top universities in fujian

Last Updated on August 28, 2023

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Jimei University (JMU) (集美大学, Pinyin: Jíměi Dàxué, POJ: Chi̍p-bí Tōa-o̍h), colloquially known as “Jídà” (集大), is a public university in Xiamen, Fujian, People’s Republic of China.It offers doctorate degree programs. It is authorized to enroll postgraduate candidates exempt from admission exam and enrolls students from all over the country.


Founded by Tan Kah Kee in 1918, Jimei University traces its origins back to Jimei Normal School.

In 1994, Jimei University was the result of combining five institutes and colleges in the “Jimei Schools Village”: Fujian Physical Education College, Jimei Finance and Economics Institute, Jimei Navigation Institute, Jimei Teachers College, and Xiamen Fisheries College.


Jimei University has a total 2300 faculties and more than 1,500 full-time teachers, among whom more than 800 are professors and associate professors and approximately 30-40 are foreign teachers. The University has a high-level teaching and research team, including 39 professors who enjoy the State Council Special Subsidies, 1 awardee of the National Millions of Talents Project and 12 Distinguished Professor’s Award in Minjiang Scholar’s Program. Other recognition awards include 115 winners and 5 scientific teams of various ministerial and provincial high-tech talents program, such as the Excellent Talent of Fujian, Outstanding Science and Technology Talents, Scientific Innovation Leading Talents, Philosophy and Social Science Leading Talents, Youth Science and Technology Awards, and Scientific Innovation Team of Fujian Higher Education Institutes. Besides, the specialty of Fisheries of the University has been selected in the project of the Highland of Talents for Social Offices and Enterprises of Fujian Province.

Academic research

After a long period of practice, the University has shaped its ocean-oriented engineering subjects such as Maritime and Fisheries to its advantage. Maritime Education has a significant impact at home and abroad and it has become the “breeding ground” fostering senior maritime professionals. The 64,000dwt vessel- or ‘Yude’ is regarded the biggest ocean-going ship of the world for students to gain onboard practice. The university has 2 local and national joint engineering research centers, 13 provincial (ministerial) level scientific research innovation platforms and research base of humanities and social sciences, 1 provincial university characteristic new type of font stock as well as 13 provincial university innovation platforms/ research bases. The University has undertaken several national research programs, such as ‘973 Program’, ‘863 Program’, the National Natural Science Fund Program, and the National Social Science Fund Program. It has won over 40 scientific and technological progress awards from the provincial and national levels. The University actively carries out collaborative innovations and takes its lead to set up the ‘Fujian Yacht Industry Key Technology Collaborative Innovation Center’, participates in the establishment of the “ Fujian Collaborative Innovation Center for Exploitation and Utilization of Maritime and Biological Resources”. It has also set up about 50 research platforms with enterprises.

Key Laboratories and Projects

  • National and Local Joint Engineering Research Center of Deep Processing Technology for Aquatic products
  • Key Laboratory of Healthy Mariculture for the East China Sea, Ministry of Agriculture
  • National-local Joint Engineering Research Center for Marine Navigation Aids Services
  • Engineering Research Center of the Modern Industry Technology for Eel. Ministry of Education


Jimei University has over 27000 students where more than 25600 are full-time undergraduate students and over 1400 are master’s degree or various postgraduate program students. There are about 600 overseas students in the University. The University has 3 national professional comprehensive reform pilot projects, 6 national ‘Outstanding Talents’ training projects, 4 national specialized majors, 1 national level teaching team, 2 national experimental teaching demonstration centers, 1 national virtual stimulation experimental teaching center, 1 national internship education base for university students, 11 provincial specialized specialty training bases and professional comprehensive reform pilot bases, 8 provincial service-centered majors, 6 provincial innovation entrepreneurship education reform pilot disciplines, 7 provincial level teaching teams, 16 provincial experimental teaching demonstration centers and 2 provincial virtual stimulation experimental teaching centers. Besides, students have achieved high ranks in many competitions such as the national university students ‘Challenge Cup’, the mathematical modeling, the National Robot Contest, the smart car contest, the National Games, the National University Games and other major competitions as well. The graduates have received compliments from the society and the employment rate in the past 3 years has remained above 95%.


The university has an area of more than 2300 mu (1mu=666.7m2), with a floor space of over 1,020,000 square meters. It is known for its scenery and the distinctive ‘Jiageng-style’ architectural design, of which eight buildings have been selected as ‘The National Key Cultural Relics Protection Buildings’. The architectural complex of the new campus was elected one of the ‘100 Elite Construction Projects’ for over the 60 years since the founding of the People’s Republic of China. Jimei University is the only university winning the award.

