Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics was established in October, 1952. It is located in Nanjing, the ancient capital of six dynasties. Minggugong Campus is situated on the remains of the ancient Ming Palace, and Jiangjunlu Campus is situated in Jiangning Economic and Technological Development Zone, covering an area of more than 460 acres with a building area of 856, 000 square meters. The library has a collection of over 2, 000, 000 volumes. Now the total number of registered students is 23, 600, including 15, 800 undergraduates, 6, 800 postgraduates, and 300 international students. NUAA also has 5, 200 part-time students. NUAA has a staff of 3, 000, among whom over 1, 600 are faculty members and researchers, including about 900 professors and associate professors, 11 CAS academicians, 269 Ph.D. supervisors, 3 members of Academic Degree Committee under the State Council, 4 "Changjiang Scholar Award" professors, 13 professors with national or provincial recognition for their outstanding contributions, 135 experts who enjoy special government allowance.
NUAA has gone through 3 historic periods since 1952, evolving from a teaching-oriented university to a research-oriented university. NUAA is a national key university characteristic of science and engineering. It enjoys a well-balanced development of multiple disciplines in engineering and technology, management sciences, natural sciences, humanities and social sciences with the characteristics of aeronautics, astronautics and civil aviation. NUAA has successfully entered the "211 Project" and become one of the 52 universities with the graduate school.
NUAA consists of the following colleges: College of Astronautics, College of Aerospace Engineering, College of Energy & Power Engineering, College of Automation Engineering, College of Information Science and Technology, College of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, College of Material Science and Technology, College of Civil Aviation, College of Flight, College of Science, College of Economics and Management, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, College of Foreign Languages, College of Arts, Jincheng College, College of Global Education, College of Continuing Education and Department of Physical Education. NUAA has set up 83 research institutes, such as unmanned aircraft vehicle research institute and helicopter technology research institute, and 51 laboratories including 1 National Key Laboratory, 12 Ministerial Key Laboratories, 2 National Engineering Teaching Bases and 2 National Experimental Teaching Demonstration Centre, providing the first class facilities and conditions for teaching and research.
NUAA offers a wide range of programs including 46 undergraduate programs, 127 master programs and 52 doctoral programs. 2 first grade and 9 second grade disciplines are awarded national key disciplines. The former includes Aerospace Science & Technology and Mechanics. The latter includes Aircraft Design, Aerospace Propulsion Theory & Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering of Aerospace Vehicle, Man-Machine and Environmental Engineering, General and Fundamental Mechanics, Solid Mechanics, Fluid Mechanics, Engineering Mechanics, Mechanical Manufacture & Automation. 8 disciplines are key disciplines of the Commission of National Defense Science, Technology and Industry, such as Tele-Communication & Information Systems, Technology of Micro Air Vehicles, etc. 10 disciplines are key disciplines of Jiangsu Province, such as Mechanical Design and Theory, Navigation Guidance & Control, etc. 4 disciplines such as Aircraft Design, Mechanical Manufacture & Automation, Engineering Mechanics, Manufacturing Engineering of Aerospace Vehicle are especially set up for "Changjiang Scholar Award" professors. Besides, NUAA has set up 12 postdoctoral programs, such as Aerospace Science & Technology, etc.
For a long time, NUAA has been sticking to high quality education and focusing on the cultivation of students' creative and comprehensive abilities, which has made great achievements in teaching. Since 1989, NUAA has won a total of 77 teaching awards above provincial and ministerial levels, 14 of which are national awards. Students from NUAA have done good jobs in the national competitions of Mechanics, Mathematical Modeling and "Challenge Cup" (National extracurricular science and technology competition) for undergraduates. So far NUAA has cultivated more than 90, 000 talents of different specialties. Many of them have become the backbones in different fields and made great contributions to the modernization of national defense and economic development.
NUAA has attached great importance to scientific research and shown great advantages in the research of basic sciences since 1952. NUAA is leading domestically in 15 research areas such as Mechanics, Aeronautics and Astronautics, Mechanical Manufacture and Automation, etc. NUAA is placed in national advanced level for 21 research areas such as Aerospace Engine, Aircraft Control and Imitation, Electric Power and Electron, etc. Every year NUAA takes on more than 10 "973 Project", "863 Project" and National Natural Science Fund Projects. Presently the amount of Natural Science Fund reaches over
10, 000, 000 yuan annually. NUAA accomplished a group of important key programs of science and technology.
Since the implement of the policy of reform and opening-up, NUAA has sped up its management reform with more support from the central and local governments. It has been enhancing the linkage and cooperation with the industries and enterprises. At the same time, NUAA actively developed wide international cooperation and exchange, established long-term cooperative relationships with over 50 universities and many famous enterprises from Germany, France, Russia, Britain, U. S. A., Canada, Australia, Korea, Japan and other countries and Hongkong and Taiwan areas. It has formed a new pattern of development with special focus on national defense, serving Jiangsu, radiating China and facing the world.
Within only 57 years, NUAA has created a campus culture with unique characteristics. Motivated by the motto "cooperative, economical, practical and creative", the faculty and students have made great achievements. For 18 years in succession NUAA has gained the titles of "Civil Unit in Jiangsu Province", "National Model Family", "National Advanced Unit of Education Union ", "National Advanced Unit in Administrating Affairs Openly" and other honorary titles.
Turning from a teaching-oriented university to a research-oriented university, NUAA decides to implement the strategy of "relying on faculty and students, giving full play to potentials, highlighting features, accelerating development". Faced with new challenges and opportunities, the administration, faculty and students are determined to build NUAA into a first class university with international renown.