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Southeast University of China or locally called Dongnan University is a top prestigious higher educational institution of mainland China located in Nanjing. Southeast University has a great tradition in academic achievements and educational reputation in modern history of China. Preserving lots of the valued building complexes of history in the Republic of China, Southeast University boasts a campus museum to display the history and glory of the Republic of China. To know the past of Nanjing in the period of the Republic of China, Southeast University is a must.
The University History - Known as one of the oldest higher education institutions of China, Southeast China was honored to be the No.1 sacred educational center of China. Originally built in 1902 with a name of Sanjiang Normal College, in 1921, a National Southeast University was established on the basis of former Nanjing Higher Normal School. At the time, it and Peking University were two only comprehensive national universities of China. For education, the people of the time commented like this - Peking University famous for humanities, while Southeast University for science. As time goes, it in a sequence was named as National Southeast University, The Fourth Sun Yat-sen University, Jiangsu University, National Central University and National Nanjing University. In 1952, through that big educational leap and reform, it was dismembered to suit the requirements of Soviet Union’s educational model. In 1988, it was finally renamed as Southeast University again.
The University Library - The Library of Southeast University is one of the oldest university libraries of China, and it used to be the library tower of Sanjiang Normal University in 1902, and in 1923, it was independently built as a university library, and named officially Mengfang Library of National Southeast University (click for a larger picture of library of former national central university). It was praised as the one of the greatest library architecture of China in the early 20th century.
The University Motto – the motto of Southeast University is Zhi Yu Zhi Shan (止于至善, literally translated as arriving at the highest excellence), which is directly quoted from The Daxue Chapter or Great Learning Chapter of The Book of Rites, one of Five Classics of Confucianism. This is the opening word of this chapter, and the original is “What the Great Learning teaches is: to illustrate illustrious virtue; to renovate the people; and to rest in the highest excellence”,which naturally tells us the traditional core of higher education in ancient China.
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