In 1906 in Nanjing, the Qing Dynasty established the “Jinan School,” the first state-run school for Overseas Chinese. Its goal was to ”Spread education and establish ties with Overseas Chinese.” Jinan School was the predecessor of Jinan University, which is now located in Guangzhou, and is known as the “Top institution of Higher education for Overseas Chinese.”
The name “Jinan” 《暨南》comes from one of the renowned classics of Chinese history: “The Tribute for Yu” 《禹贡》 from “Classic of History” 《尚书》: “东渐于海，西被于流沙，朔南暨，声教讫于四海”, which is translated as “on the east, reaching to the sea; on the west, extending to the moving sands; to the up most limits of the north and south: the name and influence fills the four seas.” It encouraged the spread of a Chinese culture of excellence throughout the world. This thought expresses the confidence of the school’s founders in promoting Chinese culture and their mission to connect with compatriots all over the world.
In its more than one hundred years of history, the people from Jinan have been adhering unwaveringly to this mission. Jinan University has trained over 200 thousand talented individuals of all levels and varieties for work in China and the world while making an indelible contribution to China’s modernization and construction and to Overseas Chinese affairs. It has facilitated the reunification of our motherland, the smooth return and prosperity of Hong Kong and Macao, the furthering of Chinese culture, and communication with Chinese through out the world.
As a famous university for Overseas Chinese, Jinan University was not only the first university in China to recruit overseas students but it also was the university in China that has recruited the most overseas students.
As early as 1918 Jinan University set up business courses during a time when there was a serious lack of modern business skills in China. The University fittingly advocated enlightened school systems and wide research latitude. The curriculum of the business faculty was structured to include obligatory courses that were critical for success. To the University’s great credit, by the early 1920s, Jinan’s students had taken the lead in implementing business investigations and practical accounting, thereby developing a deeply-ingrained tradition of an emphasis on practical applications and interaction with the actual commercial environment.
Presently, Jinan University possesses a team of well-known professors, a solid curriculum and a portfolio of leading business disciplines. The university has a lively learning atmosphere, while the classes are fresh and exciting. Strengthening the School further are a number of colleges with long histories, including the Information Technology College, the Technology Institute, and the Journalism and Communication Institute. These sister institutions support the School of Management with applied research and methodology in the fields of management, engineering and journalism, thus strengthening our strong foundation and specialist MBA education in a number of significant industrial sectors.
Base on JNU humanity tradition and accumulation of disciplines, School of Management tries her best frog herself to be one of top business schools in China for cultivating talents in management, who have deep understanding in Chinese culture, globalization with modern business education.
For over a hundred years, she has been full of reputation for her business education, Forbes Chinese edition awarded the Jinan’s School of Management as one of the “most valuable business school in China” in 2006.And in 2010, the School was awarded to be “Top 10 MBA Programs in China” and “The Outstanding Contribution Award for Top 10 Business Schools” respectively by tencent.com(qq.com), the most popular internet media of China, and edu.cn. In 2011, JNU MBA programs were granted international accreditation of AMBA.
The story told by an old photo
The name for the Jinan School is a literary allusion to an excerpt from the Tribute of Yu《禹贡》which encourages the dissemination of the culture of China to ethnic peoples in all parts of the world. Over the past one hundred years, generations of Jinan people assuredly have carried out this mission. The word “Jinan” (暨南), was first associated with Overseas Chinese students. Historically it was observed that “Jinan University had the discipline of business at its inception”, and as early as 1918 Jinan University had established the business principle that “all Overseas Chinese students would work for a living when they graduated.” Throughout the history of Jinan university, the School has always advocated “liberal education and free research", and that all courses for business were important and essential. Proudly, as early as the 1920s, Jinan students had taken the lead in developing “business surveys" and "practical accounting” as well as other traditions that stressed practice and extensive contact with the real economic environment.
The above photo pictures Chang Chien (张謇), the first ranked Scholar in the Qing Dynasty’s National Civil Service Examination, with overseas students from Java at Jinan University who have majored in business. This photo is just one witness of Jinan’s role in “disseminating advanced Chinese culture to Chinese ethnic peoples in all the parts of the world” and the long-standing observation that “Business Education was set at the birth of Jinan University.” As the “Number One Scholar” in the late Qing Dynasty, Chang Chien was a well-known patriotic and modern Chinese businessman and educationist, and also one of the members of the board of Jinan University. At the beginning of the 20th century, he was deemed the “Most Respected” by the Chinese people. Through the passage of time over the last hundred years, Jinan University has experienced three major disruptions, yet it has continued its traditions. The School maintains its unique mission of operating a leading University for Overseas Chinese, while contributing to the School’s deep culture. What is that culture? It is the “Jinan Spirit” of “Loyalty, Sincerity, Integrity, Respect, and Inclusiveness” and the principle of the unity of Knowledge and Practice.”