Nanjing University (NJU or NU, simplified Chinese: 南京大学; traditional Chinese: 南京大學; pinyin: Nánjīng Dàxué; colloquially 南大, Nándà), or Nanking University, is one of the oldest and most prestigious institutions of higher learning in China.
Following many changes through dynasties since CE 258, it was established as a modern new-type school in 1902 in the end period of Qing Dynasty, and became a modern university in the early 1920s, the early years of Republic of China, and is the first Chinese modern university with the combination of education and research.
Before the eve of establishment of People’s Republic of China in 1949, the name was changed from National Central University to Nanjing University.
Nanjing University is a comprehensive research university. It is a member of the C9 League and Yangtze Delta Universities Alliance. NU is a national university directly under the Ministry of Education of PRC, largely financed by China central and also local Jiangsu provincial finance. Nanjing University has two campuses: Gulou campus, located in the centre of Nanjing City, and Xianlin campus, located in northeast of Nanjing southern to Yangtse River, which is the home to most undergraduate students and graduate students of several departments.