs, 109 doctoral programs, as well as 15 postdoctoral research sites. In the most recent official rankings summary, 6 programs are top 5 and another 6 programs are top 10 nationwide. Especially the School of Biomedical Science & Engineering ranks first place. The university has a top research ability. There are 10 National First-class Academic programs, 6 potential National First-class Academic Programs. 3 National Research Labs, 1 National Professional Lab, 2 National Engineering Research Centers, and 7 Department of Education First-class Labs.

In 2006, the research funds for the university is 600 million Chinese dollars, which lists 7th place in the country.


The Juniperus chinensis from Six Dynasties

The Sipailou Campus of Southeast University is the flagship campus that is inheritaged from National Central University. It located at 2 Sipailou, Nanjing, China. In 1988, Pukou Campus which located in Pukou District across the Yangtze River was established as another site mainly for freshman and sophomore's education.

Southeast University in winter

In 2001, SEU acquired three other colleges in Nanjing. They are: Nanjing Railway Medical College, Nanjing College of Advanced Transportation, as well as Nanjing Advanced School of Geology. Nanjing Railway Medical College became the School of Medicine at Southeast University after it merged with SEU.

In 2005 when Jiulonghu Campus which located in Jiangning District was founded, the authority of Pukou Campus was transferred to the Chengxian College of Southeast University. Most of the undergraduate students and master students are studying at Jiulonghu Campus currently. After Jiulonghu Campus was opened, the Sipailou Campus basically includes some most important research institutes and administrations of the university. Jiulonghu Campus is situated in the south of the Jiangning Technology Development District, to the east of Suyuan Avenue, west of Shuanglong Street, and south of Jiyin Street. It is around 20 kilometers away from the Sipailou Campus, with an area of 3749mu. The architecture design of Jiulonghu Campus follows the basis of Southeast University's culture, characterized in the combination of public teaching and research which compromises the merit of Chinese and Western styles, forming a green and active university community. The total building area in Jiulonghu Campus is 574 thousand square meters with the investment of 1.6 billion yuan.


Southeast University is one of the top 10 universities in scientific research and development in China. It has over 20 national or provincial research institutes, with a number of key research bases. Over the last decade, it has completed more than 1000 research projects, of which over 500 have been awarded the national, provincial or municipal science and technology prizes. Its research fund exceeded 150 million yuan in 1999. The SEU Architecture Design and Research Institute, which is one of the few national first-class design institutes, has undertaken various major projects. The SEU-affiliated Zhongda Hospital was set up in 1935 and rated as "Class A Grade 3" by the Ministry of Public Health.

In 2009, SEU hit 20th in overall ranking and 9th in engineering ranking among all the Chinese universities.

Schools and departments

Most of these websites are in Chinese:

School of Energy & Environmental Engineering
  • Office of President: [1]
  • Education Foundation: [2]
  • University history: [3]
  • Galileo training and application research center: [5]
  • General Alumni Association of Southeast University: [6]
  • School of Architecture: [7]
  • School of Mechanical Engineering: [8]
  • School of Energy & Environment Engineering: [9]
  • School of Information Science & Engineering: [10]
  • School of Civil Engineering: [11]
  • School of Electronic Science & Engineering: [12]
  • Department of Mathematics & Applied Mechanics: [13]
  • School of Automation: [14]
  • School of Computer Science & Engineering: [15]
  • Department of Physics: [16]
  • School of Biological Science & Medical Engineering: [17]
  • School of Material Science & Engineering: [18]
  • School of Economics & Management: [19]
  • School of Electrical Power Engineering: [20]
  • School of Foreign Languages: [21]
  • School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering: [22]
  • School of Transportation Engineering: [23]
  • School of Instrument Science & Engineering: [24]
  • School of Art: [25]
  • School of Humanities: [26]
  • School of Law: [27]
  • School of Medicine: [28]
  • School of Public Health: [29]
  • Department of Physical Education: [30]
  • School of Continuing Education: [31]
  • School of Software Engineering: [32]
  • Cheng Xian College: [33]
  • College of Integrated Circuit: [34]
  • Wu Jian Xiong (CHIEN-SHIUNG WU) Collage: [35]


Notable people and alumni

  • Wu Chien-Shiung(吳健雄),physics scientist
  • Chiang Kai-shek(蔣介石),university president in 1943
  • Jiang Zeming(江澤民), undergraduate, Department of Electrical Engineering (School of Information Science & Engineering)

External links

See also



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