: Universitas Amoiensis, ), colloquially known as Xia Da
(), located in Xiamen
province, is the first university in China founded by overseas Chinese
. Before 1949, it was originally known as the University of Amoy. The school motto is "Pursue Excellence, Strive for Perfection (自强不息, 止于至善)". The university is one of many comprehensive universities directly administered by the Chinese Ministry of Education. 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
According to University Undergraduates Teaching Assessment and Chinese Universities Evaluation Standings, the university is ranked 11th in China, which is outside the top then and has maintained the top 20 ranking in China, among which 6 subjects reach A++ level, including economics and management, music, law, chemistry, journalism, communication and mathematics.
In 1919 Mr. Tan Kah Kee
(陳嘉庚; ), the well-known overseas Chinese
leader, donated millions of dollars to establish and endow Xiamen University, officially founded in 1921. It is regarded as one of the most prestigious and selective universities in China.
Mr. Tan handed over Xiamen 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......