Nanjing University of Information Science & Technology (NUIST) is on the list of China’s "Double First-class" construction universities and disciplines as well as Jiangsu high level universities. It was founded in 1960 and renamed from Nanjing Institute of Meteorology in 2004. It was designated in 1978 as one of the key institutions of higher learning in China. Since 2007, NUIST has been co-constructed successively by the Jiangsu Provincial People’s Government, the Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China and the China Meteorological Administration (CMA). It is also co-established by the Jiangsu Provincial People’s Government and the State Oceanic Administration (SOA).

                                          NUIST is located in the Nanjing Jiangbei New District, occupying an area of 140 hectares. Now it has a floor area of almost 679,000 square meters for various uses. Currently, NUIST has over 30,000 undergraduates, nearly 4,000 graduate students, around 1,500 international students and more than 1,600 full-time teachers. There are more than 60 high-end scholars including2 academicians of CAS, 8 academicians of EU, French and Russian Academies of Sciences, 1 Distinguished Professor of Yangtze River Scholars, 4 National Distinguished Young Scholars, 9 experts of the “One Thousand Talent Project”.  Almost 70% of the full-time teachers have doctor’s degrees and 54% of them have experiences of studying or working abroad. The university boasts 27 experimental teaching centers and 2 of them are listed as the national demonstrations of experimental teaching centers, i.e. the Experimental Teaching Center of Atmospheric Sciences and Environmental Meteorology and Virtual Simulation Experimental Teaching Center of Atmospheric Science and Meteorological Information. With a total collection of 1.99 million paper documents and 36 databases and 58 sub-databases, as well as 1,680,000 electronic periodicals and 1,900 paper periodicals, the library of NUIST has the most complete literature on atmospheric sciences among all the universities in China.

                                          NUIST has a complete higher education system with undergraduate, postgraduate, doctoral programs as well as post-doctoral research centers. The four disciplines of Geo-science, Engineering, Computer Science and Environmental Science and Ecology have entered top 1% ESI international discipline rankings. The discipline of Atmospheric Science ranks No. 1 in the national discipline evaluation conducted by the Ministry of Education of China in 2012 and enjoys a distinguished reputation throughout the world. In recent years, on the basis of advantageous subjects, NUIST has established a harmonious discipline system of atmospheric science, marine science, information science, environmental science, management and basic science.

                                          NUIST consists of 26 schools and colleges, i.e. School of Atmospheric Science, School of Applied Meteorology, School of Atmospheric Physics, School of Geographical Sciences, School of Remote Sensing and Mapping Engineering, School of Hydrology and Water Resources Engineering, School of Marine Sciences, School of Environmental Science and Engineering, School of Automation, School of Electronic and Information Engineering,  School of Computer and Software, School of Mathematics and Statistics, School of Physics and Optoelectronic Engineering, School of Law and Political Science, School of Marxism, School of Management Engineering, School of Business, School of Literature, School of Media and Art, School of Continuing Education, School of Vocational Technical Education, Reading Academy, Changwang College, Binjiang College, College of International Students and Department of Sports as well as 20 provincial and ministerial scientific research institutions including the Collaborative Innovation Center on Forecast and Evaluation of Meteorological Disasters, the Collaborative Innovation Center on Atmospheric Environment and Equipment Technology, the first batch of international joint laboratory approved by MOE, i.e. the International Joint Laboratory on Climate and Environmental Change, Key Laboratory of Meteorological Disasters of MOE, the Key Laboratory of Atmospheric Physics and Atmospheric Environment Meteorological Disaster of the CMA, China Institute of Manufacturing Industry Development as well as the Academic Institute of Climate Change and Public Policy, etc...

                                          NUIST attaches great importance to scientific and technological innovation. During the recent five years, NUIST has been actively taking part in more than 500 national programs including Program 973, Program 863, NSFC Program, National Social Science Fund Program, etc.. Besides, NUIST has also applied for over 1,800 patents. In 2014, NUIST was granted more than 100 National Natural Science Fund Projects and obtained science and technology funds about 412 million RMB. In recent years, NUIST vigorously promotes the commercialization of research outputs, industrialization as well as construction of the university science park. It signed cooperation agreements and conducted meteorological equipment development with China Huayun Group, American I. M. Systems Group, Inc. (IMSG) and VAISALA Meteorological Measurements Technology Co., Ltd.. Hundreds of scientific and technological rewards both on national and provincial levels have been awarded to the university, including the Special Award and the first prize of National Award for Science and Technology Progress. In addition, international rewards like Award of Excellence of Scientific Achievement of SPIE, WMO NORBERT GERBIER-MUMM Award and Buchan Award of British Royal Meteorological Academy are also received. A number of research papers were published in the top ranked journals like Nature, Science, etc...

                                          NUIST has established cooperative relationship with 48 famous overseas universities and colleges from 15 different countries including the Yale University, the University of Wisconsin in US, the University of Hawaii, Florida State University, the University of Oklahoma, Texas A&M University, the University of Manchester, the University of Reading in UK, the University of Toronto in Canada, the University of Hamburg in Germany. NUIST set up the Confucius Institute at the University of the Bahamas and was admitted to the programs of Chinese Government Scholarship, the Confucius Institute Scholarship and Jasmine Jiangsu Government Scholarship. To date, the WMO Regional Training Centre Nanjing at NUIST has trained over 3500 senior meteorological and hydrological personnel for 156countries and regions and become the world’s largest training center with a top quality of WMO.

                                          So far, more than 100,000 students have graduated from NUIST. They win good reputations among the employers by their down-to-earth attitude and outstanding capability. Many alumni have become well-known scientists, scholars and senior management staff home and abroad. Among them, there are academicians of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the Chinese Academy of Engineering, the Canadian Royal Academy of Sciences, high-ranking leaders in the government and senior officers of WMO. NUIST won the First Prize in National Teaching Achievements Award. The students won the only Special Award in National Mathematical Modeling Contest----“Higher Education Press Cup”, the First Prize in National University Students “Challenge Cup” Competition, the First Prize in the National Undergraduate Electronic Design Contest, etc...

                                          In the new period of development, NUIST will focus on the strategic goal of "first-class and high-level universities with characteristics”. It will adhere to the development philosophy of "openness, collaboration and characteristics", cultivating the spirit of the university and taking the student as the foundation. It will constantly improve the quality of personnel training and will significantly improve the national meteorological services and social and economic development capabilities. NUIST will strive to make itself into a first-class university around the world so as to make greater contributions to the national and international education cause.

                                          February 2019