Jimei University has several libraries; Jiageng Library and Cheng Yankui Library are the biggest.Jimei University library.

Colleges and schools

Jimei University has an integration of 21 colleges. It has formed a multi-disciplined school-running system and offers 68 undergraduate courses in 9 disciplines, namely, Economics, Law, Pedagogy, Arts, Science, Engineering, Agronomy, Administration, and Fine Arts. There are 8 first class provincial disciplines (including 2 characteristic key disciplines), 1 postdoctoral research station of Fisheries, 2 first level doctorate programs in Fisheries and Naval Architecture and Ocean. In addition, there are 9 first-level master’s degree authorization disciplines in Fisheries, Naval Architecture and Ocean, Food Science and Engineering, Communication and Transportation, Applied Economics, Sports Science, Mathematics, Chinese Language and Literature, and Biology. Altogether, it offers 4 professional master’s courses in the fields of Agronomy, Engineering, Pedagogy and Taxation.

Arts and Humanities

  • Marxist Institute
  • Teachers Education College
  • School of Political Science and Law
  • School of Chinese Language and Literature
  • Arts College
  • School of Foreign Languages
  • Physical Education College


  • School of Business Administration
  • Finance and Economic College

Technology and Engineering

  • Computer Engineering College
  • Information Engineering College
  • College of Mechanical and Energy Engineering
  • Food and Biological Engineering College
  • Marine Engineering Institute

General Sciences

  • Fisheries College
  • Navigation College
  • Science College
  • Engineering Technology College
  • Adult Education College
  • Overseas Education College
  • Chengyi College


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External exchange and cooperation

Jimei University is actively engaged in the external exchange and cooperation and takes full advantage of its regional location to the SoutheastAsia and being adjacent to Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan Regions; the University gives its service to the Belt and Road initiative. The school has carried out a wide range of academic exchange and cooperation with more than 100 universities and research institutes from the United States, Britain, Australia, Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan regions as well as the international organizations such as International Maritime Organization, International Association of Lighthouse Authorities (IALA) and International Association of Maritime Universities. The school has established the strategic cooperation with Chinese Service Centre for Scholarly Exchange to build up the overseas study training base. Jimei University is one of the pioneer universities in Fujian to run the Sino- Foreign Joint Education Program, and the Cross-Strait joint Education Program. It is also a pioneer among Fujian institutions qualified to recruit students from Hong Kong, Macao, Taiwan, and overseas Chinese students. Furthermore, it is one of the universities authorized by Ministry of Education to receive students from Hong Kong Special Administrative Regions exempted from admission exams and to recruit students from Taiwan individually. It is one of the universities in Xiamen authorized to enroll overseas Chinese students along the countries of ‘ Maritime Silk Road’ with Tan Kah Kee Scholarship. Jimei is a unique university in the mainland that is qualified to carry out the eligibility training and compliance transition period program for Taiwanese Seafarers in non-restricted waters, the only unit in Fujian for “The Funding Scheme for Youth Exchange in the Mainland” by Hong Kong SAR government. Being a main institute supported by Hanban (a public institution affiliated with the Chinese Ministry of Education) to provide Chinese language and culture teaching to the neighborhood countries and the first appointed Overseas Chinese education base’, the University has sent Chinese Volunteer Teachers to the ‘Belt and Road’ countries such as the Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia, and other countries ever since 2007.

Xiamen University of Technology

Xiamen University of Technology (XMUT; Chinese: 厦门理工学院; pinyin: Xiàmén Lǐgōng Xuéyuàn; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: Ē-mn̂g-lí-kang-ha̍k-īⁿ) is a provincial public university located in Xiamen, Fujian province, China.


Founded in 1981, at around the same time as the Xiamen Special Economic Zone, it was originally known as Lujiang Industrial University. the university status was conferred by Xi Jinping, current General Secretary of the Communist Party of China, when he was Governor of Fujian Province. It is a public university which since 2013 has been jointly administered by Xiamen City Government and Fujian Provincial Government, at which time it was also designated a “key provincial university”.

The university has created a joint-venture called Digital Innovation College with partnering universities; Ming Chuan University and Central University.


The university’s main campus is located in Jimei District, although it continues to maintain a smaller campus in downtown Xiamen’s Siming District. The combined campus area is more than 120 hectares.


XMUT has a total enrollment of 21,000 domestic students. In addition, since the 1990s it has hosted international students from all over the world. The university currently offers 63 undergraduate and graduate programs.


