Xiamen University (XMU) was founded in 1921 by Mr. Tan Kah Kee, the renowned overseas Chinese leader, and is the first university established by an overseas Chinese in modern China. The University has long been listed among China’s leading universities on the national “211 Project” and the “985 Project,” two initiatives launched by the Chinese government to support selected universities in achieving world-class standing.

Since its founding, inspired by its motto “Pursue Excellence, Strive for Perfection,” XMU has accumulated rich experience and developed its own characteristics in its operation, growing into a national key comprehensive university with a full range of disciplines, high-caliber faculty members and extensive international influence. Since its inception, XMU has turned out over 300,000 graduates and has been home to more than 60 academicians of the Chinese Academy of Sciences or of the Chinese Academy of Engineering.

XMU currently comprises a graduate school, 6 faculties, 28 schools (with 76 departments), and 14 research institutes, covering a full range of disciplines that include the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, engineering and technological sciences, management science, art science, and medical science. XMU is ranked by ESI among the global top 1% in 11 subjects.

At present, XMU has a full-time academic staff of 2,718, including 1,826 full and associate professors (67% of the academic staff) and 2,078 doctoral degree holders (76.5% of the academic staff).

XMU currently has a total enrolment of nearly 40,000 full-time students, with almost an equal share of undergraduate and graduate students, including 19,782 in bachelor’s degree programs, 16,390 in master’s degree programs, 3,229 in doctoral degree programs, and 1,196 international students in degree programs. XMU graduates enjoy great popularity among employers, and the annual employment rate has remained above 95%. 

  • In addition, XMU houses more than 200 research organizations, including: 

  • state-level centers for collaborative innovation

  • state key laboratories 

  • state engineering laboratory 

  • state research center for engineering technologies 

  • state-province joint engineering laboratories 

  • key laboratories under the Ministry of Education

  • engineering research centers under the Ministry of Education 

  • key research bases for the humanities and social sciences under the Ministry of XMU Science Park is one of the only two state-level university science parks in Fujian Province accredited by both the Ministry of Science and Technology and the Ministry of Education. 

Actively seeking to enhance its global engagement, XMU has entered into partnership agreements with more than 280 universities around the world and engaged in substantive exchanges and cooperation with 47 universities ranking among the world’s top 200. XMU has also played a significant role in the international promotion of the Chinese language, co-establishing 16 Confucius Institutes with its partner universities in North America, Europe, Asia, Africa and other regions and has been authorized by the Chinese government to build the Academy for Confucius Institute Directors. Due to its favorable geographical and cultural proximity to Taiwan, XMU has become the leading center for Taiwan Studies and academic and cultural exchanges with Taiwan.

Furthermore, Xiamen University Malaysia (XMUM) was established in July 2014, becoming the first overseas campus set up by a renowned comprehensive Chinese university, and February 2016 witnessed the inauguration ceremony for the first batch of students at XMUM. XMUM currently offers 12 degree programs with an enrolment of 1,900 students and a staff of 200, and has been authorized to set up Fujian Provincial Government Scholarships. Dubbed a sparkling gem on the crown of the Belt and Road Initiative, XMUM has been written into the recent China-Malaysia Joint Press Statement.

XMU is equipped with state-of-the-art teaching and research facilities and boasts an effective and efficient public service system. At present, the University encompasses more than 9,000 mu (600 hectares), including around 2,600 mu (173 hectares) on Siming campus, 2,500 mu (167 hectares) on Zhangzhou campus, 3,600 mu (240 hectares) on Xiang’an campus, and 900 mu (60 hectares) on Malaysia campus, with a combined gross floor area of over 2.1 million square meters. XMU enjoys rich library resources with over 4.1 million printed books and 4.9 million electronic books, RMB 9.1 billion worth of fixed assets, and RMB 2.8 billion worth of instruments and equipment, and has 8 affiliated hospitals in total. Its high-speed information network is among the largest and most sophisticated among Chinese universities, making it one of the key nodes of CERNET2. Nestled snugly between wooded hills and the blue sea, XMU is widely recognized as one of China’s most beautiful universities.

Xiamen University is determined to achieve the following two strategic objectives: to become a high-level research university well-known both at home and abroad by 2021, the centennial of the founding of XMU, and to grow into a world-class university by 2049, the centennial of the founding of the People’s Republic of China.