Nanjing University of Information Science & Technology (NUIST) is on the list of China’s "Double First-class" construction universities and disciplines as well as Jiangsu high level universities. It was founded in 1960 and renamed from Nanjing Institute of Meteorology in 2004. It was designated in 1978 as one of the key institutions of higher learning in China. Since 2007, NUIST has been co-constructed successively by the Jiangsu Provincial People’s Government, the Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China and the China Meteorological Administration (CMA). It is also co-established by the Jiangsu Provincial People’s Government and the State Oceanic Administration (SOA).
NUIST is located in the Nanjing Jiangbei New District, occupying an area of 140 hectares. Now it has a floor area of almost 679,000 square meters for various uses. Currently, NUIST has over 30,000 undergraduates, nearly 4,000 graduate students, around 1,500 international students and more than 1,600 full-time teachers. There are more than 60 high-end scholars including2 academicians of CAS, 8 academicians of EU, French and Russian Academies of Sciences, 1 Distinguished Professor of Yangtze River Scholars, 4 National Distinguished Young Scholars, 9 experts of the “One Thousand Talent Project”. Almost 70% of the full-time teachers have doctor’s degrees and 54% of them have experiences of studying or working abroad. The university boasts 27 experimental teaching centers and 2 of them are listed as the national demonstrations of experimental teaching centers, i.e. the Experimental Teaching Center of Atmospheric Sciences and Environmental Meteorology and Virtual Simulation Experimental Teaching Center of Atmospheric Science and Meteorological Information. With a total collection of 1.99 million paper documents and 36 databases and 58 sub-databases, as well as 1,680,000 electronic periodicals and 1,900 paper periodicals, the library of NUIST has the most complete literature on atmospheric sciences among all the universities in China.
NUIST has established cooperative relationship with 48 famous overseas universities and colleges from 15 different countries including the Yale University, the University of Wisconsin in US, the University of Hawaii, Florida State University, the University of Oklahoma, Texas A&M University, the University of Manchester, the University of Reading in UK, the University of Toronto in Canada, the University of Hamburg in Germany. NUIST set up the Confucius Institute at the University of the Bahamas and was admitted to the programs of Chinese Government Scholarship, the Confucius Institute Scholarship and Jasmine Jiangsu Government Scholarship. To date, the WMO Regional Training Centre Nanjing at NUIST has trained over 3500 senior meteorological and hydrological personnel for 156countries and regions and become the world’s largest training center with a top quality of WMO.