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A Brief Introduction of NPU

Northwestern Polytechnical University (NPU) is located in the ancient capital city of Xi’an, a historical place that has nurtured the civilizations of 13 dynasties including Zhou, Qin, Han and Tang. NPU was founded in 1938 in Hanzhong and moved to Xi’an in October 1957 by combining the Northwest Institute of Engineering with the East China Institute of Aeronautics. Later in 1970, the Department of Aeronautics of Harbin Institute of Engineering merged with the university.

NPU is one of the 211 and 985 project universities and enjoys a high distinguished reputation. NPU is a member of the Excellent Union 9 (E9) universities in China. NPU is a research-oriented, multi-disciplinary, international university of science and technology, and has strong capabilities and outstanding achievements in aeronautics, astronautics and marine technology, making it very unique and distinguished from other institutions. With special emphasis on science and technology, NPU also offers well developed programs in the humanities, economics, management and law.

The university has 15 academic schools, offering 54 undergraduate programs, 101 postgraduate programs, 57 doctoral programs, and 12 postdoctoral programs. NPU has more than 3,500 faculty members, including 1,300 full time and associate professors, 15 scholars from the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and the Chinese Academy of Engineering (CAE), 15 chair and lecture professors from the Cheung Kung Scholars Program, and ten recipients of the National Science Fund for Young Distinguished Scholars. Currently, the university has 28,363 students, including 14,362 undergraduates, 5,834 master's degree students, 2,985 full-time PhD candidates, 2,521 professional degree students.

NPU is an important center for scientific and technological innovation. For more than 70 years, the university has made significant contributions to China’s scientific and technological advancement, as well as its social and economic development. Since its foundation, NPU has graduated more than 140,000 students, including 15,000 master students and 3,000 PhD students with more than 30 becoming members of CAS/CAE, 30 generals and six recipients of China’s Top Ten Outstanding Youth title. The dedicated faculty of NPU is proud of the vibrant contribution of alumni scattered across the globe.

The university has two beautiful campuses. The Youyi campus is located adjacent to the West Market of the Tang dynasty. The Chang’an campus is situated between majestic mountain scenery and meandering rivers. Both campuses are excellent locations for acquiring knowledge and fostering technological innovation. These campuses also serve as places where our culture will be passed on to future generations.

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