It currently has around 1000 faculty members, including approximately 50 overseas teachers.

International cooperation

XMUT currently has cooperation agreements with more than 30 universities and corporations in over 20 countries. It offers more than 20 programs which allow credit transfer in partnership with 10 overseas universities, and offers joint degrees at undergraduate and graduate level in cooperation with universities in Britain, Canada, the United States, Malaysia and the Philippines. In addition, XMUT has cooperation agreements with 18 institutes of higher education in Taiwan.


In 2012 XMUT received 63% of its annual research funds from major university-industry collaborative projects as well as research endowments, and was awarded grants for 11 new research projects by the Chinese National Natural Science Foundation.


In 2008 XMUT was named as one of the “Top Ten Fastest Growing Universities in China”. Since 2010 it has been one of only three universities in Fujian to be part of the Ministry of Education-sponsored “Outstanding Engineers’ Training Program, and the only university in Fujian to be part of the Ministry of Science and Technology’s “Innovation Engineering Program”. In 2011 it also became the only university in Fujian to win the “National Innovation and Entrepreneurship Education Award”.

History and development

Founded in 1958, Fujian University of Traditional Chinese Medicine (FJUTCM) is a traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) university of higher learning in Fujian province. The university is situated in Fuzhou, the capital of Fujian Province. There are two campuses in the university with Pingshan campus in the city proper and Qishan campus in the suburb Minhou, covering an area of about 70 hectares in total.

In April 1989, the university admitted 13 students from Taiwan, becoming the first mainland university to accept application from the island.

Now the university confers bachelors’, masters’ and doctoral degree and serves as the base of TCM education, research and medical treatment in Fujian province. The number of staff both in the university and affiliated hospitals is more than 2400, and the total enrollment of full-time students is over 8000, including nearly 1000 postgraduates.

Fujian University of Traditional Chinese Medicine has become one of the best TCM universities in China.


FJUTCM consists of nine departments and three colleges with fifteen specialties for undergraduates, three first class disciplines covering eighteen specialties for Master candidates and two specialties for Doctoral candidates. The university has established a comprehensive discipline system. TCM Orthopedics and Traumatology is not only one of the key disciplines of State Administration of Traditional Chinese Medicine but also the key discipline of “211 Project” of Fujian province. There are also seven provincial key disciplines, two research institutes in the university, namely Fujian Institute of Chinese Medicine and Academy of Integrative Medicine, Fujian, China.

FJUTCM has two affiliated hospitals, i.e. Fujian People’s Hospital and Fujian Second People’s Hospital, and six indirectly affiliated hospitals. There are seven Ministry—level key disciplines of State Administration of Traditional Chinese Medicine, twelve provincial—level key disciplines in Fujian People’s Hospital and Fujian Second People’s Hospital. FJUTCM also set up Guoyitang Clinic in Pingshan campus to provide medical service to the public.


Tracing its origin back to Fujian Superior Normal School, founded in 1907, Fujian Normal University (FNU) is Fujian’s oldest university and one of China’s most time-honored teachers’ colleges. After the founding of the People’s Republic of China, the school (which had been renamed Fujian Provincial Normal College) merged in 1953 with Fukian Christian University and Hua Nan Women’s College to form a new and significantly expanded Fujian Normal College. It acquired its current name of Fujian Normal University in 1972.


In Fuzhou, the capital of Fujian province, FNU has two campuses — Qishan and Cangshan — with a land area of about 230 hectares.

The university consists of 28 colleges, which together offer 56 undergraduate programs, over 120 master programs (including those conferring professional degrees in pedagogy, public administration, physical culture and arts), about 50 doctoral programs and 7 post-doctoral research centers. These programs cover subject areas in literature, history, philosophy, physics, engineering, pedagogy, economics, law, business management, agriculture, etc. A balanced and coordinated development of this spectrum of disciplines has given FNU a distinct identity as a multi-discipline comprehensive university. By conferring a range of academic degrees, from bachelors to doctorates, these programs enable FNU to set up a full-fledged educational system in its institutional framework.

Training programs

In addition to regular academic programs, FNU has been authorized by the state to provide on-the-job training for teachers of elementary, secondary, occupational schools as well as colleges. It has been singled out for setting up experimental pilot programs in distance education and in teaching Chinese as a foreign language. It has been authorized to admit students from Taiwan on an experimental basis.

Teaching, however, is just one aspect of the dual task which FNU has taken on. To turn the university into a school oriented to both teaching and research, its faculty has been paying just as much attention to scientific investigations and scholarly pursuits. The efforts have started to pay off. The university is at present[when?] the proud host to as many as four national centers for scientific research and personnel training, eight key laboratories or research centers sponsored by the ministries concerned or the provincial government, one Ministry of Education sponsored research center for basic education, and several dozen of provincially sponsored laboratories and research institutes.


