Nanjing University of Posts and Telecommunications (NUPT) is based in Nanjing, a historically and culturally inspiring city that was once home to six ancient Chinese dynasties. A Jiangsu Key University and one of China’s first universities included in the nation’s “2011 Project”, NUPT traces its origin back to a Shandong-based wartime postal service training school established in 1942, marking an initial effort by CPC and the PLA to cultivate professionals in communications. The school was in 1958 upgraded by the State Council to a college, renamed Nanjing Institute of Posts and Telecommunications. Previously administered by the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications (reorganized and merged into the newly established Ministry of Industry and Information Technology(MIIT)), the institute was in 2000 turned over to the co-administration by the Jiangsu Government and MIIT. It was in 2005 expanded into a university, given its current name. In October 2013, NUPT incorporated Nanjing College for Population Program Management, gaining considerable growth both in size and strength.
Over the years, NUPT has come to indentify its culture as a diligent pursuit of truth, progress and creativity, and has set forth four virtues for all NUPT faculty and students to hold onto, i.e. goodness, perseverance, truthfulness and practicality.
NUPT boasts of academic strength in engineering, information technology in particular, and offers from undergraduate to doctoral programs in a wide spectrum of disciplines, including Science, Economics, Management, Education, Art and Law.
Operating from four campuses, i.e. Xianlin, Sanpailou, Suojincun and Jiangning, the university now offers education to around a total of 30000 students.
In addition to 50 undergraduate programs, NUPT now runs 2 Post-doctoral stations and 17 Doctoral Programs (including 3 First-level Degree programs), 44 Academically-oriented Master Degree programs (including 10 First-level Degree programs), 12 Profession-oriented Master Degree programs, as well as MBA and ME programs.
NUPT is home to 7 National Special Major Trial Programs, 1 Trial Program of National Comprehensive Degree Program Reform, 18 Jiangsu-funded Special Programs or trial ones, 8 National Excellence Initiative Programs, 5 Jiangsu Excellence Initiative Programs, 9 Jiangsu Key Programs.
NUPT has a total of 2237 faculty members, including 1362 full-time teachers, 50.37 percent of whom have earned advanced/higher professional titles, and 87.81 percent of whom are with Doctoral and Master’s degrees; 486 of them are supervisors to Ph. D and Master’s degree candidates.
NUPT boasts no lack of high-end talents on its faculty team: 1 Member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS); 3 Specially Appointed Professors who are “Chang Jiang Scholars” of the Ministry of Education(MoE); 3 recipients of the Outstanding Youth of China Fund; 2 Scholars of “New Century National Hundred, Thousand and Ten Thousand Talent Project”; 6 “One Thousand Talents Program” Scholars; 2 “One Thousand Young Talents ” Scholars; 4 recipients of the “Outstanding Youth Science Fund”; 1 Scholar of “CAS One Hundred Talents Program”, 11 Scholars of “New Century Talent Support Project of the MoE; 12 Scholars of “Advanced Innovative and Entrepreneurial Talent Recruit Initiative of Jiangsu Province”; 8 Specially Appointed Professors of Jiangsu Province; 2 China Young and Middle-aged Experts of Outstanding Contributions; 6 MoE/Jiangsu Young and Middle-aged Experts of Outstanding Contributions; 68 person-time members of Jiangsu 333 Talent Program; 35 recipients of “Jiangsu Six Categories of Talent Summit Fund”; 2 Honorable Teachers of Jiangsu Higher Education Institutes; and 1 Nobel Laureate, the first to have been brought into a Province-administered university in Jiangsu.
Apart from individuals, NUPT has over the years fostered a number of prestigious teaching or research teams: 1 National Innovative Team in Key Research Areas; 1 team of “MoE Chang Jiang Scholars and Innovative Team Development Program”; 3 Jiangsu Innovative Teams; 1 Innovative Team of Social Sciences in Jiangsu Higher Education Institutes; 2 Science and Technology Innovation Teams of Qinglan Project of Jiangsu Province; 1 Excellent Teaching Team of Jiangsu Province.
Quite a number of faculty members have been active as directors, committee members and specialists in such academic institutions as the MoE Advisory Committee of Higher Education Institutes, International Telecommunications Union, China Institute of Communications, Chinese Institute of Electronics, China Computer Federation, Chinese Association of Automation and China Statistical Association.
