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Xiamen University
Motto 自强不息, 止于至善
Motto in English Pursue Excellence, Strive for Perfection
Established 1921
Type National University
President Zhu Chongshi
Faculty 4,600+
Students 28,133
Undergraduates 17,847
Postgraduates 10,286
(Ph.D. 1,501 Master 8,785)
Location Xiamen, Fujian,  People's Republic of China
Campus urban, 524.3 ha
Affiliations Global U8 (GU8)

Xiamen University (XMU, Latin: Universitas Amoiensis, Pinyin: Xiàmén Dàxué, POJ: E-mng Toa-hak, Simplified Chinese: 厦门大学), colloquially known as Xia Da (Pinyin: Xià Dà, POJ: E-toa, Simplified Chinese: 厦大), located in Xiamen, Fujian Province, is the first university in China founded by overseas Chinese. Before 1949, it was named as : University of Amoy. The school motto: "Pursue Excellence, Strive for Perfection (自强不息, 止于至善)". This university rank is 13 in China.



Statue of Mr.Tan Kah Kee, in front of his memorial hall located in Xiamen University.
Xiamen University
Statue of Chen Jungrun, Xiamen University
Jiannan Auditorium of Xiamen University
Xiamen University Playground
Xiamen University
Xiamen University Campus with "Kah Kee" building complex in the center and student dorms in the foreground
XMU at dusk

In 1919 Mr. Tan Kah Kee (陳嘉庚; Pinyin: Chen Jiageng), the well-known overseas Chinese leader, donated millions of dollars to establish and endow Xiamen University, officially founded in 1921. It is regarded as one of the most prestigious and selective universities in China.

Mr. Tan handed over Xiamen University to the government in 1937 due to lack of funds, and the institution subsequently became a national university.

In 1938, at the outbreak of the Second Sino-Japanese War, the university temporary relocated to Changting(长汀) in Min Xi(闽西) county, western Fujian.

At the end of World War II in 1946, Xiamen University moved back to Xiamen and resumed normal operations.

In 1952, Xiamen University became a comprehensive university, and has been designated as a national key university since 1962.

When the Cultural Revolution began in 1966, daily operations at the University were suspended and a subsidiary of faculties moved to Fuzhou, forming the initial polytechnic departments of Fuzhou University.


Xiamen University is famous for its beautiful campus. Located at the foot of the green mountains, facing the blue ocean and surrounded by Xiamen bay. The main campus is picturesque with beautiful scenery and parks. The university has campuses at Jimei and Zhangzhou in addition to the Xiamen campus located in the southern part of Xiamen Island.

Xiamen University has a constructed area of 2.6 million square meters and its libraries (the Xiamen University Libraries) hold 3.5 million 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.


At June 1, 2004, Xiamen University had 20 schools containing 43 departments, and many key research institutes.

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Coordinates: 24°26′18″N 118°05′35″E / 24.4382595716°N 118.093153532°E / 24.4382595716; 118.093153532



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