President's welcome

Date:2014-12-30 - Views:6562

In 1921, the renowned patriotic leader of overseas Chinese, Mr. Tan Kah Kee, founded Xiamen University (XMU), which is the first higher-learning institution established by overseas Chinese in the nation’s modern education history. XMU is not only a comprehensive university directly under the administration of China’s Ministry of Education, but also a high-level institution with privileged support from the state under the 211 Project and the 985 Project. Since its inception, the University has adhered to its motto of “Purse excellence; strive for perfection”. Known as the “Strength of Southern China”, XMU is a nationally-ranked and internationally-recognized comprehensive university with a wealth of experience in higher education, distinctive educational features, a full spectrum of disciplines, and a highly qualified faculty.

XMU has a long history of educating international students, being one of China’s first higher-education institutions to offer programs to foreign students. The University began a correspondence program for foreign students in 1956 and started accepting international students in 1981. XMU holds the distinction of conferring the first doctorates in oceanography and accounting upon international students in China. With a global vision, the University is committed to internationalization and open-ended education. Over the years, XMU has forged partnerships with more than 270 higher-learning institutions in the UK, the US, Japan, France, Russia, Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan. Moreover, the University has built 16 Confucius Institutes and 40 “Confucius Classrooms” in the Americas, Europe, Asia and Africa, in collaboration with local universities. In July 2014, ground was broken for XMU’s Malaysian campus, making XMU the first top-ranked Chinese university with an overseas branch. 

As a leader in creating, developing and imparting knowledge, XMU is dedicated to scholarly excellence and the pursuit of truth, and sees the advancement of scholarship, cultivation of talent and advancement of humanity as its ultimate mission. When it was founded, the University took up the mission of “pursuing profound learning, nurturing special talent, and promoting world cultures”. Over the decades, the University has steadfastly persisted in pursuing its ideals and aspirations with a down-to-earth, step-by-step approach. In the process, it has created a cultural ecology featuring pluralism, inclusiveness, civility and refinement. The prestige of Chinese universities has risen in lockstep with the nation’s economic growth. In recent years, as China’s overall strengths and international influence steadily rise, XMU has grown by leaps and bounds, approaching the world’s highest standards for academic disciplines, scientific research, and educational quality. The University is on track to becoming a world-class institution. 

XMU hosts more than 4,000 overseas students from over 120 countries and regions around the world each year. Overseas students bask in the University’s inspiring and supportive learning environment and study diligently at a university nestled snugly between the hills and the sea and known for its top-notch faculty and first-class facilities. They form a vibrant part of the XMU community. Xiamen, where XMU is situated, is the most dynamic harbor city on China’s southeastern coast and a recipient of the “UN-Habitat Scroll of Honor” award and the “Nations in Bloom” award. The city fascinates international students with its unique Southern Fujian culture, warmth and hospitality, and striking buildings blending Eastern and Western styles. XMU is the brightest jewel in the crown of Xiamen, a “garden on the sea”. 

XMU is a knowledge powerhouse where you will unleash your potential, receive a balanced education, and achieve vigorous growth. By choosing to study with us, you will give yourself a foundation that will set you apart for the rest of your life. We’re looking forward to welcoming students from across the world to our university. With our inclusive, respectful environment that celebrates cultural and ethnic diversity, you will find your education at XMU a most enjoyable and memorable experience.

President Zhu Chongshi