Over 20,000 students are enrolled in the two campuses in Fuzhou, among whom over 4,600 are pursuing their graduate degrees. Some others are international students from 17 countries such as the U.S., the U.K., Japan, and the Republic of Korea, and from China’s Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan areas or from overseas Chinese families around the world.

International student life

Most of the international students come from neighbouring Asian countries, including Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam, Japan, and Korea.

The International Students College is near many shopping areas including Student Street (Chinese: 学生街), Baolong Mall (Chinese: 宝龙城市广场), Taijiang (Chinese: 台江), and Dongbai Yuan Hong (Chinese: 东百元洪).


FNU attaches the greatest importance to recruiting talented researchers and distinguished scholars for its teaching staff. Maintaining a high-quality, properly tiered, and professionally dedicated faculty has been its top priority. It has a 2,600-strong teaching and auxiliary staff.

Its faculty counts more than 700 full and associate professors, among whom two have been elected members of the Eurasian Academy of Sciences, seven have received the honorific title of “Young and Middle-aged Experts with Distinguished Services,” two are members of the subject-specific advisory groups under the State Council Commission for Regulating Academic Degrees, six are “Professors Extraordinaire” or “Minjiang Scholars”, one has been honored as “China’s Distinguished Teacher”, six as “Fujian’s Distinguished Teachers,” and 22 as “Fujian’s Distinguished Experts”, to mention a fraction of the honors and recognitions won by FNU scholars.


The university is noted for its fine facilities for teaching and research.

Its library holds a collection of as many as 2.86 million books. It is one of the largest libraries in normal universities throughout China. The library is famed internationally for its very impressive collections of ancient texts, rare books, rubbings of engraved tablets, photographs, calligraphic works and paintings, Fujian’s local cultural and historical documents, early editions of foreign language publications, and major newspapers published during the historic period known as the May Fourth Movement.

The university is equipped with over 7,000 computers for teaching and research, over 100 multimedia classrooms, and more than 30 language laboratories. Among its facilities for conducting pedagogical and scientific experiments are a university computation center, an analyzing and testing center, a center of modern educational technologies, in addition to the 70-odd research institutes and centers run by its colleges. A high-speed intranet serves the campuses, and it is expanding rapidly to cater to the ever-increasing needs of the university community.

International education

Founded in 1988, the International College of Chinese Studies of the Fujian Normal University (formerly International Cultural and Educational Exchange Center, FNU) was authorized by the State Education Commission as one of the four Chinese teaching bases to admit students from Southeast Asia. In 1997, it received its current name.

The International College of Chinese Studies undertakes the work of recruiting, teaching and advising foreign students for degree and non-degree courses. The school has a well-equipped administrative system, qualified teachers, and modest teaching and learning means. However, complaints have been filed by students with regard to the living conditions. Buildings and dormitories often do not meet appropriate safety standards.

Colleges and schools

  • School of Education
  • School of Economics
  • School of Liberal Arts
  • School of Communication
  • School of Social History
  • School of Law
  • School of Public Administration
  • School of Foreign Language
  • School of Music
  • School of Fine Arts
  • School of Physical Science
  • School of Mathematics and Computer Science
  • Faculty of Software
  • School of Physics and Electronics Technology
  • School of Environmental Science and Engineering
  • School of Life Science
  • School of Geographical Science
  • Minnan Institute of Technology (Fuqing Campus)
  • Concord University College

Fujian Agriculture and Forestry University

Fujian Agriculture and Forestry University (FAFU) is a leading higher education institution in Fujian Province, jointly supported by the Ministry of Agriculture, the State Forestry Administration and the Fujian Provincial Government in China. Rated “Grade A” on the Undergraduate Teaching Evaluation by the State Ministry of Education, FAFU is one of the first-batch universities to grant master’s degrees and one of the second-batch universities to confer doctoral degrees in China. It is also one of the higher education institutions with Chinese Government Scholarship Programs to sponsor international students. The school has witnessed 78 years of development. With a total area of over 320 hectares, the University has four campuses with the main campus located in Fuzhou, the capital city of Fujian Province, and the other three in Fuzhou College Station, Nanpin City and Anxi County. There are also two independent colleges, Jinshan College and Dongfang College, affiliated to FAFU, with a total enrollment of 30,000 students


