Building a comprehensive research university with global reach
Nanjing Tech University, a comprehensive university with a focus on engineering, is striving to become a world-class university by expanding its multidisciplinary programmes, enhancing research excellence and promoting international collaboration.
Located in the culture-steeped city of Nanjing — an ancient capital of China — century-old Nanjing Tech University (NanjingTech) boasts a rich history and a solid reputation. Having nurtured a large number of talented researchers and achieved fruitful research results, NanjingTech is attaining global renown as a comprehensive university with a focus on engineering. Staying true to the university motto of “honour the moral integrity, strive for excellence, persist in fortitude and combine learning and practice”, generations of NanjingTech students and staff have overcome many hurdles in exploring the frontiers of science. Their scientific achievements have benefited all of humanity.
In 2013, NanjingTech witnessed breakthroughs in its reform and development. Being the leading founder of the Synergetic Innovation Centre for Advanced Materials, it became one of the first 14 Chinese higher education institu¬tions selected for the Plan 2011, a national programme that promotes innovation in universities. To seize new opportunities for growth, the university has set the strategic goal of building a comprehensive, research-oriented and globalized university. At the moment, NanjingTech is striding towards its ambition to construct world-class academic disciplines and become a first-class university.
To attain these goals, the university is seeking to expand its comprehensive range of programmes. It currently has 11 faculties and 29 schools, covering eight academic disciplines: engineering, science, medicine, management, economics, law, humanities and arts. More than 30,000 students are enrolled in these programmes, and they are supported by around 2,800 faculty and staff. To enhance its comprehensiveness, the university is deepening its reforms in key areas, which include setting up and tailoring academic programmes, enhancing student support and scientific research, as well as promoting development through cultural exchange.
Research lies at the centre of NanjingTech’s push to become a world-class university. High-level research is being conducted by the university’s elite research team, including 7 members of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Chinese Academy of Engineering, 8 Cheung Kong Scholars sponsored by the Chinese Ministry of Education, eight chief scientists in charge of the national 973 Programme (National Basic Research Program of China), 19 researchers recruited under the state 1,000 Talents Plan and 11 awardees of the National Science Fund for Distinguished Young Scholars. The university also supports more than 50 key research-and-development institutions in various subject areas, five of which are at the national level. For instance, the state-certified National Centre for International Research of Flexible Electronic Materials and Devices and the State Key Laboratory of Material- Oriented Chemical Engineering are the leading centres in their fields. Another indicator of the university’s dedica¬tion to research is its research budget, which has exceeded 3 billion RMB for the last decade, topping domestic uni¬versities of its kind. A large proportion of the science and technology research budget comes from state-sponsored projects, such as the National High-tech Research and Development Programme (863 Programme) and the National Basic Research Programme (973 Programme).
Since the beginning of this century, NanjingTech’s strong research capacity has brought along numerous national awards, as well as international recognition. Thanks to the faculty’s research prowess and high-quality publications, NanjingTech was ranked 46th among Chinese academic institutions, according to the 2015 table of Nature Index, an indicator of high-quality research.
Geared towards globalization, NanjingTech actively cooperates with world-class universities so as to draw on their experience and to create an innovative higher education institution with its own characteristics. The university has established partnerships with more than 70 quality universities and research institutions in over 30 countries and regions to collaborate on scientific research and student training. For instance, a joint institute with the University of Sheffield, UK has been established, which offers joint degree programmes in chemistry, financial mathematics and materials physics. The collaboration will extend to Masters and PhD programmes, as well as research projects. Other research collaborations include the joint laboratory of plastic electronics with Imperial College London, UK, the joint research centre on organic semiconductor with the University of St Andrews, UK and the nano and biomaterial research centre with the Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, as a few examples.
Globalization is also exemplified in the university’s recruitment strategy. Taking a human-resource-centred approach, NanjingTech is making an all-out effort to attract bright minds from around the world. In addition to flexible and vigor¬ous talent recruitment mechanisms, the university also adopts an innovative human-resource management mode with new incentive policies, a talent mobility system, an updated compensation assessment mechanism and all-rounded service support. All these efforts are in line with international standards and aim to create a supportive and stimulating environment where talented researchers can maximize their potential.
