Xiamen University , colloquially known as Xia Da, located in Xiamen, Fujian province, is the first university in China founded by overseas Chinese. Established by Tan Kah Kee in 1921, the university was originally known as Amoy University.
The university is one of many comprehensive universities directly administered by the Chinese Ministry of Education.
According to University Undergraduates Teaching Assessment and Chinese Universities Evaluation Standings, the university is ranked 11th in China and has maintained a top-20 ranking in China, among which 6 subjects reach A++ level, including economics and management, fine art, law, chemistry, journalism, communication and mathematics.
In addition, the School of Management is accredited by EQUIS and the Association of MBAs.The University has been ranked top 10 in China and top 100 in worldwide institutions by Nature Index, a database of primary research articles published in a selection of 68 journals chosen for their perceived quality.
In 1919, Tan Kah Kee, a well-known overseas Chinese leader, donated millions of dollars to establish and endow Amoy University in Xiamen (then called Amoy in English), which was officially founded in 1921.
Tan handed over Amoy University to the government in 1937 due to lack of funds, and the institution subsequently became a national university. In 1938, at the outbreak of the Second Sino-Japanese War, the university temporarily relocated to Changting in western Fujian.
At the end of World War II in 1946, Amoy University moved back to Xiamen and resumed normal operations. In 1952 it became a comprehensive university embracing both arts and science. In 1963, it was designated as a state key university. Its English name was changed to Xiamen University in the 1970s, to reflect the change of Amoy's English name to Xiamen.
In 1995 it was included in the list of the 211 Project for the state key construction; in 2000 it became one of China's higher-level universities designated for the state key construction of the 985 Project.
Useful Links: Xiamen University Offcial Website: http://en.xmu.edu.cn/