Xiamen University

Originally established in 1921 as Amoy University, this public research university is located in southeast China’s coastal Fujian Province. Today, it hosts over 40,000 students on four campuses and is perennially ranked as one of the top academic institutions in the south of the country. It has special strengths in economics, management, journalism, communication, law, the fine arts, chemistry, and mathematics.

In 1937, the institution became a national university after being transferred to the government. Then in 1938, at the outbreak of the Second Sino-Japanese War, the university temporarily relocated to Changting, in the west of the province, to escape Japanese invasion. At the end of World War II, in 1946, it moved back to Xiamen and resumed normal operations. It became a comprehensive university, embracing both the arts and sciences, in 1952 and was designated a state key university in 1963. In the 1970s, the university’s English name was changed to Xiamen University, referring to the new English name for Amoy.

Accepting its first foreign students in 1981, today the school attracts students from overseas Chinese communities all over Southeast Asia, particularly Malaysia. It also has global exchange and cooperation relationships with over 300 universities and has established sixteen Confucius Institutes with partner institutions across 13 countries.

In 2015, the Xiamen University Malaysia Campus was established as the first ever large-scale international branch of a Chinese university. Today, the university also has additional campuses in Zhangzhou, Fujian and the Xiang’an district of Xiamen, whose stated goals are: 1) to provide facilities for newly developing disciplines and applied subjects, such as bioscience and energy; 2) to establish innovation platforms for applied sciences; and 3) to house the southern headquarters of the Confucius Institute. The University also hosts recurring China study programs at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and University College Utrecht in the Netherlands.

Famous alumni of Xiamen University include Lin Yutang, the acclaimed author of The Importance of Living (1937) and Moment in Peking (1939), and Faye Wong, recognized by Guinness in 2000 as the “Best Selling Canto-Pop Female Singer” of all time.

  • Visited: 1996, 2015

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