Hohai University’s mission is to make a significant contribution towards a sustainable society of the twenty-first century by conducting groundbreaking scientific and technological research concerning water conservancy which is acknowledged as world-class academic achievement, by providing various stages of courses and by helping to convert knowledge into technological innovations and activities with both economic and social values.
Hohai University, founded in 1915, wins its worldwide reputation for research and study of water conservancy. The history of Hohai University can be traced back to Hohai Civil Engineering School, which was established by ZhangJian, a famous industrialist and educator in China’s modern history, and it was the first institution focusing on research and education of water conservancy in China. Under the background of the nationwide reconstruction of universities in 1952, East China Technical University of Water Resources was founded on the basis of water related disciplines of Nanjing University, Tongji University, Shanghai Jiao Tong University and Zhejiang University, which made it famous with excellent faculty and notable achievement. It was renamed Hohai University in 1985, and Mr. Deng Xiaoping inscribed the name of the University.
Located in Nanjing , the capital city of ancient China, Hohai University includes two other beautiful campuses, Changzhou and Jiangning, taking up an area of about 1,533,333 m2. Hohai University is an ideal place to study with its beautiful scenery and tree-lined campus.
Hohai University is a state key university under the direct administration of Ministry of Education of China. It is a comprehensive university with research and study of water conservancy as its main task, education of engineering subjects as its first priority, and coordinated development of many other disciplines covering engineering, science, economics, management, liberal arts, and law. . It is also among the group of universities to benefit from Project 211
Hohai University has 3383 faculty and staff members, including 1007 teachers having high academic title, 333 PhD supervisors and 12 academicians invited as professors and PhD supervisors. The faculty in the university is noted for its excellence, vitality and diversity, for example, 2 academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, 6 as the member of the National Thousand Leading Scientist Program, 5 eminent professors and 1 professional lecturer under the Yangtze scholarship, 3 achieved National Teaching Masters Award, 6 awarded the Outstanding Young Scientist Fund, 14 selected as young and middle-aged leading scientists above provincial and ministerial level, 8 faculty members entitled National Talent in the ‘New Century Baiqianwan Talent Program’, 15 winners of Program for New Century Excellent Talents in University of Ministry of Education,75 as leading scientists in the ‘333 High-Level Talent Training Program’ of Jiangsu Province, 95 nominated as leading academic scholars in ‘Qinglan Program’ of Jiangsu Province, 6 achieved Jiangsu Teaching Masters Award.
The faculty is well organized into groups for various disciplines whose main body is composed of young and middle-aged doctorate experts. Furthermore, colleges are cooperating with more than 10 famous foreign universities to run PhD programs for mutual cultural benefits and internationalization of graduate student education
Currently, Hohai University offers 52 undergraduate majors, and awards first-level class master degrees in 34 disciplines, second-level class master degrees in 185 disciplines. It also has 9 research bases for post-doctoral students, first-level class Ph.D. degrees in 12 disciplines and second-level class in 57 disciplines. Among these, there is a first-level class key discipline--Hydrology, Hydraulic Engineering, designated by Chinese government and 7 are designated as second–level class key disciplines. In addition, 4 disciplines are recognized as first-level class key disciplines at the provincial level, and 9 as second–level class key disciplines. Hohai University has 10 key laboratories, 7 national engineering research centers above provincial and ministerial level. Among them, Hydrology, Hydraulic Engineering, and Civil Engineering related disciplines are among the top ones in China, it is especially true with the former. Hohai University has a current enrollment of more than 40,000 full-time students, including 13,072 masters and 19078 undergraduates.
In recent years, the university also has conducted many research projects from the key infrastructure construction in water conservancy and hydropower engineering throughout the nation, such as Three Gorges, South-North Water Transfer, Xiaolangdi, Yangtze Estuary channel regulation project, the Huaihe River sea-outfall project, Ertan, Xiluodu, Longtan, Nanjing Metro, Shanghai-Nanjing Expressway, Shan-Fen expressway, Nanjing Second Changjiang River Bridge, Runyang Bridge. Etc. Some research achievements, reaching the international advanced level, have been awarded more than 20 national science and technology prizes and 265 provincial science and technology prizes.
Hohai University has extensive ties with other universities and research institutes, and is one of the first universities in China qualified to award bachelor, master and doctor degrees to international students, and it also has conducted exchanges or other kinds of collaborative activities with more than 70universities and research institutes from the United States, United Kingdom, France, Russia, Germany, Holland, Australia, Japan and Hong Kong. Thousands of international students from over 90 countries in Africa, Asia, America, Europe, and Oceania have completed their studies in Hohai University. To encourage high-caliber international students to study at Hohai, the University established Hohai Scholarship for International Students in 2005.