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University of Nottingham Ningbo China

University of Nottingham Ningbo China

University of Nottingham Ningbo China


The University of Nottingham Ningbo China (UNNC) was the first Sino-foreign university to open its doors in China. Established in 2004, with the full approval of the Chinese Ministry of Education, we are run by the University of Nottingham in partnership with Zhejiang Wanli Education Group, a key player in the education sector in China.

In-demand graduates

We have more than 8,000 students and, each year, around 1,500 graduates with excellent academic qualifications, transferable skills, a creative outlook and a fresh perspective. They are in demand from employers around the globe who recognise the benefits of hiring talent with an international perspective.

Our internationalisation policy means that our students can study at the University of Nottingham in the UK or to go as exchange or study abroad students to other universities around the world.

International students come from more than 75 countries around the world and Chinese undergraduate students are selected from most provinces on the basis of their college entrance examinations.

Competition for entry is stiff and students are required to have a minimum level of English to be accepted onto our degree programmes. We are familiar with a range of overseas school-leaving qualifications. For further information about the qualifications needed to study here email our admissions team.

High-impact research

UNNC is a fast-growing hub for excellence in research, innovation and knowledge exchange. Driven by our collaboration with the Ningbo Government and industry partners, we provide solutions to local challenges through world-class research and innovation.

Our research spans all faculties and disciplines and we have several centres and institutes that are committed to providing world-leading research relevant to China's interests and needs.

We are keen to support the research talent of the future. We fund and support over 500 postgraduate students and they play an important role in our research community.

Top-quality staff

We have around 880 teachings, research and professional services staff at UNNC, recruited from top universities, research institutes and companies from at least 40 countries worldwide.

All of the teaching on campus is carried out in English by staff either seconded from Nottingham or appointed to the University of Nottingham’s standards.

We have 25 world-class professors appointed through the Li Dak Sum Chair Professorship scheme. Their key research areas span across Marine Economics, New Materials, business innovation and more.

Annual report

UNNC Strategy 2020 articulates our commitment to improving the student learning experience. Teaching and learning continue being the core of UNNC’s development.

As an international university, UNNC has been promoting internationalization through global-orientated academic programmes and overseas exchange opportunities supported by worldwide partner institutions.

In terms of scientific research, UNNC by virtue of its unique advantages integrates high-quality scientific research resources at home and abroad, actively carries out cross-border interdisciplinary scientific research cooperation and academic exchanges in the light of local development needs, and endeavours to promote the transfer of scientific and technological achievements.


Fast facts

  • We have 20 service-oriented student organisations and more than 70 societies
  • Exchange and study abroad programmes with more than 100 partners in around 40 countries and regions
  • About 51% of our academic papers were published in the world top 10% of journals
  • The University of Nottingham Ningbo China (UNNC) was the first Sino-foreign university to open its doors in China in 2004.
  • At UNNC we have around 8,000 students and approximately 10% are from Hong Kong, Macao, Taiwan and overseas countries.
  • We have around 880 members of staff, split across academic and professional services.
  • Our staff and students come from more than 70 countries and regions around the world.
  • The University is situated in a 144 acre (584,666m²) campus in Ningbo, Zhejiang province.
  • We have three faculties: Business, Science and Engineering, Humanities and Social Sciences.
  • We offer 29 undergraduate courses and 16 postgraduate taught courses.
  • The University has 15 research centres and institutes.
  • We were awarded a licence to grant PhDs in December 2008 and have over 500 PhD students.
  • We have China’s first carbon-neutral building, home to our Centre for Sustainable Energy Technologies (CSET).

Figures accurate for 2019 - 20 academic year.


    • The University of Nottingham is ranked as a world top 100 university by QS World University Ranking 2020
    • According to the 2019 Shanghai Rankings, the internationalization of the university ranks the seventh in the country, and first in Zhejiang Province.
    • In January 2019, Shanghai Ranking Consultancy released the "2019 Best Chinese Universities Rankings", and UNNC ranked highest in the core indicator "Scientific Research Quality".


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      199 Taikang East Road Ningbo, , Ningbo