Located in the beautiful port city Ningbo, Ningbo University is a dynamic, young and comprehensive university with a wide range of disciplines: economics, law, education, liberal arts, history, science, engineering, agronomy, medicine and management. Established in 1986, with the first donation from Sir Yue-Kong Pao, it has been developed into one of the key institution of higher learning of Zhejiang Province. The university has five campuses, covering an area over 3000 acres, with a floor space totaling 790,000 square meters. The main campus, adjacent to Feng Hua Road in the north and Yongjiang River in the south, offers wide space for study and research with magnificent buildings and pleasant lawns and greenery. The university supplies a complete set of facilities and services for teaching, and research. Its libraries now have a CNKI Network Administration Service Center, and a collection of approximately 3,310,000 books. It has 8 affiliated hospitals and 8 hospitals for internship.
The university focuses on the Research and Development and acquires various resources from the central, provincial and municipal governments. Its short-term goal is becoming a teaching and research orientated university. During the eleventh Five-Year Plan, The number of projects funded by central government increases from 33 to 62, the total annual fund for research rose from 0.1885 billion to 0.3 billion RMB. It also achieved 5 National Sci-Tech Progress Awards (second class), which includes ‘the innovation and industrialization of key technology for sea-water active bait and swelling-feeding’, ‘the R&D and industrialization of energy-saving equipment for drinking-water advanced-treatment’, ‘ innovation and application of key technology for wireless media telecommunicating transition and terminal system’ etc. 12 Ministerial Natural Science Awards (first class) and Zhejiang Provincial Sci-Tech Awards (first class), and many Ningbo Municipal Sci-Tech Awards (first class) were achieved by Ningbo University during this period of time.
The university consists of 19 faculties and colleges offers 6 PhD programs, 135 master programs and 71 bachelor programs. The number of its full-time undergraduate students amounts to 25,000 with 4000 in-residency postgraduates, 400 international students and 15400 part-time students. The number of teaching and administrative staff reaches 2330 of which more than 1300 are teachers, with 5 academicians, 283 full professors and 507 associate professors. Ningbo University has been attaching great attention to the development of international cooperation and exchanges. Up to now, the university has maintained close links and intercollegiate cooperation with almost 80 well-known institutions of higher education in more than 30 countries such as Purdue University (USA), Canberra University, Wollongong University (Australia), University of Montreal (Canada). Ningbo University collaborates various programs with these universities. More than 130 students are sent to overseas universities as exchange students every year. Ningbo University also offers 6 English taught programs such as Bachelor of International Economics and Trade, Clinical Medicine, Mechanical Engineering, Business Administration and Master of Business Administration and Aquaculture to recruit international students.
Ningbo University collaborates with University of Montreal, Calgary University, Georgia Institute of Technology, and Nanyang Technological University on Innovative project on New Telecommunication Technology and System, which is funded by the National Bureau of Foreign Experts and Ministry of Science and Technology. Professors from different universities come together to do cooperative research, workshop, academic exchange. One of research findings was awarded the National Sci-Tech Progress Award (second class) in 2009.