Nanjing University of Information Science and Technology (NUIST), also known as Nan Xin Da was founded in 1960 by the Jiangsu Provincial People’s Government, the Ministry of Education of China, the China Meteorological Administration (CMA) and the State Oceanic Administration. Known until 2004 as the Meteorology College of Nanjing University, it is the oldest meteorology science higher learning institution in China.
Located on the north bank of the River Yangtse, in the heart of the Industrial Zone of Nanjing, on 140 hectares of campus, NUIST has over 30,000 undergraduates, around 1,500 of whom are international students. There are more than 1,500 full-time faculty staff members over 22 schools and colleges.
Today, the university is on the list of China’s national "Double First-rate" universities, offering degree programmes in areas including management, economics, law, agriculture, and humanities. The discipline of atmospheric science ranked as the best in china in an evaluation conducted by the Ministry of Education in China. Geoscience, engineering and computer science are also rated particularly highly.
Its motto translates as “promotion of virtue, investigation of nature, cultivation of self and construction of society”.
NUIST is one of two universities to offer the Chinese-Government Scholarship-WMO programme, a scholarship offered to students of meteorology or related fields. The school has a World Meteorological Organisation Regional Training Centre, which has trained more than 2,400 senior meteorological and hydrological technicians and managers from 140 regions.
The university has established cooperative relationships with 48 universities and colleges in 15 other countries, including Yale University, the University of Manchester and the University of Toronto.