Nanjing University of Posts and Telecommunications (NJUPT) was selected in China's Double First Class Project for building world-class universities and disciplines. Its predecessor was the Wartime Postal Administration Cadre Training Class located in Shandong Anti-Japanese Base, cultivating talents in communications systematically for the Party and the country. In 1958, she was converted into Nanjing Institute of Posts and Telecommunications upon the approval of the State Council. In April 2005, she was renamed as Nanjing University of Posts and Telecommunications. Once a key university under direct jurisdiction of the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications (now the State Post Bureau) and the Ministry of Information Industry(now the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology), the institute was in February 2000 turned over to the co-administration by the central and local government(Jiangsu Government), with the latter assuming main responsibilities. In October 2013, NJUPT incorporated Nanjing College for Population Program Management. NJUPT adheres to the spirit of “Reaching out to the world while striving persistently for perfection”, follows through the motto of “morality, persistence, practicality and sincerity”, and lives out the ethos of “diligence, practicality, progression and innovation”. NJUPT is engineering-oriented with a focus on information technology, integrating such disciplines as science, engineering, economics, management, literature, education, art and law, and offers multi-layered educational programs leading to bachelor’s, master’s, and doctor’s degrees, as well as post-doctor’s positions. The university is located in Nanjing, a historically and culturally rich city, and owns four campuses, namely Xianlin campus, Sanpailou campus, Suojincun campus and Jiangning campus. NJUPT has 21 schools (departments, research centers, etc.) as well as an independent college in Yangzhou, Jiangsu Province (Tongda College of NJUPT).
NJUPT now runs three post-doctoral stations, three first-level disciplines authorized to offer doctorate degree, 14 second-level disciplines authorized to offer doctorate degree, 21 first-level discipline authorized to offer master’s degree, 30 second-level discipline authorized to offer master’s degree, 8 profession-oriented master’s degree programs (fields), and 55 undergraduate programs. Four programs of the university are among the world’s top 1% on the ranking by ESI. NJUPT is home to one National Key Discipline (in incubation), seven National Special Major Trial Programs, one Trial Program of National Reform on Different Majors, seven majors certified by the National Engineering Education Accreditation Association, and eight National Excellence Initiative Programs. NJUPT is also a major participator in two National Collaborative Innovation Centers 2011, and plays a leading role in two Provincial Collaborative Innovation Centers 2011. There are a total of over 30,000 students on campus receiving education.
NJUPT has a well-structured faculty of over 2500 people, including 875 supervisors to doctoral and master students. Among full-time teachers, 57.95% have advanced professional titles, and 94.97% possess doctoral or master’s degrees. A Nobel laureate has joined NJUPT faculty, taking the lead among universities in Jiangsu Province. NJUPT boasts no lack of high-end talents on its faculty team: seven members (including Dually Employed Academicians) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS); three specially appointed professors who are “Chang Jiang Scholars” of the Ministry of Education; one Chair Professor who is “Chang Jiang Scholar” of the Ministry of Education; three “Young Chang Jiang Scholar”; four recipients of the “Outstanding Youth of China Fund”; four Scholars of the “New Century National Hundred, Thousand and Ten Thousand Talent Project”; eleven “One Thousand Talents Program” Scholars; two “One Thousand Young Talents ” Scholars; four Leading Scholars of the Ten Thousand Talents Plan; one Outstanding Young Scholars of the “Ten Thousand Talents Program”; seven recipients of the “Outstanding Youth Science Fund”; one Scholar of “CAS One Hundred Talents Program”; one National Teaching Master; one National Excellent Teacher; 47 recipients of Special Government Funds; three Young and Middle-aged Experts of Outstanding Contributions; 10 Scholars of “New Century Excellent Talent Support Project” of the MoE; five members of foreign academies of sciences; and six IEEE Fellows. The university now has one National Innovative Team in Key Research Areas, one team of “Chang Jiang Scholars and Innovation Team Development Program”, and one teaching group enlisted by MOE as “Teaching Team in Honor of Professor Huang Danian”. Quite a number of faculty members are also directors, committee members and specialists in such institutions as International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the Advisory Committee of Higher Education Institutions of MoE, China Institute of Communications, Chinese Institute of Electronics, China Computer Federation, Chinese Association of Automation and China Statistical Association.
NJUPT is well equipped with teaching and research facilities. Presently, it has one State-Local Joint Engineering Research Center; one State-Local Joint Engineering Lab; one State Key Lab Incubation Base jointly sponsored by Jiangsu Province and the MoE; one Key Lab jointly sponsored by Jiangsu Province and the MoE; two Engineering Research Centers of the MoE; two National Demonstration Center for Experiment Teaching; three National Virtual Simulation Centers for Experiment Teaching; two National Programs for Virtual Reality Experiments in Teaching; one National Education Center for Engineering Practice; one National Off-Campus Center for Practical Education; one National Science and Technology Entrepreneurial Practice Base for College Students; 11 Key Labs of the former Ministry of Information Industry. NJUPT Library owns a collection of over 2,400,000 paperback books, a good proportion of which concern such fields as information, telecommunications and electronics.
