Xiamen University 厦门大学

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Overview

Chinese Name: 厦门大学

English Name: Xiamen University

Abbreviation: 厦大(Xiada); XMU

Established: 1921

Location: Xiamen

Website: https://www.xmu.edu.cn

Xiamen University
Xiamen University

Brief introduction of Xiamen University


Xiamen University, founded by the famous patriotic overseas Chinese leader Mr. Chen Jiageng陈嘉庚 in 1921, is the first university founded by overseas Chinese in China’s modern educational history.

Xiamen University
Xiamen University

On July 1, 1937, at the request of Chen Jiageng, the national government in Nanjing agreed to change the private Xiamen University to a national university.


In 1951, the former provincial Fujian Agricultural College福建农学院 was merged into Xiamen University and changed into the Agricultural College of Xiamen University厦门大学农学院. The political, legal, and economic departments of the former private Fujian University were merged into Xiamen University.

In July 958, Xiamen University was released to Fujian Province. In September 1963, with the approval of the central government, Xiamen University was changed into a national key comprehensive university directly under the Ministry of education.

Xiamen University Campus View
Xiamen University Campus View


Since its establishment, adhering to the motto of “self-improvement and perfection”, the school has accumulated running experience and formed distinctive school characteristics. It has become a comprehensive university with complete disciplines, outstanding teachers, ranking the position of first-class in China, and having extensive influence in the world.


Xiamen University is the first university in China to build an independent campus overseas. Its early buildings have been selected into the national key cultural relics protection units and the list of “the first batch of China’s 20th-century architectural heritage”. It is known as “the strongest university in the South” and “the most beautiful university in China”.

Education Achivements and Rankings

The university has graduate schools, 6 academic departments, 30 colleges, and 16 research institutes, forming a complete discipline system including humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, engineering and technical sciences, management sciences, art Sciences, Medical Sciences, and other disciplines.

Chen Jiageng's Statue
Chen Jiageng’s Statue


The university has five first-class disciplines and nine second-class disciplines and national key disciplines. The school has 32 post-doctoral mobile stations; 36 first-class disciplines authorized for doctoral degrees and 45 first-class disciplines authorized for master’s degrees; 8 cross disciplines; 1 category of discipline authorization for doctor’s degree and 28 categories of discipline authorization for master’s degree.

The university has more than 200 research institutions, including 2 national collaborative innovation centers (leading units), 4 national key laboratories, 1 national engineering technology research center, 1 national engineering laboratory, 2 national local joint engineering research centers, 3 national local joint engineering laboratories, 1 National Research Institute and 1 national industry education integration innovation platform.

Xiamen University Campus View
Xiamen University Campus View

As of 2021, the Times Higher Education World University Rankings ranked Xiamen University 96th in Asia and 20th in China with its teaching and research performance.

Academic Ranking of World Universities, also known as the “Shanghai Ranking”, placed Xiamen University 20th in China.

Xiamen University Campus View
Xiamen University Campus View


According to the statistical results released by the ESI database in March 2019, Xiamen University has entered the top 1% of ESI in the world, including Chemistry, Engineering, Materials Science, Clinical Medicine, Plant and Zoology, Environment and Ecology, Biology, and Biochemistry, Mathematics, Agronomy, general theory of Social Sciences, Computer Science, Molecular Biology and Genetics, Microbiology, Pharmacology, and Toxicology Geoscience, and Physics, among which Chemistry has entered 1 ‰ of the world.

International Economics and Trade: Affiliated to the school of economics, International Economics, and Trade ranks among the top ten in China. It is a very good major of Xiamen University.

Advertising: Xiamen University has a strong degree in advertising, and the Communication University of China can be rewarded to be the first place in the country.

Accounting: The accounting major of Xiamen University is a national key discipline and has established a key research base of humanities and social sciences in universities.

Statistics: Statistics major of Xiamen University is a national key discipline, ranking among the best in similar disciplines in China, with a one-time employment rate of about 97%.

Famous Alumni

The university has more than 40000 students (including 1208 foreign students), including 20651 undergraduates, 16712 postgraduates, and 4737 doctoral students. Famous alumni of the university include eminent economists, mathematicians, inventors, writers, and singers. 

Xiamen University Campus View
Xiamen University Campus View

Such as the notable scholars Lin Yutang林语堂, Luxun鲁迅, and academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, mathematician Chen Jingrun陈景润, academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and former president of Fudan University Xie Xide谢希德.

Lin Yutang林语堂
Lin Yutang林语堂
Chen Jingrun陈景润
Chen Jingrun陈景润

Xiamen University – Campus Tour

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