One of the oldest universities in China, Jinan University is situated in Guangzhou’s Tianhe District to the east of the city centre. It was among the first of China’s universities to welcome international students and now has one of the largest international student bodies in the country, with a mission to share Chinese culture and learning as far and wide as possible.
While Jinan University’s main campus lies just to the west of Tianhe Park, the College of Chinese Language and Culture is located in Guangzhou Shi to the north-west. There is also a campus in Zhuhai near Macau to the south, while the university’s Tourism College is found in Shenzhen to the south-east. Jinan University offers undergraduate degree programs in around 90 different fields, as well as boasting 15 postdoctoral research stations. It has Colleges of Science and Engineering, Information Science and Technology, Pharmacy, Education, Foreign Studies, Arts, Economics, and Journalism and Communication, as well as Schools of Medicine, Law, Translation Studies, Business and Management. Jinan University is particularly renowned in the fields of national humanity and social sciences, Chinese language and literature, and Chinese as a foreign language. It educates students from across Asia, the Americas, Europe and Oceania as part of its exchange programs with more than 180 universities around the world. Its International School has classes taught exclusively in English for both local and foreign students, as well as being a key education facility for “Overseas Chinese” who return to China for their tertiary education.
Jinan University’s main campus is well connected to the city centre by public bus services which stop at the edge of the campus. It’s also within walking distance of the Tancun metro station to the south and Gangding station to the north-west.
Jinan University was first established in Nanjing as the Jinan Academy, before moving to Shanghai in 1918 where it was renamed Jinan National University. It was moved again to Fujian Province during the Second Sino-Japanese War and merged into the Fudan and Jiaotong Universities three years after, before being re-established in Guangzhou in 1958.