Message from the President


Thank you for your interest in Xiamen University (XMU).

XMU, established in 1921 by renowned patriotic overseas Chinese leader Mr. Tan Kah Kee, is the first Chinese university founded by an overseas Chinese. The University is a comprehensive institution of higher education directly affiliated with China’s Ministry of Education, and it has recently been chosen for inclusion in the Chinese Government’s Program of Building World-Class Universities and World-Class Disciplines.

Since its foundation, generation after generation of faculty and students have strived to fulfill Mr. Tan Kah Kee’s vision of “empowering the nation through education” and “building XMU into a world-class university”. Inspired by the University’s motto ofPursuing Excellence and Striving for Perfection”, XMU is on track to become “a university that rivals the major institutions around the world” and “the pride of the nation” as envisioned by his founding father. With a century of robust growth, XMU today is a nationally-ranked and internationally-recognized comprehensive university. Its long and proud tradition of scholarly excellence and its leadership in a broad range of disciplines have earned it a prestigious reputation as the “Strength of Southern China”.

Since its inception, XMU has produced more than 300,000 graduates, and over 60 academicians of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Chinese Academy of Engineering have studied or worked at XMU. In recent years, in parallel with the steady rise of China’s national strength and international influence, XMU has advanced by leaps and bounds, approaching the world’s highest standard for academic disciplines, scientific research, and educational quality. The University was placed among the world’s top 400 institutions in various authoritative world university rankings, such as THE, QS, US News and ARWU and is expected to rise higher in the ranking charts on its way to world-class university status.

XMU comprises six faculties: Humanities and Arts, Social Sciences, Natural Sciences, Engineering and Technology, Medicine and Life Sciences, and Earth Sciences and Technology. These faculties consist of 30 colleges and schools and 16 institutes. 18 first-level disciplines were ranked among the world’s top 1% by ESI. XMU has a full-time faculty of 2777, 73.6% of whom are full and associate professors, and 85.1% are doctorate recipients. Currently, the University has a total enrollment of approximately 40,000 students, including 20,651 in bachelor’s, 16,712 in master’s and 4,737 in doctoral programs. Our graduates are among the most sought-after in the job market, with over 95% of them finding employment upon graduation. The University is spread over four campuses in Siming (430 acres), Zhangzhou (420 acres), Xiang'an (600 acres), and Malaysia (150 acres), covering a total area of nearly 1,600 acres.

From the very beginning, XMU set building a global university as its goal, dedicating itself to “advancing the frontiers of knowledge, cultivating professional talent, and expounding world cultures”. With a global vision, the University is committed to internationalization and open-ended education. Over the years, XMU has forged partnerships with over 250 higher-learning institutions in the U.K., the U.S., Japan, France, Russia, Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan and engaged in substantive cooperation with more than 50 of the world’s top 200 universities. Moreover, the University has operated 14 Confucius Institutes in 12 countries and regions. In February 2016, Xiamen University Malaysia (XMUM) welcomed its first cohort of students. As the first overseas campus set up by a renowned Chinese university, XMUM is acclaimed as a brilliant pearl on the 21st Century Marine Silk Road.

As one of the earliest institutions in China to offer courses to overseas students, XMU set up its Overseas Correspondence College back in 1956 and started enrolling international students in 1981. The University holds the distinction of conferring the first doctorates in oceanography and accounting upon international students in China. Every year, over 2,000 international students from all over the word are studying at XMU. They enjoy a world-class intellectual environment on a campus nestled snugly between the hills and the sea and known for its top-notch faculty and first-class facilities. They form a vibrant and essential 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 International Awards for Liveable Communities (LivCom Awards). In September 2017, Xiamen hosted the 9th BRICS Summit, with XMU serving as the venue for a number of events. The city’s unique culture and customs, East-meet-West architecture, picturesque coastal scenery, and fresh air and blue skies, also add to XMU’s appeal as a top destination for students from around the world.

As one of the nation’s leading institutions of higher education, XMU is committed to developing the intellectual and personal strengths of its students. We’re looking forward to welcoming you to the University. With an inclusive, respectful environment that celebrates cultural and ethnic diversity, you will find your education at XMU a most enjoyable and memorable experience.

President of XMU: Zhang Rong