Against the backdrop of the full implementation of Plan 2011, NanjingTech is building top-class research platforms and a cultural environment to attract and retain a high-quality faculty, whose intelligence and efforts will underpin the goal to build a comprehensive research university with global reach and true excellence.
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1 April 2016 - 31 March 2017
Subject/journal group: All
The table to the right includes counts of all research outputs for Nanjing Tech University (NanjingTech) published between 1 April 2016 - 31 March 2017 which are tracked by the Nature Index.
Hover over the donut graph to view the WFC output for each subject. Below, the same research outputs are grouped by subject. Click on the subject to drill-down into a list of articles organized by journal, and then by title.
Note: Articles may be assigned to more than one subject area.
Outputs by subject (WFC)
Highlight of the month
Salty structures hit the spot
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Making a light-capturing drug molecule more like salt dramatically improved its ability to kill cancer cells, a China-Singapore team have shown.
Photodynamic therapy is a cancer therapy in which beams of light are focussed on tumour cells inside the body. Light-sensitive drug molecules given to the patient before the treatment accumulate in the tumour cells and capture the light, the drug then generates reactive oxygen radicals that kill the diseased cell.
‘Two-photon’ photodynamic therapy is a precisely focussed version of the treatment that limits damage to surrounding tissue. The team, which included Nanjing Tech University researchers, helped develop a molecule called DBA that undergoes two-photon capture. DBA was found to capture the light with two orders of magnitude higher efficiency than previous drugs. The key innovation was to give the molecule a salt-like structure which boosted its performance in the polar conditions found in the body. DBA then rapidly and efficiently killed cancer cells when targeted by light.
- Chemical Communications 53, 1680–1683 (2017). doi: 10.1039/c6cc09473b
Top articles by Altmetric score:
Instantaneous ballistic velocity of suspended Brownian nanocrystals measured by upconversion nanothermometry
Journal of the American Chemical Society
Chelation versus Non-Chelation Control in the Stereoselective Alkenyl sp2 C−H Bond Functionalization Reaction
Angewandte Chemie International Edition
1 April 2016 - 31 March 2017
International vs. domestic collaboration by WFC
- 62.64% Domestic
- 37.36% International
Note: Hover over the graph to view the percentage of collaboration.
Top 10 domestic collaborators by WFC (52 total)
- Nanjing Tech University (NanjingTech), China
- Domestic institution
Nanjing University of Posts and Telecommunications (NUPT), China
Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), China
University of Science and Technology of China (USTC), China
Zhejiang University (ZJU), China
Nanjing University (NJU), China
Nanjing Normal University (NNU), China
Jiangsu University of Science and Technology (JUST), China
Peking University (PKU), China
Nanjing University of Science and Technology (NUST), China
Beijing University of Chemical Technology (BUCT), China
Top 10 international collaborators by WFC (40 total)
- Nanjing Tech University (NanjingTech), China
- Foreign institution
Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore
Curtin University, Australia
King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Saudi Arabia
National University of Singapore (NUS), Singapore
Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), Singapore
Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), United States of America (USA)
National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Japan
University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV), United States of America (USA)
The University of Queensland (UQ), Australia
University of Cambridge, United Kingdom (UK)
Note: Collaboration is determined by the weighted fractional count (WFC), which is listed in parentheses.
Affiliated joint institutions and consortia
- Jiangsu Collaborative Innovation Center for Advanced Inorganic Functional Composites, China
- Jiangsu National Synergistic Innovation Center for Advanced Materials (SICAM), China
- Jiangsu-Singapore Joint Research Center on Organic/Bio Electronics and Information Displays, China
- Nanyang Technological University - Nanjing Tech Center of Research and Development, China
- National Engineering Laboratory for Biomass Chemical Utilization, CAF, China
- National Engineering Technique Research Center for Biotechnology, China
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