NUPT is well equipped with teaching and research facilities. Presently, it has 1 State Key Lab Incubation Base jointly sponsored by Jiangsu Province and the MoE;1 Key Lab jointly sponsored by Jiangsu Province and the MoE; 2 Engineering Research Centers of the MoE, 6 Jiangsu Key Labs; 4 Jiangsu Engineering Research Centers; 5 Jiangsu Higher Education Institute Key Research Bases of Philosophy and Social Sciences (including Incubation Programs) ; 2 Jiangsu Policy-making Consultancy Research Bases; 1 National Demonstration Center for Experiment Teaching; 1 National Virtual Simulation Experiment Teaching Center; 2 National Engineering Practice Education Centers; 1 National Off-Campus Practice Education Center; 1 Jiangsu Innovation Platform Enhancement Program; 11 Key Labs of the former Ministry of Information Industry; 14 Provincial Demonstration Centers for Experiment Teaching and Provincial Practice Education Centers; 56 Central Government Specially Funded Labs (including the ones co-sponsored by the Central and Jiangsu Governments). NUPT Library owns a collection of 1, 968, 100 paperback books, a good proportion of which concern such fields as information, telecommunications and electronics.
NUPT has made proud achievements in producing talents. The undergraduate education of the university has been rated first-class by MoE. Over the years, NUPT has been persistent in strengthening its education system in efforts to turn out graduates with solid basics, all-round qualities and competitive skills.
In recent years, NUPT has raked in bounteous prizes of various calibers in this regard: 1 First Prize of National Teaching Achievements; 17 Prizes of Jiangsu Teaching Achievements; 1 National Quality Course; 1 National Demonstration Bilingual Course; 1 National Quality Course as Shared Resources; 1 MoE-Intel Quality Course.
2 Jiangsu Higher Education Talent Cultivation Innovation Trial Base Course; 22 Jiangsu Quality Courses (some are bilingual courses); 2 Jiangsu Outstanding Course Clusters; 2 National Quality Textbooks; 21 National “11th Five-year Plan” Textbooks; 2 National “12th Five-year Plan” Textbooks.
Since the beginning of the “12th Five-year Plan”, the undergraduates of NUPT have brought home a total of 960 prizes at the provincial or ministerial level and above: the “Sony Cup”, the top prize of the National Electronic Designing Competition for Undergraduates and Post-graduates; the 2010, 2011 and 2013 championships of China Robot Competition and Robocup Open; Asian championship and the world’s Runner-up of NXP World Technologic Design Competition; First Prize of China Energy Conservation Competition for College Students; First Prize of MoE University Campus Culture Construction Awards; First Prize of MoE Extra Curricular Academic, Scientific and Technological Works; First Prize in China Undergraduate Mathematical Contest in Modeling.
NUPT has throughout its 70-year history trained and delivered over 100,000 elite professionals in science, technology and management, earning itself a reputation of the “Cradle of China’s IT Talents”.
NUPT has been a strong contributor in scientific and technological innovation and social services, demonstrating particular competitiveness in such areas as “Modern Information Exchange and Communication Network”, “Mobile Telecommunications and Electromagnetic Compatibility”, “Information Theory and Communication Signal Processing”, “Organic Electronics and Information Display”, “Information Management and Information System”, “Image Processing and Digital Video Technology”, “Computer Communication and Information Network Security”, “Optical Communication and Optical Electronic Technology”, “Quantum Information Processing”, “Information Materials and Nanotechnology”, “Nonlinear Circuit”, “Intelligence Optimum Technology” and “Demography”. In the past three years, NUPT has undertaken a total of 2473 science and research projects at different levels, including National 973 Projects, National 863 Projects and National Natural Science Fund Projects; published a total of 7915 research papers, 3389 of which have been included by SCI, EI and ISTP; and won the Second Prize of National Natural Science Awards as well as the First Prize of Higher Education Institute Scientific Research Achievements (Social Sciences). NUPT uses its Science Park of Internet of Things as a platform to incubate innovations and startup enterprises with independent intellectual property rights, fulfilling the duties of cultivating professionals, boosting scientific researches, and serving the society.
NUPT actively promotes international exchange and cooperation. In as early as 1990, NUPT became an APT (Asia-Pacific Telecommunity) Training Center in China. Over the past two decades, NUPT has trained 25 groups of personnel from 27 countries and regions. The university has established long-term interschool academic cooperation with 12 foreign universities and research institutes, running 28 student exchange programs. Around 1000 international experts and scholars have visited and given lectures at NUPT, and about 30 of them are now teaching on a full-time or part-time basis here. With approval by the MoE, NUPT is cooperating with foreign universities to offer joint undergraduate programs: Telecommunications, Digital Media Technology and Computer Science and Technology with New York Institute of Technology, and Information Management and Information System with Middlesex University. NUPT also began recruiting overseas students into its post-graduate programs in 2013.
NUPT, with a down-to-earth attitude and pioneering spirit, has identified a unique strategy for development, one that focuses on specialization in the field of telecommunications while reaching out to more sectors in an increasingly informatized society. Since the 18th CPC National Congress established the strategy of “developing a modern information technology industry by taking a route of informationization with Chinese characteristics”, the university has been developing in a fast and sustainable manner. In pursuit of a well-balanced combination of unique strength and diversity, high quality talent cultivation as well as internationalization, NUPT is grasping every opportunity on its march towards becoming a university internationally reputed for its strength in information science and technology.