Nankai University was founded in 1919 by the famous patriotic educators Yan Fansun (1860-1929) and Zhang Boling (1876-1951). When Nankai University was established, there were three subjects: liberal arts, science, and commerce. Enrolling 96 students, Zhou Enlai was the first student of liberal arts. In 1921, the Division of Minerals was added (closed in 1926).
The school actively constructs and develops a discipline system that meets the needs of economic and social development and talent training in the 21st century. There are 86 undergraduate majors. There are 30 first-level disciplines authorized by doctoral degrees, 12 first-level disciplines authorized by master's degrees, 25 authorized master's degree programs, 1 second-level doctoral programs not covered by first-level disciplines, and 28 post-doctoral research stations. There are 5 national “double first-class” construction disciplines, 6 first-level disciplines and 6 national key disciplines, 9 second-level disciplines and 9 national first-level disciplines and Tianjin key disciplines.
There are 2 national key laboratories, 1 national engineering research center, 3 collaborative innovation centers in 2011, 7 key laboratories of the Ministry of Education, 3 engineering research centers of the Ministry of Education, 2 joint laboratories for international cooperation of the Ministry of Education, and national environment 1 key protection laboratory.
Nankai University constantly strengthens the cultivation of students' comprehensive quality and innovative ability, cherishes the school running philosophy of "the country is governed by culture, the country is strengthened by reason, and the country is enriched by business." "For the guiding ideology of teaching, the implementation of a flexible academic system, credit system, major and auxiliary system, dual degree system.
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Nankai University is known for its excellent school spirit, and attaches importance to the comprehensive development of students' moral, intellectual, physical, aesthetic, and labor, and has created a rich, elegant, lively campus culture atmosphere for the healthy growth of young students. Nankai graduates are favored by all sectors of society for their solid foundation, comprehensive quality, and full of pioneering spirit and practical ability.
The library currently has four buildings: Wenzhong Hall was completed in 1958, Yifu Hall was completed in 1990, Jinnan Campus Center Hall was completed in 2015, and there is also an Economics Branch Hall, with a total construction area of 71,610 square meters and a reading seat of 3845. seat.
Nankai University covers an area of 4,445,900 square meters, of which Balitai Campus covers an area of 1,225,500 square meters, Jinnan Campus covers an area of 2,459,900 square meters, and TEDA College covers an area of 67,200 square meters. The total building area of the school building is 1,197,600 square meters. In accordance with the principle of "independent school running and close cooperation", the school is fully cooperating with Tianjin University.