NPU is classed as a key university in China’s 985 and 211 Projects
NPU is classed as a key university in China’s 985 and 211 Projects, and is affiliated to the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology. It is also a member of the “Excellent Union 9 (E9)” in China.
Originally founded as the State Northwest Polytechnic Institute in 1938, NPU has developed into an open and research-oriented University by bringing its founding spirit of inquiry and innovation into a wide-ranging curriculum that now includes the Humanities, Law, Management and Foreign Languages. And by incorporating three of China’s leading engineering schools， NPU has gained international recognition for its work in the fields of aeronautics, astronautics, and marine technology.
Over more than 70 years, NPU has built an outstanding academic reputation encapsulated in its motto of "Loyalty, Integrity, Courage and Perseverance".
NPU is located in Xi’an, the cradle of Chinese civilization, and starting point of the ancient Silk Road. Xi'an is a living tapestry of Chinese history renowned above all for the Terracotta Warriors dating from the Qin Dynasty (221 – 206 BC). During the Tang Dynasty (618 – 907) the city, then known as Chang'an, flourished thru trade with the West along the Silk Road, thus earning its place alongside Athens, Cairo and Rome as one of the four major centers of world civilization.
NPU comprises two campuses covering a total area of 841 acres – 198 for Youyi Campus and 643 for Chang’an Campus.
A Better Self In A Better World
We strive to ensure every student can fulfil their dream both in terms of achieving their individual life goals and serving the wider community. We believe our ethos of rigorous academic inquiry, creative innovation and social commitment will thus help students to lead rewarding and fulfilling lives as responsible citizens in today's globalized world.
There are 16 academic schools offering 65 undergraduate programs, 120 postgraduate programs, 71 doctoral programs, and 17 postdoctoral programs. NPU currently has 22 disciplines at Doctoral level and 32 disciplines at Masters level, covering nearly all traditional and newly evolving areas of academic inquiry.
School of Aeronautics
School of Astronautics
School of Marine Science and Technology
School of Materials Science and Engineering
School of Mechanical Engineering
School of Mechanics, Civil Engineering and Architecture
School of Power and Energy
School of Electronics and Information
School of Automation
School of Computer Science and Engineering
School of Natural and Applied Sciences
School of Management
School of Humanities, Economics and Law
School of Software and Microelectronics
School of Life Sciences
Queen Mary University of London Engineering School, NPU
School of Foreign Languages
School of Marxism
MING DE College
Promoting a first-class education to cultivate an innovative spirit and practical ability is the primary task of NPU. More than 70% of students take part in projects launched on their own initiative to develop their practical business skills and innovative talent in 19 Undergraduate Practicing Innovation Centers and 1 Postgraduate Innovation Lab. In the last decade, NPU students gained more than3, 500 provincial-level awards, among which more than 105 were international prizes.
NPU has joined the University Association comprising universities from Finland, Spain, Belarus and Russia, and is a representative university for CSC supported exchange programs. NPU has launched cooperation programs with, amongst others: INSA in France, VUB in Belgium, New Mexico State University and the University of Michigan in the US, and Braunschweig Technical University in Germany.
Every year more than 650 NPU students join exchange programs with our international partners, or go to study abroad as part of their own academic development. Around half of them receive financial support from NPU or CSC.
Moreover, the NPU-QMUL Joint Educational Institution (Queen Mary University of London Engineering School, Northwestern Polytechnical University) was established in 2016. As the first Chinese-Foreign Cooperation in Running Schools in the northwest region of China, the JEI adopts “4+0” training mode in English, provides 2 degree programs options in the Materials Science, which confers the bachelor’s degree of both universities with the graduation requirements of both sides. The JEI will provide a high quality degree level education in the subject of Engineering through collaboration between two leading international universities, QMUL in the UK and NPU in China.
NPU’s student-oriented educational programs are designed not only to promote academic excellence and technical competence, but also to foster a global outlook with a keen sense of social responsibility. Since its foundation NPU has graduated 180,000 students who have gone on to work in a wide range of sectors in the national and international economy. These include 5,600 Doctors and 34,700 Masters. More than 50 doctors or teachers were admitted to the Hundborg Foundation or Marie Curie Fellowship. Among NPU’s alumni 45 are Academicians of the CAE or CAS, 46 have the rank of General, while 6 have been honored with the accolade of “China’s Ten Outstanding Youth”. A large group of alumni are the leading pillar of the nation in the field of research and business.
