Country: China

Background and Experience

The School of Geographic and Oceanographic Sciences is a long-established research institute and one of the earliest founded departments of geographic sciences in China. Its history could trace back to the Department of Geo-science of the Southeast University, which was founded in 1921. In May, 2006, adjusted to the requirements of disciplinary development, NU authorized the establishment of the School of Geographic and Oceanographic Sciences. The department has a rich qualified faculty team: one academician of Academia Sinica, 28 professors (18 of them are doctoral postgraduate supervisors), and 26 associate professors. The department has a student body of 605. Among them, 56 are doctoral degree candidates, 142 are master degree candidates and 7 are working in the Post-doctoral Circulation Station. The Department offers several master’s programs, including Physical Geography, Remote Sensing and Geographical Information System, Quaternary Geology, and Environmental Science and 4 doctoral programs.

NU is active in internationalization. The Office of International Cooperation and Exchanges and the Office of Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macao Affairs administer the University’s affairs related to academic cooperation and exchanges with overseas universities. The main functions of this office include drafting policies, making overall plans and coordination with regard to academic cooperation and exchanges with overseas universities so as to serve the University’s strategic goal of internationalization. The office, adhering to the principle of “promoting internationalization from strength to strength by expanding cooperation with overseas universities and raising the international profile so as to serve the teaching and research”, tries its best to strengthen the academic cooperation and exchanges with world leading universities and institutions. The Office has four sections, namely, Section for International Exchange, Section for International Faculty, Section for Administration Support (Nanjing Test Center), and Section for Entry and Exit Administration. According to statistics, NU has now established academic relationship with 59 universities or research institutions in North and South America, 51 in Europe, 12 in Oceania, 56 in Asia, and 3 in Africa.

In order to absorb foreign experience in teaching, research, and administration, NU is actively exploring international collaboration of various kinds. The University jointly established the Johns Hopkins University-Nanjing University Center for Chinese and American Studies with the Johns Hopkins University of the United States, Sino-German Institute of Law Studies with the University of Geottingen in Germany, and Sino-Japanese Institute of Culture Studies with University of Tokyo in Japan. Presently there are 18 long-term international faculty in NU, teaching languages including English, French, German, Japanese, Russian and Spanish, and subjects including literature, linguistics, law, politics and physics. In 2002, the University employed 106 person-times of short-term international faculty, conducting scientific researches covering 15 disciplines, including key programs supported by the National Education Ministry and State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs.

Expertise: Coast Study, Water Resources and Environment, Geographical Information System, City and Regional Science , Physiognomy and Quaternary, Land Exploitation and Utilization, Coastal Oceanography

Added value: visibility to the professional sector/associations in China and neighbouring countries.