Fujian Agriculture and Forestry University (FAFU) is a major higher education institution in Fujian province with a 76-year history. Its history can be traced back to the Agricultural Department of Fukien Christian College founded in 1936 and Fujian Provincial Agriculture College founded in 1940. The university was renamed to FAFU after the merger of Fujian Forestry College and Fujian Agriculture University in 2000. FAFU is located in Fuzhou, the capital city of Fujian Province on the seashore of the Pacific Ocean with picturesque scenery and rich history and culture. With its beautiful, environmentally-friendly campus, the University has been honored as one of China’s model organizations of spiritual civilization, one of China’s model “green” employers and one of China’s most employee-friendly organizations. FAFU employs over 2300 faculty and staff among which there are more than 1600 full-time faculty members including 800 full or associate professors/investigators. FAFU contains 23 colleges, 72 undergraduate majors covering ten subject areas in science, engineering, agriculture, economics, management, humanities, law, medicine, etc. The University has a total enrollment of over 24,000 full-time undergraduate students and around 4,000 graduate students. There are eight post-doctoral research centers and offers eleven first-rate doctoral programs, 23 first-rate master’s programs, and seven professional master’s degree programs. In addition, FAFU has established a national science and biology center, a national key academic program and a training center.


The university was founded in 1936. It is now known as the Fujian Agriculture and Forestry University and is a public university focused on the development of agriculture and forestry.

Agricultural Department of Fukien Christian College
Autumn, 1936
Agricultural College of Fukien Christian University
Spting, 1940
Fujian Provincial Agriculture College
June, 1940)
Agricultural College of Fuzhou University
April, 1951
Agricultural College of Amoy University
June, 1951)
Fujian Agriculture College
August, 1952
Zhangzhou DivisionDepartment of Forestry
Zhangzhou Agriculture College
September, 1960 – July, 1962
Fujian Forestry College
November, 1958 – March, 1972
Fujian Agriculture and Forestry University
March, 1972
Fujian Agriculture College
May, 1975
Fujian Forestry College
May, 1975
Fujian Agriculture University
January, 1994
Fujian Agriculture and Forestry University
October, 2000


The main campus is in the Cangshan District of Fuzhou and most of the institutions are located here. There is another small campus located in Minhou, called Qishan Campus. This university also owns a campus in Quanzhou City, named Anxi College of Tea Science. Apart from its major campuses, the university owns and operates two independent colleges, named Oriental College and Jinshan College. The Oriental College has changed its name as “Fuzhou Technology and Business College” and detached from the operating system of FAFU in 2019.

Academic Success

FAFU has won 655 science and technology awards and outstanding social achievement awards at the national and provincial level since 1978. As the first organization to initiate JUNCAO technology, FAFU has been offering high-level international training classes of JUNCAO technology for 50 rounds with more than 1662 trainees. To date, JUNCAO technology has been introduced to 87 countries in five continents. Being hailed as a unique and niche major in China, the faculty of Bee Science in FAFU has become the most important talent base and resource for professional training and technological innovation in the field. FAFU is also one of the pioneering universities in China to offer Tea Science major. Distinctive research programs in the field of specialized teas including the oolong tea have been established here, which provide a comprehensive and unique education and research opportunities for undergraduate and graduate studies.

Hot Program

Environmental engineering, chemical engineering and Technology, seed science and engineering, Agriculture Biotechnology, Cytobiology, Genetics, Tea Science, Microbiology

International Effort

In recent years FAFU has stepped up its efforts in becoming an internationally recognized institution of higher education. It is entitled to the Chinese Government Scholarship Program, and has established the world’s second Confucius Institute featuring agriculture in Durban, South Africa. The university has built friendships with over 50 research institutes in more than 20 countries and regions. Together with Dalhousie University and University of British Columbia, FAFU has established two undergraduate education programs in Horticulture and Resource and Environmental Science and one in Ecology, respectively; In addition, over the years the university has welcomed a large number of overseas students from 30 countries such as the US, Canada, Sudan, and Thailand, etc., and the heads of states from Papua New Guinea, Guyana, Cambodia, and South Africa have successively visited FAFU.

College Student Innovation Program

FAFU so far has set up 160 national experimental or training programs to improve students’ innovative abilities, and won 443 provincial or higher awards in college student innovation competitions. FAFU leads other Fujian-based universities especially in the branch of extra-curriculum scientific activities of the National College Student Challenger Cup of Science & Technology competition. Among students in provincial universities, FAFU students have received the most funding from provincial or higher organizations for their innovative programs for two consecutive years.


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  7.  “Internatioanl Effort”
  8.  “College Student Innovation Program”

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