Turning Dreams into Reality
NPU is proud of its role at the cutting edge of scientific and technological research, and we take pains to ensure our ideas in the lab can be put into practice. Building on the expertise developed in each of our faculties, we manage our research projects to harness the critical insights and innovative thinking of an open-minded interdisciplinary approach, and to facilitate effective cooperation with our research partners at national and international level. Of China’s 16 National Special Science and Technology Projects, NPU has participated in 10.
Moreover, our per capita scientific research funding is the second highest in China，thus we have moved forward into a world of unprecedented challenge and opportunity, which helps to ensure we can continue to turn dreams into reality.
Centers and Institutions
● State Key Labs：
State Key Laboratory of Solidification Processing
State Key Laboratory of Space Flight Dynamics
State Key Laboratory of UAV Special Technology
State Key Laboratory of Science and Technology on Thermostructural Composite Materials
National Key Laboratory of Aerodynamic Design and Research
State Key Laboratory of Combustion, Thermal Structure and Flow Field
State Key Laboratory of Underwater Information and Control
● State Engineering Research Center：
Research and Application Center of Forging Technique for Less Deformable Materials
National Engineering Research Center of UAS
National Engineering Research Center of Ceramic Matrix Composites Manufacture Technology
● National Demonstration Base for International Technology Cooperation:
International Joint Research Center on Moving Platform Ambient Perception &Computing and Space Applications
China International Science and Technology Cooperation Base of Effectiveness Analysis for Aircraft Complex
At NPU we believe passionately that our greatest resource is our people, and we recognize that it is not just a question of recruiting and enrolling top individual talent. That is why we make sure our talent at every level is brought together in teams that can work in a friendly and stimulating ambience to achieve the critical insights and innovative solutions required of today’s leading research institutions. To harness and guide the enthusiasm and creativity of our students we are proud to have:
over 1,800 full and associate professors
639 PhD supervisors
27 Academicians of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) or the Chinese Academy of Engineering (CAE) – including external members
31 chair and lecture professors of the Cheung Kung Scholars Program
37 nominees of the “Thousand Talents Program”
14 winners of the National Science Fund for Distinguished Young Scholars
6 nominees of the “National High-level Personnel of Special Support Program”
● Talents Special Zone：
Brain Decoding Research Center
Research Center for Computational Science
Center for Nano Energy Materials
Center for OPTical Imagery Analysis and Learning
Center for Big Data and Interdisciplinary Sciences
Research Center for Ecology and Environmental Sciences
NPU has established cooperation with over 150 universities, enterprises and institutes from different countries including the U.S.A, the UK, Germany, France, Russia and Japan. NPU has 4 National Institutional Discipline Innovation Bases, 1 State International Software Talents Training Base, and 48 Sino-international research institutions. We have invited over 200 well-known foreign experts, scholars and professors to serve as honorary or visiting professors at NPU, including Nobel Prize Winners Tsung Dao Lee and Harold Walter Kroto. Among these 8 foreign experts won the National Friendship Award.
The Place We Call Home
Everyone at NPU can participate in a wide range of arts activities supported by our newly opened Arts Center which provides specialized guidance for all those who are interested in developing their artistic talents. Our main performance hall can accommodate an audience of 1,000.
There are 5 high-level professional sports teams in NPU at present, namely, the Track and Field Team, the Men’s Volleyball Team, the Men’s Basketball Team, the Table Tennis Team, and the Badminton Team. Of particular note is the Men’s Basketball team which has been a strong contingent of the CUBA teams, and has won the University and College Championships in Shaanxi Province 16 times since 1990.
Since 1938 NPU has been helping students combine their personal life goals with a social commitment to community development. Every student should do social work at least once when they attend school. We also provide students with various opportunities for academic forums, recreational activities, exchange scholarships, and volunteer services, so that you can make the most of your spare time. With more than 100 registered clubs to choose from you will have plenty of opportunity to develop your hobbies, talents and skills, meet like-minded people, and make life-long friends.
NPU’s student-oriented educational programs are designed not only to promote academic excellence and technical competence, but also to foster a global outlook with a keen sense of social responsibility. We believe this helps to nurture the all-round talent and creativity that are vital to meeting the challenges of today’s globalized world, and we aim to continue building on our world-class reputation for innovation and research in this spirit.