Southeast University (SEU) is one of the national key universities administered directly under the Central Government and the Ministry of Education of China. It is also one of the universities of Project 211 and Program 985 that is financed by the Central Government to build as a world-class university. SEU is on the list of level A universities of “first-rate universities”. Located in the ancient capital city of Nanjing, Southeast University has campuses such as Sipailou,Jiulonghu and Dingjiaqiao, covering a total area of 392 hectares.
Southeast University is one of the oldest institutions of higher learning in China. It has the accolades of “a sacred place of learning” and “the top university in the southeast part of China”. Its origin can be traced back to 1902, when it was founded as Sanjiang Normal College. In 1921, on the initiative of renowned educator Mr. Guo Bingwen, National Southeast University was founded based on Nanjing Higher Normal School, and became one of the two national comprehensive universities around the country. Mr. Guo Bingwen took up the post of the first president of the university. He invited dozens of prominent scholars and experts to the university. Hence it is acknowledged that “Peking University is renowned for its literature, history and philosophy disciplines, and Southeast University is famous for its science disciplines”. In 1928, the university changed its name into National Central University. It had 7 schools including science, engineering, medicine, agriculture, literature, law, and education. The number and scale of disciplines were on the first level around the country. In 1952, disciplines such as literature and science emigrated out, and were successively incorporated into relevant disciplines of Fudan University, Chiao Tung University, Zhejiang University, and University of Nanking etc.. The original engineering school of National Central University, as the principal part of the university, was established as Nanjing Institute of Technology on the original site of National Central University.In May 1988, the university was renamed Southeast University. The anniversary is on June 6. In April 2000, Nanjing Railway Medical College, Nanjing College of Communications and Nanjing Geological School were incorporated into the university, and the new Southeast University was established.