NJUPT has achieved remarkable results in producing talents and in the evaluation of the undergraduate education by the MoE. Over the years, NJUPT has been persistent in strengthening its education system in an effort to turn out graduates with solid basics, all-round qualities and competitive skills, and furthering educational reform. Accordingly, a distinctive talents training system has been built. In recent years, the university has raked in bounteous prizes of various calibers in this regard: one First Prize and two Second Prize of National Teaching Achievements; one National Quality Course; one National Demonstration Bilingual Course; one National Quality Course as Shared Resources; one MoE-Intel Quality Course; 36 I-Course MOOC courses; ten National Quality Online Courses; two National Quality Textbooks; eight National “12th Five-year Plan” Textbooks; and one First Prize of University Campus Culture Construction Awards of MoE. Students of NJUPT have reaped major awards at the national level and above, including the “Sony Cup”, the top prize of the National Electronic Designing Competition for Undergraduates; the Renesas Cup; the SIAM award, the top prize in US Mathematical Contest in Modeling for College Students; the First Prize of China Mathematical Contest in Modeling for College Students, the First Prize of “Challenge Cup” National Extracurricular Academic, Scientific and Technological Work Competition for University Students, and the First Prize of China Robot Competition and Robocup Open. And since the beginning of the “12th Five-year Plan”, the undergraduates have brought home a total of 3030 prizes at the provincial or ministerial level and above. NJUPT has throughout its 70-year history trained and delivered over 230,000 elites of various professions for our country, with many now being leading figures, the technically savvy, and senior managers in IT industry and demography-related fields at home and abroad, earning itself the reputation of the “Cradle of China’s IT Talents”.
NJUPT has been a strong contributor in scientific and technological innovation and social services. Revolving around an innovation system that incorporates information material, information device, information network, information system and information application, the university has demonstrated particular competitiveness in such areas as New Generation Mobile Communication, Internet of Things, Mobile Network, Big Data, Cloud Computing, Cyber Security, Organic Electronics and Information Display, Integrated Circuits and Micro-assembly, Smart Grids, Optical Communications, Intelligent Manufacturing, Modern Postal Services, and Demography. In the past three years, NJUPT has undertaken a total of 449 science and research projects at the national level, including National Major Science Research Projects for Special Purposes, National 973 Projects, National Major Equipment Research and Manufacturing Projects, National Key Natural Sciences Funds, National Social Science Funds, etc., and won 65 awards at the provincial or ministerial level and above, including the Second Prize of the National Natural Science Awards, the Second Prize of the National Technological Invention Awards, the First and Second Prize of Natural Science Research Achievements Awards for Institutions of Higher Education, the Second Prize of Social Science Research Achievements Awards. The university has published more than 17000 research papers, about 7300 of which have been indexed by SCI, EI and CPCI-S. NJUPT has also strengthened her cooperation with local governments and corporations by establishing six research institutes with the former and 48 innovation platforms with the latter. Building around its strong disciplines such as Telecommunication and IoT, NJUPT is fulfilling her duties of cultivating professionals, boosting scientific researches, and serving the society in the area of IoT. For the same purpose, the university has built a National University Science Park, a National Model Agency for Technological Transfer, a National Popular Science Communication Base, and a National Mass Innovation Space.
NJUPT actively promotes international exchange and cooperation. The university has been included in the Nation's University Innovation and Talent Recruitment Plan 2017 (briefly as 111 Plan). Around 500 overseas students from over 50 countries as Russia and The Republic of Kazakhstan are studying here for the Bachelor, Master and Doctorate degrees. Around 1000 international experts and scholars have visited, given lectures, or attended international conferences here. There are 50 or so international student exchange programs. The university is cooperating with New York Institute of Technology to offer four joint undergraduate programs approved by the Ministry of Education. NJUPT also takes active participation in ITU-sponsored conferences, organizes training for APT (Asia-Pacific Tele-community) in China, and partakes in the formulation of relevant international standards in communication.
NJUPT, with a down-to-earth attitude and pioneering spirit, has identified a unique strategy for development, one that focuses on specialization in posts and telecommunications while reaching out to more sectors in the information society. The 19th CPC National Congress required that efforts be taken to ensure that “universities focus on teaching quality and strive for building first-class disciplines and institutions of higher education”. China is keen to push ahead the “Internet Plus” action plan, which gives NJUPT more space for development. Now the university is catching every opportunity to implement The Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for A New Era, realize the five visions, namely “strong feature, high level, multiple disciplines, teaching research, and internationalization”, and carry out the four strategies of “improving the university with quality, talent, features, and innovation”. NJUPT aims to forge ahead on the course of building world-class disciplines of electronic information science and engineering, with a view to presenting its unique strength in electronic information as a first-rate university. (Updated on August 31, 2019)